Do I need a branch-office license for my agent’s home office?

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05/29/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff

I sponsor several agents who work out of their homes. I have a license for the main office, but another broker told me that I’m required to also have a branch-office license for every agent’s home. Is that true?

It depends on the activities your agents perform in their homes. Section 1101.552 of the Real Estate License Act provides that a broker who maintains more than one place of business must obtain a branch-office license for each additional office.

But what is “a place of business”? TREC rule Section 535.112 defines it as a place where a real estate license holder meets with clients and customers to transact business.

So, if your agents meet with clients or customers at their homes to transact business, you must obtain branch-office licenses for each of those homes. If your agents never meet with clients or customers at their homes to transact business, then no branch-office license would be required.

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Theresa Akin on 06/04/2015

I do a lot of work at home. I will not meet with clients at my home. They don’t need to know where I live. Upon first face to face introduction we can meet at the office. If it’s a bit of a distance then we can meet in a public place. After being comfortable and rapport has been satisfied,  then we can meet at the properties. We have 3 branch offices, so there is no reason as far as I’m concerned to meet at my home.

Ward Lowe on 06/03/2015

Marge: You can get information on broker responsibility in the Legal FAQs (  and you can also check out the Broker Responsibility Guide found here:

Marge on 05/30/2015

Where can I get comprehensive details about Broker responsibility if an agent wants a “branch office” to meet clients?

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