This process looks different in most states. However, the process has a similar structure wherever you go. In the state of New York, to qualify for licensure as a Real Estate Salesperson, a candidate must first register and complete a 75-hour salesperson course. A list of programs is provided by the state so you know where you can register. After you’ve completed the course, you must take and pass an exam administered by the Department of State. Once you’ve passed your test, before you can jump in the ring you need to find a sponsoring broker. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to get to business! Essentially, the process of becoming an agent is comprised of these steps:
Registering for a 75-hour real estate course
Use this resource to find a list of approved real estate salesperson 75-hour programs. You can see the entire list or search by location.
Complete and pass the course
Complete the exam
Click this link to learn more about the exam and how to be best prepared.
Find a sponsoring broker
Apply to a few different real estate brokerages and decide which one seems like the best fit for you.
Get to business!
There are several costs associated with this process. Course registration can vary from low to mid hundreds depending on where you decide to register. There usually is a separate payment required to register for the state test. Dependent on the brokerage, there also is a cost to affiliate. With some brokerages, you essentially have a one-time requirement to “buy into” the company. All of this can run you around $2,000 to get your business going.