Tag: CalBRE

Rent Price Gouging in Wildfire Areas: Don’t Do It

The California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) issued a warning against price gouging on rental housing for wildfire victims, after receiving a complaint and opening an investigation. California Real Estate Commissioner Wayne Bell said rent gouging and price gouging of any kind is illegal in counties where a state of emergency has been proclaimed. Click…

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…

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,…

The Philosophy of Real Estate

If you watch Modern Family, you’re familiar with Phil Dunphy, suburban Los Angeles real estate agent and self-proclaimed real estate guru. You may have even caught one of the Real Estate Phil’s-osophies commercials for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) starring Ty Burrell, the actor who plays Dunphy. It’s not part of the show: NAR…

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…

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…

Legislative News from the California Bureau of Real Estate

The 2013/2014 legislative season ended September 30, 2014, with the Governor signing 931 bills into law in 2014.  Summarized below are recently signed bills that affect California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) licensees and subdividers. All statutes are effective January 1, 2015, unless otherwise indicated. Assembly Bill 2018 (Bocanegra) – This bill amended Section 10159.5…

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