We know you have many schools to choose from. Our intent with this page is to help you make the most educated decision on which school and courses to choose. Just let us know if you have additional questions – we are eager to assist you.
WHY CHOOSE LEARN TEXAS REAL ESTATE ONLINE?
1) HIGH PASS RATE:
Learn Texas Real Estate Online specializes in pre-license training for new agents. For over seven years, the Texas Real Estate Commission (which regulates all real estate schools in Texas) has been measuring the state license exam pass rates by school. We’ve dominated that list all along, by holding the number one (occasionally the number two) position on their website (for schools with more than a handful of students). This is why we’ve offered a money-back guarantee for several years.
Other schools will have stringent rules to qualify for their money-back guarantee (if they even offer one). For example, some schools will require you to score 80, rather than 70 on their course exams. Still others will require you to fail the state licensing exam THREE TIMES before they will grant you a refund! Yet another makes you agree to a contract stating that you will not take the state exam again, should you fail it using their courses. We have none of those restrictions. Just complete your courses, your exam prep and the state exam within 6 months and you qualify for the guarantee!
Texas Sales Agent Pass Rates
TREC Provider Exam Pass Rates (click here)
2) EXCELLENT REPUTATION: Other real estate schools may have a similar (though still lower) pass rate to ours. However, if you do a google search on their full company name you will find that they have complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau and Ripoff.com. Some use a review company that is known to sell only positive reviews and remove negative ones. Do your research when you see a 3rd party review company referenced. Check out DIRECT student feedback on these sites to see how students feel about their services or products. You will not find our name on any complaint site.
3) BEST TEXAS REAL ESTATE COURSES: We partner with and offer THE lowest package price online for Dearborn’s Pre-license courses. These are delivered over the internet with nothing to download, so you can access them with any computer, laptop or smart device.
Dearborn has been the leader in Real Estate training for over 55 years, having produced the books that instructors use in the classroom for most of that time. Ask any classroom instructor what books they prefer and they will likely say “Dearborn”. Ever heard of Kaplan University? They also use Dearborn’s courseware, but be sure to compare pricing and state exam pass rates on any competitor you are considering.
Once you finish your training with us, you will also see that both TREC and Pearson Vue (the state exam provider) recommend additional materials to prepare you for the exam and they are written by Dearborn as well!
What we market are their online courses and exam preps. Their courses are known nationally to be the best training in the real estate agent education market. If you are considering other schools, ask them if they are using Dearborn’s courses. If they aren’t, get as much information as possible on who wrote and produced each of their courses. Most schools won’t provide you with many details in this area.
PRE-LICENSE PACKAGE OPTION 1:
This most popular package includes the 6 required courses: Principles of Real Estate I and II (including over 60 NEW video clips), Law of Agency, Finance, Contracts and Promulgated Contract Forms, plus the Pearson Vue national and state exam preps – with access to all for 6 months.
In addition, we now offer these items at NO COST TO YOU:
One hour per week of an Interactive Study Group, led by a national instructor. Shortly after you register, you will receive an email titled PLEASE READ: Critical Pre-license Course Details. Be sure to read this, as it will tell you more about how the sessions work and provide you with upcoming dates and topics to be covered. No other online school in Texas provides this service!
Three bonus video courses covering crucial topics all Texas real estate sales agents need to know to be safe and successful:
-Dealing With Difficult People and Tough Situations
-30 Minutes That Could Save Your Life
-TILA-RESPA: The Most Important Changes Affecting You
ALSO: Our no risk 24 hour trial/refund policy applies to this package. Just notify us via email that you no longer want the program within 24 hours of your enrollment and we will issue a full refund, no questions asked!
For the Option 1 pre-license package, our price is $399 or $489 with online proctor services included (see our Proctoring page for more details). AND we offer a guarantee that you will pass the state exam on the first try or your money back!
Ask other schools what their prices are – you won’t find another school with lower pricing on Dearborn courses. To qualify for the guarantee all you have to do is take your courses, exam prep and state exam within 6 months of purchasing your pre-license package.
The Texas Real Estate Commission requires all 6 course final exams to be proctored. We give you the choice of having your own proctor (sometimes for free) or utilizing our online proctor partner. No other school provides these 2 options. Please visit the “Proctoring” page on our website for more details.
