The requirement that one acting as an agent arranging for the sale of real estate hold a broker's license is set out in Ala. Code 1975, § 34-27-30. That statute provides:
"It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, corporation, or branch office, for a fee, commission or other valuable consideration, or with the intention or expectation of receiving or collecting a fee, commission or other valuable consideration from another, to do any of the following unless he is licensed under Articles 1 and 2 of this chapter:
"(1) Sell, exchange, purchase, rent, or lease real estate;
"(2) Offer to sell, exchange, purchase, rent, or lease real estate;
"(3) Negotiate or attempt to negotiate the listing, sale, exchange, purchase, rental, or leasing of real estate;
"(4) List or offer or attempt or agree to list real estate for sale, rental, lease, exchange, or trade;
"(7) Aid, attempt, or offer to aid in locating or obtaining for purchase, rent, or lease any real estate;
"(8) Procure or assist in procuring of prospects for the purpose of effecting the sale, exchange, lease, or rental of real estate;
"(9) Procure or assist in the procuring of properties for the purpose of effecting the sale, exchange, lease or rental of real estate; or
"(10) Present himself or be presented as being able to perform an act for which a license is required."If a person acts in violation of this statute, then any agreement to compensate that person for services mentioned in the statute is void and unenforceable. Liles v. Flatley, 643 So. 2d 947, 948 (Ala. 1994).
See also Culverhouse v. Culverhouse, 420 So. 2d 33, 37 (Ala. 1982); Dillard v. Pan-American Invs., Inc., 347 So. 2d 990, 991 (Ala. 1977).