Hi, that's a great deal of trouble and expense to go to just to peek in the MLS. If that's really all you want, spend some time with the family Realtor and peek in the MLS listings. You can take notes, view properties alone if you like (from the outside) and work a deal on the commission if you want to buy.
OTH, having a brokers lic. can be a big plus, but you'll need to really be buying properties for it to pay off IMO. I think you will be required to have an office, a phone number, bond and insurance...so if all you'tre going to do is look in the MLS, well, just not worth it.....but if you want to be active, like Curt, work both sides of the street, then go fo it.
BTW, your friend may have been speaking of his/her office, some agencies are made up of only brokers, here we have one named "House of Brokers" so no agents are admitted.
I have heard too, that some states may be going to one test and you may choose to be a broker/agent, just phasing out the agent license, maybe that's what your friend was talking about, but that rumor has been around a long time....be safe and enjoy the weekend! Gotta go get the boat ready! Later, Bill