Announcements Statewide


Jeff Kahn to Serve on Purchase Agreement Task Force

We are thrilled to announce our very own Jeff Kahn has been asked to serve on the California Association of Realtors Purchase Agreement Task Force which is charged with reviewing and revising the Residential Purchase Agreement and related standard industry forms.


The DRE has now announced that effective July 1, 2013, it will no longer be known as the Department of Real Estate, but will become the Bureau of Real Estate. The Commissioner has recently advised that agents and brokers do not immediately need to change their business cards, email addresses, correspondence, etc. from DRE to BRE .  However, as time progresses, the industry should start using the new initials BRE to be accurate.

C.A.R. Conference

Shannon and Steve will be attending the C.A.R. Business meetings in Sacramento the first week in May. They will be meeting with C.A.R. Leadership, Staff and Political Forces. Feel free to let us know if there are topics you want us to raise at these meetings.

Advisory Audits

Advisory Audits are now available for all real estate broker offices. Members of CRELA receive a 33% discount. For inquiries please email us at [email protected].

New DRE Commissioner

Please be advised that Wayne Bell has been appointed as the new Commissioner of the California Department of Real Estate. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Legal Alliance between Spile & Jones to provide California’s Real Estate Industry with Risk Management

Spile, Leff & Goor, LLP and the Shannon B. Jones Law Group, have announced the formation of California Real Estate Legal Alliance ("CRELA") to be headed by their respective managing partners Steven D. Spile and Shannon B. Jones. CRELA is an alliance of these two highly respected firms to provide a full spectrum of legal, risk management and business consulting services to the real estate industry.

Jones commented: “Between the two of us, Steve and I have over 50 years of experience serving the real estate industry. We want to combine our resources so we can convert that wealth of experience into a cost efficient and easily accessible resource for our clients and other members of the real estate services industry. We will offer a full spectrum of legal services, from risk management to litigation, including corporate and transactional.”

Spile added: “It is a bit of a cliché, but we really believe, in our case, that the sum is far greater than the individual parts. Shannon and I will work with clients to minimize their legal fees, while maximizing their business revenue. We have provided these services to hundreds of clients and realized we have a successful formula. CRELA allows us to create an economy of scale which we can pass on to our clients and to take our vision to the next level. Most importantly, we will play a role which transcends the typical lawyer/client relationship.”

As noted by Jones and Spile, CRELA, establishes a comprehensive approach to representing real estate professionals throughout the state of California. CRELA offers real estate advice, coaching, risk management, early intervention services, claims management, education, insurance guidance, and other cutting edge industry information. Equally important, since Jones and Spile are highly respected by industry heads, insurance carriers and other influential resources, they are well positioned to tap into those resources for the benefit of their clients.

By way of example, through their roles in the industry and relations with insurance carriers, CRELA will undertake the following: collaborating with insurance companies to design, implement and manage Errors & Omissions insurance programs; assisting with legislative efforts to protect the interests of real estate professionals in California; participating in the drafting of forms used by real estate professionals; creating and providing Department of Real Estate continuing education programs; collaborating with the various associations to best serve the needs of their members; and acting as an advocate for clients with their varied needs.

“We partner with our clients, their associations and the insurance industry in pooling our respective resources to ensure the real estate brokerage industry meets its full and vast potential,” Spile said. “While each of our law firms will remain independent entities, we have found that through a sharing of resources, we are better able to serve our individual clients as well as the industry as a whole.”

“We have just recently launched a website, www.crela-law.com. We are still adding material, but the spirit and goals of CRELA are evident from the nature and content of the website,” remarked Jones. “Our goal is to better understand the interests of our clients, so we can become an integral member of their team and ensure that Real Estate Matters!”

Kathleen Carpenter to appear at "FTC's Green Advertising Guidelines"

Kathleen Carpenter of The Shannon B Jones Law Group is a panelist on the  “FTC’s Green Advertising Guides & How They Impact Energy Efficiency Claims, Marketing and Sales” held on January 15, 2013 from 9:30-11:00am PST / 12:30-2:00pm EST. Panelist also include Robert Frisby, Enforcement The Federal Trade Commission and National Consultant Arlene Stewart, President of AZS Consulting. Lean more about marketing “green” and energy efficient homes.  This seminar is for anyone considering advanced training to obtain a “green” broker designation or just those seeking to understand more about the guidelines for marketing properties with green features You can access the webinar here: http://www.efficiencyfirst.org/education/upcomingwebinars/#FTCGreenGuides

If you are unable to attend and would like to learn more about Green Marketing Risk Management contact us.