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Vbria,  in Staten Island, NY

In trying to comply with the new requirements for sales agent I was scammed into taking a course I didn't need

Asked by Vbria, Staten Island, NY Thu Sep 4, 2008

I took the 45 hr course in 2006 & passed but wasnever able to work in this field due to illness and multiple surgeries.In July this year I tried to comply with the new requirements but was misguided by the director of education at my local board of realtors.She refuses to refund me & make things right,has taken her time getting back to me,ignored my calls & email.Now my license application has expired & apart from the $145 useless course she had me enroll in it will cost me an additional $375 to start all over again,this woman has me in a financial chokehold at this point as I am not employed & am not finding any help within the real estate community on how to get a case started with the Grievance Committee.All of this information was discussed at length with the director during at least 3 phone calls since July 2008 but she refuses to take responsibility.Please help. Thank you in advance.

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Vria, Sorry for your dilemma. Every board of Realtors has a grievence/ethics committee and will give you help with the process. Contact your local board and ask to file a grievence. They sould have a form available, perhaps even on their website. Have all of your documentation ready before hand. There may or may not be a cost involved.

Good Luck.
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maybe you can get credit towards another course instead of a refund
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 5, 2008
Sorry to hear about your dilemma! As someone mentioned earlier, as a beginning Real Estate Agent you have to be prepared to make a substantial investment of time and money and have another source of income for at the very least two years, unless you have a job lined up as a licensed assistant or something like that. There are many different schools where you can take your required courses, even though the State upped the hours required. I myself took the agent's and my brokers course at NYREI here in Manhattan and found both pretty painless.They may even have some sort of financing, though I'm not sure. I think that in addition to bringing your grievances to your local chapter of NAR, you might also be able to file a complaint with to the national NAR headquarters as well as the attorney General and the NY DOS (Department of State) Real Estate licensing division.
Best of luck to you!
Jolie Muss
Licensed Real Estate Broker
212 721-3301
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 4, 2008
Sounds like a big to-do.

if you're in a financial "choke-hold" - I mean - even if you got your license tomorrow - or heck, today, like in 5 minutes - you're still not going to make any money for quite sometime. You've got to build up your business, take on clients, whether through referrals from family/friends or just from prospecting. So no money is coming to you, whether you get this license now or not.

I'm still now clear on how your license expired? Did you take the wrong course? What was the requirement? did you ever get the actual STATE test and pass that or did you take the class test and never sign up for the STATE test?

you may have to take the course over again - yes. And if you're driven to sell real estate - if it's your passion to get into this business - then you will be successful. If you're getting into thinking the money is just going to magically fall in your lap because you have a license , then you're mistaken.

There's 1000's of agents out there. This is no creampuff business. I wish you the best of luck. You want to be in business - sometimes you've got to take the bad with the good, the lost money as just that - a hit to your INVESTMENT.

Suit up, get out there - do what you must - don't waste too much time squabbling over this situation. Call the board - find out what you must do NOW and move on. Reduce the time you're spending on recouping a few hundred dollars and spend it focusing on bigger and better, more productive things.

Good luck!
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