Category: California Bureau of Real Estate

Hot off the Press: The Fall 2017 Consumer Connection Magazine

Tiny houses, flu shots, backpacks, and water conservation—what do they all have in common? They’re all the subjects of articles in the fall 2017 issue of the Consumer Connection magazine! The fall issue offers information on: A new office created specifically to help students in need after private school closures Your right to your prescription…

Home Sweet Home – Should You Buy or Rent in the Golden State?

The high cost of homes in parts of California has many consumers asking if now is a better time to buy or rent. The short answer is, “It depends.” One thing it depends on is your reasons for wanting to buy a home. Home ownership, besides being a financial investment, gives you a place where…

What You Should Know Before Hiring A Property Manager

Whether you’re a big or small asset landlord, chances are you’ve considered hiring a property manager.  While property managers can be tremendously helpful and ease your workload, they can also be a detriment if they aren’t chosen wisely. The California Department of Consumer Affair’s Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) has a guide with tips to…

Don’t Get Tripped Up Exiting a Timeshare

Getting rid of a timeshare isn’t easy, and, unfortunately, some cons are taking advantage of that predicament. Timeshare scams have been operating for some time; the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) began warning consumers about this type of fraud back in 2012 and updated their warning in 2013. Although the idea of renting or…

What You Learned on Your Summer Vacation

When we were kids, the only thing we had to worry about during summer vacation was what to do with all of that time off. As adults, we have other summer-related things to worry about—like how to keep our pets cool, how to protect our homes when we are away, how to prep the car…

Don’t Get Burned by Rental Listing Scammers

The real estate market in California is hot and some people searching for apartments and home rentals are getting burned by purchasing useless rental listings. Crooks are ready to take advantage of the unwary by selling listings of rentals that either aren’t available, don’t exist or are in foreclosure. The California Bureau of Real Estate…

Get it While it’s Hot: Check out the Summer Issue of Consumer Connection

Summer’s not over yet. There’s still time to take a road trip to one of California’s many state parks. From beaches and deserts to redwood forests and mountain summits, California parks offer a variety of amazing and beautiful sites to explore. The Consumer Connection article “Time for a Road Trip!” details 10 state parks—including Angel Island,…

2015 Legislative Update for Real Estate Licensees

The California Bureau of Real Estate has released its 2015 Legislative Update.  The legislative summaries provided are of recently signed bills that affect real estate licensees and subdividers.  Read it here. The Bureau’s 2016 Real Estate Law book will be available online January 1.  The hard copy, along with accompanying CD, is expected to be…

Real Estate Fraud Could Rob You of Your Home or Property

Do you own a home or property free and clear or have a large amount of equity in it? If so, you could become a victim of real estate fraud. In this scheme, criminals fraudulently record a lien against the property or illegally transfer the deed to the property to themselves or a third party.…

CalBRE: Sales Materials Can’t Imply Agent Is Independent of Broker

The California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) issued an advisory informing licensees that sales materials cannot contain terms that imply the existence of a real estate entity independent of a licensed broker and that sales agents owning a fictitious business name or “team name” must include both a team member license number and broker license…

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