2012
  • Significant Legislation
    SENATE BILL 510 (2011) provides that a broker can appoint a branch manager who meets certain criteria and will be accountable for violations of the Real Estate Law and for failure to supervise. SB 510 was the direct product of the DRE's Broker Supervision Task Force. Prior to enactment of SB 510, there were no disciplinary consequences for a licensees who had supervisory authority delegated to him or her by the employing broker. This bill was an additional effort by the Legislature to increase real estate agent accountability during the economic crisis. ASSEMBLY BILL 1424 (2011) requires the DRE to automatically suspend the license of any person appearing on the list of the 500 largest tax delinquencies compiled by the Board of Equalization and the Franchise Tax Board. This bill imposed a suspension requirement on many professional licensing agencies in an effort to improve tax collection efforts and reduce the competitive advantage obtained by non-taxpaypers. Both bills are effective July 1, 2012.
    Significant Legislation
    July 1, 2012
    None
  • 2011 Annual Report
    2011 Annual Report
    2011 Annual Report
    June 6, 2012
    PDF
  • Electronic Examination Site in San Diego Opens
    This site is located in the Miramar area several miles east of La Jolla, and will serve the greater San Diego metropolitan area. The Miramar site is the fourth EEP center statewide following the deployment of La Palma in late 2011 and the commencement of electronic exams in the Oakland and Fresno district offices in 2009.
    Electronic Examination Site in San Diego Opens
    February 29, 2012
    None
  • Recovery Account Renamed
    Senate Bill 706 renamed the Recovery Account to "Consumer Recovery Account."
    Recovery Account Renamed
    January 1, 2012
    None
  • DRE's Mission Codified in the Business and Professions Code - SB 706
    With the enactment of SB 706, the DRE's paramount mission to protect consumers was codified. The Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee held an oversight hearing in March 2011. The hearing was held in response to publicity that demonstrated loopholes and shortcomings in the Real Estate Law which left consumers vulnerable to unscrupulous operators. DRE officials testified at the oversight hearing, demonstrating that the DRE required enhanced enforcement tools to combat historic levels of mortgage fraud and other fraudulent practices. SB 706 was the direct result of the Legislature's recognition that the DRE needed additional enforcement methods to regulate real estate practices.
    DRE's Mission Codified in the Business and Professions Code - SB 706
    January 1, 2012
    None
  • Senate Bill 53 - Expansion of DRE Enforcement Tools
    SB 53 (2011) was enacted as part of continuing enhancement of DRE enforcement powers and consumer protection by the Senate Banking Committee. The enactment of SB 53 created a "cite and fine" system to prevent unlicensed activity and to help bring licensees into compliance with the Real Estate Law. SB 53 also allows DRE attorneys to apply to Superior Court to enforce subpoenas. Effective 7/1/2012, SB 53 requires licensees conducting broker-controlled escrows to report such activities to the DRE. Effective 1/1/2012, DRE can obtain photographs of individuals, applicants and licensees from the Department of Motor Vehicles, so long as the request is related to the enforcement of the Real Estate Law.
    Senate Bill 53 - Expansion of DRE Enforcement Tools
    January 1, 2012
    None
2011
  • Financial Literacy High School Course Launched
    On October 10, 2011, the DRE, in partnership with the NID Housing Counseling agency and Sacramento Charter High School, launched their new Financial Literacy High School Course at Sacramento Charter High School. The course, created and developed by the DRE, educates students at the Junior and Senior class levels on the fundamentals of finance, saving and investing, credit card debt, loans, renting and lease agreements, buying, borrowing, budgeting and other important areas of finance. A 3-year funding committment for the course offering was provided by NID Housing Counseling Agency.
    Financial Literacy High School Course Launched
    October 10, 2011
    None
  • Electronic Exam Site Opens in Los Angeles Area
    The newest electronic examination site opened in the city of La Palma in the greater Los Angeles Area. The La Palma site accommodates 96 examinees at electronic workstations, has lockers available for use by examinees, and offers free parking.
    Electronic Exam Site Opens in Los Angeles Area
    September 21, 2011
    None
  • Commissioner Davi leaves post at Department of Real Estate
         Commissioner Davi leaves post at Department of Real Estate
    Commissioner Jeff Davi left his post on April 29, 2011. He would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve as DRE Commissioner.
    Commissioner Davi leaves post at Department of Real Estate
    April 29, 2011
    Commissioner Davi leaves post at Department of Real Estate
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  • Significant Legislation - SB 931
    SB 931 prohibits a lender from pursuing a deficiency judgment against the borrower/homeowner in those cases where the lender consents to a short sale. Difficult economic times brought about a vast number of short sales - sales in which the lender agrees to accept less than what is owed from the homeowner in the sale of the residence. Prior to the enactment of SB 931, borrowers were potentially subject to deficiency judgments which would require them to pay the difference between the loan amount and the agreed short sale price.
    Significant Legislation - SB 931
    January 1, 2011
    None
  • 2010 Annual Report
    2010 Annual Report
    2010 Annual Report
    January 1, 2011
    PDF
  • Real Estate Bulletins
2010
  • DRE Advocacy Program Launched
    On October 4, 2010, the DRE initiated a pilot Advocacy Program to resolve simple disputes or minor issues between consumers and licensees or subdividers as an alternative to setting up formal investigations into such matter. The mission of the Advocacy Program is to respond quickly and informally to current concerns of consumers and members of the real estate industry by serving as a mediator and facilitator acting to resolve conflicts and mitigate or prevent Real Estate Law violations. Despite the fact that not all advocacy matters involve monetary issues, as of December 2010, the advocates were instrumental in assisting consumers in recovering over $1.4 million and successfully resolved other urgent issues.
