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Top Online Real Estate Schools in the US | POWER RANKING

When you decide to become a real estate agent and get licensed, you are excited and eager to see what the future will bring. You are building a new career (or trying to get out of one). So, when you do a quick search to find the best real estate school, you discover there are a lot of choices out there. Thousands of choices.

Although they may sound the same on the surface, each real estate school is different. They develop their own content, have their own staff of instructors, and they build their courses on different technology platforms.

It can all be very confusing but don’t worry. Whether you already have a full-time job and want to make some extra cash on the side, or if you are fresh out of college trying to build a new career, I got you. Here is the list of the 7 best real estate schools in the nation to get licensed. 

This is the largest real estate school in the country, and they give you the most options more than any other school. Hardcopy books, live instructor support, video training courses, and money-back guarantees are just some examples of what you can get. Whether you are on a tight budget or can afford to get everything they have to offer, there is something for everyone. Plus, they seem to have a promotion going on all the time, so you can get a great deal too.

Kaplan is one of the most well-establisehd and well-known brands in education in the world. Founded in 1938, they have since grown into a $1.5 billion juggernaut in the industry. Regarding real estate education, where they really shine is their video courses, being one of a few handful of schools that offer them. Depending on availability, there are live webinars where you watch it at a scheduled time over the internet or you can take the recorded ones which allow you to watch it at any time.  

OnCourse learning has been quietly moving up the ranks in online real estate education. They are one of only two online school to offer both the real estate and mortgage license programs across the nation, so if you need both licenses, you can get them all at one place. There is nothing too flashy going on here. They don’t bother with throwing a lot of extra features that you don’t need at you. They focus on presenting you with what you need to know and delivering it at the highest quality while still making it affordable.

Aceable Agent is the newest player in the game. As of this time, they only have real estate programs in six states. However, they are developing their courses in other states as fast as they can. Aceable Agent wants to change how people learn. They focus on incorporating state of the art technology to make the courses as engaging and memorable as possible. They have a 4.8 out of 5 star rating based on over 1,000 reviews on Trustpilot, so it is safe to say that their formula is working.

Contrary to its name, The CE Shop offers more than just continuing education. They offer pre-licensing courses and exam prep to help you get licensed in most states. They are a 100% online only program, so they don’t offer any physical study materials like hardcopy books. They focus on making their courses rigorous, which forces you to study harder. There are no shortcuts, and they will definitely put your knowledge to the test, which will also give you the confidence to pass the state exam with ease.   

Hondros College is the dominant real estate school in the Midwest. Although they are based in Ohio and specialize in getting the Ohio real estate license, they do have online programs for most other states for real estate, mortgage, and appraisal. However, it is their live classes in Ohio that they are best known for. They have 6 locations in Ohio: Westerville, Uniontown, West Chester, Independence, Fairborn, and Maumee. If you are on a tight budget, they have partnered with Paypal to offer qualifying applicants a 0% interest payment plan for six months.

COMPLETE LIST of Real Estate Schools in Iowa

 Whether you need to take courses to obtain an Iowa real estate license or simply get continuing education to renew an existing license, you will need to make sure you get them from a school that has been approved by the Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau (PLB).

There are currently 52 approved schools listed on their website. However, it’s not as easy as just picking any school off the list. There are some schools that only offer continuing education courses and not pre-licensing courses. While other schools offer pre-licensing courses but not the three required 12-hour courses that have to be taken in a classroom. I found some schools that haven’t posted information about any upcoming classes or don’t have a website at all, which makes me wonder if they are even still in business. Then, there are the ones with marketing gimmicks such as promotional discounts and money-back guarantees, which makes you wonder about the quality of the content.

If you want to save yourself the hassle that I went through to find the best real estate school for getting an Iowa real estate license, check out my list below.

