How To Become A Real Estate Agent In New York State

Whether you're interested in earning your real estate license or satisfying your continuing education requirements for renewal, we make it easy to complete your New York training obligations.

Our courses are 100% online and approved by the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS). Further your professional education on your own schedule at your convenience.

What Are New York's Real Estate Pre-Licensing Education Requirements?

NYSDOS requires 75 hours of pre-licensing coursework from an approved provider like Agent Campus by 360training. These pre-licensing hours must be devoted to 19 required topics according to an NYSDOS-generated syllabus.

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Who is Eligible to Become a Real Estate Agent in New York State?

To become licensed in New York, you need to be 18 years old with no prior felony or sex offense convictions.

What Else Do I Need to Do to Earn My New York Real Estate License?

Once you pass the required 75-hour pre-license course with a NYSDOS-approved provider, you need to:

  1. Pass the New York Real Estate Exam.
  2. Find a current and active sponsoring broker.
  3. Submit your application through New York's online portal

What is the New York Real Estate Licensing Exam Like?

The timing of your state license exam (which is separate from your course final) is pretty flexible in New York State – as long as you take it within 8 years of passing the pre-license courses, you won't have to repeat the coursework.

Since the licensing exam is based on the courses, however, we recommend you take it as soon as you feel ready so that your education is fresh on your mind. We also recommend investing in our exam prep course to study and using the included practice exams to check your knowledge and preparedness.

Once you feel read, you'll schedule the exam through New York's online licensing portal. There are roughly a dozen exam sites throughout the state where the test can be administered.

The state exam is a 1.5 hour long multiple-choice test. Pass/fail results will become available after the test through the online licensing portal. If you fail, you can schedule another exam.

What is the Deadline for my New York Real Estate License Application?

A passing score on the New York state licensing exam is valid for a period of two years. You'll need to turn in your application before that time is up.

Part of the process includes finding a sponsoring broker before you turn in your application. They'll be responsible for your practice once you're licensed, so it's a big decision.

Applications are submitted through New York's online licensing portal.

What if I'm Already Licensed in Another State?

New York has various types of reciprocity agreements with Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. It's not an automatic pass and conditions vary from state to state, but you may be able to save some time or money in earning your New York State qualifications.

If your state isn't on that list, you should check with NYSDOS but you'll probably have to undergo the entire licensure process.

 

How Often Does a New York Real Estate License Have to Be Renewed?

Renewals are due every 2 years (24 months) by the anniversary of your license date. You'll get postcard and email reminders about 90 days before your expiration, and you'll find the renewal application in New York's licensing portal under "Manage My Licenses."

It's important to renew your license on time. Once your expiration date passes, you won't be able to conduct any real estate activities. Although New York State gives you a 2-year grace period to renew before you're forced to repeat your state licensing exam, you won't be able to work during that time.

What Are New York's Continuing Education Requirements for Real Estate?

New York requires you to complete 22.5 Continuing Education hours from an approved provider in the 24 months between renewals

Until July of 2021, the requirements include:

  • At least 3 hours on Fair Housing and Diversity
  • At least 2 hours on Agency for first salesperson renewals (1 hour for normal renewals)
  • The remaining 17.5 (or 18.5) hours are elective (any approved real estate course of interest)

However, New York's real estate continuing education requirements will change on July 1, 2021.

What Will New York's Real Estate CE Requirements Be After July 1, 2021?

Frequency and total hours remain the same: 22.5 hours every 24 months.

However, effective July 1, 2021, the CE requirements must include:

  • At least 3 hours on Fair Housing and Diversity
  • At least 2 hours on Agency for first salesperson renewals (1 hour for normal renewals)
  • At least 2.5 hours on Ethical Business Practice
  • At least 1 hour on Legal Matters
  • The remaining 14 (or 15) hours are elective (any approved real estate course of interest)
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What Kind of Jobs Can I Get with an New York Real Estate License?

Once you're licensed as a real estate agent in New York State, you can pursue a number of careers, including:

  • Residential real estate agent
  • Commercial real estate agent
  • Real estate broker
  • Property manager

In real estate, there are as many specialties and niches as there are types of property, buyers, and sellers. Some niches are more well paid than others, although they frequently call for additional licenses or certifications.

You can get a ballpark of your potential income in New York based on Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data:

Job Title Average Hourly Wage Average Yearly Wage
Sales Agents $44.76 $93,100
Brokers $38.63 $80,350
Property Managers $45.09 $93,790

Commission-based professions like real estate have a wide variation in income levels from person to person, based on skill, specialty, niche, and more. As a result, some real estate professionals make far below those averages, while others make much more. In New York, the top 90th percentile of sales agents make $205,980.

Check out our Resources page to learn more about your career options, potential specialties or niches, and how commissions work.

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