    DRE Advocacy Program Launched
    October 4, 2010
    None
  • Financial Literacy Outreach Program
    In April 2010, the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) launched its Financial Literacy Outreach Program. In an effort to educate all Californians to fully understand the complexities of real estate transactions, from school-aged kids to senior citizens, the DRE through this program and by partnering with other government agencies dedicated to Financial Literacy, will promote a wide range of activities, resources, workshops and other important events.
    Financial Literacy Outreach Program
    April 1, 2010
    None
  • 2009 Annual Report
    2009 Annual Report
    2009 Annual Report
    January 1, 2010
    PDF
  • Senate Bill 994, Wagener Law
    Senate Bill 994, Wagener Law
    Senate Bill 994, Wagener Law
    January 1, 2010
    None
  • Proposition 115 Training
    All Department of Real Estate Enforcement Deputies have received Proposition 115 training and certification. With this certification, deputies are now legally qualified to testify at felony preliminary hearings regarding hearsay evidence and are able to assist criminal prosecutors with probable cause determinations stemming from DRE investigations. This certification allows DRE to better assist its law enforcement partners as they pursue criminal convictions and achieve maximum consumer protection in the areas of real estate and mortgage fraud.
    Proposition 115 Training
    January 1, 2010
    None
  • SAFE enacted
    The Federal Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 became law in California with the enactment of Senate Bill 36.
    SAFE enacted
    January 1, 2010
    None
  • Signficant Legislation - AB 260 (2009)
    AB 260 was part of an ongoing effort by the Legislature to tighten its regulation of mortgage brokers and strengthen consumer protections following the mortgage crisis. AB 260 (2009) placed restrictions on high cost mortgages including limiting the use of prepayment penalties, yield spread premiums and negative amortization. The bill also codified that mortgage brokers are fiduciaries of the borrower. Brokers are now prohibited from steering a borrower into a loan that is more beneficial to the broker than the borrower.
    Signficant Legislation - AB 260 (2009)
    January 1, 2010
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
2009
  • Prohibition of Advance Fees for Loan Modification Services
    Pursuant to Senate Bill 94, any person, including real estate licensees and lawyers, are prohibited from demanding or collecting an advance fee from a consumer for loan modification or mortgage loan forbearance services affecting 1-4 unit residential dwellings. Most of the provisions of SB 94 will sunset on January 1, 2013, unless otherwise extended by new legislation.
    Prohibition of Advance Fees for Loan Modification Services
    October 11, 2009
    None
  • Bilingual Outreach and Advocacy Unit
    The Department of Real Estate (DRE) formed the Bilingual Outreach and Advocacy Unit (BOA) to address the underserved multi-cultural needs of the Spanish speaking community and other non-English speaking consumers. The BOA Unit is committed to assisting consumers by providing them with real estate resources and advocacy within DRE, as well as with other government agencies, law enforcement, and non-profit organizations. The BOA Unit will assist in consumer education efforts to prevent the perpetuation of real estate crimes, thereby helping to balance reactive enforcement activities with proactive prevention efforts.
    Bilingual Outreach and Advocacy Unit
    September 1, 2009
    None
  • Certified Sites Program
    In an effort to support new investment and retention of expanding industries in California, the statewide Site Certification Program was created, whose aim is to allow commercial and industrial building projects to commence more quickly than ever before. The program allows local governments to register commercial or industrial sites that are 'project ready' and market them as locations for new business investment and expansion. The certification of a site is performed by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) who will review required materials to ensure a site meets specific criteria including, but not limited to, verification and availability of utilities, site access, environmental concerns, land use conformance and potential site development costs. The DRE will provide a current inventory of commercial and industrial sites that are available for purchase or lease, have the support of local permitting authorities, meet current evaluation criteria for various commercial and industrial uses and are readily available for project development or initiation of use in the shortest time possible.
    Certified Sites Program
    January 1, 2009
    None
  • Launching Public Service Campaigns
    DRE created and broadcasted Public Announcements (PSA) prompting consumers to "Log on, Look em up, and Check em out" before handing over any money or signing any contract to increase consumer awareness and protection.<br /><br />The DRE also produced a PSA in Spanish which has been posted on its Web site, and was picked-up by various Spanish media outlets.
    Launching Public Service Campaigns
    January 1, 2009
    None
  • Established Speakers Bureau
    Created a speakers bureau for consumer outreach on a statewide basis. Speakers can request to speak on a wide variety of topics and to date the DRE has provided speakers to approximately 50 events.
    Established Speakers Bureau
    January 1, 2009
    None
  • Tenant-in-Common Guidelines
    Tenant-in-Common Guidelines
    Tenant-in-Common Guidelines
    January 1, 2009
    None
  • Electronic Examinations in Oakland and Fresno
    In 2009, the Department of Real Estate (DRE), the state regulator that issues licenses to real estate professionals and protects consumers in real estate transactions, deployed a state-of-the-art electronic examination system in its Oakland and Fresno District Offices that gives the Department the ability to immediately issue a real estate license to a qualified examinee upon the successful completion of the license exam. 'With this new process, an applicant no longer has to wait weeks in order to obtain a license after passing the exam, licensing can be instantaneous,' DRE Commissioner Jeff Davi said. 'As the real estate market recovers, it will be vital to get people working as quickly as possible and the electronic exam system will do just that.'
