Get it While it’s Hot: Check out the Summer Issue of Consumer Connection

Summer’s not over yet. There’s still time to take a road trip to one of California’s manyConsumer connection summer 2016 state parks. From beaches and deserts to redwood forests and mountain summits, California parks offer a variety of amazing and beautiful sites to explore. The Consumer Connection article “Time for a Road Trip!” details 10 state parks—including Angel Island, Marshall Gold Discovery, Humboldt Redwoods, and Crystal Cove—to consider for your next destination, and ways to make sure your car is as ready for the trip as you are.

Also inside this issue is an article about the recently enacted California End of Life Option Act. The new law provides legal guidelines on how terminally ill adults can choose to die in a humane and dignified manner.

Readers will also find features about the recent trend of more Americans choosing to rent instead of buying a home, dealing with the repo man, the dangers of DIY braces, wills versus living trusts, the dangers of buying from a rogue online pharmacy, and more.

To download or read DCA’s award-winning Consumer Connection magazine, visit the DCA website. You can also pick up a printed copy in the DCA Headquarters lobby at 1625 North Market Boulevard in Sacramento. Or, to have a copy mailed to you at no charge, call (866) 320-8652 or send an e-mail request to Get connected!


2015 Legislative Update for Real Estate Licensees


The California Bureau of Real Estate has released its 2015 Legislative Update.  The legislative summaries provided are of recently signed bills that affect real estate licensees and subdividers.  Read it here.

The Bureau’s 2016 Real Estate Law book will be available online January 1.  The hard copy, along with accompanying CD, is expected to be available for purchase by early February for $25.  To order, download a Publications Request Form from their website at



California Bureau of Real Estate Releases Consumer Guide on Buying and Living in a California Residential Subdivision

Provides vital information to consumers on buying and living in a California residential subdivision.


SACRAMENTO – The Department of Consumer Affairs’ California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) has released a new publication intended to serve as an important resource for consumers who currently live, or are interested in purchasing a home or unit, in a residential subdivision. The publication, entitled “Residential Subdivision Buyer’s Guide,” is available for free downloading on CalBRE’s website.

The guide provides easy-to-read information regarding residential subdivisions, common interest developments (in which millions of Californians reside), and what buyers need to know about the rules governing homeowner associations.  “The purchase of real estate is the largest single investment most Californians make during their lifetimes,” said Real Estate Commissioner Wayne Bell. “This guide will provide consumers with valuable information that will assist them in making an informed decision when considering the purchase of a home or unit in a common interest residential subdivision in California.”

CalBRE is the State agency responsible for licensing and regulating real estate licensees, and regulating the marketing and sale of subdivision interests in California.

For a copy of this publication and to learn more about living in a California residential subdivision, please visit the CalBRE website.

Defrauded in a real estate transaction? Learn about CalBRE’s Consumer Recovery Account

CalBRE_Logo_HiRes_smallIf you are a consumer who has been victimized in a real estate transaction,  DCA’s California Bureau of Real Estate may be able to help you recover some of your financial loss. The Real Estate Consumer Recovery Account enables a consumer who has been defrauded or had trust funds converted by a real estate licensee in a transaction requiring a license to recover all or a portion of his or her out-of-pocket loss when the licensee has insufficient assets to pay for that loss. The requirements for payment from the recovery account include obtaining a final civil judgment, arbitration award, or criminal restitution order against the licensee(s) involved.  To learn more about the Recovery Account, and to find out if you qualify, visit the California Bureau of Real Estate website at  or download the related brochure.

It’s also available in Spanish and Chinese.