Legislation was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to expand the ability of real estate sales professionals to provide Broker Price Opinions and Comparative Market Analyses outside of the real estate brokerage context. This legislation would amend the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act and the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act.

A Comparative Market Analysis or Broker Price Opinion is developed by a licensed real estate broker, associate broker, or salesperson and provides an estimate of the probable selling price or leasing price of a particular parcel of property. Currently, a Pennsylvania licensed real estate broker or salesperson is permitted to perform a CMA in the real estate brokerage context for “the purpose of determining the asking/offering price for the property by a specific actual or potential consumer or for the purpose of securing a listing agreement with a seller.” Brokers and salespersons are currently prohibited from doing CMAs outside the brokerage context because a value or price opinion provided for a fee is defined in PA law as an “appraisal” and requires an appropriate appraisal license or certification to be held by the individual performing that work

The legislation – SB 869 – was introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate on April 18, 2013. It is sponsored by Sen. Robert M. Tomlinson and has 16 co-sponsors. Senator Tomlinson is the Chair of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.