1111 Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureaus
Program Descriptions


The Bureau of Real Estate ensures that individuals who wish to engage in real estate business and act in the capacity of, or advertise as, a real estate broker or salesperson within California meet specified qualifications and ensures licensees meet minimum education standards and requirements. The Bureau investigates the actions of any person acting in the capacity of a real estate licensee, performs financial compliance audits of licensees and subdividers, administratively prosecutes violations of the Real Estate Law and Subdivided Lands Law, and provides victims of real estate fraud with financial recovery per limitations set by statute. The Bureau protects the public against fraud and misrepresentation in the sale or lease of subdivided land through the issuance of public reports which disclose vital information to prospective purchasers of subdivision interests.