When I was considering obtaining my real estate license, I already had a full-time job and knew I would have to study for my real estate license part-time. Attending a classroom at my local community college wasn’t the most convenient option for me. There were certain days and times I had to be there that my current job and life just wouldn’t be able to work around.
That’s when I discovered I could sign up for any number of online real estate license schools. I did a ton of research on many different online real estate license schools but finally decided to sign up for RealEstateExpress.com.
RealEstateExpress.com worked out just fine for me, but after starting this site I wanted to create really good reviews of the best online real estate license schools for those that are just thinking about entering the industry. These online real estate license schools are not cheap, so who do you sign up with?
My Top 6 Picks For The Best Online Real Estate License Schools
Instead of just giving you my top pick, I figured I would create reviews for the 6 best online real estate license schools, along with my own personal top recommendation.
PLEASE BE AWARE: I don’t know of any online real estate license school that is approved in all 50 states. It just so happens that the 6 best online real estate license schools are certified in several states, but you’ll need to do your own research to find out if the below real estate license schools are approved for where you want to obtain your license.
Here are the online real estate license schools I’ll be reviewing. My suggestion is to just open each one in a new tab, then see if they are approved in your state. If they are, come back here and read the reviews of the courses you’re able to sign up for.
- Real Estate Express (25 states)
- Brightwood (17 states)
- Career Webschool (19 states)
- Allied School (6 states)
- The CE Shop (20 states)
- AceableAgent (3 states)
My Reviews Of The 6 Best Online Real Estate License Schools
You likely have dozens of online real estate license schools to choose from. It can get a little overwhelming researching them all. In the list below, I’ll share who I think are the 6 best online real estate license schools with some quick reviews of each. My recommendation is to check each of the below courses out and simply go with whoever you feel most comfortable with. Any of them will get the job done.
Real Estate Express is the online real estate license school I used to study for my real estate license here in California. I found the course to be pretty simple and easy to follow. Some content is slightly outdated but for the most part, I felt very prepared for the real estate license exam. I opted for a more expensive package which gave me not only the online course, but I also had some textbooks sent to me as well which is basically just a written version of the online course. I could literally follow along in my textbooks with the online course material.
The books enabled me to highlight, take notes, and write in the books to help me study. Call me old school, but I thought this was a tremendous help. I still had to progress through the online training since that is how they track the training hours you’ve put in, but I also did quite a bit of independent study time just going through the books themselves. They have instructors you can talk to if you have any issues, and while the format is pretty straightforward in its delivery (mostly text), that is pretty much what I assumed it would be. I will not claim it is the most fun course to go through as the material is dry, but I don’t think too many people expect their online real estate training course to be all that fun and entertaining. I would certainly recommend this online real estate license school to anyone who is considering it.
Like any of the online real estate courses I listed here, Real Estate Express works on mobile devices, although I do think it could use some improvements. They do not have a downloadable app, so you’ll need to use your phones web browser. This can get a little glitchy sometimes, so you might need to refresh a page here and there, but otherwise, it worked well on my iPhone. You can also log into and out of the course whenever you want and even switch between devices pretty seamlessly.
Real Estate Express has some additional features such as live classroom days where they hold Q&A sessions with an instructor. This is in addition to the personal instructor that will be issued to you. With that instructor, you can email them to get answers to questions you have. The response time is typically about 24hrs though which can seem like an eternity while you’re studying. You can often get a faster answer by submitting a question to their student forum. It’s a bit of a “help and be helped” community that can come in handy.
In the end, Real Estate Express gave me the training and preparation I needed to pass my real estate license exam. Was it fun and exciting? Not at all. But what I got was everything I needed to succeed, and that’s all that really matters in the end.
2. Career Webschool Review
Career Webschool is generally the school I recommend for those who are looking for a cheaper solution. Career Webschool is not as expensive as the other options on this list, but they tend to receive positive reviews from former students. The savings can be pretty significant as some courses are priced at more than $100 lower than their competitors. Career Webschool claims they have a unique way of delivering content, which improves retention rates. They have a learning platform that breaks things into smaller chunks that can be learned in 20 to 30 minutes. This is especially helpful for those who have trouble organizing information and figuring out the most important areas to study, as Career Webschool takes the guesswork out of that for you. This is more of a text-based real estate school and they don’t have a lot in terms of video training, but if you’re ok with that, this is a great budget-friendly option for you.
