Steps to Joining Our Team
Listed below are the steps required in the normal progression to become active in our business.
An interview with the Branch Manager will be required prior to sponsorship for the license application. This interview should take place prior to enrolling in the NYS 75-hour qualifying course. A resume from the applicant at this stage will be most helpful.
NYS 75 HOUR QUALIFYING COURSE
Register for the NYS 75-Hour Qualifying Course. The cost varies depending on the school. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate from the school stating you have fulfilled New York State's requirements. This certificate also acts as your license application. The application needs to be completed and signed by you and your Broker prior to submission. A list of schools is provided.
NYS LICENSE EXAM PROCESS
On any given Tuesday, except holidays, you may "Walk-in" to a test site to sit for the exam. You do not need an appointment.
APPLYING FOR THE LICENSE
Upon passing the exam, applicants will bring their fully completed real estate sales person application, the "pass" notice, and the application fee of $50.00 [in check form] to the branch manager. Your final license certificate will be mailed directly to the broker and a pocket card will be sent to you.
RealtyUSA.com PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SALES COURSE
RealtyUSA requires all agents to complete this course. There is no charge for this course. Students receive all the basic start-up material
(a $200+ value) including: training material, startup business cards, announcement cards, etc. This course is offered approximately 4-6 times
Topics covered include:
- computer training
- buyer counseling
- mortgage qualifying
- marketing yourself
- understanding and negotiating contracts
- professional showing techniques
- telephone techniques
- legal aspects of disclosure and agency
- creating a business plan
- marketing your listings
RECEIPT OF YOUR SALESPERSON'S LICENSE
You will be notified by the branch manager when your license is in. At this time, you will meet with your branch manager to review your real estate goals and complete some required paperwork.
APPLICATION TO THE BOARD OF REALTORS
Board policies require new licensees to make application within 30 days of licensing. New member board fees and MLS dues range from approximately $600 to $950 annually, depending upon the board and time of year you become a member. These are subject to change, please consult with the various boards for exact fees.
BOARD ORIENTATION COURSE
Each board requires their members to complete a short orientation course that reviews policies, fair housing, etc. Failure to complete this may result in termination of your license. The fees for this course are included in the membership dues to the Board of Realtors noted in #7 above.
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT FORM
Each new agent hired by his/her respective Board to complete the "Statement of Understanding" that spells out the rights and responsibilities of the broker and the Salesperson.
ERRORS & OMISSIONS INSURANCE
This is a form of malpractice insurance. Fees vary by region.
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICIES & PROCEDURES
This spells out RealtyUSA's policies with reference to anti-discrimination and its adherence to all federal, state and local laws regarding it.
When you reach this step, you are well on your way to success in the real estate business!