A career in real estate can be both exciting and rewarding. For highly motivated and energetic individuals, the earnings potential can be tremendous. In “Your Successful Real Estate Career,” author Kenneth W. Edwards lists traits and skills needed to succeed in the industry. These include being:
• A self-starter
• A problem solver
• A good listener
• Stable yet flexible
• Knowing and believing in the product
• Having perseverance
To become a licensed real estate salesperson in New York State, you must complete a 75-hour salesperson’s qualifying course covering real estate law, regulations and procedures. The course is offered by local REALTOR boards, proprietary schools throughout the state and will be available online.
The ManfredRealEstateSchool.com or The CE Shop are two options for online learning and local exam. The Ithaca Board of Realtors is approved to proctor the state test for Manfred Real Estate School and the Newfield Library is approved to proctor The CE Shop. Be sure you bring a photo-bearing, government issued identification to the exam.
Upon completion of the qualifying course you must register for and take a licensing examination given by the New York State Department of State. Once you receive an exam pass slip, you must submit an application to the NYS Department of State, Division of Licensing Services, with a non-refundable fee of $50.
• Be 18 years of age
• Not be more than four months in arrears in child support payments
• Must provide information about any crimes in which they have been convicted
• Name a sponsoring broker on their application
For further information on licensing, course providers and exam schedules, please contact the NYS Department of State at 518.474.4429, via e-mail at InetLcns@dos.state.ny.us, or visit their website.
Also, those looking to apply for a real estate broker’s or associate broker’s license will be required to have two years experience as a licensed real estate salesperson or three years experience in the general real estate field.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Good Luck!
VP of operations and Licensed Real Estate Broker
Warren Real Estate of Ithaca, Inc.
830 Hanshaw Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
office: (607) 257-0666
direct: (607) 330-5224
fax: (607) 257-8801