Pennsylvania Brokerage Start-Up and Licensing Lawyer

The Right Start in the Realty Business

Harrisburg and Statewide Pennsylvania

Starting or buying a real estate brokerage involves unique licensing and compliance issues. It is much different than a standard business startup. The attorneys of Caldwell & Kearns have unmatched experience in broker and agent law, and strong backgrounds in business formation and real estate transactions, making us uniquely suited for representing brokers in these business ventures.

We represent real estate brokerages in the critical startup phase, and offer ongoing compliance counsel and litigation services. With offices in Harrisburg, Hershey and Hummelstown, we represent brokerages and real estate professionals in Dauphin County, Cumberland County, York County and throughout Pennsylvania. For more information, contact James Goldsmith and our knowledgeable team at 717-743-1682.

Real Estate Brokerage Formation

We offer smart and efficient counsel for choosing the appropriate entity for your business and facilitating the licensing process. We can also help you establish Limited Function Referral Offices (LFRO) and other affiliated entities such as settlement companies. Our comprehensive services cover all the details to get you up and running and protect you from problems down the road:

  • Complete the purchase of an existing brokerage
  • Form your business entity and draft the ownership agreements
  • Register your business entity and name
  • Negotiate or review franchise agreements
  • Prepare the numerous licensing forms and certifications
  • Guide you step-by-step through the office inspection process
  • Provide custom forms and policies to get your office running smoothly
  • Ongoing compliance counsel to keep you out of trouble

Sophisticated Knowledge and Superior Service

Our lawyers will put together the entire licensing packet, including applications and supporting documents, and hand-deliver it to the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission. We work closely with you and the Commission's licensing staff to address any additional documentation required for licensure, and we keep you updated and answer your questions throughout the process.

Caldwell & Kearns has been active in real estate broker law for over 35 years. We have long represented the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®, and our firm has been instrumental in shaping legislation on behalf of real estate professionals. Our connections with the real estate industry allow us to stay in front of the curve of new laws, practices and ideas. If and when the Pennsylvania Legislature allows sales agents to incorporate or form LLC's, we will be ready to guide you through that beneficial transformation.

Caldwell & Kearns will work with you directly (or through your local counsel) to get your new brokerage formed and licensed while you concentrate on putting your business model into action. We offer both flat fee and hourly rate options to give you control of your start-up costs.

Contact our Harrisburg office to arrange a consultation. We are conveniently located on Front Street off I-81.

We also have offices located at 325 Laudermilch Road, Hershey, PA 17033 and 113 E. Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036. There is free off-street parking at Hershey and Hummelstown.