Top 5 Real Estate Schools in Tennessee
When you begin your journey to become a real estate agent, there are many decisions you will have to make. The first one is to decide where you want to go to get your real estate license, which is technically called the Affiliate Broker license. The good news is there are a lot of options out there. There are schools where you can go to study in a traditional classroom setting, and there are online schools where you can study from home and at your own pace.
In the end, what really matters is which real estate school has the best track record for helping people get licensed successfully. I went through the entire list of schools that are approved by the Tennessee Real Estate Commission (TREC) and compared the exam pass rates from the five biggest schools in the state. Nevertheless, although exam pass rates are very important, I think it was also important to research into each school a little further to see what else they have to offer. After all, every school has their own strengths and weaknesses. This would be a more fair and well-rounded review. Here is what I found for getting a real estate license in Tennessee.
Rank School Overall Pass Rate
1 Real Estate Express 69%
2 The CE Shop 75%
3 Tennessee Real Estate Education System 64%
4 Tennessee Real Estate and Comprehensive Sales School 61%
5 Continual Learning Institute 54%
Online Courses vs. Classroom
One thing that really caught my attention was that most people seem to be taking these courses in a classroom. However, if you look at the data, people who take online programs are doing significantly more better. In fact, less than half the people in classrooms from the three largest schools are passing the National portion of the exam.
School National State
Tested Passed Pass Rate Tested Passed Pass Rate
The CE Shop (Online) 600 374 62% 474 411 86%
Real Estate Express (Online) 989 559 56% 790 641 81%
Continual Learning Institute (Classroom) 1535 640 41% 1,205 794 66%
TREES (Classroom) 1210 586 48% 938 740 79%
Tennessee Real Estate and Comprehensive Sales School (Classroom) 804 342 42% 566 453 80%
Although Real Estate Express doesn’t have the highest overall exam pass rate, there are so many other things that the school offers that bring significant value. The pre-licensing courses are setup in a standard online format where you basically just read it online and answer multiple-choice questions along the way.
What really impressed me was all the other stuff you get with their top package called Ultimate Learning. You get over 1,000 practice test questions for the both the national and state portions of the exam. The Live Q&A allows you to talk to certified real estate instructors via video webinars. If you have a hard time studying on the computer, you will get hardcopy books in the mail that are identical to the online books. After you get licensed, Real Estate Express gives you additional training courses to help you hit the ground running. The 90-day Boot Camp is a video course by world-renown real estate coach Sherri Johnson that will show you how to close your first deal in 90 days. You will also get ongoing access to hundreds of video tutorials, discussion forums, and job aids with their Professional Development Membership. Real Estate Express is the top pick because they don’t just help you get licensed, they are the total package to help you launch a successful career.
The CE Shop is a 100% online program. They setup their courses so that you really learn the material by attacking the content at multiple angles. Although it is primarily like reading a book online, they incorporate lots of activities such as fill-in-the-blank, matching, and multiple-choice quizzes. They have robust support, offering phone, chat, and email support 7 days a week. The CE Shop boasts a 97% student satisfaction rate and considering they have the highest pass rate, I can see why.
TREES has been around for over 40 years. They have helped over 100,000 people become licensed and genuinely seem to care about helping their students achieve their career goals. They are best known for their classrooms, which can be completed Monday through Friday in a couple of weeks or there is also a 5-week option during nights and weekends.
Here are their 5 locations:
5705 Marlin Rd
5900 Bldg., Ste 1300
Chattanooga, Tn. 37411
Twelve Oaks Building 1
5401 Kingston Pike, Suite 220
Knoxville, Tn. 37919
Nashville – Elm Hill
Atrium Way, Landers Plaza,
2451 Atrium Way, Suite 120
Nashville, Tn. 37214
Georgetown Park, Suite 501
1602 West Northfield Blvd.
Murfreesboro, Tn. 37129
Great Smoky Association of Realtors
109 Glennhill Lane
Sevierville, Tn. 37862
TRECS has dominated classroom learning in Knoxville. Having been founded in 1977, they have built a strong track record of helping people pass the exams. They only have the one location in Knoxville and their class schedules only run Monday through Friday, so it may not work with your schedule if you have other commitments.