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California Bureau of Real Estate v. The Department of Real Estate

California Bureau of Real Estate v. The Department of Real EstateWe have received numerous inquiries as to whether the Bureau of Real Estate is becoming The Department of Real Estate. There is a Senate bill currently pending before the California legislature, which would remove the Bureau of Real
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Reminder to Retain Emails and Texts of Substance in Transaction Files

Reminder to Retain Emails and Texts of Substance in Transaction FilesThe California Bureau of Real Estate document retention policies include retaining emails and texts of substance in transaction files. Recently, it has come to our attention that several brokers were not aware of this policy.
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Question and Answer Regarding Discriminatory Marketing Practices

Question and Answer Regarding Discriminatory Marketing PracticesQuestion: I am a listing agent and my seller wants to market the property as being “gay.” Is that advisable?Answer: No. Setting aside whether this is a good marketing strategy, such marketing is not recommended. Sexual
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Landlords May Not Collect Rent on Unpermitted Residential Units

Landlords May Not Collect Rent on Unpermitted Residential UnitsRecently, an Appellate Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court refused to force a tenant to pay rent on a residential unit, which was unpermitted and did not have a certificate of occupancy. The landlord had served a three (3) day
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Water Conserving Plumbing Fixtures Law

Water Conserving Plumbing Fixtures LawEffective January 1, 2017, California law will require property owners for properties built before 1994 to install water-conserving plumbing fixtures by 2017 for single family properties and by 2019 for all other properties. In addition, if a property is altered
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eClosings?

eClosings?A new concept is being tried, which involves the electronic close of escrows. Some companies are contemplating whether to move forward with handling escrows electronically through escrow companies, which have virtual offices.Under this concept, all of the documents would be sent to the
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