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 Your first tuesday real estate news

Week of August 31, 2015

 
 
     
 
Feature

7 key factors for choosing the right broker

As a newly licensed California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) sales agent, the first step in using your license in sales, property management or mortgage originations is to find a suitable employing broker. To find the right broker, keep in mind these seven key factors. Read more

 
 
 
Poll  CalBRE website maintenance

ATTENTION: The California Bureau of Real Estate's (CalBRE's) online renewal processing program, eLicensing, will be unavailable from Friday, September 4, 2015 at 6:00 PM (PST) until Monday, September 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM (PST) due to maintenance. 

Licensees will NOT be able to submit online renewals during this time. If you need to submit your renewal, send all renewal paperwork by mail and ensure it is postmarked by your expiration date. Renewal forms and instructions may be found here for sales agents and here for brokers.

 
 
     
 
Practice

Course provider compliance for CalBRE continuing education

Know CalBRE requirements to help you select a reputable course provider.

 
 
     
 

Poll  Vote on it

How do you find and select your CalBRE continuing education provider?

 
 
     
 
Economics

Real estate disaster scenario Part I: Drought

Part I in our article series on how natural disasters affect CA home sales.

 
 
     
 
Practice

Scheduling: The foundation of a successful practice

Improve your real estate practice with this guide to creating a schedule.

 
 
     
 
Form of the Week

The agent’s employment agreement – essential for an employing broker

An analysis of the agent employment agreement form.

 
 
     
 
Market Trends

Homebuyers, sellers and builders see green in lawn-free houses

Californians are ready to replace green lawns with drought-friendly landscapes.

 
 
     
 
Practice

Brokerage Reminder: Deposits in escrow – disbursement of funds upon cancellation

A review of rules controlling the disbursement of escrow funds.

 
     
 
Monthly Statistical Update

New licenses explode while renewals fizzle

Current trends for real estate licenses and home sales.

 
     
 
Finance

Fannie-Freddie elimination still a pipe dream for reformers

Fannie and Freddie endure as mortgage-backed bonds diminish.

 
 
     
 
Legal Aspects

No fines for brown lawns in state-declared drought emergency

New regulations regarding fines for unwatered lawns.

 
 
 
 
 
Ad Broker Search

Looking for a broker? Use first tuesday's FREE online recruiting database to find a broker seeking real estate agents in your area. Brokers, you can also register your company to advertise job openings and locate qualified agents. Access the online broker search tool here.

 
 
     
 
Market Trends

California tiered home pricing

California home prices continued to rise in June 2015.

 
 
     
 
Economics

Methamphetamine labs create headaches for landlords

An increase in California meth labs is a reminder to stay on top of landlord duties.

 
 
 
 
Legal Aspects

Regulations for fictitious business names and team names under a broker

Updated rules for fictitious business and team names.

 
 
     
 
Market Trends

The rise and fall of real estate brokers and agents

The number of active brokers fell in July 2015 while agent numbers rose.

 
 
 
 
Legal Aspects

Does service of a Notice of Default trigger the running of the statute of limitations for filing a quiet title action?

Get the ruling here.

 
 
 
 
Marketing

FARM: Home viewing tips

Help your clients prepare for their home search.

 
 
 
 
Market Trends

Regional forecasts

The latest housing trends in California's largest regions.

 
 
 
 
Marketing

FARM: Pool safety tips for homeowners

Help your clients keep their swimming pools safe.

 
 
     
 
Marketing

FARM: Time to BBQ

A template for sharing your favorite barbecue recipes.