defense: 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.
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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)

defense: 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)

defense: 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)

defense: Important Alert about the broker's duty to supervise rule 2725 - 05/08/13 04:04 PM

Are you ready to go from Real Estate Broker to Real Estate salespersons because you don't fully understand the duty to supervise?
This is an important notice about something that I know everyone already knows, but may not truly understand.  This article is based on things that I seen in my practice and that I am learning right now regarding how the California Department of Real Estate views the broker's duty of supervison versus how some brokers see it, and deal with it.  As a licensed real estate broker myself (I practiced real estate before becoming a … (0 comments)

defense: Ten most common violations found in DRE audits - 12/27/12 03:05 PM
Hi everyone, for most of you this blog is nothing but a refresher course.  For some of you, there might be some good information here.  Wishing everyone success in 2013.  It's going to be a very big year!


defense: The DRE just sent me a subpoena duces tecum, now what do I do? - 07/31/12 11:15 AM
                            From time to time a DRE licensed broker or sales agent may receive a subpoena from the California Department of Real Estate (“DRE”) usually pursuant to a DRE investigation.  The question then becomes, what do I do with the subpoena?  Forst, what is a subpoena?According to Webster’s online dictionary a subpoena is defined as: “A writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court.”
There are two basic types of subpoenas that the DRE may send a real estate licensee: (1) the basic subpoena to … (0 comments)

defense: The Defense of TILA recoupment in California - 07/16/12 09:42 AM
As some people know, and others do not, Federal Truth in Lending law ("TILA") provides a defense of recoupment where TILA violations are uncovered in a loan file.  But just what is recoupment and when is it raised?
Several Plaintiffs who have been served with foreclosure papers (notice of default and notice of sale) have sought to file a lawsuit to try to stop the nonjudicial foreclosure sale arguing a TILA recoupment theory.  The idea is that given the TILA violations, the Plaintiff either wants to try to rescind the loan or else seek money damages and an injunction to halt … (0 comments)

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