Ready to Launch Your Real Estate Career? Here Are 8 of the Best Real Estate Schools to Get You Started

The PropertyClub Team
Oct 13th 2019
Kickstarting your real estate career isn’t quite the complicated process you’re imagining. If you’re thinking of giving it a try, know that there are plenty of online resources and online courses that you can take, and you can even get certified online, without having to leave your house. At the same time, the amount of information and websites providing resources for aspiring realtors can be overwhelming, and it’s hard to know what to choose and what’s reliable.

We’re going to make that easy for you by presenting you with 8 of our favorite real estate education providers, which offer the best resources and plenty of flexibility so that you can learn at your own pace. Besides offering licensing courses and continuing education programs, these websites also provide you with loads of useful insight into the industry, so you can benefit from them even if real estate is not your career. A few of these providers also offer in-person classes in New York City, for those of you who like face-to-face interaction, but all of them provide the possibility of taking courses online. Check them out below:

The CE Shop

The CE Shop is a leading provider of online real estate education, with classes available in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. They cover the entire lifecycle of a working real estate agent, with products for Pre-Licensing, Exam Prep, Post-Licensing, and Continuing Education. They’re always expanding their offerings by adding new national elective courses, and they aim to remain a thought leader in the industry through their blog, ebooks, and podcast. 

Unlike many of their competitors, the team at CE Shop strives to create an entirely online learning experience. There are no textbooks or classrooms. Instead, they include everything you need right into your online course. According to The CE Shop, their products have a 96% overall student satisfaction rating, and their Pre-Licensing students have a 90% national pass rate on their licensing exam. You can check out a breakdown of their pass rates on their website. 

Cape School

Cape School has been educating real estate professionals for more than 45 years. If you’re looking to get your real estate license, their self-paced 75-hour Principles of Real Estate SalesPerson pre-licensing course combines elements of an online course with videos, PowerPoints, and interaction with your instructor to offer you the best course available.  Additional products in their professional package include Cape’s test prep online exam simulator to help you prepare for the state licensing exam. 

Over the years, Cape School has helped thousands of students successfully prepare for a career in real estate. And once you have your license, Cape School offers continuing education courses you need to maintain your license in both online and live classroom formats. They offer a lowest-price guarantee, and former students always receive 10% off.

New York Real Estate Institute

The New York Real Estate Institute (NYREI) prides itself on having one of the highest exam pass rates in the industry. They’ve been in business for more than 25 years, and they’ve recently licensed (and employed) their 100,000th student. 

According to their website, NYREI allows students to make their own schedules and choose from the largest selection of real estate courses, available live, and online. They also have 5 New York area locations and online classes for the entire state. 

The New York Real Estate Institute was established in 1987 and targets those who want to become licensed real estate salespeople, as well as individuals who are interested in buying a home or co-op or only are considering investing in real estate. They came up with a novel approach of offering a weekly, rotating, start-any-time real estate course; this means that a candidate can start the course any day, and finish it in the next four months. Each class or module can be taken during the mornings, afternoons, evenings, or weekends. Their course selection includes Broker Licensing, Property Management, Title Closing, Appraiser Licensing, Notary, Florida Broker Licensing, and Florida Mortgage Broker Licensing (both exclusive to NYREI), among many others. 

Center for Realtor Development

The Center for Realtor Development is part of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and offers a vast catalog of online courses for aspiring realtors. What’s essential about these courses is that they lead to designations or certifications from the NAR, which can boost your credibility and trustworthiness in the eyes of your clients. These designations are specialized credentials for realtors, that you have to earn and then maintain every year through dues and continued membership in the NAR. Each designation can have specific core course requirements, and the good part is that many official NAR courses are offered online at the Center for Realtor Development. 

Courses offered include the Accredited Buyer's Representative Designation Course, Military Relocation Professional Certification (MRP), Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) Designation Course, Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) Designation Course, and NAR's Green Designation Course. They also often have discounts for certain courses, so make sure you keep an eye on their website to get 25% off your course. 

They also host a pretty cool podcast that provides useful insight for students and certified realtors alike. What’s more, many of their certification courses offer continuing education credits in select states, at no additional charge to the student.

The Real Estate Education Center & Center for Insurance Careers

The Real Estate Education Center offers a variety of courses for those who are starting out in real estate. Whether your specialty is Real Estate, Insurance, Appraisal, Mortgage, Property Management or Home Inspection, the center offers licensing courses, as well as continuing education courses for those wanting to learn more about the business. 

