Thinking about a career in real estate, but can’t spend hours commuting to and from classes each week?
One of the biggest benefits of breaking into a real estate career these days is the ability to take your pre-licensing education through an online real estate school.
Online real estate school …
- Allows you to study from anywhere
- Is typically more affordable than in-person classes
- Can be quicker to complete
- Still connects you to peers and instructors
- Can be self-paced or live
It can also be the perfect fit for anyone transitioning from another full-time career or full load of other responsibilities.
In other words, online real estate school is hands down the most flexible option for anyone looking to take the leap into real estate, and for continuing education to keep your real estate license current.
Of course, not all online real estate schools are created equal.
So the question is, how do you find the best online real estate school for you? Also, how do you know which online real estate programs count towards earning your license, or if you’re even ready to study for your real estate license online?
Here are a few things to consider during your online real estate school search.
1.) Make Sure Your Prospective Online Real Estate School Is Accredited
To earn your California real estate license, you’re required to take 135 hours of pre-licensing education at an accredited school.
That means whichever school you choose — whether it’s an online real estate school or in-person — the school’s curriculum needs to be recognized and approved by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) for all that work to count towards your license.
For instance, Allied Real Estate School is approved by the California DRE and accredited by the Association of Real Estate License Law Official (ARELLO) and International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC), which validate the design and delivery of distance education courses.
This means our pre-licensing courses count directly towards your 135 hours of required education to apply for your California real estate license.
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2.) Consider Instructor Accessibility and Involvement
When you study for your real estate license online, you’ll want easy access to an instructor who can answer your questions and help you process the material. Even if you’re a self-starter or someone who’s comfortable with online learning, the ability to connect with an instructor who has real-life experience in real estate will make a world of difference in how you approach your licensing exam.
Because even though your exam will be multiple-choice, questions may not be laid out exactly how the information is presented in your textbooks. Sometimes, it’s helpful to talk through new concepts so you know them front and back, so no matter how they’re phrased on your exam, you know the answer.
At Allied, our prized instructors have almost 80 years of combined real estate experience and our students have access to lots of live support. This way, even if you choose a self-paced study option, your questions can be answered quickly and thoroughly.
3.) Pay Attention to Pass Rates
An online real estate school’s pass rate speaks volumes about the quality of instruction they offer. A high pass rate typically means instructors are involved, extra study resources are available, and students feel confident going into their exams.
On the other hand, low pass rates are an indicator that there may not be enough support to create a valuable distance learning experience.
Some schools, like Allied, even have a “Pass or Don’t Pay Guarantee” in place. Our “Pass or Don’t Pay Guarantee” means we’re so confident in our quality of education, that if you don’t pass your real estate licensing exam the first time, we’ll refund your entire pre-licensing education.
We’re able to do this because of our experienced staff, extra study resources, and ample availability to provide live support.
So if you’re ready to take the next step, we’re here to help.
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If you’re ready to begin continuing education, Allied is a reliable, accredited choice. We’ve helped over 350,000 students become real estate agents and continue their real estate education, and our supportive, experienced instructors are ready to help you keep your California real estate license current.