california dept real estateThe California Department of Real Estate (DRE) enacted the nation’s first real estate license law in 1917, providing for the licensing and regulation of real estate agents and brokers. The California Dept of Real Estate serves as a model for legislation in many states, and enjoys a reputation as the leader in real estate licensing and regulation.

The revenue necessary to operate the DRE is derived from fees charged for real estate licenses, subdivision public reports, and various other permits issued by the Department. Employees operating from District Offices in five cities (Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego) carry out the Department’s responsibilities as mandated by the Real Estate Law and the Subdivided Lands Law.

The California Real Estate Commissioner is appointed by the Governor, and serves as the chief executive of the Department of Real Estate. The Commissioner appoints a Real Estate Advisory Commission comprised of ten members: six California real estate brokers and four public members. The Advisory Commission, presided over by the Commissioner, meets and consults on policies of the Department at public meetings held at least four times a year.

The Commission also helps to determine how the people of the State of California may best be served by the California Dept Real Estate, while at the same time recognizing the needs of the industry that it regulates.

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