Best Real Estate Schools in New York

Looking to get your New York real estate license? Here are the best options available. Our Agent Editorial Board has also curated a handy list of FAQs about becoming a real estate agent in NY - enjoy!

Real Estate Express

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Real Estate Express Customer

I liked Real Estate Express because I was able to work at my own pace. I suggest CAREFULLY reading the information and definitely having good time management. When you do work on a chapter, be sure to finish it; otherwise, the work you complete will not be saved. There are a few issues with the curriculum, where it was hard to understand some sections that were a bit outdated. I do think they need to keep up to date with the state real estate commission so that users are not confused when it comes to testing.

RealEstateU

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RealEstateU Customer

It was convenient, and the instructor was informative. If you want something very educational and easy to attend without having to go in person, I recommend it. I thought it was a good school, and I passed my exam the first time.

The CE Shop

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Noah D.

I liked it, especially the formatting and multiple choice. For anybody thinking of doing this course, make sure you're consistent and make time on your schedule to work on your courses. The price was affordable, and it was entertaining enough to stay engaged. I do recommend it.

Kaplan Real Estate Education

Kaplan Real Estate Education
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G.G.

I liked that I was able to get everything online and that it was user friendly. Everything was easy to access, and it was incredibly well informed. I'd definitely recommend this program, and I suggest to study all the material they provide, especially the book material. I thought the program was fun and entertaining overall. I felt very confident when it came to that state and national exam, especially after using outside material on YouTube for extra studying. They have excellent pricing, and I highly recommend it.

New York Real Estate Institute

New York Real Estate Institute
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Laura Burrell

called twice - no one answered - 3rd time - i was put on hold for five minutes and then the person hung up!!! the 4th time - person was possibly overwhelmed answered the phone and i want to say accidentally hung up again!!! nevertheless, MOVING ON TO ANOTHER SCHOOL!!!

McKissock Learning

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McKissock Learning Customer

The staff was extraordinary, and they always went the extra mile for their users. I thought the program was good, but it was a little dry. I think they should add videos to make it more interesting because reading throughout the curriculum was the worst. They also need to try to shorten the length of the information because there is way too much content, and users forget it by the end of reading everything.

Hondros

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Compucram

Hondros Customer

The Compucram questions are majorly helpful. Some of the questions are word for word what you see on the exam...

New York Real Estate Licensing FAQs

In total, there are four steps to completing your licensing in New York:

  1. Meet the eligibility requirements (Age 18 or older, US resident, no previous felony or sex offense convictions)
  2. Complete a 75-hour pre-licensing course approved by the New York Department of State (unless you’re an attorney). State-approved courses are listed on this page
  3. Pass the licensing exam administered by the New York Department of State
  4. Find a sponsoring broker 
  5. Apply for your salesperson license

There are no educational requirements for taking the real estate licensing exam other than the 75-hour real estate pre-licensing course. No college degree is required.

There are several costs and fees you need to pay to obtain a real estate license in New York:

  • The New York state exam fee is $15 
  • The real estate license application fee is $50
  • Online courses cost anywhere between $99 and $250, depending on the provider you choose. 

So, in total, the license would cost you anywhere between $165 to $315.

Yes, you can take the course online, but courses need to be approved by the NYS State Department and ARELLO. Both the NYS State Department and ARELLO have approved all of the courses reviewed by agents on this page.

The exam is paper-based, with 75 multiple-choice questions split into two sections: the national real estate portion and state-specific portion. All questions are from the 75-hour pre-licensing course curriculum. 

You will have 1.5 hours to complete the exam.

You can take the exam in 5 languages: English, Spanish, Korean, Russian and Chinese. If you prefer taking the exam in a language other than English, you can notify an exam proctor when reporting to the test center

A New York real estate license is valid for a period of 2 years. The exact expiration date is written on every license, so you will know when it’s time to renew it. 

You can renew your license 3 months before its expiration date by applying online. Licenses are renewed online, as part of New York’s Green Initiative to reduce paper use.

To renew your license, you must follow the continuing education requirements (more below).

The 75-hour pre-licensing course is valid for 8 years, which is very generous compared to other states. You need to pass the licensing exam during those 8 years – if you don’t, you would need to retake the whole 75-hour course. 

Once you’ve passed, you have up to two years to submit an application.