REEDC also offers job placement assistance for all six career specialties, and the real estate salesperson program, in particular, provides speakers and recruiters with presentations available for students to sign up and get involved. They also have a team of dedicated Career Advisors on hand to assist all students. 

REEDC has locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and their schools are open extended hours to accommodate each student’s schedule. All the information you’ll learn during their courses is up-to-date and approved by organizations like the New York Department of State, the Department of Financial Services, and the NMLS (Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System). 

For those who are just starting out, the Real Estate Education Center offers a 75-Hour Salesperson Licensing Course, as well as a New York Real Estate Broker License Course. Their continuing education courses include a 20-Hour NY SAFE Mortgage Loan Originator Course, an Agency and the Advance Disclosure Seminar (Law of Agency), and a Registered in Apartment Management (RAM) course, among many others. 


The Real Estate Board of New York, or REBNY, offers best-in-class education and professional development for real estate professionals. They offer pre-licensing courses, as well as advanced designations and ongoing professional networking opportunities. REBNY offers several courses that help you obtain your real estate license, and these can be taken either in person or online; they are all accredited by the New York Department of State, including the continuing education programs. 

Their course offering includes a 75-Hour Salesperson Course, a 45-Hour Broker Course, as well as a 22.5-Hour Renewal Course and CE Courses. After getting your real estate license, you’ll need to get a license renewal every two years by the exact day of your license anniversary date. To get renewed, you’ll also be required by the state to do 22.5 hours of continuing education courses every two years. To that aid, REBNY offers continuing education courses like Elements of Interior Design & Construction, Office Leasing, Core Legal Concepts for the Successful Real Estate Agent, Investment Sales, Mortgage Credit in the New Environment, and many more. You can also take courses to get an advanced designation like the New York Residential Specialist® designation or the Certified Negotiation Expert designation. 

Charter Real Estate School

The Charter Real Estate School was founded in 2017 to provide valuable information and education to aspiring - or growing - real estate professionals. They offer a comprehensive curriculum, comprising both live and web-based courses, and are partnering with disruptive technology companies to provide students with access to the latest tools and trends in the industry. 

Charter Real Estate School also partners with TILRE Success Solutions, a leading sales, and business training provider, to offer coaching for real estate entrepreneurs. Following best practices in the industry, the sales training facility delivers in-house classroom training, group coaching, one-on-one coaching, distant learning, 24/7 virtual training, and more. They’re also open seven days per week, so participants can learn at their own pace and according to their own schedule. 

Charter offers both licensing courses and continuing education courses, such as Land Use & Development Planning, Multi-family Property Investing, Distressed Properties, and Blockchain & Real Estate, among many others. They’re also joining forces with VETS2REPS to provide real estate licensing scholarships for veterans, and offer mentorship opportunities, as well.

Real Estate Express

Real Estate Express offers both licensing courses for new real estate professionals, as well as CE courses, to improve and advance your real estate career. All the information you need is just a few clicks away; within minutes of purchase, you can launch your first training module and start learning. You’re free to move through the modules at your own pace, starting and stopping whenever you want, and you can also access course instructors if you need any guidance. 

After taking the required courses, you can follow the Real Estate Express Exam Prep Master program, to make sure you’re ready and prepared to take your license exam and pass with flying colors. Lastly, if you’re successful and pass your exam, Real Estate Express will help you kickstart your career; you can visit their Career Hub to find free resources and advice for getting hired in the industry. After that, when it’s time to advance your knowledge further and get your license renewed, you can head over to their parent company, McKissock Learning, and get started on their continuing education courses. 

Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

If you’ve already got your real estate license and are ready to take your career to the next level, then you definitely want to check out what the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing has to offer. Luxury living is having a significant moment in major cities across the U.S., and agents who market upscale properties can get a big career boost. The institute offers you the chance to earn the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation, which is recognized as a mark of accomplishment in luxury real estate markets around the globe. This designation is awarded to institute members with proven sales performance in the top 10% of their market. 

There are three different courses you can start off with at the institute, and taking either of these courses will activate your membership. There are no additional fees required to apply for the CLHMS if you’re an active member. 

The courses include a two-day, in-person luxury course that starts at $500, an 8-hour online course starting at $495, and an advanced online course that starts at $395 but doesn’t automatically make you eligible for CLHMS Application. 


Do you know of any other great resources for getting your real estate education? Or does your business provide these kinds of services? We’re always updating, so reach out to us on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter if you think you have what it takes to be added to the list.