California Bureau of Real Estate
Real Estate Salesperson and Broker License Defense
Each year, the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) receives, reviews and investigates large numbers of complaints about real estate agents and brokers from consumers, other professionals, and government agencies.
If you are a licensed real estate agent or broker facing a CalBRE investigation or disciplinary action, we have the experience and resources to provide expert representation.
Complaints and investigations
The following represent the most commonly reported violations alleged against real estate professionals:
- Trust fund record keeping
- Trust fund shortages
- Failure to supervise
- Unlicensed activity
- Criminal convictions
When the bureau receives notice of unprofessional conduct, employees in the enforcement section may conduct an investigation and forward the case to bureau’s legal staff. Once the investigation is complete, the bureau may close the matter, issue a fine or citation, send an order to desist and refrain from unlawful activity, or refer the case to a deputy attorney general for further disciplinary action. The attorney general may file an accusation or, in the case of an applicant, a statement of issues, which initiates a formal hearing process under the California Administrative Procedures Act.
At the administrative hearing stage, the bureau may impose penalties that include public reproval, license surrender, license restriction, denial of a license application, license suspension, and license revocation.
How we can help
While each situation is unique, it is generally wise to engage counsel before responding to the board’s investigator or a request for information. Answering questions, providing documents or evidence, or agreeing to other actions without counsel can be risky. As a licensed real estate broker or salesperson, you have important statutory and constitutional rights to consider. Immediately seeking advice from an attorney experienced with the CalBRE helps protect your reputation and your career.