Make sure you have an exam prep included in any package you purchase. The exam prep is crucial to your success. Ours has recently been completely updated and redesigned to be very similar to the Pearson Vue state exam. This familiarizes you with the format they use and greatly increases your odds of passing the state exam on the first try.
Our exam prep covers both the state specific and national portions of the Texas Salesperson exam. It is called the “Q-Bank” and it has over 1,400 questions to choose from so you will be fully prepared for the state exam. You can even customize the exam prep to focus on a particular topic and the correct answers are provided in this product.
By the end of your training, you will have spent at least 180 hours of time (required by TREC) on your courses. However, the state licensing exam should only take you 1-1.5 hours to complete. The exam prep helps you put aside information you won’t need to remember and to focus on what is actually covered on the state exam.
This product is SO good, we often have students who took their courses elsewhere, failed the state exam and then come to us for advice on how to pass it. They purchase our Q-Bank and pass it on the first try!
PRE-LICENSE OPTION 2:
If you can’t afford the $399/$489 package, we now offer an inexpensive pay as you go option that no other online school in Texas offers. Purchase each course individually as you can, for only $99/114. Upon the completion of your 6th course, you will receive the Pearson Vue exam prep tools for FREE (a $99 value)!
Be aware that the items NOT included in this offering are:
-No money-back guarantee
-No free video courses
-No weekly Interactive Study Groups
-No 24 hour trial/refund period
4) BEST SERVICE: We are a small company, backed up by a large Technical Support and even larger Course Development team. Award winning Brokers and Real Estate Agents with decades of course writing experience are our authors. In addition, Dearborn has knowledge scientists who know how to design the format and repetition for the best memory retention benefit.
Learn Texas Real Estate Online focuses on quality students, not quantity. We depend on repeat/referral business, meaning we have to provide the best service around. Most of our students come to us by way of our high pass rate on the Texas Real Estate Commission’s website.
We also offer high quality 100% US-based support, available 7 days a week. Many of our competitors only provide support on weekdays. Some provide at least some portion of student support from overseas with people who can hardly speak English. Students are often frustrated by that, so if it might bother you too, ask other schools who provides their technical support and where they are located.
It seems like every month a new Real Estate school pops up online. Learn Texas Real Estate Online was approved as an online school by TREC in 2005 and was previously engaged in online technical training since 1998. With our years of experience, we have a great understanding of what it takes for students to best learn and retain knowledge from online education. That understanding is what made our decision to go with Dearborn courses very easy.
Based in the capitol city of Austin, Texas (where TREC is also located), we are dedicated to Texas and do not focus on any other state, so we are very well-informed on the Texas Real Estate Commission requirements and the Texas Real Estate market in general.
5) TEXAS-BASED/WOMAN-OWNED COMPANY: Support your local small business and keep your money in Texas! We are one of very few online course providers based in Texas. Most of the others are out of state such as California, Colorado and Georgia, meaning your dollars end up in those states, not in Texas.
We have been a TREC approved school since 2005 (you can find us on their website, but you won’t find all of the others you see on the web there). Ask other schools how long they have been approved BY TREC in Texas.
Dozens that had been around as long as we have are now fallen by the wayside, since TREC will no longer let them renew their status if their state exam pass rates are too low. Others are so new, they don’t yet have enough history to insure their pass rate over the long-haul.
6) SMALL COMPANY/BIG BENEFITS: Don’t just be a number! Our company is run by people who have won numerous customer service awards in previous corporate employment situations. We remember who our students are and we provide you with individualized assistance and quick turn-around, should any issue arise for you.
Many of our students have expressed that we “go beyond the call” to be of assistance to them. Diana Holmes, the school owner/administrator answers our office line 7 days a week (even holidays), from 8AM to 8PM CST. Technical Support is there for you 7 days a week as well. Email is also answered by us in a very timely manner. Check out our testimonials for more praise about Learn Texas Real Estate Online.
Be sure to ask other schools what their hours of operation are and how quickly you can expect to receive responses.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long will it take me to complete these courses?
This varies widely, depending on your amount of free time and previous knowledge of Real Estate sales. We recommend you study one 30 hour course per week – if you are currently unemployed and your time permits. The courses are challenging and you will be learning a lot of new information, but they are self-paced.
