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If there is no business, not a registered trade name or entity - then there is NO contract.
In contract there is what is termed "mutuality of obligation" - The legal principle that provides that unless both parties to a contract are bound to perform, neither party is bound.
If you can't sue someone for breach - that there is no company or legal entity - then there is no contract.
However, as a result of the enactment of House Bill 704 during the 2002 session of the Maryland General Assembly, licensed real estate associate brokers and salespersons are now eligible to register a nickname with Real Estate Commission and thereby hold themselves out to the public by that nickname.
Accordingly, a licensee named William Salesperson may register the nickname "Bill" with the Commission and trade under the name Bill Salesperson. The licensee will receive a new license with the authorized nickname in parenthesis on the name line of the license:
William F. Salesperson (Bill)
This authorization is limited strictly to the use of nicknames. Consistent with the action of the General Assembly, the Commission will not register the name of a joint venture, partnership, corporation or some other entity under this provision.
So, if they aren't registered - they are not allowed to broker real estate in Maryland.
Yes, you can demand that they show you that they are registered or the listing agreement is void.
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