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Vern C. Hansen, CRB

195 Horn Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952 Telephone: (707) 762-3770
Facsimile: (415) 723-7097
E-mail: vern@vernhansen.com
Web Site: www.vernhansen.com
CA DRE License #00454402

Education and Professional Licenses

Sonoma State College, Rohnert Park, CA

BA Degree, Business Management, 1969
Associated Student Body President, 1968

California Real Estate Broker's License, 1976

Professional Work Experience

Vern Hansen Broker Risk Management Services, Inc.

Broker/Owner; Providing real estate brokers' transactional assistance, case management, analysis and assistance to broker defense counsel for legal actions, broker standard of care expert testimony and evaluation to counsel. Corporation established November 2009.

Pacific Union Real Estate Group, Ltd. ("PUREG") and GMAC Home Services ("CORE" Companies)

January 2001 - October 2009
Director - VP Risk Management for PUREG and for the four national CORE brokerages.
Responsible for managing all agent transaction issues, seminars, new laws, claims and litigation for PUREG. Responsible for overseeing the three Risk Managers for CORE companies in Boston, Chicago and New Jersey.

Cashin Company Realtors

May 1998 - December 2000
VP Risk Management and Branch Manager of both Menlo Park and Woodside offices.

Vern C. Hansen & Associates

July 1995 - March 1998
Broker/Owner; provide real estate dispute resolution, expert witness, and mediation services.

The Prudential California Realty (NorCal) (Formerly Merrill Lynch Realty)

June 1994 - June 1995 Executive Manager Corporate Services
Responsible for all pre-litigation disputes, mediation, and risk management policies.
November 1989 - May 1995 Branch Manager, Sausalito, CA
January 1989 - October 1989 Branch Manager, Petaluma, CA

Western Compass Group & Westgate Realty

January 1987 - December 1988 President/Branch Manager, responsible for merging Westgate Realty with North Valley Realty in Petaluma, CA.
September 1979 - December 1986 Broker/Co-Owner

Golden Land Realty

June 1973 - August 1979
Real Estate Sales Associate for residential, land, and commercial real estate sales in Petaluma, CA.

Expert Witness Testimony

As of September 2000, Vern had accepted more than forty assignments with respect to providing expert opinions and case analysis, for the benefit of both plaintiff's and defendant's counsel, regarding the Standard of Care for real estate licensees during the performance of their duties in a real estate transaction.

Professional Honors and Awards

  • NorCal Society of Excellence Award 1991
  • NorCal Society of Excellence Award 1990
  • NorCal Branch Manager of the Year 1990
  • Sonoma County Realtor of the Year 1987
  • Petaluma Realtor of the Year 1987
  • Petaluma Realtor of the Year 1986
  • Edjar K. Hansen Memorial Award 1986

Professional Accomplishments:


  • Chairman, N.A.R. Director Selection Task Force, 1996; responsible for developing nominating criteria for selecting qualified California directors to serve as representatives to N.A.R. (National Association of Realtors).
  • Legal Services Plan Task Force, 1994; responsible for developing Risk Management & Member Legal Services Program for delivery to all member brokers and associates.
  • Vice-Chair Person, Real Estate Market Task Force, 1993 - 1994; charged with generating a massive home-buying media campaign aimed at potential California first-time home buyers and "move up" candidates.
  • 1991 C.A.R. Presidential Inauguration, Co-Master of Ceremonies; presided over an 850-plate formal installation dinner.
  • Vice-Chair Person, Environmental Hazards Task Force, 1988 - 1989; developed and proposed legislation that mandated the current handbook used in real estate home purchase transactions by most real estate brokers.


  • 2009 - Completed 27th year as a C.A.R. Director.
  • 2009 - D.R.E. Commissioner's Task Force; analyze and recommend changes to the California D.R.E. Broker and Sales Person licensing exams.
  • 2006 - Consumer Services Task Force (improve quality of service by brokers to consumers).
  • 2003 - 2007 Legal Action Fund Trustee; five-year term.
  • 2002 - Statewide committee to create one C.A.R. Purchase Agreement for the State ("RPA-CA).
  • 2000 - 2001 Vice-Chairman and Chairman, Legal Affairs Forum (closed-door meeting of board and corporate attorneys).
  • 1995 - 1999 Legal Action Fund Trustee; five-year term. Chaired N.A.R. Director Selection Task Force.
  • 1995 - 1998 Appointed to Real Estate Advisory Commission by State D.R.E. Commissioner Jim Antt Jr.
  • 1989 - 1994 Served twice on Executive Committee, Chaired Real Estate Finance Committee, Vice-chaired Jurisdiction Committee, and was Regional Vice President for Region #4.

Community Service

  • 1988 - 1989 KSRO Radio Show, Santa Rosa, CA; established and co-hosted weekly real estate Saturday morning radio call-in talk show.
  • 1988 - President, Sonoma County Association of Realtors.
  • 1988 - President, Petaluma Chamber of Commerce.
  • 1983 - Vice President, Petaluma Educational Foundation.

Professional Certifications

Trained Mediator by Pepperdine University School of Law: Institute for Dispute Resolution. Course Title: "Mediation, The Art of Facilitating Settlement".

C.R.B. designation (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager). This designation is confirmed by the National "Real Estate Brokerage Managers Council".