Why Real Estate Agents should have a separate bank account for business.

Real Estate Sales Representative with Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software

Now that you are in “business” you cannot afford to be careless in keeping track of your income and expenses.

Real Estate Agents... 

"Open up a separate bank account
& keep the personal stuff out!"


Here are 4 reasons real estate agents should have a separate bank account for business:

  1. It makes bookkeeping much easier.  You can easily complete bank bookkeeping for real estate agentsreconciliations for your business when you do not need to wade through all your personal entries.  Plus, you can easily download and import your business bank account data into your bookkeeping software program without all the extra data.  This saves you bookkeeping time!

  2.  You can have a separate “checkbook”.  Sometimes it may be necessary to write a check, and in that case, you can clearly see which are business versus personal checks.  Plus, the checks can be a different design and contain name and address or other information that best reflects your business.  You may even be able to include your marketing slogan.  After all someone you do business with may become your next client?

  3. Can reduce the number of questions during an Audit.  Every business erson should “assume” that it is not a matter of “if”, but a matter ofreal estate agent audit when” you are audited. One of the things the auditor may be looking for is your bank statements. Mixing personal and business into one statement can lead auditors to ask you justify personal income items that were deposited into your account 4 or 5 years ago.

  4. Easier to deduct any interest or bank charge expenses.  If you mix personal and business in one account you can only deduct bank charges on that account as a percentage of use.  For example, if 80% of bank data is personal and 20% business, then you can only deduct 80% of the bank fees and any interest costs.  This “splitting” becomes difficult at tax time.  Simplify these kinds of expenses with separate accounts.


TIP: make sure if you are paperless, to print out a copy of your bank statements. Many banks will only archive the statements online for a period of 18 months or 24 months.  If you have to produce the statements in 3 to 4 years during an audit, you will want the printed versions.

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Comments (4)

Brad Thomsen
Big Bear Realty - Edmonds, WA
Real Estate Services

Hi Steve Penner 

Real good points regarding running a real estate business.

Happy Selling!


Dec 05, 2017 11:33 AM
Steve Penner
Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR / Owner of Moneyledgers

Thanks Brad for your comment .. a good time of year to get those "ducks in a row" for 2018.

Dec 05, 2017 11:44 AM
Eli Jimenez

Im a new real estate agent and was contemplating on setting up an LLC but Im not sure if I should or rather just set up a personal account that I can use for the business earnings and expenses. any suggestions?

Sep 05, 2018 10:46 PM
Cindy Smith

How can a Realtor have a LLC when Brokers can only pay to an individual and not a business?

May 11, 2020 06:03 PM

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