California Bureau of Real Estate License Defense Attorneys

We defend California real estate brokers and salespersons in license law matters before the Bureau of Real Estate (BRE).  In 2013, the Department of Real Estate (DRE) merged into the Department of Consumer Affairs as the Bureau of Real Estate.  With over 20 years as California real estate license defense attorneys, our experience includes

  • Real Estate Brokerage corporations and contracts
  • Broker/Agent Contracts
  • Office and Trust Account Audits
  • Investigations and Interviews
  • License Denials by Statement of Issues
  • Citations
  • Accusations
  • Administrative Hearings
  • Appeal to the Superior Court by Petition for Writ of Mandate (Mandamus)
  • Appeal to the Court of Appeal
  • Petition for Reinstatement

We represent Realtors, mortgage and loan brokers, property management firms, real estate schools, real estate developers, real estate brokers and salespeople.

Important Real Estate Laws

  • Unlike most California licensing agencies, the Bureau of Real Estate has a three-year Statute of Limitations. (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 10101)  This statute of limitations should be considered in Accusations alleging practice-related misconduct.
  • Citations were authorized by 2012 legislation and started coming into use in 2013.  We have successfully intervened at the audit/investigation stage to avoid the filing of a public Accusation by negotiating citations, which are not published on the BRE website.
  • Real estate brokers and salespersons must self-report misdemeanor criminal convictions, felony charges and license discipline by another agency within 30 days.  (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 10186.2)  This requirement started in 2012.

If you hear from a BRE investigator or auditor, or you receive an Accusation by mail, contact us as soon as possible to speak with a California administrative law attorney who has expertise in Bureau of Real Estate cases.