    Electronic Examinations in Oakland and Fresno
    January 1, 2009
    None
  • Loan Modification Task Force and Fraud
    The Department of Real Estate (DRE) stepped up efforts to combat the loan modification scams, advance fee rip offs, and mortgage rescue fraud schemes through an internal Home Loan Modification Prevention Task Force. The Task Force was committed to protect consumers with over 2,400 investigations against loan modification companies, 100+ referrals to the California State Bar, 475 respondents named in Desist and Refrain orders and 50 accusations filed against real estate licensees. DRE appointed a Law Enforcement Coordinator to help ensure that all levels of law enforcement are informed of the administrative actions taken by the DRE and coordinate the filing of civil or criminal actions where appropriate. Through collaborative efforts of the Task Force along with local, state and federal law enforcement and government agencies, numerous administrative, civil and criminal actions have resulted and gained national attention. The unlawful actions of unlicensed individuals harm both the consumer and the industry.
    Loan Modification Task Force and Fraud
    January 1, 2009
    None
  • Mortgage Loan Bulletins
  • Real Estate Bulletins
  • Subdivision Industry Bulletins
    Subdivision Industry Bulletins
    PDF
2008
  • Consumer Protection and Outreach Expanded
    In conjunction with the Governor's Interdepartmental Task Force on Non-Traditional Mortgages, the Department of Real Estate developed and participated in multi-departmental programs to mitigate the effects of mortgage foreclosures throughout the State by participating in and sponsoring various consumer protection and outreach programs. This marks one of the first times that a joint committee, known as the 'Housing Committee,' organized under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BTH) and consisting of all the housing-related departments (Department of Housing and Community Development, Department of Financial Institutions, California Housing Finance Agency, Department of Real Estate, Department of Corporations, and Office of Real Estate Appraisers), has collaborated to provide a solution to address the problem.
    Consumer Protection and Outreach Expanded
    January 21, 2008
    None
  • Established Strike Force Investigation Program
    Established procedures for deputy, audit and legal staff to jointly work on major cases to reduce time necessary to prosecute and provide public protection.
    Established Strike Force Investigation Program
    January 1, 2008
    None
  • Expanded Mortgage Disclosure Requirements
    Emergency regulations were enacted in order to comply with the provisions of Senate Bill 385 (Machado), which became operative on January 1, 2008. The legislation, among other things, requires real estate brokers to adopt and adhere to the obj. New Mortgage Loan Disclosure Statement/Good Faith Estimate, Non-traditional Mortgage Product. Forms are available in English and have been translated into Spanish, Tagalong, Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese.
    Expanded Mortgage Disclosure Requirements
    January 1, 2008
    None
  • Tenant-in-Common Reports
    Tenant-in-Common Reports
    Tenant-in-Common Reports
    January 1, 2008
    None
  • Financial Meltdown Surfaces
    Financial Meltdown Surfaces
    Financial Meltdown Surfaces
    January 1, 2008
    None
  • Mortgage Loan Bulletins
  • Real Estate Bulletins
  • Subdivision Industry Bulletins
    Subdivision Industry Bulletins
    PDF
2007
  • New and Improved Licensing Call Center
    The Department of Real Estate deployed a new Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system that features voice activation and new self-service options. Licensees can log into the system to obtain specific information pertaining to their license; and exam applicants are able to get information on the status of a pending application or to reschedule a future examination. A new toll free number, 1-877-DRE-4LIC, replaces the current local numbers for licensing and examinations. The system also includes a separate toll free number, 1-877-DRE-4321, for Spanish-speaking consumers seeking general information or license status information.
    New and Improved Licensing Call Center
    December 1, 2007
    None
  • Conditional Real Estate Salesperson License Eliminated
    With the enactment of Assembly Bill 2429, qualifying educational requirements to take the salesperson examination and to obtain a real estate salesperson license were increased to include the completion of three semester-unit (or quarter-unit equivalent) college-level courses. Prior to October 1, 2007, the Department of Real Estate had the authority to issue a conditional license to those applicants who provided proof of completion of Real Estate Principles, with the remaining two required college-level courses to be completed within 18 months.
    Conditional Real Estate Salesperson License Eliminated
    October 1, 2007
    None
  • Held Series 26 Foreclosure Prevention with Governor and Project Homeowner
    Held Series 26 Foreclosure Prevention with the Governor and project homeowner.
    Held Series 26 Foreclosure Prevention with Governor and Project Homeowner
    January 1, 2007
    None
  • Mortgage Loan Bulletins
  • Real Estate Bulletins
2006
  • Performance-Based Management
    The Department of Real Estate (DRE) participated in the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BTH) Performance Improvement Council and the technical team focus group. DRE continued its history of performance management with participation in the BTH Performance-Based Management project, and automation of the reporting of Core Performance Measures: Time to issue a real estate license; Percentage of eLicensing transactions; Average time to complete investigations; Average time to complete legal case review and/or file disciplinary action; and Percentage of Pub.
    Performance-Based Management
    August 7, 2006
    None
  • Performance Improvement Initiative Goals Achieved
    Restrictions on reserve funding were mitigated with the raising of the 'Poison Pill' cap on reserves from 6 months to 18 months, while fees remained at the 1982 levels. Processing times significantly improved with the reduction in Licensing processing timeframes. Through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BTH) Performance Improvement Initiative, the Department of Real Estate was able to meet performance objectives that later became part of its performance based management metrics.
