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New York Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the New York education requirements for real estate licensing and renewal.

Licensing Board/Commission: Department of State Division of Licensing Services - Real Estate Professionals

New York Real Estate Requirements:

  • New York real estate salesperson license: 75 hours  
  • New York real estate broker license: 120 hours
  • Seat Time:  The New York Department of Real Estate requires that all students spend a minimum amount of seat time engaged in the course content.  The online course delivery system manages this requirement for you.
  • Final Exams:
    • must be proctored for qualifying education
    • must be physically taken within the state of New York at a location approved by the school
    • may only be taken twice

New York State Reciprocity

Real estate commissions and boards across the country are adopting policies for a real estate agent in one state to more easily become licensed in another state.

Several states share real estate reciprocity with New York State:

  • Arkansas (for current brokers licensed for at least two years whose business and residence are in Arkansas)
  • Colorado (for brokers and associate brokers with current licenses whose businesses and residences are in Colorado)
  • Connecticut (for brokers and salespersons with current licenses whose businesses and residences are in Connecticut)
  • Georgia (for brokers and salespersons with current licenses whose businesses and residences  are in Georgia)
  • Massachusetts (for current brokers licensed for at least two years whose businesses and residences are in Massachusetts)
  • Mississippi (for current brokers licensed for at least two years whose businesses and residences are in Mississippi)
  • Oklahoma (for current brokers and salespersons licensed for at least two years whose businesses and residences are in Oklahoma)
  • Pennsylvania (for current brokers and salespersons licensed for at least two years whose businesses and residences are in Pennsylvania)
  • West Virginia (for current brokers and salespersons whose businesses and residences are in West Virginia)

All of these applicants need current certification (dated within six months, from the Real Estate Commission where the license was obtained), a completed application, an irrevocable consent form and the appropriate fee.

Applicants seeking a reciprocal real estate salesperson's license must be sponsored by their home-state broker who must hold a current New York State broker's license.

Applicants seeking a corporate real estate broker's license must file said corporation in the New York State Corporations Bureau as a foreign corporation.

Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:

  • Real estate professionals in New York need to renew their licenses every two years from the date their license was issued
  • Licensees must take 22.5 hours of real estate CE, which includes 3 hours on fair housing and 1 hour on agency

New York Appraisal License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the New York Department of State Division of Licensing Services - Real Estate Appraiser. The information provided below can be found on the Board’s website. However, we recommend you contact the Board for more detailed information and for any changes which may have occurred. 

New York Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • Appraisal Assistant
  • Licensed Residential Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Appraiser
  • Certified General Appraiser

New York Appraisal Licensure Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Possess good character
  • Must meet the educational requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • For Certified Residential level:  Meet the additional qualifying education standards pursuant to sections III.A, III.B.1, III.B.2, III.B.3, III.B.4. or III.B.5, or III.C of the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria.
  • For Certified General level:  A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required
  • Satisfactory completion of the state examination (Appraiser Assistants are not required to take a state exam)
  • Submit application, required documents, and associated fees

New York Appraisal Education Requirements:

  • 79 hours for the Appraiser Assistant which includes the completion of an approved Supervisor/Trainee course. consist of the following courses: Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours),15 Hour National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours), Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser Course (4 hours)
  • 150 hours for the Licensed Residential Appraiser which include the same hour requirement as the Appraiser Assistant level
  • 200 Hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser which consist of the same 150 hours of Licensed Appraiser education AND: Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours), Advanced Residential Application and Case Studies (15 hours), Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours)
  • 300 hours for the Certified General Appraiser which includes the same 200 hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser education AND: Income Property Appraisal (60 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)

Experience Requirements:

  • Appraiser Assistant – No experience required
  • Licensed Residential Appraiser – 1000 hours in no less than 24 months; 75% (1,500 hours) of which must be from appraisals of residential properties listed on the Appraisal Experience Report 
  • Certified Residential Appraiser – 1500 hours in no less than 24 months; 75% (1,875 hours) of which must be from appraisals of residential properties listed on the Appraisal Experience Report, 80% (1,500 hours) of the residential experience must be in the single family category. 10% (187.5 hours) of the residential experience must be in each of the two remaining categories
  • Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in no less than 24 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals; 75% (2,250 hours) of which must be from appraisals of general properties listed on the Appraisal Experience Report. General experience must contain experience in multi-family, commercial/industrial, or other (land/manufacturing/institutional). 60% (1,350 hours) of the general experience must be in one of the above categories. 20% (450 hours) of the general experience must be in each of the two remaining categories.

New York Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • Appraisal licenses expire two years from the date of issuance   
  • All appraisers must complete 28 hours of continuing education within the two year cycle 
  • 7 hours must cover the USPAP Update course or its equivalent 

New York Home Inspection Requirements

Learn about the New York home inspection courses and qualifications needed for certification and renewal.

Requirements to Become a New York Home Inspector:

The New York Division of Licensing Services establishes the New York Home Inspector Licensing Requirements. 

  • New York home inspection education hours: 140 hours
  • Inspections: 40 hours field (included in 140 hours)
  • Exam Required: NYS
  • Application Fee: $250
  • Insurance Requirements: Gen Lib min $150,000 per occurrence and $500,000 aggregate
  • Notarized application, background check, and fingerprints are not required
  • No minimum age requirement
  • A High School Diploma or GED is required

Home Inspection License Expiration: Every two years by 12/31

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: 24 hours every two years