One thing that Career Webschool does really well is their unique exam prep program, called Prep xL. Career Webschool has a system in place that automatically determines your strengths and weaknesses. Instead of just asking you questions at random, their system learns where you need the most help, and will serve up questions that you frequently get wrong. By doing this, you save time by not answering questions you already do well on and learn where you’re struggling.
Career Webschool has some other pretty good tools that they aren’t required to have in the course. For example, I’m absolutely horrible at math and it takes me longer to learn the math aspects more than most people. That’s where their Math Prep program comes in handy.
I felt like Career Webschool worked among the best on mobile devices. While they do not have a dedicated app that you can download, their browser-based course has clearly been optimized for mobile use. I did not encounter any glitches or errors on my iPhone as I did with many other courses. Heck, some online real estate schools still aren’t compatible at all with mobile devices! Hard to believe, but true.
Career Webschool offers a “pay as you go” plan if you don’t have the money up front. Simply choose your courses a-la-carte and you can purchase each module individually. While this ends up being slightly more expensive in the long run, it helps for those of you who need to spread payments out. Even when you choose to spread it out, you still get access to all the tech support, instructors, and student resources that you would get otherwise.
To sum up, Career Webschool is a great option that is affordable and offers some of the best test prep resources in the industry. This would be a great choice to consider.
3. Brightwood Real Estate Education Review
Brightwood is operated by Kaplan, a well known educational institution, and they are a real estate license powerhouse. Tens of thousands of people obtain their real estate license from Brightwood every year. So, if you’re looking for a well known and very popular online real estate license school with the backing of an actual educational institution with physical locations, this is a pretty good school to consider. One of the things that sets Brightwood apart from the rest is their student pass rates. These pass rates are no longer public, but historically Brightwood has had higher than average pass rates. This school rivals the best real estate license schools in the country. Brightwood also offers a bit of diversity with their content delivery as they offer more in the way of text, videos, and alternative content delivery formats. You are also issued a personal instructor that can answer questions for you pretty quickly. Brightwood is a bit more expensive than other options, but most students seem to think it’s worth the additional cost.
One of the reasons Brightwood is a bit more expensive is due to the instructors they hire. The vast majority of their instructors either were or still are real estate agents themselves. This enables them to give you insight into not only the course material, but into the industry itself. This makes itself most evident during the live video classroom sessions. You’ll get much more valuable insight as they can show you how what you learn applies to things in real life situations.
I do think Brightwood could improve the mobile functionality a bit better. If you do plan on taking your real estate license course from a phone or tablet, just be prepared that there are a few areas of the course that don’t work great on mobile screens. You can take the full course just from your phone if you want, there are just a few glitchy areas mixed in.
As with most online real estate schools, you can log into and out of the course whenever you want, you get access to tech support 7 days per week, access to a private instructor, test prep resources, and a student forum.
Brightwood is the best for people who are willing to pay a little bit extra in order to get access to the highest quality instructors out there. You can also sign up for courses that have physical classroom locations, too, so if you prefer the more classical learning style, Brightwood is again a great option for you.
4. Allied Schools Review
Allied Schools has been around for quite some time (over 25 years) and while they are only approved in 7 states right now, they are extremely popular in those states. They are currently approved in California, Texas, Florida, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington. Allied Schools boasts a generous 110% money-back guarantee. Their online real estate license school is called the Fast Track Program and is designed to get you your real estate license as quickly as possible. Allied Schools also gives you an easy way to download eBooks if you want physical copies, or you can get hardcover books for an additional fee. This is another text-heavy course without much video training involved, but this is a moderately priced online real estate training school that isn’t necessarily the best but far from the worst option.
One aspect of Allied Schools that I really don’t like is that this course does not work very well on smartphones and tablets. It’s hard to believe that there are still courses that are not mobile optimized, but this course is not. This is a huge drawback of Allied Schools. Granted, if you plan on taking the entirety of the course from a PC or laptop, you will get a course that is optimized for that type of platform, so this could be seen as a plus. However, for those looking for flexibility, be prepared that Allied Schools does not recommend taking the course from any mobile device.