    Performance Improvement Initiative Goals Achieved
    July 1, 2006
    None
  • Multi-Departmental License Information Available Online
    Through a collaborative effort with the Department of Corporations, Department of Financial Institutions, and the Office of Real Estate Appraisers, the Department of Real Estate developed and shared a common web page, open to the public, to serve as a one-stop resource for California real estate and financial services license information, laws, and regulations. This online enhancement was made available on March 11, 2005.
    Multi-Departmental License Information Available Online
    January 13, 2006
    None
  • DRE Pocket Cards
    The purchase of the DataCard 503 card printer enables the Business Services section to create ¿pocket cards¿ for the Department of Real Estate licensees.
    DRE Pocket Cards
    January 2, 2006
    None
  • Peak of Housing Market Rise
    Peak of Housing Market rise.
    Peak of Housing Market Rise
    January 1, 2006
    None
  • Mortgage Loan Bulletins
  • Real Estate Bulletins
2005
  • Combination License and Examination Application
    As a result of the enactment of Assembly Bill 2007, individuals can now apply for an examination and license in one step to reduce the overall processing timeframe to obtain a new license. Upon passing the examination, the combination applicant that meets all the license requirements is issued a license. Once the new Electronic Examination System (which is currently under development) is in place, the 'qualified' examination candidate who passes the exam will immediately be issued a real estate license.
    Combination License and Examination Application
    July 1, 2005
    None
  • Elimination of the Real Estate Advisory Commission
    The Real Estate Advisory Commission elimination was undertaken to promote government reform by reducing duplication, overlap and bureaucracy.
    Elimination of the Real Estate Advisory Commission
    January 5, 2005
    None
  • Consumer Outreach
    Developed educational videos, expanded information on DRE Web site, translated consumer material, developed common license information and search function on Web site and participated in numerous consumer outreach events.
    Consumer Outreach
    January 3, 2005
    None
  • Mortgage Loan Bulletins
  • Real Estate Bulletins
2004
  • Jeff Davi Appointed
         Jeff Davi Appointed
    On October 6, 2004, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Jeff Davi as Real Estate Commissioner for the State of California. As Commissioner, Mr. Davi oversees the licensing and regulation of over 543,000 real estate licensees and is responsible for a staff of approximately 342.<br /><br />Commissioner Davi, of Monterey, California, is a real estate broker with many years of experience in the real estate field. Prior to being appointed, he managed a family-owned residential and commercial real estate firm in the Monterey area. He has significant experience in real estate sales, leasing, management and financing.
    Jeff Davi Appointed
    October 6, 2004
    Jeff Davi Appointed
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  • eLicensing Examination Processing Available
    The eLicensing Online System was expanded to include expedited processing of examination services. The automated system offset costs of approximately $900,000 (or the equivalent of 30.5 Licensing/Examination positions based upon a volume of 376,000 online transactions).
    eLicensing Examination Processing Available
    March 30, 2004
    None
  • Consumer Protection/Promotion of Videos
    The DRE funded the creation of videos and workbooks for first time renters and homebuyers. Approximately 375 videos and workbooks were distributed to educators at high schools, adult schools, colleges, libraries and community organizations to prepare the next generation for the rental and home purchase processes.
    Consumer Protection/Promotion of Videos
    January 1, 2004
    None
  • Mortgage Loan Bulletins
  • Real Estate Bulletins
2003
2002
  • eLicensing Services Offered
    eLicensing, an interactive on-line system that provided licensees with self-service renewal and license change options via the Internet, was launched. eLicensing won the Department of Real Estate the 2003 Microsoft Solution Showcase Award for leadership in applying technological solutions to creatively address the challenges of modern governing in a quest for better, more efficient services to the public.
    eLicensing Services Offered
    September 11, 2002
    None
  • Predatory Lending Law Takes Effect
    Assembly Bill 489 (Migden), as amended by Assembly Bill 344 (Migden), generally known as the Predatory Lending Law, added Sections 4970 through 4979.8 to the California Financial Code and imposed restrictions and limitations on specified loans secured by real property for which an application is made on or after July 1, 2002. Department of Real Estate (DRE) publications, as well as the DRE website, provided related consumer information in English, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.
    Predatory Lending Law Takes Effect
    July 1, 2002
    None
  • Internet Access for All DRE Staff
    Access to the Internet was granted to all Department of Real Estate staff.
    Internet Access for All DRE Staff
    January 1, 2002
    None
  • Mortgage Loan Bulletins
  • Real Estate Bulletins
  • Subdivision Industry Bulletins
    Subdivision Industry Bulletins
    PDF
2001
2000
1999
  • Paula Reddish Zinnemann Appointed
         Paula Reddish Zinnemann Appointed
    On November 8, 1999, Governor Gray Davis appointed Paula Reddish Zinnemann as Real Estate Commissioner for the State of California. As Commissioner, Ms. Reddish Zinnemann oversees the licensing and regulation of approximately 300,000 real estate licensees and is responsible for a staff of approximately 300.<br /><br />Commissioner Reddish Zinnemann, of Los Angeles, is an attorney and a real estate broker with more than thirty years experience in the real estate business. Prior to being appointed Real Estate Commissioner, Ms. Reddish Zinnemann practiced law with the firm of Schwartz, Wisot , LLP in Beverly Hills.<br /><br />Commissioner Reddish Zinnemann previously served as a member of the City of Los Angeles' Rent Adjustment Commission and the Los Angeles County Assessment Appeals Board. She was a mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She is a past-President of the Beverly Hills Board of Realtors and was an active member of the California Association of Realtors.<br /><br />Ms. Reddish Zinnemann received her Juris Doctorate degree in 1983 from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law.
