Which are the Top 10 Best Online Real Estate Schools in CA?
Who are the Top 10 Best Online Real Estate Schools in California? In assembling our list, we look beyond the rankings to the characteristics that make each school or training center right for you. Disclaimer : If all you want is a list of our rankings, scroll to the bottom.
What really determines the quality of the Real Estate School is what that school does for its students and future licensees.
Because these courses are entirely online, it is important to note that you may not have access to an actual instructor that will be able to answer your questions. To combat this, some course providers include access to private Facebook Groups or Chat groups where they encourage the students to participate and ask questions about the material covered in the course. The College of Real Estate hosts a bi-weekly 30 minute AMA (ask me anything) Zoom meeting in our private Facebook Group. These meetings are live and are recorded so that students can reference them at any time.
Most schools do offer a toll free number for technical support, but not as a source of instruction on course material. When you enroll with the College of Real Estate you have a dedicated course registrar who can be accessed during normal business hours AND is a licensed real estate practitioner who can in fact offer support and course guidance.
People choose to take their real estate course online for flexibility and to be able to complete the course at their own pace. These days it is very important that the school you select offers online courses that are designed to be mobile responsive so that you can complete the course material at home, in your office, or while waiting for your kid to get out of basketball practice. It sounds crazy, but you’d be surprised by how many sites are still not mobile responsive. The experience should be seamless from desktop to tablet to your smart phone. Most, if not all options allow you to monitor what lessons have been completed and how much time you’ve spent in the course.
Get It Done Faster
One of the pros of taking classes online is you may be able to finish the classes sooner than the actual hourly requirement. The California Department of Real Estate mandates that each class be 135 hours and that they cannot be completed any faster than 18 days. When you attend a live class or a class being offered at a community college, you are subject to their calendars. This may stretch out the process for some people as long as 1 year. The online option permits a student to complete the entire course in as quickly as 54 days.
Post Course Processing
Upon completion of the course and receipt of your certificates of completion, there is an application process that must be submitted to the California Bureau of Real Estate. An applicant for any real estate license must submit one set of classifiable fingerprints, acceptable to the State Department of Justice (DOJ). An applicant may be fingerprinted after applying for examination or after passing the examination. Fingerprint processing fees are not refunded if applicants do not pass the examination. Social security numbers are required on examination applications to ensure fingerprint reports are received by the CalBRE.
Fingerprints must be submitted electronically through the DOJ’s Live Scan Program which takes and transmits fingerprints to the DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) using the Live Scan Service Request (RE 237) Denotes a PDF document. form. An original license will not be issued until a report from the DOJ and the FBI is received stating that there is no criminal history, or disclosing criminal history information which then must be reviewed and evaluated. See Avoid Potential Denial of Your License Application (RE 229).
Many schools will assist with the processing of this paperwork, and some Real Estate Schools even have Mobile Live Scan units visit and complete the fingerprint procedure in class!
You’ve Got Your License Now What?
One of the most common remarks we hear from our Graduates once they’ve gotten their Real Estate Salesperson’s license is, “Now that I have my license, I don’t know what to do.” Clearly, the first step is find a Brokerage to work for. We recently wrote a blog post on how to select a brokerage for you to hang your license at. The next thing you will need to learn how to do is to market your services. Truth be told, we are marketers. Some call it marketing, and others call it lead generation.
Either way, it doesn’t matter how well you know real estate law if you don’t have any clients. No leads equals no business, and yes, there are brokerages that may entice you to join by dangling leads, and while it may seem appealing, it is more important for you to learn multiple lead generation strategies than it is to be dependent on any one source of business, especially when you have little to no control over the flow of those leads.
Fortunately for you, we’ve planned ahead and created a course entitled, “How To Be Successful Your First Year in Real Estate Without Any Money or Any Sales Experience!” This 52 week online video course walks you step by step, week by week, through what you need to do to be successful including learning how to market yourself and how to automate your business.
Here’s the List:
No. 1 - The College of Real Estate
No. 2 - Lumbleau Real Estate School
No. 3 - CA Realty Training
No. 4 - Nationwide Real Estate School
No. 5 - CBI Real Estate School
No. 6 - ADHI Schools, LLC
No. 7 - Learn Net Academy
No. 8 - Real Estate Express
No. 9 - Kaplan
No. 10 - West LA College