Most agents in New York City are members of REBNY, however, the vast vast majority of real estate agents in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx are simply not members of REBNY. There are other organizations that have been more established in the outer boroughs for many years. These include the Brooklyn Multiple Listing Service, Brooklyn Board of Realtors, Staten Island Board of Realtors and even the Long Island Board of Realtors which also covers Queens a great deal.
Regardless of an agent being a member of REBNY or not, the best way top check if an agent is legit would be to check with the New York State Department of State to see if the agent has any blemishes on their license or has had any complaints and/or legal issues or just to make sure they are truly a licensed real estate salesperson. You can also Google the agents name and see what comes up. I do that with just about everyone I meet these days. Do it with your own name as well and see what comes up, you may be surprised.
Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665/ Cell: (917) 805-0783