To pass the final real estate licensing exam, you need a score of at least 70%. However, the exact score won’t be reported to you, just a pass or fail.

Around 59% of students pass the real estate licensing exam.

Every license has to be renewed within two years from the expiration date that is printed on it. You can renew your license 3 months before it expires, but only after completing 22.5 hours of education. Of those 22.5 hours: 

  • Three hours must be from the area of Fair Housing and/or Discrimination
  • One-hour has to be from the law of agency (except in the initial licensing term, you have to complete two hours of agency-related material)

To be eligible for a renewal, you still need to be under the supervision of a sponsoring broker. 

Even if you don’t have a sponsoring broker, you can take the licensing exam. However, you need to have one when applying for your real estate salesperson license. 

  • A government-issued identification document. Any of the following documents are accepted: 
    • personal ID
    • driver’s license
    • NYC Identification Card
    • Military ID
    • United States Passport
    • Employment Authorization Card
    • United States INS issued ID
    • Certificate of US citizenship
    • Foreign Passport
    • A Brazilian, Mexican, Honduran, or Ecuadorian Consular ID. 
  • Your “Summary of Your Submission” you received when scheduling your exam. It contains your exam information and your candidate number. 
  • A calculator that doesn’t have an alphabetic keyboard

The process depends on the person, because many of the courses are self-paced. Most people manage to complete the process in around four months. 

Finding a sponsoring broker is similar to applying for a job. You find the company you want to work for, in this case, the broker and apply to work for them and be under their supervision. AgentAdvice.com lists many of the national brokers who are willing to take new agents under their wing and teach them about real estate and trading. 

The biggest difference between finding a sponsoring broker and applying for a job? You represent your own business as a 1099 contractor, rather than joining a company as a W-2 employee.

If you fail the exam, you need to re-apply on eAccessNY. You can retake the exam three times in 12 months, but if you fail all three attempts, you need to go through 30 hours of additional education.

After you pass the final exam, you need to submit a real estate license application. Along with this application, you are required to provide the following supporting documentation: 

  • Certification of Satisfactory Completion (generally this is completed by the school coordinator)
  • Examination notification 
  • License fee
  • Name of your New York State licensed real estate broker

Note that a passing score is valid only for a period of 2 years, so you need to submit a licensing application in that period of time, otherwise, you would have to retake and pass the exam once again to be able to get a license. 

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to get an initial salesperson license online: 

  • After you log into your eAccessNY account, click on “Apply for Initial Salesperson License (qualifying by Exam only)” from the Main Menu.
  • Press “Next Step’ to continue.
  • Enter the required details and press “Next Step”
  • Enter your sponsoring broker’s license number (UID#) 
  • Find the broker license that matches the company’s name and address and press “Next Step” 
  • Enter the information that is required and press “Next Step” to continue.
  • Enter the name of the school along with the completion date of the pre-licensing course and press “Next Step” 
  • Check the “I Agree” box, then”Next Step” to continue.
  • Enter your payment information and press “submit”.
  • Print the “Summary of Your Submission” page that will be generated

Your sponsoring broker must log to their account to authorize your application. Once this is done, the Department of State will review your application to ensure it completes all requirements for a real estate salesperson license. After the Department o State approves your license, the will mail it to your business address.

The official government website for signing up, scheduling, and receiving the results of the real estate licensing exam in New York is called “Occupational Licensing Management System”, better known as eAccessNY. You can find it on the official New York government website (https://www.ny.gov/

Once you’ve signed up to the official website, you need to find an eligible location where you will take the exam itself. New York state has proctoring locations in the following locations:

  • Albany
  • Allegany
  • Brooklyn
  • Buffalo
  • Cattaragaugus
  • Delmar
  • Dutchess
  • Fulton
  • Herkimer
  • Lewis
  • Liverpool
  • Madison
  • Manhattan
  • Marathon
  • Nassau
  • Orange County
  • Oswego
  • Queens
  • Rochester
  • Saratoga
  • Schoharie
  • Steuben
  • Suffolk
  • Sullivan County
  • Syracuse
  • Watertown
  • Westchester

It depends – do you have an active license in one of these states?

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Exact processes differ by state – so be sure to contact the Department of Licensing Services for more information if you have an active license in one of the above states.

There are many websites and sources online where you can get information about the requirements, the process and the licensing exam itself, but the most reliable source of information is https://www.ny.gov/ .