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Do I need a real estate license to be a landlord in PA?

Posted Jan 18 2022, 10:05

I recently found out that property managers and anyone doing work with leases need to be licensed real estates agent in Pennsylvania.  I was digging through the regulations, and it is very cryptic and hard to decipher.  Can anyone in here tell me if I can self manage my own properties in PA without a real estate license?  Is the license only needed because you are working on behalf of another party?

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J Zev Jankovic
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J Zev Jankovic
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Replied Jan 18 2022, 12:16

@Dustin Cramer - Where in Pennsylvania is your property located?

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Replied Jan 18 2022, 12:22

I'm near Harrisburg, and am still in the learning phase.  I'll probably buy something within an hour drive of this area soon.  I'm looking to do my own management to start.  Either single family or small multi family.

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Effram Barrett
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Effram Barrett
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Replied Jan 18 2022, 12:27

If you manage your own properties then you shouldn't need a license, but you will need one to manage properties for others.

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Carlos Medina
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Carlos Medina
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Replied Jan 18 2022, 18:08

@Dustin Cramer you do not need a real estate license to manage your own rentals. How ever you would need to be licensed if you did it for other investors.

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Replied Jan 18 2022, 18:32

Thanks guys

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Mike D'Arrigo
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Mike D'Arrigo
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Replied Jan 20 2022, 20:06

@Dustin Cramer as long as they are your own properties and you are not providing services to anyone else, then you don't need a license.