bre: Vondran Legal - Overview of our real estate legal services - 05/22/18 05:35 PM
Vondran Legal is a Premier Real Estate Firm with offices in California and Arizona!  We have helped countless brokers, real estate agents, homeowners and others in BRE accusations and licensing matters, arbitration, mediation and state & federal litigation.
About Us
Our law firm launched in 2004. We started small, incorporating real estate companies and helping financial entities obtain CFL lending licenses and handling general real estate compliance issues, including broker audits, investigations and accusations.  From there, we mushroomed into other areas of real estate law, including becoming a leader in California broker compliance law, foreclosure, predatory lending, zoning, and financial elder abuse.  We built … (0 comments)

bre: Negligence issues in property management in California - 05/20/18 10:33 PM
Property Management Litigation & Arbitration Law Firm
Being a property manager is no easy task.  As a matter of compliance, property managers have quite a few legal compliance issues to keep in mind, from trust fund accounting to affiliate disclosures, record keeping, and everything in between.  But another important consideration for California and Arizona property managers is reducing their legal exposure on various transactions.  In the world of litigation, one of the biggest causes of action can be for negligence.
Negligence involves:
(1) Duty of care owed
(2) Breach of duty of due care
(3) The breach is the proximate and legal cause of Plaintiff's damages
(4) … (1 comments)

bre: Cal Property Managers are you ready for trust fund audit? - 10/28/17 01:43 PM
I know, you are probably TIRED of hearing about another blog on real estate COMPLIANCE but this is an extremely important topic that most brokers are not even aware of, but the California Bureau of Real Estate (“BRE”), soon to go back to the “Department of Real Estate” name, is out in full force handling audits throughout the State of California through its four office locations (San Diego, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Oakland).  What does this mean for the California property manager?   It means you better be ready to “show your books” as we are seeing a major crack down on … (3 comments)

bre: CalBRE Broker Office Survey - what's this? - 07/20/17 09:41 PM
2017 CalBRE real estate updates from Attorney Steve®
Our firm has helped numerous real estate companies across the state of California in a wide variety of BRE compliance issues.  From advanced fee agreements, to statement of issues response, to defending in BRE audits, investigations and accusations.  Recently, it has come to our attention that more brokers are receiving “broker office survey” letters which come across as very informal but which could pack a serious compliance punch.  This blog talks about these letters and what you should do when you receive a letter.
What does the audit  letter say?
The letter may come from an … (1 comments)

bre: How to get a real estate license with a prior criminal conviction? - 05/31/16 11:10 AM

If you have ever dreamed of having your real estate license and getting involved in the amazing real estate business (either representing clients buying or selling residential or commercial real estate, quoting mortgages, handling property management, or even selling business opportunities), but have prior criminal convictions in your background – either a felony or misdemeanor, this blog is for you.   This blog will tell you everything you need to know about what your chances are to “get your ticket” to the real estate dance.  We have helped many … (0 comments)

bre: How to avoid a BRE audit in five easy steps - 08/06/14 01:51 PM

Attorney Steve's top five tips to avoid a real estate audit by the BRE
This article is a general legal overview of a few tips I have encountered over the years to help real estate brokers protect themselves and avoid a BRE audit.  Basically, the BRE (Bureau of Real Estate) will respond to complaints against real estate licensees and they may call you up and want to ask you a few questions.  Oftentimes it is in regard to a single transaction.  Other times, there is a disgruntled ex-employee that has an axe to grind that reports some type of wrongdoing … (1 comments)

bre: Attorney Steve tips to cancellation of exclusive listing contract - 06/09/14 04:54 AM

How to cancel an exclusive listing contract in California
I recently had a question from a client who asked me "is it legal for me to cancel an exclusive listing contract?  My answer was, of course, yes you can cancel a contract (after all the seller is the boss) but I informed this person that this was not the same as saying that you might not owe a real estate commission to the broker (you did sign a legally binding agreement in most cases).  We have talked about broker commission agreements on Attorney Steve's "commission college" video series.

bre: What is a restricted real estate license in California? - 03/08/14 12:18 PM
An overview of restricted real estate licenses in California.
You may have heard of a broker or salesperson who has a "restricted" real estate license.  But just what does that mean?

Click on the picture above to go to our Attorney Steve Real Estate TV video on restricted licenses.  Here is another video that discusses removing restricted real estate license status.
In a nutshell, a restricted real estate license is what often results following a BRE accusation being filed (which is basically a complaint against a real estate licensee who is alleged to have violated the real estate law or … (2 comments)

bre: Will you lose your NMLS mortgage loan originator license in accusation - 05/13/13 11:08 PM
A word about NMLS licenses and California Business and Professions Code Section 10166.051 After you have been audited by the California Department of Real Estate ("DRE") - soon to be called the "bureau of real estate" ("BRE"), one question I get quite frequently is WILL I LOSE MY NMLS LICENSE and lose the ability to originate mortgage loans?  Well, the short answer is maybe yes. Under the law, the department could discipline your NMLS license when you are charge with wrongdoing, dishonest dealing, trust fund accounting violations, advance fee violations, willful violation of the real estate law, just for a … (0 comments)

bre: Bureau of Real Estate commissioner Wayne Bell appointed by governor - 03/04/13 01:34 AM
  The Governor of California Jerry Brown has appointed a new real estate commissioner.  His name is Mr. Wayne Bell.   The former real estate commissioner, Mr. Davi, resigned his post.   Welcome to the post Mr. Bell.   Here is a brief overview of what we were able to learn about BRE real estate Commissioner Bell:   -worked in various positions at Ralphs Grocery Store   - was a deputy secretary and general counsel at the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency   - was a special counsel and director of home ownership at the California Housing Finance Agency   - … (2 comments)

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