    Paula Reddish Zinnemann Appointed
    November 8, 1999
    Paula Reddish Zinnemann Appointed
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  • First Female Commissioner
    On November 8, 1999, Governor Gray Davis appointed Paula Reddish Zinnemann as the Department of Real Estate's first female commissioner.
    First Female Commissioner
    November 8, 1999
    None
  • Major IT System Upgrade - Enterprise Information System (EIS) Deployed
    The Department of Real Estate (DRE) deployed a comprehensive, enterprise computer system that migrated all of the DRE's existing information and data processing activities from a variety of stand-alone and outdated systems into an organization-wide client-server system. The EIS is the foundation of DRE's complex information technology (IT) infrastructure.
    Major IT System Upgrade - Enterprise Information System (EIS) Deployed
    April 26, 1999
    None
  • Mortgage Loan Bulletins
    Mortgage Loan Bulletins
    PDF
  • Real Estate Bulletins
1998
  • Legal Presence Licensing Regulations
    In 1996, the United States Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act (the Act) which requires states to eliminate a broad array of public benefits for illegal immigrants. The definition of a public benefit includes professional and occupational licenses issued to individuals by state agencies. For purposes of the Department of Real Estate (DRE), the term 'public benefit' applies to original and renewal real estate salesperson and broker licenses; prepaid rental listing service licenses; and mineral, oil and gas broker licenses. <br><br> To implement the provisions of the Act, the DRE adopted Regulation 2718 effective August 1, 1998. The regulation requires proof of legal presence in the United States from all applicants for a license. The requirement applies to applicants for both original and renewal licenses.
    Legal Presence Licensing Regulations
    August 1, 1998
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
1997
  • Public License Information on the Internet
    The Department of Real Estate expanded its website to provide consumers the ability to check the status of real estate broker and salesperson licensees online. Also included in the expanded services were frequently asked questions about licenses.
    Public License Information on the Internet
    September 1, 1997
    None
  • California Residential Mortgage Lending Act
    The California Residential Mortgage Lending Act (CRMLA) was enacted in 1994 and became operative in 1996. The CRMLA was enacted as an alternative to the existing laws licensing lenders under the Real Estate Law and the California Finance Lenders Law, in order to provide mortgage bankers with a licensing law specifically intended to regulate their primary functions of originating loans and servicing loans. Unlike the Real Estate Law and the California Finance Lenders Law, the CRMLA is specifically designed to authorize and regulate mortgage banking activities. An applicant under the CRMLA may obtain a license as a lender, a servicer, or both.<br><br> The CRMLA authorizes licensees to make federally related mortgage loans, to make loans to finance the construction of a home, to sell the loans to institutional investors, and to service such loans. Licensees are authorized to purchase and sell federally related mortgage loans and to provide contract underwriting services for institutional lenders. Licensees are authorized to service any federally related mortgage loan regardless of whether they make the loan or purchase a servicing portfolio. A licensed CRMLA lender is also authorized to provide brokerage services to a borrower, by attempting to obtain a mortgage loan on behalf of the borrower from another lender.
    California Residential Mortgage Lending Act
    January 1, 1997
    None
  • DOB
    DOB.
    DOB
    January 1, 1997
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
1996
  • DRE Launches Website - www.dre.ca.gov
    The Department of Real Estate's initial Website included general information for consumers, information on how to obtain a real estate license, and subdivision information.
    DRE Launches Website - www.dre.ca.gov
    June 1, 1996
    None
  • Licensing of Mortgage Bankers Transferred to the Department of Corporations
    Senate Bill (SB) 1978, which was passed in 1994 and became effective in 1996, created the Residential Mortgage Lending license (RML) under the Department of Corporations (DOC). SB 1978 effectively transferred the regulation of non-depository mortgage lenders from the Department of Real Estate to the DOC.
    Licensing of Mortgage Bankers Transferred to the Department of Corporations
    January 1, 1996
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
1995
  • Jim Antt, Jr. Appointed
         Jim Antt, Jr. Appointed
    On May 9, 1995, Governor Pete Wilson appointed Jim Antt, Jr. of Bakersfield as Real Estate Commissioner for the State of California. Commissioner Antt is a longtime real estate licensee who has been involved in both residential and commercial real estate and property management. He has served as a member of the Department of Real Estate's Real Estate Advisory Commission, as President of the California Association of Realtors and as Regional Vice President for the National Association of Realtors. Also, he was appointed to a two-year term on the FNMA Advisory Council, was honored as California Realtor of the Year in 1990, and served as President of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.
    Jim Antt, Jr. Appointed
    May 9, 1995
    Jim Antt, Jr. Appointed
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  • Real Estate Bulletins
1994
1993
  • DRE Accepts Credit Card Fee Payments
    As part of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BTH) Total Quality Management (TQM) project, the Department of Real Estate (DRE) began taking credit card payments for examination fees via telephone, FAX and mail. TQM was a Governor's initiative to identify, implement and monitor selected projects termed 'Pioneer Projects.' DRE began accepting credit card payments as part of its overall Examination Rescheduling TQM project.
