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BROKER'S OFFICE REQUIREMENTS IN FLORIDA

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Edited by MLS Campus Administrator, Monday, 6 March 2017, 11:13 AM

Real Estate Broker Office

Real estate sales associates and brokers are required to comply with state statues and the rules of the Florida Real Estate Commission. The rules govern not only property sales and purchases, they also govern who can open a real estate office, the physical aspects of the office and any signage indicating an office is present.​​

  • ​1. Ownership

    Only real estate brokers can own and maintain a real estate office in Florida. A broker is someone with real estate sales experience who has completed advanced coursework and passed an exam to become a real estate broker. Florida's real estate law prohibits real estate sales people, or associates, from office ownership. Sales people work from the broker's office where they are registered.
  • 2. Attributes

    ​The real estate office must have at least one enclosed room and be located in a stationary building. The office must have space to conduct real estate closings and transactions in private. In order to comply with Florida regulations, the broker is required to keep any real estate files and records in the office. This ensures that all documents are readily available for inspection by the real estate governing authority. An exception to the office's location is that it may be in a broker's home if local zoning permits it and if the broker displays a proper sign.
  • 3. Sign

    Every broker is required to maintain a sign on or about the entrance of the principal office and each branch office. Signs must be positioned to be easily seen by any person about to enter the office. Each sign is required to be posted on either the exterior or the interior entrance area of the office (Section 475.22, F.S.). Each office entrance sign must contain the name of the broker as registered with the FREC, as well as the trade name, if any. For a partnership or corporation, the sign must include the name of the firm or corporation or trade name of the firm or corporation, together with the name of at least one of the brokers. In addition, each sign must at least display the words “Licensed Real Estate Broker” or “Lic. Real Estate Broker.” (No other abbreviations are allowed.) With the passage of the changes to Section 475.22, F.S., effective July 1, 2003, there is no longer a minimum size requirement for the letters in the sign. If the broker maintains a registered office in his or her residence, the office entrance sign is not required to be posted on the front door or outside the home. The sign may be posted on the exterior of the door to the actual office.
  • 4. Accessibility

    The location of a real estate office must comply with any federal and state laws regarding physical and metal handicapped accessibility. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) governs Florida real estate office accessibility. The office must have a minimum amount of clearly marked handicapped parking spaces. The law requires a ramp for wheelchairs and rooms inside the office big enough to accommodate the wheelchairs. Any work or renovation to a real estate office must comply with ADA guidelines.
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