If you are employed full-time, set a goal of achieving completion on one course every 4-5 weeks. This will insure that you are spending the 6th month of access on studying the exam prep, as you wait to hear from TREC on taking the state license exam.
As required by TREC, you cannot access the course final exams in less than 30 hours per course. You’ll see our competition advertise that you can be finished with your training in 3 weeks. Although we have seen our packages completed by students in as little as 3 weeks, this is quite a challenge. Typically, that short timeframe is accomplished by students and brokers who are already licensed in other states and are now moving to Texas. In our 15+ years of experience in the Texas market, we have found that 2-6 months is more realistic for most people.
Dearborn recently conducted a national study and found that students are most likely to stay focused and pass the state exam within a 6 month time-frame. Therefore, you are automatically granted 6 months of time on the courses when you register. This can be extended by another 1 or 3 months if an emergency arises for you – for a fee. Please be aware that extending your courses beyond 6 months void our money-back guarantee. This is because we too have seen the highest state exam pass rates for those students who complete within six months.
How do the tests in the online courses work?
There are 2 types of tests associated with the courses themselves. First, after each chapter, there is a unit test you must get 100% accuracy on to pass. You can review and retake this as often as necessary to obtain that score. This design in the courses really forces you to retain the information before you can proceed to the next unit.
Then there is the final course exam (one per course). You must get 70% of the answers correct on these and you have 2 attempts to pass each course exam. Should you fail the 2nd attempt, the real estate commission requires you to retake that individual course, so please study hard before attempting those exams.
Course final exams (not unit tests) have to be proctored. This means an un-biased person has to watch you take the course final exams. This step verifies your identity and greatly reduces the chance for cheating on course exams.
GREAT NEWS! You can either find your own proctor or utilize our partner, ProctorFree for online proctor services. Please refer to the “Proctoring” page on our website for more information.
Be sure to find out how other schools handle proctoring and what the associated fees are. These fees can greatly increase your total cost for training. In addition, some schools that offer proctor services only have one person providing that service and you will therefore have to wait your turn to take your exam. This is not the case with our solution. Once you are set up, you can take the exam 24/7!
NOTE: With the current social distancing requirements by the state of Texas, it can be very difficult to find a proctor. Please consider our online proctoring solution (see details on the Proctoring page of this website).
Will I receive books with these courses?
No, all 6 courses and the exam prep are 100% online. The online courses bookmark when you exit, so you can enter at the same point you left the course. All progress within each course is tracked for you automatically. You can purchase books in our bookstore, at an additional cost, but in our many years of business and thousands of students trained, only a handful of students have felt that was necessary.
The Principles I and II courses are typically the most challenging, as they lay the foundation for the other courses. These courses now include over 60 NEW video clips!
Generally we see course exam scores go higher and higher as students progress through the 6 courses. We recommend you complete the 2 Priniples courses before deciding whether it’s necessary to take on the added expense of ordering books. There are Key Point Reviews and unit summaries within the online courses, which you can print out and study offline if you’d like.
For a sample of how an online course and the progress tracking works, just click here for a Recampus Student Demo. Ask other schools to see a sample of their courses before you spend money on them.
Still not sure if online training is for you? We now offer a 24 hour trial period on the $399/$489 package! If you decide you don’t want to keep the package, just email us within 24 hours of your purchase and we will refund your money – no questions asked. Please be aware that it does take 7-10 days for the bank transactions to occur.
Notice regarding potential ineligibility for a license based on criminal history as required by Section 53.152, Texas Occupations Code:
A criminal history may make a student ineligible for the license they seek and may request a criminal history evaluation prior to enrolling in courses or applying for a real estate, appraiser, or inspector license. Please refer to the criminal history eligibility guidelines set out in the Texas Occupations Code §53.025 and TREC Rule 541.1. They may request a criminal history evaluation by submitting a complete Fitness Determination form to TREC prior to applying for a license.
Other than all these great reasons, we’re just nice people who are excited to be helping others obtain their real estate license. Even if you do choose another school, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the most informed decision. We hope this helped you in that endeavor.
Please let us know if you have any questions at all. We hope to see you studying hard on our courses soon!