    DRE Accepts Credit Card Fee Payments
    March 15, 1993
    None
  • Support Obligor Licensing Restrictions
    In accordance with Section 17520 of the Family Code, the Department of Real Estate (DRE) is precluded from issuing or renewing a full-term license if the applicant is on a list of persons (obligors) who have not complied with a court order to provide child support payments. The Department of Child Support Services compiles the list which includes all counties in California.<BR><BR> DRE will issue a 150-day license to an otherwise qualified applicant who is on the list of child support obligors. DRE will advise the applicant that the license applied for cannot be issued unless a release is furnished to DRE from the Department of Child Support Services during the 150 days.<BR><BR> DRE also receives a supplemental list of obligors who are over four months delinquent in child support payments. DRE compares this list to the total real estate licensee population. If there is a match of an existing licensee and the license is not due for renewal for at least six months, the licensee will be advised that the license will be suspended if the delinquency is not cleared within 150 days. The suspension will remain in effect until the delinquency is cleared.
    Support Obligor Licensing Restrictions
    January 1, 1993
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
1992
1991
  • Clark Wallace Appointed
         Clark Wallace Appointed
    Governor Wilson recently announced the appointment of Clark Wallace of Moraga as Real Estate Commissioner for the State of California. Mr. Wallace expressed his pleasure at the prospect of working with the staff of the Department of Real Estate and serving the public and the industry. Commissioner Wallace has been active in the real estate industry for more than 30 years.<br /><br />He has been involved in both residential and commercial real estate, is an experienced developer and has actively managed a diverse third generation real estate brokerage firm located in central Contra Costa County. He served under two Administrations as a member of the Department's Real Estate Advisory Commission, has served as President of both the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, and was appointed to a two year term on the FNMA Advisory Council and also served as Chairman of that body. Additionally, he has held numerous other positions of leadership in the industry.
    Clark Wallace Appointed
    January 1, 1991
    Clark Wallace Appointed
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  • Real Estate Bulletins
1987
1986
1983
  • James A. Edmonds Appointed
         James A. Edmonds Appointed
    On February 23, Governor Deukmejian announced the appointment of James A. Edmonds, Jr., of Long Beach as the Real Estate Commissioner and Director of DRE.<br /><br />Commissioner Edmonds has been active as a real estate broker, appraiser and mortgage banker since 1946. For nearly twenty-three years he operated City and Suburban Mortgage Company, a mortgage banking firm that he organized in 1956. Following sale of that company to Southern Trust and Mortgage Company in 1979, Mr, Edmonds remained with the company in an executive capacity involved principally in governmental affairs.
    James A. Edmonds Appointed
    February 23, 1983
    James A. Edmonds Appointed
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  • Real Estate Bulletins
1982
  • E. Lee Brazil Appointed
         E. Lee Brazil Appointed
    Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed E. Lee Brazil Real Estate Commissioner and Director of the Department of Real Estate, effective January 25, 1982.<br /><br />Prior to becoming Commissioner, Mr. Brazil was Vice President, Corporate Counsel and Secretary with Fox Financial Corporation, a San Mateo based real estate syndicator. He was also Assistant General Counsel of BRAE Corporation and Division General Counsel for Itel Corporation. Mr. Brazil began his law practice as an associate attorney for the San Francisco law firm of Heller, Ehrman, White
    E. Lee Brazil Appointed
    January 25, 1982
    E. Lee Brazil Appointed
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  • Mortgage Loan Broker Reform Legislation
    Real estate brokers functioning as mortgage loan brokers arranging loans funded by private, non-institutional lenders are required to submit proposed advertising for pre-publication review and to furnish prospective purchasers or lenders with disclosure documents.
    Mortgage Loan Broker Reform Legislation
    January 1, 1982
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
1981
  • Regulation of Time-Share Offerings
    The Department of Real Estate (DRE) secured jurisdiction over most time-share offerings under the Subdivided Lands Law (Business and Professions Code § 10249.11, 11000, 11000.1 and 11024). With the subsequent enactment of Assembly Bill 2252 on January 1, 2005, DRE, in collaboration with the time-share industry, reformed the time-share law streamlining the qualification process while improving consumer protection.
    Regulation of Time-Share Offerings
    January 1, 1981
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
1979
  • Proposition 13
    In June of 1978, California voters approved Proposition 13, amending the State Constitution so that the maximum annual tax on real property is limited to one percent of 'full cash value' (market value) plus a maximum of two percent annual inflation factor based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as calculated by the California Department of Industrial Relations. (Sections 51 and 110.1) An additional sum is allowed to pay for indebtedness on affected property approved by voters prior to the passage of Proposition 13. Also, selected new indebtedness is allowed, only by a twothirds vote of the residents affected.
    Proposition 13
    January 1, 1979
    None
  • Mortage Loan Broker Problems Begin
    Mortgage Loan Broker (MLB) problems begin.
    Mortage Loan Broker Problems Begin
    January 1, 1979
    None
  • Continuing Education Required
    Continuing Education Required.