1American School of RealEstateExpress Overall top pick for getting licensed; Promotions; Money-back guarantees; hardcopy books; live instructor support
2Iowa Association of RealtorsTop pick for realtors; Classrooms available for pre-licensing; Online CE
3Center for Real Estate ExcellenceTop pick to fulfill the 12-hour live class requirement; Classrooms available for all courses
4Quad City Area RealtorsOnline pre-license course; 12-hour live classes available
5Legacy Training Center LLCClassroom pre-license course; 12-hour live classes available; CE
6Concepts Real Estate School Online pre-license course; 12-hour live classes available; CE
7Mid-America School of Real EstateOnline pre-license course; 12-hour live classes available; CE
8 OnCourse Learning Online pre-license course; CE
9Kaplan Real Estate EducationOnline pre-license course; CE
10Real Estate Training InstituteCE only
11Carmel Streater CE only
12McKissockCE only
13Iowa Real Estate Investor Association CE only
14At Your Pace OnlineCE only
15Continuing Ed ExpressCE only
16The CE Shop, Inc.CE only
17Hondros College IncCE only
18WebCECE only
19Central Iowa Board of Realtors
20East Central Iowa Association of REALTORS
21Iowa City Area Association of Realtors
22Quad Cities School of Real Estate
23Hubbell Realty Company
24America’s Preferred Home Warranty, Inc.
25Iowa Chapter, ASFMRA
26Residential Real Estate Council
27National Property Inspections, Inc.
28Iowa State University Center for Ag Law & Taxation
29RE/MAX Home Group Masters Program
30Home Warranty Inc
31Iowa State University Dept. of Economics
32Capital City Real Estate School, LLC
33Preferred Systems, Inc.
34Northeast Iowa Board of REALTORS
35First American Exchange Company
36Southwest Iowa Association of Realtors
37Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors
38Cape School
39Northwest Iowa Regional Board of Realtors
40Skogman Real Estate School
41Midwest Educational Institute
43Iowa Chapter, Appraisal Institute
45UNI Real Estate Education Program
46Signature Education
47Iowa Real Estate School
48Iowa Real Estate Seminars
49Real Estate Pro LLC
50Elite School of Real Estate
51Council Bluffs NP Dodge Real Estate School
52QC School of Real Estate

List of Kansas Real Estate Schools | POWER RANKINGS

The great thing about getting a real estate license in Kansas is that you don’t have to sift through a long list of schools to pick from. The bad thing is you don’t have a whole lot of options. In fact, there are currently only 17 real estate schools that offer courses approved by the Kansas Real Estate Commission (KREC).

We have gone through the entire list and ranked them according to who we think will get you licensed successfully. Before we review the list of real estate schools, let’s first take a look at what KREC requires to obtain the real estate license.

Education Requirements for Salespersons

  • 30 hours – Principles
    • Reciprocity: If you hold an active real estate license in another state, you are exempt from having to take this course.
  • 30 hours – Practice

Special note: Once you complete the courses, you have a limited amount of time to turn in the certificates. Otherwise, they will not be accepted, and you will have to re-take the courses. For Principles, you have 12 months from the time you complete the course until your scheduled exam date with PearsonVue. For the Practice course, you will have to get a criminal background check and complete your license application within 6 months of completing this course. You are also required to pass the state exam within 12 months of finishing this course.

