Consumer Recovery Account

If you have been a victim of a real estate scam, you might be wondering how to recover your money. The Consumer Recovery Account (CRA) is an account funded by a percentage of the license fees paid by real estate licensees. This account can help you get back some of the money you lost due to a fraudulent real estate transaction. CRA cases usually involve the conversion of trust funds or mortgage fraud.

Financial Assistance

Consumer Recovery Account

The fund comes from a percentage of the real estate license fees collected by each broker and salesperson in California. The funds are specifically designated to cover the costs of recovering money that has been stolen or misappropriated.

A funds recovery Account will not pay out money unless the defendant was deliberately defrauded or deprived of his or her money. The fund is intended to cover costs associated with disbursing payments and managing new grant programs.

Protects Consumers

The Consumer Recovery Account must be funded from a civil judgment or criminal restitution order, or a similar judgment or award. It must also be based on a breach of trust. The fund is drawn from the real estate license fees.

The commissioner can also transfer money from the general real estate fund into the Recovery Account. It is important to note that the fund is restricted to real estate licensees.

Recovery Fund

Recovery Fund

The fund for the Recovery Account is derived from the real estate license fees. Generally, the fund is created from the general real estate fund, which is made up of the state’s general revenue. For example, a commission can add $7 to a salesperson’s license fee to fund the Recovery Account. Additionally, the commissioner can transfer funds from the CRF to the Recovery Accounting. Once the funds have been transferred, the Commission can issue a check and disburse them to members of the public.

Qualified Claims

The California Recovery Fund pays qualified claims that result from the conversion of trust funds. It is the money a real estate agent loses through a fraudulent transaction. For this reason, a qualified claimant should be able to prove that the property manager or agent converted their trust funds to their own benefit.

A commission cannot transfer funds from the general real estate fund to the Recovery Account. This would make it difficult for the Commission to collect the money it has already earned.

Assists Victims

The Recovery Account is funded by real estate license fees. In California, there is a $50,000 limit for any single transaction and a $250,000 limit for all claims against one licensee. The money in the Recovery Account is used to reimburse victims of fraud. If the commission finds that the recovered amount is not sufficient, it may transfer the money to the General Real Estate Fund. It will also transfer the funds to the general real estate fund.


The Recovery Account is funded from the real estate license fees. The fund for the account is limited to $50,000 for any one transaction. The fund for the Recovery Account is limited to $250,000 for all claims against one licensee. The fund is made up of the general real estate funds.

Consequently, the funds for the recovery account are not limited to a single transaction. In some cases, the recovery account is used to reimburse a number of other types of claims.

Bill Sutton
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