    Continuing Education Required
    January 1, 1979
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
1976
  • David H. Fox Appointed
         David H. Fox Appointed
    Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed David H. Fox as Real Estate Commissioner and Director of the Department of Real Estate, effective September 17, 1976.<br /><br />Prior to being named Commissioner, Mr. Fox served as the Governor's Cabinet Secretary. He has been a licensed real estate broker since 1969 and has spent much of the past nine years in activities related to California real estate transactions. As an attorney, he worked with the firm of Fox and Hanover concentrating on real estate-related matters. For five years, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Assistant and Acting Chief of the Criminal Division of the Los Angeles office, where he was involved in the investigation and prosecution of numerous real estate-associated cases.
    David H. Fox Appointed
    September 17, 1976
    David H. Fox Appointed
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  • Real Estate Bulletins
1973
1971
  • Robert W. Karpe Appointed
         Robert W. Karpe Appointed
    Governor Ronald Reagan has named Robert W. Karpe of Bakersfield as California Real Estate Commissioner. Mr. Karpe succeeded Button E. Smith who, after a little over four years in the post, resigned to re-enter private business.<br /><br />As Real Estate Commissioner, Mr. Karpe serves as a member of the Governor's Low Income Housing Task Force and the Governor's Interdepartmental Committee on Housing. He also becomes a member of the University of California President's Real Estate Advisory Committee, and will represent California as a member of the National Association of Real Estate License Law Officials.
    Robert W. Karpe Appointed
    January 1, 1971
    Robert W. Karpe Appointed
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  • Fingerprinting Begins
    An applicant for any real estate license must submit one set of classifiable fingerprints, acceptable to the State Department of Justice (DOJ), unless the applicant is currently licensed by the Department of Real Estate or has held a real estate license which expired less than two years ago.
    Fingerprinting Begins
    January 1, 1971
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
1970
1967
  • Burton E. Smith Appointed
         Burton E. Smith Appointed
    Governor Reagan appointed Mr. Burton E. Smith of Bellflower as California Real Estate Commissioner effective January 17, 1967. He succeeds Milton G. Gordon, who has reentered private business in southern California.<br /><br />Mr. Smith was first licensed with the division on January 3, 1947, and has been owner since 1950 of the Burt Smith Company, Inc., a real estate brokerage firm with offices in Bellflower. He has been an active worker in the Bellflower District Board of Realtors, where he served as a director, vice president, and in 1954, as president. In the same year, he was named the board's "Realtor of the Year."
    Burton E. Smith Appointed
    January 17, 1967
    Burton E. Smith Appointed
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  • Broker Statutory Courses
    Broker Statutory Courses.
    Broker Statutory Courses
    January 1, 1967
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
1964
1963
  • Milton G. Gordon Appointed
         Milton G. Gordon Appointed
    On Wednesday, January 16, 1963, Milton G. Gordon took oath of office as Real Estate Commissioner of California in the office of Secretary of State Frank M. Jordan, with the latter officiating, in the presence of staff members and leaders from both houses of the State Legislature. Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown had announced the appointment some 10 days earlier.<br /><br />Mr. Gordon, at 40 the youngest man ever to be called to this administrative post, brings to his assignment a dynamic approach and a dedicated commitment to the proposition that state government in general and his agency in particular exist to carry out the will and serve the interests of the people of California.
    Milton G. Gordon Appointed
    January 16, 1963
    Milton G. Gordon Appointed
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  • Real Estate Bulletins
1961
1959
  • W.A. Savage Appointed
         W.A. Savage Appointed
    Governor Edmund G. Brown appointed Mr. W. A. Savage of San Bernardino to the post of California Real Estate Commissioner, effective March 1, 1959, as successor to Fred W. Griesinger, Arcadia, who held the position for approximately two years. Mr. Savage's appointment has been confirmed by the State Senate. In addition to his duties as Real Estate Commissioner, Mr. Savage will serve as a member of the Governor's Council and becomes a voting member of the State Public Works Board.<br /><br />The new head of the Division of Real Estate has had extensive experience in real estate, having been actively engaged in the real estate and appraisal business as a broker since 1937. At the time of his appointment, Mr. Savage had general real estate and appraisal offices in San Bernardino, where he had been located for more than 23 years.
    W.A. Savage Appointed
    March 1, 1959
    W.A. Savage Appointed
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  • Real Estate Bulletins
1957
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  • D.D. Watson Appointed
         D.D. Watson Appointed
    Governor Warren announced the appointment of Mr. D. D. Watson of Oakland to the post of California Real Estate Commissioner, effective December 1, 1948, succeeding Mr. Hubert B. Scudder who resigned March 1, 1948. In the interim, Mr. R. S. Davis, Assistant Commissioner, has been the chief administrative officer.<br /><br />The new head of the Division of Real Estate has had extensive experience connected with real estate, having been actively engaged in the business over a period of 25 years. He also has extensive knowledge of the Real Estate Law and the policies and administrative problems of the division as he served seven years as a member of the State Real Estate Board, the division's advisory board of which he, as commissioner, is now chairman.
    D.D. Watson Appointed
    December 1, 1948
    D.D. Watson Appointed
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  • Real Estate Bulletins
1947
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1945
  • Hearing Process Reform
    The hearing procedure was changed to conform to the new Administrative Procedure Act. Numerous additional grounds for disciplinary action were defined.
    Hearing Process Reform
    January 1, 1945
    None
  • License Enforcement Begins
    The Real Estate Commissioner gained the authority to suspend or revoke a license after investigating a complaint of misrepresentation, undisclosed dual agency, making false promises, commingling funds, or other questionable practices.
