News from the California Bureau of Real Estate
All individuals who submit an application for a California real estate license received on or after January 1, 2016 will no longer need to submit proof of legal presence in the United States.
On September 28, 2014, the Governor signed Senate Bill 1159 (Lara, Chapter 752, Statutes of 2014), which adds Section 135.5 to the Business & Professions Code (BPC), changing the legal presence requirements to obtain a real estate license. Current law requires an individual to provide proof of legal presence (proof of U.S. citizenship or legal alien status), in the United States in order to obtain a real estate license. SB 1159, which becomes effective on January 1, 2016, will remove the legal presence requirement from the application process. Applicants will still be required to provide a social security number or an individual taxpayer identification number for licensure. Please make appropriate changes to your materials and inform your students of the changes to the requirements for licensure.
For more information, please contact the California Bureau of Real Estate www.calbre.ca.gov
Real Estate Commissioner Wayne Bell writes personally to all California Community College Presidents urging them to maintain, reinstate and/or expand their colleges’ vocational real estate program. Click here to read the Commissioner’s correspondence dated June 12, 2014.
Mark your calendars now to attend the Real Estate Educators’ Conferences in your region during the academic year.
- Fall 2015 Southern California Conference – Los Angeles on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles Airport
- Spring 2016 Northern California Conference – San Francisco Bay Area on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Double Tree in Brisbane
Did you know that the California Community Colleges educate more professional real estate agents than any source of private real estate training in California? The Community Colleges enrolled over 11,500 student in real estate and escrow (TOP codes 051110 & 051100) courses during spring semester 2013. No wonder that a real estate education means jobs, jobs, JOBS.
The Real Estate Education Center is working with the California Bureau of Real Estate on a new methodology for capturing student success rates for the real estate salesperson and broker examinations. Look to The Informer newsletter for details on how to contact the Bureau of Real Estate to request a unique tracking number for each of your real estate and escrow courses.
Financial Literacy in California high schools is key to future successful landlord/tenant relationships and home ownership. The Real Estate Center is once more collaborating with the California Bureau of Real Estate to publish Finance 101 in support of high school financial literacy. Look for an instructors’ guide including curriculum and a student textbook in the next months.
San Francisco, California, USA City College of San Francisco has been the site of the California Community Colleges Real Estate Education Center since July 1, 2002.
The California Community Colleges Real Estate Education Center exists to serve all of the community colleges in California by providing instructional support and services to instructors of Real Estate. The Center also oversees the distribution of scholarship funds from the Real Estate Endowment Fund to community college students.
The Center is responsible for producing Real Estate Instructor and Student guides on most of the Real Estate subjects taught at community colleges statewide. Instructor guides are available to Real Estate instructors and Student guides are provided at cost to be sold to students through their community college bookstores.
In addition, the Center is responsible for conducting three Real Estate Education Conferences for Real Estate Educators in California. One is held in the San Francisco Bay area, one in the Los Angeles area, and the third in the San Diego area.