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An advanced fee is defined as, "a fee, regardless of the form, claimed, demanded, charged, received, or collected by a licensee from a principal before fully completing each and every service the licensee contracted to perform, or represented would be performed." Real estate agents and brokers may still accept an advanced fee for advertisements in newspapers of general circulation, tenant pre-screening fees, and tenant security deposits.
As of October 11, 2009, Advance Fee Loan Modification Agreements previously reviewed and approved by the Department of Real Estate (DRE) are void and can no longer be used. Loan Modification Agreements entered into and advance fees collected before October 11, 2009 are not affected.
Failure to comply with the new laws can lead to a fine of up to $10,000 for an individual ($50,000 for a business) and one-year imprisonment.
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