California Department of Real Estate

We defend California real estate brokers and salespersons in license law matters before the Department of Real Estate (DRE).  We have over 20 years experience representing California real estate brokers and salespersons.  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 DRE investigator or auditor, or you receive an Accusation by mail, contact us as soon as possible.