    License Enforcement Begins
    January 1, 1945
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
1943
  • Real Estate Law Codified
    The California Legislature organized the statutory authority of the Department of Real Estate into the two Parts of Division 4 of the Business and Professions Code.
    Real Estate Law Codified
    August 4, 1943
    None
  • Hubert B. Scudder Appointed
         Hubert B. Scudder Appointed
    Scudder was elected city councilman of Sebastopol in April 1924 and mayor in 1926. He served as member of the California State assembly from January 1925 to January 1940. He was appointed real estate commissioner of the State of California in January 1943 and resigned March 1, 1948. He served as president of the National Association of License Law Officials from November 1947 to September 1948.
    Hubert B. Scudder Appointed
    January 1, 1943
    Hubert B. Scudder Appointed
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1941
1940
  • First Official Department Publication
    The California Real Estate Broker and Salesman Bulletin is published. Pursuant to the authority granted by statute, the bulletin was one of the important means of communication between the Division of Real Estate and its licensees.
    First Official Department Publication
    October 1, 1940
    None
  • Real Estate Bulletins
    Real Estate Bulletins
    PDF
1939
  • Clarence Urban Appointed
         Clarence Urban Appointed
    Clarence Urban was a realtor until he was appointed Real Estate Commissioner of California on June 28, 1939. He also served as president of the Urban Mortgage Company (Los Angeles). Urban was born on May 1, 1878 in Jacksonville, Texas; owned five weekly newspapers in Texas before coming to Los Angeles and working as a realtor until he was appointed Real Estate Commissioner.
    Clarence Urban Appointed
    June 28, 1939
    Clarence Urban Appointed
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1935
  • Real Estate Board Created
    The Real Estate Board was established as an advisory body to the Real Estate Commissioner. In 1957, technical amendments included the redesignation of the Real Estate Board to the Real Estate Commission. This body was later renamed the Real Estate Advisory Commission.
    Real Estate Board Created
    January 1, 1935
    None
1934
  • J. Mortimer Clark Appointed
         J. Mortimer Clark Appointed
    Prior to being appointed commissioner, J. Mortimer Clark was a realtor and former president of the Long Beach Realty Board and vice-president of the California Real Estate Association.
    J. Mortimer Clark Appointed
    January 1, 1934
    J. Mortimer Clark Appointed
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1931
  • Joseph P. Smith Appointed
         Joseph P. Smith Appointed
    Biography of Commissioner Joseph P. Smith goes here
    Joseph P. Smith Appointed
    January 1, 1931
    Joseph P. Smith Appointed
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1927
  • Stephen Barnson Appointed
         Stephen Barnson Appointed
    Biography of Commissioner Stephen Barnson goes here
    Stephen Barnson Appointed
    January 1, 1927
    Stephen Barnson Appointed
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1925
  • J.R. Gabbert Appointed
         J.R. Gabbert Appointed
    Biography of Commissioner J.R. Gabbert goes here
    J.R. Gabbert Appointed
    January 1, 1925
    J.R. Gabbert Appointed
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1923
  • Subdivisions Authority Enacted
    The Commissioner was first given the authority to investigate and prepare a public report on subdivided agricultural lands. This authority was the precursor to the Subdivided Lands Law in California. In 1933, the Commissioner's authority was broadened to include business and residential subdivisions. In 1963, subdividers were required to provide adequate financial arrangements.
    Subdivisions Authority Enacted
    January 1, 1923
    None
  • License Examinations Begin
    The first license examinations consisted of a single oral interview. In 1929, examinations were authorized and in 1931, a more formal testing program was adopted requiring tests to be in writing.
    License Examinations Begin
    January 1, 1923
    None
1921
  • Edwin T. Keiser Appointed
         Edwin T. Keiser Appointed
    Biography of Commissioner Edwin T. Keiser goes here
    Edwin T. Keiser Appointed
    January 1, 1921
    Edwin T. Keiser Appointed
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1919
  • Real Estate License Law (Real Estate Act of 1919) Withstood Legal Challenge
    California Supreme Court upheld the Real Estate License Law. The California Commission on Real Estate was renamed the Division of Real Estate under the California Department of Investment.
    Real Estate License Law (Real Estate Act of 1919) Withstood Legal Challenge
    July 27, 1919
    None
  • Real Estate Jurisdiction Begins
    Real Estate jurisdiction began
    Real Estate Jurisdiction Begins
    January 1, 1919
    None
  • Ray L. Riley Appointed
         Ray L. Riley Appointed
    Biography of Commissioner Ray L. Riley goes here
    Ray L. Riley Appointed
    January 1, 1919
    Ray L. Riley Appointed
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1917
  • DRE Declared Unconstitutional
    DRE declared unconstitutional.
    DRE Declared Unconstitutional
    June 1, 1917
    None
  • Freeman H. Bloodgood Appointed
         Freeman H. Bloodgood Appointed
    Biography of Commissioner Freeman H. Bloodgood goes here
    Freeman H. Bloodgood Appointed
    January 1, 1917
    Freeman H. Bloodgood Appointed
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  • Origin of Real Estate License Law Was Created by the Legislature
    Governor William Stephens signed legislation creating the real estate license law and appointed Freeman H. Bloodgood as the first Real Estate Commissioner. This legislation established the California Commission on Real Estate (predecessor to the Department of Real Estate).
    Origin of Real Estate License Law Was Created by the Legislature
    January 1, 1917
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