REFAT Forms

Download real estate fraud prevention forms.

F2

Download “the Warning; Not For Rent Poster” 
Put this forms on all your properties to prevent Real Estate Fraud.
Form is in English & Spanish

F1

Download “Don’t let Real Estate Fraud Scam you out of your house form” 
Put this form on all your properties to prevent Real Estate Fraud.
Form is in English & Spanish

Fraud Reporting

Download real estate fraud prevention resources available to the general public.

Resource Phone/Website

Local Law Enforcement Agencies

If you are an apparent victim of a real estate fraud-related crime, you should report the potential crime to your local law enforcement agency. The appropriate agency is generally the one with jurisdiction over the area in which the property in question is located. Law enforcement agencies’ phone numbers are available in the Government section of any phone book.

Freddie Mac (Federal) Fraud Hotline

If you think someone has been a victim of mortgage fraud and Freddie Mac owns the mortgage please let Freddie Mac know. A quick call to their Fraud Hotline can make a difference.

(800)4-FRAUD-8(800)437-2838

California Bureau of Real Estate

If you have questions about appropriate real estate license activities or real estate transactions, contact the Los Angeles District Office:
320 West 4th Street, Suite 350
Los Angeles CA 90013-1105

(213)620-2072
http://www.dre.ca.gov/

California Bureau of Real Estate Mortgage Lending Unit

If you have questions on mortgage practices, complaints, compliance, or advertisements, contact the Mortgage Lending unit at (916) 227-0770; Fax number is (916) 227-0777; PO Box 187000, Sacramento, CA 95818-7000

(916)227-0770
http://www.dre.ca.gov/

Don’t Borrow Trouble Ventura County Service Provider Hotline

Access service providers throughout Ventura County who offer free assistance for real estate-related concerns. Habla Espanol. Available 24 hours.

Dial 2-1-1 or800-339-9597 from cell phones

Ventura County District Attorney Real Estate Fraud Complaint Form

Persons who believe they may be victims of real estate fraud are encouraged to fill out and return a Real Estate Fraud Complaint Form for our review.

 http://www.vcdistrictattorney.com/

Ventura County District Attorney Real Estate Fraud Complaint Form

Persons who believe they may be victims of real estate fraud are encouraged to fill out and return a Real Estate Fraud Complaint Form for our review.

 http://www.vcdistrictattorney.com/

 

Ventura County District Attorney

Resource Phone/Website

Ventura County District Attorney Real Estate Fraud Unit

The Real Estate Fraud Unit actively investigates and prosecutes people who commit real estate fraud.

http://da.countyofventura.org/refraud_unit.htm

 

Government Agencies

Resource Phone/Website

Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline

State of California Consumer Home Mortgage Information, Homeownership Preservation and Foreclosure Avoidance. Available 24 hours. Help available in multiple languages.

(888)995-HOPE (4673)
http://www.995hope.org

California Bureau of Real Estate

Use this link to check on a real estate licensee’s status. You can find out is an agent has an active license or if they have been subject to any disciplinary actions by the California Dept. of Real Estate.

Check Licensee Status

Federal Making Home Affordable Website

Information about the federal Government’s programs to prevent foreclosure. Information on federally sponsored loan modification programs and links to find out if your loan is owned by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae.

MakingHomeAffordable.gov

Ventura County Superior Court

Self-Help Legal Access Center. The Superior Court has family law and non-family law self-help centers to assist persons who represent themselves in court. There is no income eligibility requirement to use these services. They are available to all members of the community.

Legal Self Help http://www.ventura.courts.ca.gov/venturaMasterFrames5.htm

 

Non-profit Agencies

Resource Phone/Website

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation of Ventura County

Home ownership, foreclosure counseling and resource center; Spanish assistance available.

(805)659-3791
http://www.cabrilloedc.org

Surepath Financial Solutions

Credit counseling, foreclosure prevention counseling and borrower education. (Formerly known as Consumer Credit Counseling Service.)

(800)540-2227
Surepath.org

Neighborworks® America

NeighborWorks America is a national, nonprofit organization created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance and training for community-based revitalization efforts. Their website is a valuable educational resource on the common scams targeting homeowners in financial distress.

1(888)995-4673
LoanScamAlert.org

Neighborworks® America

NeighborWorks America is a national, nonprofit organization created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance and training for community-based revitalization efforts. Their website is a valuable educational resource on the common scams targeting homeowners in financial distress.

1(888)995-4673
AlertaFraudeDeHipoteca.org

 

Education

Resource Phone/Website

“Predatory Practices” Fraud Documentary Film

“Predatory Practices” Fraud Awareness and Educational Documentary Film
(19 mins.; available on DVD with Spanish subtitles)

WalkYourTalkProductionshttp://www.walkyourtalkproductions.com/

Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure-HUD

Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure

English Version http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/avoiding_foreclosure

Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure-HUD

Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure

Spanish Version http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/espanol/foreclosure

State of California Consumer Home Mortgage Information

Here you will find helpful information and links if you are considering buying a home, or if you already own a home, or have a mortgage and may be experiencing difficulty in keeping your payments current.

http://www.yourhome.ca.gov/

Mortgage Professor

Unbiased website offering borrower education information and useful tools to assist the consumer. Hosted by Jack M. Guttentag, a Professor of Finance Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and founder of GHR Systems, Inc., a mortgage technology company.

MtgProfessor.com

 

Industry Related Organizations

Resource Phone/Website

California Association of Mortgage Brokers

Loan workout and modification assistance.

(805)816-6899

Ventura County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Services Program

Help with civil real estate related disputes.

(805)650-7599

Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS

Assistance making complaints regarding licensed agent members.

(805)981-2100
http://vccar.net/
National Assoc. of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals http://nahrep-vc.org/index.html

Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of REALTORS

Assistance making complaints regarding licensed agent members.

(805)495-4681
http://www.cvar.com