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The pre-licensing class is only one New York real estate course offered.

The Real Estate Course

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2012 about 65% of Americans owned their own home. That means in any given crowd 2 out of 3 people have been real estate clients at least once in their life; and this number is expected to grow as the nation emerges from troubles over the last few years. Is there a better time than now to learn or improve knowledge and skills by enrolling in a real estate course? The answer is, “unlikely”.

For the individual contemplating entry into the New York real estate industry, a NY Department of State-approved course is a requirement. Persons already engaged in real estate need to keep their knowledge up-to-date with changing practices as well as laws, which calls for continuing to find and participate in valuable courses. The markets in the Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island boroughs are so entirely unique to the remainder of New York state, it makes sense to only attend courses offered in the area. Not only are the markets different, but the lifestyle here does not share much in common with the more rural, or farming areas of other parts of the state.

Finding a real estate course

Finding a real estate course which offers the information, or even continuing education credits, of interest is usually a simple matter of contacting the course provider and asking for a schedule or viewing their schedule online. Course topics may include information on everything from appraisals to construction methods, energy efficiency to mortgage products, and beyond. Since different courses are offered at different times, it makes sense to not wait until the last minute to enroll in a course to obtain the legally required continuing education course credits needed to maintain one’s New York real estate salesperson or broker’s license.

Looking inside a real estate course, one might find a group of professionals ranging from new sales agents to experienced brokers. Information relevant to the industry is ever-changing and ever-emerging as technology and regulations are born and placed into practice, so the content should always be fresh and up-to-date. Because the industry is the umbrella for so many different specialties, it is important to the student to evaluate his or her needs and speak with a course offering organization in order to match needs with solutions. Considering also the requirement of real estate regulations there are certain courses which are required by each state in addition to many elective topics designed to give the professional the knowledge needed to compete in today’s high technology arena.

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Finding the right New York real estate courses helps kick-start careers.

Finding the right New York real estate courses helps kick-start careers.

How Long Does a Real Estate Course Take?

Length of the courses vary from just a couple of hours to many hours though the pre-licensing course is generally the most time intensive of all real estate courses. Once the license has been achieved, most of the ongoing classes are created to provide much needed knowledge to the salesperson or real estate broker in order to keep them informed of and educated in more specific areas. Because each position within the real estate industry has unique responsibilities, the courses selected will naturally cover different topics, but many classes will be attended by both salespersons and brokers alike. For example a class on how to understand a survey or appraisal would likely be attended by all people from within the real estate industry.

Real estate courses intended to prepare a new agent to pass the licensing exam contain a large amount of information about real estate law with the intention of protecting the general public from individuals involved in the sales process who do not know or choose not to adhere to the laws. While this is a crucial learning period in the real estate salesperson’s career, there will be many other courses to be taken over the months and years. Most courses beyond the pre-licensing class will be shorter in time duration, but equally valuable for the attendee and the community. While recruiting is not permitted in most classes they are a great place to meet peers and others from the industry with whom long working relationships may begin.