Real Estate Express is a real estate school that provides online classes in many states. Three agents on my team have taken online classes from Real Estate Express and have some great feed back on the program. I also took my real estate classes online back in 2001, but I did not use Real Estate Express. I used Vaned and that was so long ago, I barely remember anything about the classes except they were very boring!
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Should you get your real estate license online?
From what I have been able to gather Real Estate Express is a great school for getting your license quickly and they are very affordable. I think potential agents need to ask themselves if an online environment is right for them when getting their real estate license. If you are an investor who only wants to use your license on your own deals, online is a great choice. If you want to make a career out being a real estate agent you may want to think about getting your license in an actual classroom.
If you want to make a career of being an agent you want to start making connections as soon as possible and in person classes are a great way to do that. In person classes are also much more exciting and offer many other advantages. I wrote an article here that describes why I think most potential agents should take their classes in person if they can.
What is it like taking online real estate classes?
Before I get into the pros and cons of Real Estate Express, I want to talk about online classes in general. If you decide to take online classes be prepared to be in front of a computer a lot! In Colorado potential agents have to take over 160 credit hours of classes. Most states have much fewer hours required, but wherever you get your license it takes a lot of hours staring at a computer.
When you take classes online it can be very hard to motivate yourself and you have to set your own schedule. I know it was tough for me to go through the real estate material and I had been around real estate most of my life. The real estate classes are not meant to teach agents how to sell houses and make money, they are meant to teach you the laws and regulations. The laws and regulations are very important, but also very boring.
If you are taking real estate license classes to learn how to sell houses or how to invest in real estate, look somewhere else. You will need a supplemental training program to learn the ins and outs of investing or selling real estate.
I have seen a lot of complaints about Real Estate Express and most of those stem from the material. Real Estate Express does not choose the material to teach, the state licensing board does. It is important to remember the classes are meant to help you pass the real estate licensing test, not teach you how to sell houses.
Why did my agents choose to get their license with Real Estate Express?
When I got my license in 2001 there were very few choices for real estate schools. I choose Vaned.com because it was one of the few choices I had and somewhat affordable. There are now many online schools and prices have dropped as competition has increased.
The primary reason my agents choose Real Estate Express was they were the most affordable choice they could find and they have a very high success rate for agents passing the test. My agents also had schedules or jobs that did not allow them to take their classes in a classroom environment.
How did my agents like the Real Estate Express online school?
“I earned my real estate license while at a full-time job, so knew I needed to do it online. I shopped all of the top options and did demos of each. The delivery was fairly similar across the board, so I chose Real Estate Express due to its better price point.
Doing hours and hours of online education is never easy, but I got through the material fairly quickly.
Out of everything, the biggest value was the test prep portion. Once your educational hours are complete, you still need to take state and national licensing exams at testing centers. Real Estate Express had modules specifically to prepare me for these. I really enjoyed these modules and most importantly…I passed the test on my first try. Many people I know had to take the exams 2 or 3 times before passing.
Based on all of this, I have recommended Real Estate Express to several people.”
“I was able to get through the material rapidly while working a full-time job. I needed the flexibility online courses offer. Real Estate Express was inexpensive and has all the features I wanted. I’m ahead of schedule and working through the test prep now.
As I shopped options, I saw that Real Estate Express had chat and phone support for people to reach. The money back guarantee was good to see too.
During exam prep, when I went through the test questions the system gave immediate feedback on the question. This is called a coaching module. It lets you know why you got a question right or wrong as you test, which has helped my learning tremendously.”
“I quit my job in order to get my real estate license as quickly as possible. After looking at various options, it seemed I could get through fastest by using an online option. Real Estate Express had what I needed and it was recommended to me by two people.
I did have some technical issues with my computer, so I had to use their support several times. They responded quickly and resolved my issues. It was good to have nice human support throughout the process.
I also had questions with the licensing process, which they helped me with as well.”
What are the good features of Real Estate Express?
One of the toughest parts of passing the real estate licensing tests is understanding the questions. The real estate licensing boards tend to use double and triple negatives to trip you up. The wording is very confusing and it is easy to fail even if you know the material well. I think the test prep is one of the most important features of any school, because you need to get used to how the questions are asked on the test.
I have heard people complain about the poor wording of quizzes and questions in the real estate classes. It is true that they are worded poorly, but that is to prepare you for the state test. Here are some other advantages that I have seen from Real Estate Express:
- Live support: they are very quick to respond to questions online or on the phone.
- A+ BBB rating: they have a great rating with the BBB and respond to any complaints with logic ad solutions.
- Test Prep: They prepare you to take and pass the test your first time.
- One of the most affordable options: I know Real Estate Express is Cheaper than Vaned and most other real estate schools as well.
What are the bad features of Real Estate Express?
There are some bad features of Real Estate Express, but they will come with almost any online school.
- Online structure is boring: When you take classes online it is really boring going through the material and hard to motivate yourself.
- Less networking opportunities: When you take classes in person you meet the instructor, other classmates and guest speakers. You miss that with online classes.
- Less support with online classes: Even though most schools offer some type of support, you don’t have a live teacher you can ask questions to immediately.
If you are thinking of getting your license I recommend Real Estate Express if you go the online route. you can make a lot of money as a real estate agent, but remember the real estate classes will not teach you how to make money. I have two agents on my team who made over $100,000 in their first year in the business and I created a system that helped them succeed. If interested in additional training please check out my Six Figure Real Estate Agent Success System.