Getting Started as a New Real Estate Agent in NYC

Welcome to Mont Sky Real Estate! Getting started as a new real estate agent in NYC will be so much easier if you diligently read through all of our training materials and master the content.

Even though Mont Sky Real Estate is unique in allowing new agents to work on exclusive sale listings and buyer clients directly with management or senior agents on the team, it is important to realize that in order to make a full time living in real estate you must ultimately source your own clients.

You should view the ability to work together on our customers and referrals as a great opportunity to get your feet wet and learn the business. However, the end goal should be for you to build your network and learn how to convert off market and FSBO sellers, maximize conversions on buyer leads and purchase leads online.

Complete mandatory sexual harassment training

All Mont Sky agents are required to take New York City’s mandatory online Sexual Harassment Training Course as part of NYC’s Stop Sexual Harassment Act. The course is available here. Upon completion, please email us your certificate of completion.

In addition, please review the Anti-Sexual Harassment Factsheet which is available at the links below:

English – Anti Sexual Harassment Fact Sheet in English
Español – Detener El Acoso Sexual

Associate your license with Mont Sky Real Estate LLC

Once you’re finished with the above, we’ll need to make sure you’re licensed with us. Please log on to eAccessNY several days after you’ve taken your state exam to see whether if you’ve passed. If you have, congrats! Please apply for a real estate salesperson’s license directly on eAccessNY. You’ll need to submit the license number for Mont Sky Real Estate LLC which is 10491206002. Please let us know after you’ve done this so we can “Authorize Initial Salesperson License” online from our eAccessNY account.

Are you changing brokerages?

Please email us your license number so we can associate you in the NY DOS database after you’ve disassociated from your current brokerage. It may take up to 48 hours for you to become fully disassociated from your former brokerage before we can associate you in eAccessNY.

Since NY DOS charges a $20 fee to associate your license with us which we’ll have to pay on your behalf, we ask that you reimburse us before we bring you onboard. You can do so here.

Sign an independent contractor agreement

If you haven’t already done so, please review our agent plans and e-sign either our 75% commission split or our 100% commission split independent contractor agreement. Please take care of this as soon as possible as this establishes the relationship between you, the independent contractor, and Mont Sky Real Estate LLC.

Please note that the commission split referred to in the agreement is for your own independently sourced and executed deals. The split percentage is quite favorable to you versus the industry norm of allowing new agents to keep 30-50% or less of their own commissions.

You’ll also note that we are as transparent as possible when it comes to fees.  There are no hidden fees or charges such as start-up fees, software fees, insurance fees, transaction fees or technology fees.

Unlike other firms that offer higher commission splits, our business model is not predicated on nickel and diming our agents with secret charges. Mont Sky generates a lot of leads and referrals organically, and our success is based on your success in closing our deals and your own.

Take care of your first monthly dues

Please take care of your first month’s dues as the next step. Agents on our 75% split plan can do so here. Agents on our 100% split plan can do so here. New invoices will be due every 30 days. Please save your credit card number and remember to enable recurring monthly payments going forward.

Because of the significant time and monetary investment we are putting into you, we will need to see commitment from your end as well. Please take care of this before we proceed further.

Technology setup

Mont Sky Real Estate runs a paperless operation. Everything we do from document signing, scanning and sharing to team messaging is online and mobile friendly. To get started, please download and install our team’s secure messaging application called Telegram.

You should download this both on your smartphone as well as your desktop or laptop computer. Management will have a private chat room with each agent and you will also be invited to join a group chat room with all of our agents.

This is the fastest and most efficient way to reach us should you have an urgent question during regular business hours.

Next, please set up your corporate email account per the email instructions you’ve been sent. You can easily access your work email from any internet browser via our webmail portal. However, we recommend also setting up your corporate email on your smartphone either via our email app or by integrating your account into your device’s native email functionality.

You can find setup instructions for iPhones and iPads here, and instructions for Android devices here. You can also integrate your corporate email with desktop email clients like Microsoft Outlook, instructions for which can be found here.

Sign up for a Cribfox account

Sign up for a Cribfox account using your corporate email address and use it to easily send and store disclosure and other common forms with just a few clicks. Moreover, Cribfox allows you to send any document for e-signature and to easily save any custom document as a reusable template.

Cribfox’s suite of software, designed specifically for real estate agents, is offered free to our team members, forever. Once your Pro free trial is up, sign up using your personal credit card. Then email us the receipt and we’ll deduct the amount from your monthly dues as long as you’re associated with us.

Setup your email signature

After you’ve received access to your corporate email account, we suggest that you set-up your email account on both your smartphone and computer if you haven’t already done so.

