Topic 5.10: Entities That May Not Register as A Brokerage Firm

Learning Objective

After successfully completing this topic, you will be able to describe the characteristics of the business entities that cannot register as Florida brokers.

Corporation Sole

A church is a corporation sole.

A corporation sole is a religious organization (to remember, think “soul”). It is a not-for profit entity.

Joint Venture

A joint venture is not a legal entity, but is often a combination of individuals or organizations to accomplish a specific project. After the project has been completed, the joint venture is terminated. Examples of joint ventures would be
• a developer and a property owner, or
• two brokers working together to sell a property.

Business Trust

A business trust handles transactions of its own property for its beneficiaries.

Cooperative Association

A cooperative association assists companies acting together in marketing their products. An example of a cooperative association would be the Florida Citrus Growers Association, a not-for profit organization.

Unincorporated Associations

Unincorporated associations are loosely formed associations of persons with similar interests. For example, assume that commercial development is beginning to encroach on a neighborhood and the property owners get together to try to block the development. If the group is not incorporated, there could be a problem with individual liability for acts of other members, or debts incurred by others in the group.