Real Estate Schools - How to Become a Licensed Real Estate Agent

I've written this article to help you learn more about real estate training opportunities across the U.S., and to help you choose the real estate school that's right for you.

What's a Real Estate School?
Basically, a real estate school is any educational institution that offers a program leading to a real estate license. There are two basic types of real estate schools: (1) those offered by colleges and universities, and (2) those offered by industry-specific schools who specialize in real estate.

Why Do I Need a Real Estate School?
There are two primary reasons to attend a real estate school. Initial education: The first reason is to get licensed as a real estate agent. Continuing education: The second reason is to increase your knowledge or gain additional real estate certifications. In either case, real estate schools can help you climb the "ladder" of success in the real estate industry.

Online Education vs. Classroom Education
The Internet has changed the way people seek education. This applies to the real estate industry too. These days, you'll find many real estate schools that offer online training in addition to classroom training. In fact, some real estate schools are even 100% web-based, with all courses being offered online.

Whether you choose online training or classroom training, the important thing is to ensure that it's a legitimate real estate school recognized by your state.

Real Estate Schools Do Not License You
It's a common misconception that a real estate school can give you a real estate license upon completion of your training. This is not usually the case. In almost all cases, a real estate school will prepare you for a licensing exam, but the exam is offered by the state. Many states also require that you have a high school diploma or GED.

Note: Before choosing a real estate school, check with your state to make sure it recognizes that institution as a licensed real estate school.

* You may republish this article online if you retain the author's byline and the active hyperlinks below. Copyright 2007, Brandon Cornett.

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