Since you are reading this article I would guess that you are interested in getting your real estate license online. Well if you are, you are making a great choice. Getting your real estate license online versus in person provides so many different benefits. Some of these benefits include: working at your own pace, working on a device that you choose, and being able to keep up any other responsibilities. If you are any bit of an independent person, then this is the route for you.
However before I get into why real estate courses are going to be good for you, I need to cover a huge problem that I found with them. This problem being: all of the reviews are really bad. Anywhere you read about an online real estate class, chances are good the reviews are going to be super negative.
Before I get in depth, I wanted to let you know that I went up going with Real Estate Express and actually had a really good experience, so i promise you that it is possible.
Why all of the bad reviews?
If you have already done any bit of research, then you know exactly what i’m talking about when I say that the reviews are bad. You might already be ready to give up your search and move on to something else. I am telling you it is possible. Let’s go in depth about some of the negative things that you might see within a review:
Older material: Most of the material that you are going to study is relatively old and even outdated in some cases. There are even going to be cases when you get questions wrong on your exam because you studied the wrong information. It blows my mind the state certifies these programs when some of the information isn’t even correct anymore. Most all of the courses that you look into are about 10-15 years old, and most have stayed with the same material through it all. This is the same across all of the courses, and it’s something you are going to have to suck up. It isn’t going to make you fail, might just cost you some extra research time. Real Estate Express wasn’t nearly as bad as some of the things that I read about it said.
The “Delivery” style: Let’s be real here, the material that you are going to have to study is going to be rather boring, however it is something that just needs to be done. It is dry material, but it needs to be done in order to pass your state exam. I wish they would update the way they teach such as videos and other activities, but it’s basically going to be straight up text. Almost all of them are just simple e-text and then you take your quiz and you repeat until you are done with it all. I agree with the negative reviews that the courses really haven’t stepped up with the modern way of learning.
No live training: like I mentioned above, the information can be really hard along with getting around the overall class. You would think with all of the technology out there that they could set up some type of live chat, but most don’t have that option sadly. Most only have some sort of Q and A if you have questions.
The bad customer support: when I signed up with real Estate Express I got to talk to my personal instructor right away and it wasn’t really a huge deal. I never even really needed to contact him to be honest with you. However I have heard that it can be really hard to contact sometimes and I feel as though that is going to be a really big pain. If you think you are going to need to talk to your instructor a lot, I recommend you go with Real Estate Express because you do have that phone option.
Lack of Supported devices- some of the classes won’t work on other devices such as an iPad or your phone. This can be a really big pain if you are trying to study on the go and I see how all of the negative reviews reflected on this. This goes back to the courses all needing to be updated. Again, this doesn’t mean that you are going to fail for sure, just some things that we all like to nit pick. One course that did work good on the phone was real Estate Express if you want to go down that route.
The low pass rates- getting your real estate license is really challenging. It is going to take a lot of time and effort in order to get it. There are some courses that simply don’t have a high pass rate and you need to make sure you check that ahead of time.
These are just some of the things that I found when I was talking to others and doing some research. Now this doesn’t mean it isn’t possible to pass any of your classes, because it definitely is. These are just some reasons why people might rate the class low. I wanted to give you a heads up in case you were doing some research of your own on the side.
Now let’s get into a more positive topic: how are you going to find the best real estate school online. Yes despite all of the bad reviews that you might read, there really are good courses out there for you to choose from. I highly suggest you spend a good amount of time researching because it is going to be a really big commitment.
While there are a lot of negative factors about online real estate schools, they are still better than having to drive to a real classroom 3/4 times a week for sure.
I mentioned earlier that I went with real Estate Express and I actually really liked it. I braced for it to be horrible like the reviews, but it ended up being fine. You’re probably thinking, so why did you end up going with real Estate Express then?
It ended up being a really easy choice for me that Real Estate Express was going to be the route that I wanted to go. Here are some of the traits that I found when I was researching that really pushed me over the top:
The pass rating: Real Estate express probably had the highest pass rating of all the online real estate course that I considered signing up for. Their pass rate for students on the exam comes in at around 80%. I didn’t want to spend a ton of time and money to just simply throw it all away.
Actually working on a mobile device- I am a super busy person so it was essential that I found a course that was going to work on one of my mobile device. I couldn’t seem to find a single other course out there that was going to work on my phone so that was another huge reason that I decided to go with real estate express.
Price- I found that almost all of the courses were going to cost basically the same. You are going to have to e prepared to pay a decent amount to get it all done. There are different plans that come with different variations of textbooks and extra materials, etc if you choose to go that route.
All in all I felt as though real estate express was going to be the best option for me. Everything about it just felt right. If you are interested in getting real estate express, I highly suggest that you go about getting a demo. It is going to give you a really good insight as to what you will be dealing with.
This doesn’t mean that it is going to be the #1 best choice for everyone though. There are so many different variables that change for depending on what situation you are in. I have personally only used Real Estate express so i’m not entirely sure how some of the other courses are run, but I did do a ton of research for this.
I highly recommend that put a good amount of time into your research. You are going to be spending so many hours and want to find the best option possible. Although there aren’t a ton of options for you to choose from, I know that you will be able to find one that fits best for you. I really hope that you found this article helpful and now you know how to structure your search process as you look for an online real estate course. Remember that every program brings something different to the table and is going to affect everyone differently. It is all about finding the one that is right for you. Good luck on your real estate journey!