Next, login to webmail, go to settings and please set-up an email signature similar to the template below:


First Name Last Name
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Direct: +1 (xxx) xxx-xxxx

Mont Sky Real Estate LLC
Licensed Real Estate Broker
Office: + 1 (646) 397-8508
Buy | Rent | Listings | AgentsCareers

Mont Sky Real Estate LLC, a REBNY Member Firm, is a licensed real estate broker and is licensed to do business in New York under license number 10991221436, hereinafter referred to as “Mont Sky.” All listings are co-broked in the REBNY RLS. Principal Office: 99 Wall Street #2006, New York, NY 10005. Mont Sky supports and advocates the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Every purchaser and lessee of any residential dwelling built prior to 1978 is notified that such property may present exposure to lead from lead-based paint. Young children and pregnant women are at especially high risk of developing lead poisoning from such exposure.

This correspondence is for negotiation purposes only, Mont Sky lacks authority to enter into any final, binding agreement on behalf of our client. The execution of a separate, formal contract is a material term of any contract of sale (or lease) and there is no final, binding agreement without one. Other material terms, besides the one(s) proposed herein, exist and our client will not agree to any contract of sale (or lease) without those material terms.

This email, including any attachments, is for the use of the intended recipient(s) only. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately and then delete it. If you are not the intended recipient, you may not keep, use, disclose, copy or distribute this email without the author’s prior permission.

Schedule your complimentary professional photoshoot

Please schedule a session with our team photographers after you’ve taken care of your first month’s dues. Schedule a time that works for you here. It’s important to work with our team photographers as they will produce a photo that will be similar in style to our other team members, and because our photos simply look great!

Send us a short biography for your agent profile and set up your agent accounts on Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy etc.

Your biography should be a paragraph or so in length. Be creative but professional, there are no rules on what you can write! Your biography will be listed in your agent profile on our website after you email it to our support team.

You should also post your biography on your StreetEasy and Zillow/Trulia profiles after you have set up agent accounts with these popular real estate search websites. For StreetEasy, you’ll need to email them to request an “Agent Tools” account.

It’s critically important that you set up your profiles online especially if you are going to be working on a listing with us. If you do not have an account set up, it will be much harder for buyers to directly contact you. Furthermore, it looks completely unprofessional to have an exclusive sale listing online but no profile set up. You should also upload your professional headshot after you’ve taken it with our team photographer.

Please ask our operations team in our Telegram chat to send you a business card design. You can say something along the lines of, “Hi team, can you please send me a standard business card design? My preferred phone number is xxx-xxx-xxxx.” Where and how to print them is up to you.

Setup your RealtyMX account and watch training videos

Once you have access to your corporate email account, please ask our operations team in our Telegram chat room to activate your RealtyMX account. You can say something like, “Hi team, I’ve paid my first month’s dues and have access to my corporate email. Can you please activate my RealtyMX account? My preferred phone number is xxx-xxx-xxxx.”

RealtyMX is a 3rd party software provider and the RLS vendor we currently use to access the REBNY RLS listings database, syndicate listings to the RLS and other websites from one place, and to keep track of our client contacts (optional).

When you’re searching for listings for buyers, it’s important to understand that RealtyMX is a portal to view all the listings in RLS (i.e. listings by other REBNY Member Firms which are automatically co-broked).

It may not be as comprehensive as some public real estate search websites such as StreetEasy, but you can be assured that all of the listings in RLS will automatically pay us commission for bringing a buyer.

RealtyMX is also a great tool for agents to post open listings on landlord rental listings. Please check out our training videos on YouTube as soon as you’ve been emailed an account set up invitation. Don’t hesitate to email RealtyMX support should you have any questions.

Join the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)

REBNY is the main real estate professional trade association here in New York City. REBNY operates the New York City equivalent of the MLS (Multiple Listings Service) database which is called the RLS (REBNY Listing Service).

It’s necessary for new agents to join REBNY within 90 days of associating with Mont Sky Real Estate because we are a REBNY Member Firm. This is important because of stiff penalties that REBNY can impose on both you and us for not complying. The annual dues for a residential salesperson range up to a few hundred dollars and should be paid directly to REBNY.

Pro tip: Create a free Cribfox account with your corporate email address and send your broker and customers any agreements or forms that need to be signed.

1 thought on “Getting Started as a New Real Estate Agent in NYC”

  1. I can’t wait to begin my career in real estate. I enjoyed learning the steps to take to begin working. I will begin following the process to begin working. The company seems to be great and I am very happy to be a member.

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