Education Requirements for Brokers

  • 30 hours – Broker Fundamentals – Course certificate must be filed within 12 months of completion
  • 30 hours – Broker Management (Effective January 2020) – Course certificate must be filed within 6 months of completion
  • 4 hours – Kansas Law – Course certificate must be filed within 6 months of completion
#1Real Estate ExpressOnlineHigh quality, Frequent promotions, Live Instructor Support, Money-back guarantee, Hardcopy books available
#2Career Education SystemsClassrooomOnline, Classroom2 locations in Kansas City, MO and 1 location in Town & Country, MO, Day and night classes available, Online courses include audio
#3The CE ShopOnline100% online only, Frequent promotions, Unlimited practice exams, Continuing Education available
#4Lowry School of Real EstateOnline, ClassroomOnlineCurrently offering online courses only, Only school to have the new Broker Management course, Continuing Education available
#5Kansas Association of RealtorsOnline, ClassroomOnlineLocated in Wichita, KS and Topeka, KS, Only Principles offered in a classroom, One-day live presentation, Hardcopy books included
#6PDH AcademyOnline100% online only, Frequent promotions, Lifetime access to course, Unlimited practice questions, Pass guarantee
#7ReeceNichols TrainingClassroomLocated in Leawood, KS, New classes offered monthly, State exam prep and Continuing education available
#8Kansas Real Estate SchoolClassroomLocated in Olathe, KS, New classes offered monthly, Day and Evening available
#9Penfed RealtyClassroomLocated in Wichita, KS, New classes offered every 1 to 2 months, Affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
#10RSCK School of Real EstateClassroomNew classes offered every January, April, June, August, and October, Day and evening sessions available
#11OnCourse LearningOnline100% online only, Frequent promotions, Only Principles course offered, State exam prep available
#12Training PartnersOnline, ClassroomLocated in Overland Park, KS, New classes offered every month
#13Career Education Systems – WichitaClassroomLocated in Wichita, KS, Broker Fundamentals course only
#14Sterling CollegeClassroomLocated in Sterling, KS, College course, Only Principles offered
#15Washburn UniversityClassroomLocated in Topeka, KS, College course, Only Principles offered
#16Kansas City Community CollegeClassroomLocated in Kansas City, KS, College courses
#17Pro Real Estate ClassClassroomNo upcoming classes.

Best Schools For Renewing Your Texas Real Estate License

If you are like most people, you view continuing education (CE) like going to the dentist for a checkup. You don’t really want to do it, but you know it is for your own good.

As a licensed real estate agent in Texas, the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) requires you to renew your license every 2 years by completing continuing education and paying the appropriate renewal fee. 

There are different CE requirements depending on your situation, so let’s take a quick moment to review what you will need to do.

Texas Real Estate Renewal Requirements

 First-Time RenewalSecond and All Subsequent Renewals
Sales Agent90 hours of Sales Apprentice Education (SAE)
4 hours of Legal Update I
4 hours of Legal Update II
10 hours of Elective CE*
4 hours of Legal Update I
4 hours of Legal Update II
Broker10 hours of Elective CE*
4 hours of Legal Update I
4 hours of Legal Update II
10 hours of Elective CE*
4 hours of Legal Update I
4 hours of Legal Update II
*Your elective course must include a 6-hour Broker Responsibility course if you have sponsored any sales agents, served as a designated broker for a business entity broker that sponsors sales agents, or have been made a supervisor for six or more months.  

Now that you know how many hours you need, the next step is to choose the right school. With nearly 1,000 education providers approved to provide CE courses in Texas, this can seem like a daunting task. 

Which one is the best school?

We don’t believe there is a single school that will be perfect for everyone. Everyone has a different learning style, budget, and studying habits. Furthermore, every school has their own strengths and weaknesses in their course offerings.

As a result, we have gone through the list and selected who we think are the top 5 best real estate schools that will accommodate the unique learning preferences of most individuals to renew your Texas real estate license. 

Champions School of Real Estate

Packages start at $99

Champions School of Real Estate is the 800-pound gorilla of real estate education in Texas. They are the biggest and most well-known education provider 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 a variety of formats to take the courses. You can drive to one of their seven campuses (Austin, Dallas, Houston Galleria, Houston North, West Houston, Fort Worth, and San Antonio) and sit in a classroom. You have the option to attend one of their ChampionsLive! Broadcasts and live-stream it so that you can watch it from home but still get that classroom feel. You can also choose to take the regular online courses, which are available in both PDFs and hardcopy books.

After you complete the courses, they will typically notify TREC within 24 hours.

Champions School of Real Estate is perfect for someone who wants to satisfy their CE requirements in a classroom. However, they are on the high side of the price range. They give you a decent selection of course topics to choose from and do a great job of providing their students with an immersive, learning experience.

