I am a California Real Estate Broker. I just filed my LLC-1 with the state (CA) and it is approved and ready to be used.
Am I able to begin using my LLCs name on contracts (i.e. commission agreements) or do I need to register the LLC with the DRE (or do anything else to begin using my LLC name instead of my own personal name)?
Real Estate Attorney
Unfortunately, you cannot do business which requires a brokers license in California as an LLC- it has to be a corporation. A corporation may be a real estate licensee if it is qualified by an officer who is a licensed broker. A corporate real estate broker can operate only by and through the license of a responsible managing officer; if there is no licensed officer, the corporation cannot perform licensed activities. The corporation must be created, and then the corporation must submit to DRE a corporate license application You also submit a corporate background statement.
If you own investment properties, you might want to consider holding them in the new LLC you created.
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