Allied Schools also has a below average student pass rate. Most states do not keep student pass rate information public, but the state of Texas does. As of this review, they have a 53% student pass rate. The average student pass rate in Texas is 60%, and most courses on this list are above that figure.
With that said, Allied Schools does a pretty good job with supplemental training aids. If you do decide to sign up with Allied Schools, I recommend going with one of the higher packages. The base package will give you everything you need, but the premium programs offer some unique extras that could help you not only pass your real estate license exam, but also help prepare you for your career in the real world. They offer advanced exam prep services as well as an “exam cram DVD”, among some additional guides and flashcards. If you don’t pass your real estate license exam, they offer a 110% money-back guarantee, so there is very little risk to taking this course.
5. The CE Shop
The CE Shop is arguably one of the best online real estate license schools available today. But what am I basing that on? Quite simply, student pass rates. The CE Shop boasts having a 90% student pass rate nationwide. In the state of Texas, where student pass rates are public, they have an 80% student pass rate which is significantly above the state average. We can talk about customer service or instructors or mobile-friendliness all day long, but what really matters in the end? Student success. The CE Shop has proven to be a real winner in that regard.
Aside from the student pass rates being among the best in the industry, they seem to do just about everything else right, too. This is one of the best courses to use if you plan on using a mobile device. The course is well organized, easy to use, and the user dashboard is as simple as it gets. Some of the other online real estate schools seem very unorganized and difficult to navigate. That’s not the case with The CE Shop.
They also deliver the content in several different ways. Most online real estate license schools are still 100% text-based. While this is fine for most of the learning material, sometimes things are better explained by using videos or other visual aids. The CE Shop really does a good job with this. Not only do they actually have video modules, but the videos are high quality.
Another advantage? They are cheap! Even though The CE Shop is one of the most modern courses in the industry, they are also among the cheapest somehow. You can even try their course for free for 5 days to make sure you like it, and if you haven’t completed 50% of the course, you can get a full refund.
The CE Shop has some pretty good supplemental materials as well. Their math guidebook helps those of us who are slow learners when it comes to math, and their exam prep software does a good job preparing you for the real thing.
6. AceableAgent Review
Even though I’ve listed AceableAgent on the bottom of this list, it is probably my favorite online real estate license school to recommend. The only reason I listed this school at the bottom is because they are only approved in three states right now which is Texas, New York, and Michigan. The reason AceableAgent is only approved in 3 states is that this is the newest certified online real estate license school to hit the market.
Normally, I’d recommend going with one of the many experienced online real estate license schools, but in this case, AceableAgent is far above everyone else. It is the most updated and modern real estate course you can sign up for online. They offer multiple content delivery formats including videos, graphics, animations, text, and several other ways of helping you to retain the information. They also offer several packages to choose from so you can either go for the budget-friendly courses or the luxury courses where you get all the bells and whistles. It’s up to you! One thing that really sets AceableAgent apart from the rest is that they have programs which guarantee you won’t just pass your licensing exam, but they even guarantee you’ll sell a house in your first 6 months! Now that’s standing behind a product!
AceableAgent is the only online real estate license school that I know of who actually has dedicated apps for Apple and Android products. Instead of just being mobile friendly by using a web browser, you can download their app. This helps the course to function so much better.
This online real estate license school also boasts the highest student pass rates in the states they serve. For example, in Texas, they have an 86% student pass rate. That’s higher than any other school on this list. As I always say, you can compare features and functionality all day long, but all that really matters, in the end, is how well students are able to learn the information so that they actually get their real estate license. AceableAgent is among the top of the industry as far as this is concerned.
I suspect, however, that their high student pass rate is attributed to the way they deliver their content. It isn’t just page after page of plain text. They actually have a mascot, Ace, who walks you through each module. There are lots of videos and interactive features to help you retain information, and they of course also provide you with a personal instructor if you need some additional hand holding.
I know it seems weird to put my favorite online real estate school at the bottom of this list, but if you live in Texas, New York, or Michigan, I very highly recommend you give this course your top consideration. It is leaps and bounds above anyone else.
Are Online Real Estate License Schools Better Than Classroom Courses
So, are these online real estate license schools legit? Are they better than taking real estate license training in a traditional classroom?