Recommended for: the Interactive Learner

Real Estate Express/ McKissock Learning

Real Estate Express Review | Real Estate License

Packages start at $119.95

This list would not be complete without mentioning the biggest names in real estate education.

Real Estate Express and McKissock Learning are actually subsidiary brands under the same company called Colibri Group. They use Real Estate Express for all pre-license and post-license education, while McKissock is the platform used for continuing education.

If you need SAE courses, then you would get them from Real Estate Express. They only have one online package that includes courses in Marketing, Property Management, and Brokerage. The courses look fresh and modern looking. Plus, they just started including free proctoring on their final exams.

If you are looking for CE courses, including Legal Update I and II, then you would get them through McKissock Learning. They have a long list of elective courses to choose from, and they allow you to customize your package.

What separates them from every other school is their annual membership program. This not only covers all of your CE requirements, but it also provides you with a plethora of options for professional development. There are hundreds of how-to videos, webinars, and job aids to help you bring your game to the next level.

Recommended for: the Value Shopper

Aceable Agent

Packages start at $129

Aceable Agent is relatively new to the world of online real estate education. They are based in Austin, Texas, and currently have real estate licensing programs in four states (Texas, Michigan, Virginia, and New York).

Being the new kid on the block means that they are still growing their program. At this time, they only have CE courses and do not have SAE courses.

However, the reason they are on this list is that they are bringing a fresh approach to online education. They are actively trying to make their courses engaging and fun. Not just boring PDFs like every other school. Aceable Agent is one of the first education providers to get their courses approved on mobile devices.

Aceable Agent is a young company that seeks to disrupt the way that people take online courses. Since they are a new entrant into the space, there is some risk that they could get overzealous with their ambitious goals and bite off more than they can chew, at the expense of their students. Nevertheless, Aceable Agent is a rising star, and it will be exciting to see what they will do in the future.

Recommended for: the Millenial

Allied Schools

Allied Schools Review | Real Estate License

Packages start at $98

Allied Schools has been providing Texas real estate courses for almost 30 years. They have a solid track record of providing high-quality content at an affordable price. They were acquired by Real Estate Express. However, their programs are entirely separate.

Allied Schools offer a basic program with a limited course selection. They only provide online courses and have a single package for SAE and CE. The user interface looks a bit antiquated, but it is functional.

Where Allied Schools really shines is with their SAE courses. While most other schools give you 6 months to finish the courses, Allied Schools gives you one full year. There are no hidden fees, and you get to take their final exams as many times as you need without having to pay a re-test fee. Probably the best part is that they include free online proctoring. This gives you the convenience of taking the final exams at home.

Allied Schools provide a great program if you want a simple, no-hassle course to get your continuing education done.

Recommended for: the Straight Shooter

The CE Shop

The CE Shop review | Real Estate License

Packages start at $139

The CE Shop has one of the most comprehensive and rigorous programs in the real estate industry. They are a 100% online-only shop and offer programs in all 50 states. This is really geared for people who are genuinely interested in learning first, satisfying CE requirements second.

The CE Shop only has one SAE package that includes the Appraisal, Brokerage, and Real Estate Investment courses. They have their own online proctoring service and charge $17.50 per test. There’s some funny fine print that you should be aware of. If you don’t pass the final exam, you can only re-take it once within 90 days. If you fail the second time, you must re-take the entire course again.

Besides their frequent promotions, what really stood out with The CE Shop was their course selection for continuing education. They currently have 26 elective CE courses to choose from, not counting the Legal Updates. They also offer the Code of Ethics training if you are a realtor looking to satisfy the bi-annual ethics CE requirement.  

The CE Shop is a great choice for people who actually want to learn something and grow their knowledge of real estate. They offer a huge and growing selection of topics that will satisfy anyone’s appetite for knowledge.

Recommended for: the Knowledge Seeker

Is there a school that you think deserves to be on the list? We are always on the lookout for the best providers. Let us know in the comments section below.

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