If you have been considering getting a real estate license in Texas, you are making an awesome choice. Texas has one of the most stable (and profitable) real estate markets in the country. The tricky part is finding the best real estate school that will set you up for success.
Currently, there are 68 different colleges and education providers where you can go to get your Texas real estate license. And the list grows longer every year. Which one should you pick?
There is no right answer that applies to everyone. Every school comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. Furthermore, everyone has their own personal style and needs when it comes to their study habits. Some people prefer to learn in a live classroom environment while others thrive in an online program where they can study independently.
After researching and analyzing the long list of schools, we’ve narrowed it down to 5 schools that we think offer the best programs to get a real estate license in Texas.
1. Aceable Agent
Aceable Agent is one of the newest real estate schools on the market. They are based in Austin, Texas and originally founded their school specifically for Texans only. However, they have been growing rapidly and now offer programs in eleven other states.
What makes them different is how they incorporate a lot of new technology into their learning systems and are the first online real estate education provider that designed their courses specifically for mobile and web application. Aceable Agent is innovating the e-learning space by making their courses interactive and actually enjoyable to take.
Aceable Agent also packs a lot of punch in their program. The pricing is competitive. They provide comprehensive test prep for the state exam, and provide support 7 days a week. The thing that caught my eye is that they have the highest state exam pass rate of 87.13% for large schools (as reported by the Texas Real Estate Commission).
Another big difference with Aceable Agent is how they setup their packages. Other schools give you two, three, or even four packages to choose from. Aceable Agent only gives you one. They have decided to go with the one-size-fits-all approach, so that you get everything you need to successfully get licensed. You don’t have to stare at the computer screen and wonder “do I really need those extra features?” or “will this be enough study material to help me pass?” They have taken out all the guesswork for you and mapped out a study plan that has been proven to work.
Best suited for: Busy People
Aceable Agent comes off as a young and vibrant online school. They incorporate advanced video technology and cutting-edge learning techniques that appeals to the ever-evolving study habits of today’s professional. If you already have a full-time job or just don’t have a lot of time to commit to studying, this program will work around your schedule and stick to the stuff you actually need to learn.
2. Kaplan Real Estate
If you feel like going big on your real estate education, Kaplan Real Estate is the way to go. They are a billion-dollar company with millions of students located in over 100 countries all around the world. They have been around for over 80 years and are the experts when it comes to education.
Kaplan Real Estate has every option available when it comes to a real estate school. You can take a regular online course where you are basically just reading an online book and taking multiple-choice tests. This is their Home Study Solution package. Or, if reading a text-book is too boring for you, you can go with the OnDemand Solution package where you watch pre-recorded videos of an instructor walking you through the material. You can watch (and re-watch) this at any time, and it feels like you are in a classroom.
For the best interactive learning experience, they offer webinar sessions with a real live instructor through their Live Online Solution package. You get all the benefits of being in a classroom without the hassle of actually driving there. You participate remotely through a computer from the comfort of your home or office. You can ask questions on the spot and directly to the instructor as they are teaching the class.
Whatever course format you choose to go with, Kaplan RE includes plenty of additional support to supplement your learning. You will get access to their Qbank online practice test engine, which are thoughtfully developed questions and answers that show you where you should focus your study efforts for the best possible test outcome. You also get access to the Interactive Study Groups. These are live, small-group study sessions held regularly.
Best suited for: Learning Interactively
If online learning by yourself is too boring or lonely, Kaplan Real Estate offers the best program to keep you engaged and motivated. With their Live Online Solution package, you get to sit in class without the classroom by learning through a live video webinar. On top of that, if you have a lot of questions, there are also live study sessions held every week.
3. The CE Shop
The CE Shop offers one of the most comprehensive online programs in the industry. The interface is sleek and clean. The course content is text-based, so it is primarily reading. However, they incorporate various formats on their quizzes and final exams, such as matching, multiple-choice, fill in the blanks, etc… The CE Shop also base the course material on real-life scenarios and actual situations that real estate agents have encountered, which makes it more interesting to read.
This type of learning requires your active participation and helps you absorb the material better. You will not be able to just skim through the content. You will have to read each question and answer carefully. This also means that you will probably take longer to complete the program than compared with other programs. Nonetheless, this rigorous preparation is most likely why they have one of the highest state exam pass rates of 82% in Texas.
The CE Shop packages come with nice perks. They just launched an advanced learning platform that is mobile friendly, so you can study from your smartphone. They include a generous 30-day refund policy if you change your mind, a money-back guarantee if you fail the state exam, and support by phone, chat and email 7 days a week.
Everything is strictly online, so they do not offer printed textbooks or any other additional study materials.
Best suited for: the Knowledge Seeker
This is the ideal program for you if you want to learn as much as possible about real estate and are not in any rush to do so. The CE Shop provides you with informative content to set you up for success and usually has a promotion to get you the best deal.
4. Real Estate Express
Real Estate Express is currently the largest provider of online real estate education in the country and has been at it since 1996. They boast the highest pass rate of 70% on the state exam in Texas compared to the other large online real estate schools. Real Estate Express has a solid program with above-average marks in pretty much every category.
There are four packages available for you to choose from so it should be able to cater to anyone’s preference, whether you are on a tight budget or want the full-blown treatment with all the bells and whistles. There are hardcopy textbooks available, practice tests for the state exam, real estate dictionary, hundreds of short video courses, and live instructors available that you can interact with. There is also a Career Hub that is filled with useful articles and blog posts about how to hit the ground running once you get licensed. Real Estate Express has something for everyone.
The main drawback I saw was that it was a pretty standard curriculum. You basically just read an online book, take chapter quizzes, and then have to pass the final exam at the end. There was nothing really new or innovative about the learning experience. Also, there are some hidden fees as well. For instance, if you do not pass the final exam after your second attempt, you will have to pay a fee and re-take the course.
Best suited for: the Value Shopper
Real Estate Express is a great pick for an independent learner who wants a reliable program at a great price. They provide you with all the tools you need to succeed. However, it will be up to you to make the most use of them.
5. Champions School of Real Estate
Champions School of Real Estate is the undisputed champion (pun intended) for getting a real estate license in Texas. More people have taken their award-winning courses to get licensed than any other real estate school.
Champions School of Real Estate offers the “total education experience.” They focus on providing students with the most up-to-date information coupled with passionate instructors who teach with enthusiasm and support.
Although they offer an online program, they are more well-known for their live classes. Champions School of Real Estate currently has nine campus locations in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.
As glowing as many of the reviews are about Champions School of Real Estate, it is worth noting that their pass rate on the state exam is only 60% according to the Texas Real Estate Commission, which is just average among all real estate schools. They also don’t offer any money-back guarantee like some of the other schools do.
Best suited for: Learning in a Classroom
Champions School of Real Estate provides you with an immersive, learning environment. This program is perfect for someone looking for both an education and an experience. Although on the higher end of the price range, you will not be disappointed.