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California DRE revoking licenses of real estate professionals

With the spotlight now shining brightly on crimes such as loan modification scams and mortgage modification fraud, the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) is taking action.

As of this writing, more than 775 licenses have either been revoked by the DRE or the licensees surrendered their licenses in the face of investigations. DRE Commissioner Jeff Davi notes that consumers who don’t check to see if their loan officer is licensed (just go to and do a license check) have less of a chance of receiving any restitution for loan modification fraud, since the criminal is unlikely to be carrying errors and omissions insurance.

Here are some quick statistics: in 2009, 672 licenses were revoked (up 50%) and 105 licenses were surrendered (up 80%). Over 180 Desist-and-Refrain order were issued by the DRE to almost 400 individuals or firms engaged in the loan modification business and they initiated over 2,000 investigations.

Read the Full Article in the Real Estate Channel and the message by Commissioner Jeff Davi on the DRE’s website. Also on the DRE’s website is a list of companies and individuals against which action has been taken.

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