Can a real estate Broker for/with two Brokers?

Asked by Marie, Los Angeles, CA Thu Nov 8, 2012

Hi, I'm a real estate agent and studying for my broker license. My broker agency where I have my license listed now is mainly doing residentials and all training is about residential properties. I got an offer from another Broker to work with him in business brokerage to sell businesses. Since this is a different speciality I would need to train with him. My question is, when I get my Broker license, can I work legally in California with two Brokers, one in residential and one in business sales? There is no way I can find one Broker who does it all?
Please help, Thank you!

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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Fri Nov 9, 2012
Yes - you legally can work with as many brokerages as you like. As John said below, however, getting a company to agree to that is a different matter. Remember, as a broker, you can CREATE your own company that encompasses all the types of sales you wish to do. That's the beauty of the Broker's license.

Good luck.
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Marie, , Los Angeles, CA
Tue Nov 13, 2012
Thank you all for your input, so from y understanding, legally it is allowed in California,
however it depends on the broker who will agree to work with another broker.

Is there any written information that Broker can work with several brokers,
I'm trying to convince my broker, however he is arguing that it is legally not possible,
he probably have only had sales-agents working for him, no brokers.

If there is any literature which can support my argument, I would really appreciate,
I can not find on DRE website. Please help, so I can start my training.!
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Sat Nov 10, 2012
Mack - to answer your question: in California an agent (whether holding a salesperson or broker license) is an agent of their employing broker, not the agent of the client. For example, when a seller signs a listing agreement, the contract is between the seller and the employing broker, not the agent who will actually sell the house. In the unlikely event that an agent works for multiple brokers, the employing broker who appears on the listing agreement "owns" the contract with the client (the name of the employing broker appears on all client contracts). When the broker's agent communitcates with the client, they do so in the name of the employing broker. If an agent stops working for a broker, the listing stays with the employing broker unless the agent's employment contract gives them the right to transfer the listing to a new employing broker.
This is why every agent contract I've ever seen states that the agent, regardless of license type, must work only for the employing broker. The standard employment contract I use treats broker-associates the same as salespersons in terms of who owns client contracts. When I hire an agent with a broker's license, anything they do in the State of California is done as my representative and they are forbidden from working for any other broker or from doing deals under their own license.
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Fri Nov 9, 2012
This is interesting. So, in California, when you are a Broker working for more than one Brokerage, how do you communicate with the client which Brokerage is representing them?
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Carla Pennin…, Agent, Georgetown, TX
Fri Nov 9, 2012
Hi Marie, I realize you are asking about California, so since I live in Texas I'm not directly answering your question. (But for Texas readers....we can only work for one brokerage).

But I read your question and you mean they sell businesses, or commercial properties?
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Thu Nov 8, 2012
The answer to your question in general is yes, you can work for an unlimited number of brokerages as long as you hold a California broker license. The catch is that most brokerages restrict you contractually from working with any other brokerage in any licensed capacity. It's a case of you legally may, but no one will hire you unless you're willing to work only for them.
Most business brokerages will sell real estate that is owned by a business they are representing, though I don't know any real estate brokerages that also do sell businesses.
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