sean,  in 02215

Should I get a NY broker's license I am eligible for through reciprocity? Or does just having the salesperson license actually make me a better hire?

Asked by sean, 02215 Wed Oct 24, 2012

I meet the transaction requirement and eligible as I will be relocating from Boston, Massachusetts. Basically, I'm wondering if firms in NYC would be more hesitant to bring on someone with the full broker's license vs. someone with a sales license? Would I be a better candidate with the lesser license?

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Joseph Hasti…, Agent, Bayside, NY
Thu Nov 8, 2012
I would agree with Veronica in that you should check out any particular requirements through the DOS site provided here..;

You would not necessarily be a better candidate with a lesser license as your Brokers license shows a level of transactional experience. I also believe anyone in this business who is an agent and has done enough deals to accrue the points needed to begin their studies to take the NYS Brokers exam will do so as a matter of course. Good luck.
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Jolie Muss, , Upper West Side, New York, NY
Fri Oct 26, 2012
I think that taking accelerated NYS agent and also the NYS brokers’ course or at least reviewing the coursework would be advisable as there might be many important differences in Real Estate law & procedure between MA & NY. As to whether being a broker gives you a better edge with a company in NYC in my experience the most important thing is that you know how things are done here especially as it applies to board packages and the like that your are well groomed , can cold call and and that you can demonstrate that you have a lot of contacts and a "large circle of Influence- aka- COI “
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Janet Nation,…, Agent, Baldwin, NY
Wed Oct 24, 2012
If Veronika is correct, you will need to get your brokers license. Other than that a salesperson, and associate broker is just a title difference. At the end of the day your success is contingent upon your Knowledge, experience and performance and being a salesperson does not necessarily equate to a lesser split. I know many associate brokers out there that maybe should consider another career.
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sean, , 02215
Wed Oct 24, 2012
thanks for the answers so far everyone, i really appreciate your input!

one more sort of related question - the broker i associated with previously is back in Boston but there is a page on the broker license application that requires his signature. is it acceptable to submit a scanned copy that he signed and returned to me through email or does the application have to have all original in-ink signatures in order to be approved?

-- sean
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De Vonte Wil…, Agent, East Point, GA
Wed Oct 24, 2012
Good Evening Sean. To simply answer your question, it is truly up to you, and your overall plans. I suggest getting a Broker's License if you plan on staying in the business for the long hall, as do I. Why not get your Broker's License if that is something that you are thinking of doing, and of interest to you? Becoming an Associate Broker is very attractive in the eyes of any recruiting Firm, and may result in a higher split. Additionally, becoming a Broker, gives you the ability and opportunity to one day, spread your wings, and run your own show.

Wishing you the best of luck,

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Jacques Ambr…, Agent, Forest Hills, NY
Wed Oct 24, 2012
Frankly a brokers license shows a level of commitment, but ultimately all that matters is performance
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sean, , 02215
Wed Oct 24, 2012
I should mention I do hold a broker's license in MA so I am definitely eligible for a reciprocal broker's license in NY.

Would a company prefer to see that I have the broker's license because it's proof positive of my experience? Or would the trappings that come with holding the greater license (ie. my eligibility to open my own brokerage) actually make having just a salesperson's license better?

-- sean
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Elena Ravich,…, Agent, New York, NY
Wed Oct 24, 2012
I don't think the type of a license you get matters. Broker license implies you can supervise other people, if you'd like to have them on your team...sales person license implies you are supervised by a broker...which may mean a lower is all negotiable depending on what you can bring to the table
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Veronika Baba, Agent, NY,
Wed Oct 24, 2012
Hi Sean.
Before you need to ask anyone check the NYS Division of Licensing Services regarding the reciprocity.
Like I understand the reciprocity between NY and Massachusetts is broker only. In NYC is plenty of Real estate companies that would be happy to have a experienced agent or broker.
Good luck and Welcome to New York.
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