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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.
Thank you for your answer. Just to clarify...the broker (business name) would have to be the legal name of the business on the contract, right? So if my contract is with XYZ company (which isn't a legal entity in MD), but there is a legal entity named XYZ company of America registered in Maryland, it wouldn't matter because if XYZ Company of America is who I am conducting business with then the contract should state XYZ Company of America, correct?
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