Top 5 Real Estate Schools in Texas
Texas has the most requirements of any state for obtaining a real estate license. So, it is especially important to choose the right school.
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 accommodate the different styles of learning.
1. 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: the Interactive Learner
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.
Learn more at www.championsschool.com
2. 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.
Learn more at www.realestateexpress.com
3. Aceable Agent
Aceable Agent is the new kid on the block. That can be a good thing and a bad thing.
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 price is competitive, they provide comprehensive test prep for the state exam, and provide support 7 days a week. The thing that caught my eye the most is their industry-leading state exam pass rate of 87.13% for large schools (as reported by the Texas Real Estate Commission).
However, since they are relatively new to real estate, there is some risk if you sign up with them. Aceable Agent could go out of business next year, or they may be growing so fast, they don’t have enough people to respond to their students in a timely manner.
Best suited for: the Millenial Learner
Aceable Agent comes off as a young and vibrant online school. They incorporate advanced video technology and cutting-edge teaching practices to appeal to the evolving study habits of today’s professional.
Learn more at www.aceableagent.com
4. Allied Schools
Allied Schools is one of the largest online real estate schools for Texas. They were recently acquired by Real Estate Express. However, they are still operating under their own platform.
This Allied Schools program is great for the self-starter that wants to learn independently. You are given one full year of unlimited online access to complete the courses at your own pace. There are hardcopy textbooks available, and the quizzes are even optional. You only have to pass the final exam with a score of 70% or higher to complete the course.
What I like about this program is that there are no hidden fees. You can take the quizzes and final exams as many times as you need within your one-year term without having to pay a re-testing fee.
What I don’t like about Allied Schools is that their user interface needs a serious cosmetic facelift. It looks like they are using the same software design from the 1990s.
Overall, it is a little higher on the price range and if you can look past the aesthetics, it is a solid program that is student-friendly.
Best suited for: the Go-Getter
Because there is so much “freedom” in the courses, you really have to be disciplined or motivated about your studying habits to finish the Allied Schools program.
Learn more at www.alliedschools.com
5. 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.
Learn more at www.theceshop.com