There really are no direct answers to these excellent questions, because so much of it just depends on YOU and your specific learning style. For some people, online real estate license schools are a Godsend, while for others, it’s a path to failure. One thing is for sure, though… Far more people have been able to obtain a real estate license due to these online programs. I’m a good example of that. I probably would have never pursued my real estate license if there were only classroom options available. I was seeking a career change but didn’t want to quit my current career until I already had my real estate license. Taking my real estate license training online was the only option that worked for me.
With that said, there are a lot of differences in opinion on this subject. Some Realtors believe taking your real estate license training in a typical classroom environment gives you a huge advantage over online students. This is because you have physical and ready access to an instructor, other students (study groups are often formed outside of class), helps you network better from the very start of your career, and other unique features that can’t be matched by an online classroom.
The video I included below goes into some detail about taking an online real estate license course vs. a classroom-based course. While this video was made specifically for those obtaining a real estate license in Texas, it applies to everyone in any state. If you’re still wondering whether you should sign up for an online real estate school or a classroom-based one, be sure to watch this video:
What To Look For In The Best Online Real Estate License Schools
There are a lot of great real estate license schools online. While I listed my own picks for the top 5 best online real estate license schools, those are certainly not the only options you have. Some of the best online real estate license schools, as one of my examples above shows, are only approved in one or two states. It’s impossible for me to review all of the best online real estate license schools, so you’ll likely want to do some of your own research.
When searching for the best online real estate license school, make sure they have a history of online training. Then, check out reviews from current or former students on Yelp, Facebook, and Google reviews. Check out bloggers and real estate agents who have already taken their course and wrote about it. And finally, check the Better Business Bureau website to see how many complaints have been filed against them. Keep in mind, even the best online real estate license schools will have some poor reviews and complaints on the BBB website, but look for certain patterns, especially as it relates to their training material. You’ll find that many online real estate license schools are rated poorly and the complaints are mostly because of outdated information, which hindered them when they took their real estate license exam.
In the end, the best online real estate license school for you will likely be different than my top pick or someone elses top choice. I think the list of the best 5 online real estate license schools I provided above is a great way to get your research started, but don’t take my word for it. Do some research independently to find out which option is best for your specific needs.
Beware Of Time Limits To Complete Your Real Estate License Course!
These online real estate license courses are not cheap! They are usually several hundred dollars at their cheapest and several thousands of dollars at their most expensive (depending on the state and package you sign up for). Be aware that most online real estate license schools have limits on how long you are allowed to take the course before you must pay again.
The vast majority of online real estate license schools require that you finish the coursework within’ 6 months of purchasing. So, do not purchase your real estate license course until you are 100% sure this is for you and you’re ready to start putting in the time. It took me about 3 months of studying part-time before I felt confident enough to go take my real estate license exam.
Tuition Assistance For Real Estate License Courses
One big disadvantage to taking your real estate license class online is the lack of tuition assistance available. Many people entering real estate are either in a career transition or are out of work entirely, so budgeting and finances can be tricky. Most physical classroom-based real estate courses can offer you a payment plan or some type of tuition assistance, so if you’re not able to pay for the course upfront, taking an online real estate license class might not be your best option.
I wanted to include this in my article because having a lack of funds should never be a reason you can’t educate yourself or advance your career. There ARE options available to you, including possibly getting a grant or loan from the government (often times at little or no interest). If you’re in a bit of sticker shock from these online real estate license schools, try looking at local community colleges for options.
Final Thoughts On Signing Up For Online Real Estate License Schools
Online real estate license schools are pretty commonplace now and it is a fully accepted way to study for your real estate license. Most states offer several different places you can get your real estate license online from certified schools that fulfill all requirements. Scams in the online real estate license field are pretty uncommon. If you’re really worried about signing up for a legitimate online real estate license school, just make sure you sign up for a well-established school that is specifically approved by your states licensing commission. As long as they are state-certified, you have very little to worry about. No legitimate online real estate license school will risk losing their certification over petty issues such as billing issues, etc.
If you’ve been thinking about signing up for an online real estate license school, my advice to you is to just do it already! Sure, studying for your real estate license will be hard, and it’s not going to be fun, but where will your life be in a year from now if you DON’T do this? Probably exactly where you are right now, thinking and hoping you could break into the real estate industry. I’ve given you 5 excellent options for real estate schools you can take online. Are you going to just keep researching forever, or are you going to sign up? Let’s get your new career started today! 🙂
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