The first step to getting your New York real estate license is completing a NY Real Estate Pre-licensing Course, which traditionally is 75 hours and includes 19 topics and a proctored Final Exam.
This year, the New York Department of State is requiring course providers to increase the length of the course from 75 hours to 77 hours.
Read on to learn more about what this change entails, what this means for students completing the course, and what new topics you’ll learn.
Why is The Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course Increasing to 77 Hours?
Human rights and fair housing has always been an integral part of the NY 75-Hour Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course. This section of the course focuses on:
- The basic tenets of Fair Housing on the federal and state level.
- The broker and salesperson’s responsibility in maintaining Fair Housing.
- The various scenarios in which a salesperson may encounter ‘pressure from society’ to violate Fair Housing Laws.
- The different types of discrimination.
The Human Rights and Fair Housing chapter of the course is extremely important, as it highlights the ways in which real estate professionals can play a role in upholding fair housing.
As a result, New York State has made the decision to extend this chapter of the course in an effort to better educate aspiring real estate professionals about fair housing and human rights and their role in the real estate business.
What Will The Additional 2 hours of The Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course Cover?
As the NY Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course is now increasing from 75 hours to 77 hours, the additional 2 hours required will cover a few more topics within the Human Rights and Fair Housing chapter. Previously, this chapter of the course was required to be 4 hours long, and will now increase to 6 hours.
The new topics that will be covered in the course include:
- Anti-Bias Training
- Compliant Social Media and Advertising
- Housing and Anti-Discrimination Disclosure Form
- Reasonable Accomodation and Reasonable Modification Disclosure Form
- The Development of Fair Housing Laws
What Does This Mean For Students Completing The Course?
Effective December 21, 2022, all individuals applying for a Real Estate Salesperson License must complete 77 hours of approved qualifying instruction, instead of 75 hours.
This means that if you are currently completing a NY 75-Hour Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course, you will need to apply for your New York Real Estate Salesperson License by December 20, 2022 in order to be exempt from the 77 hour course requirement.
If you are still completing the NY Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course and cannot apply for your license by December 20, 2022, you will need to complete the additional 2 hours of education to apply.
Completing your New York Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course requirement is the biggest step you’ll take toward getting your New York real estate license. While you will now be required to complete an additional 2 hours of pre-licensing education, you will also be better equipped to handle fair housing situations in your work as a real estate agent.
If you have any other questions regarding this change or getting started on your NY Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course, reach out to the Corofy Support Team.