Real Estate School Comparison

How do you decide which school makes sense for you?

Choosing the real estate school that best fits your goals is critical to career success. For that reason, we're here to arm you with the best information possible so you can make the right decision the first time!

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Over 520,000 students started their real estate career journey with Real Estate Express.

Learn from the pros.

We have more than 47 real estate instructors — all active agents within the industry — who provide deep and varied knowledge of the real estate space.

You’re in good company.

In the last 25 years, we’ve educated more than 520,000 aspiring real estate professionals, many of whom work with the nation’s largest real estate brokerages.

Students love us.

Our students give Real Estate Express a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Your success matters.

From pre-license courses to exam prep to professional development, we have the experience (over 25 years!), curriculum, and resources to help you thrive.

Top Honors

Consistently, Real Estate Express receives top praise from students and industry leaders. Renowned industry site “The Close” ranks Real Estate Express as the Best Overall Online Real Estate School, while the publication “Fit Small Business” gave Real Estate Express the No. 1 spot for Best Accredited Real Estate School For Online Learners! Not convinced? Click the videos below to hear what our students have to say.

The best online school for pre-licensing courses

Best online real estate school overall

Real Estate Express vs. Other Real Estate Schools

Real Estate Express

As a pioneer in the online education business, Real Estate Express has led the industry in online pre-licensing for over two decades. But we’re more than just an accredited real estate school — we put budding agents on the path to career success, all thanks to amenities like: expert instructors, top-rated courses, helpful support, unmatched exam prep, and an intuitive online platform that makes starting your real estate career easy.

We offer two learning methods: online self-paced courses and livestream courses, which offer the convenience of online learning, but with the interactions of a classroom.

Real Estate Express offers career-building resources, personal access to experienced instructors, live Q&A sessions, exam prep, networking opportunities with other students and potential employers, and so much more.

Other Schools

Other real estate schools deliver a one-and-done transaction, leaving students to fend for themselves once they’ve enrolled in classes.

Additionally, many only offer one method of learning: a classroom setting or online only. With Real Estate Express, you can find online courses and livestream courses.

A word of caution on pass rates: Many large, national real estate schools publish high exam pass rates. Pass rates for schools are complex, and it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. Each state reports pass rates differently, and some states don’t share pass rates with schools. Be wary of schools that publish their own pass rates, and be sure to look into their method for arriving at any high rates you discover. Broken down, schools typically report on a small subset of students who self-report exam results.

Hear why students love us.

Discover what makes us stand out.

We offer regular instructor interaction.

Real Estate Express: Enjoy regular support from course instructors through live Q&A sessions, direct 1-on-1 access, and email interactions for questions and discussion.

Other Schools: Other schools don’t provide instructor 1-on-1 time or Q&A sessions. Often, the only type of interaction is through email, which translates to potentially long wait times for student needs.

We accommodate different learning styles.

Real Estate Express: Everyone learns differently, which is why we offer two different learning channels: self-paced online courses and livestream classes. Whichever method you choose, we supplement courses with video, quizzes, structured reading, and more to help you retain what you’ve learned.

Other Schools: Learning options are limited with other real estate schools. You’ll find most only offer one type: online only or classroom only. Many online schools don’t offer robust instructor support, and classroom-only providers typically aren’t flexible enough to accommodate students’ schedules. With Real Estate Express, you get to choose the learning style that best fits your needs.

We have highly experienced instructors.

Real Estate Express: With nearly 50 real estate instructors in our arsenal, we’re confident you’ll find unbounded success in the industry. Each instructor has deep knowledge of their respective licensing state, and they come with years (and often decades) of experience. And while they know what’s needed to pass exams, they can also provide unrivaled tips and lessons for leading a strong career in real estate.

Other Schools: Other schools only have a handful of real estate instructors, many of whom are busy real estate professionals. This limits facetime and 1-on-1 instruction they can provide.

We offer unmatched exam prep.

Real Estate Express: Our exam prep and practice is so good, we offer a “Pass or Don’t Pay” guarantee — if you don’t pass your real estate exam on the first try, you don’t pay. That’s because we offer the highest quality prep courses, study guides, practice tests, and more. Please note the “Pass or Don’t Pay” guarantee is unavailable in Florida or Tennessee.

Other Schools: Other schools don't offer a money-back guarantee when it comes to exam passes. With Real Estate Express, you can feel confident about your ability to pass on the first try.

Learn from the industry’s best.

With nearly 50 dedicated instructors — known for their leadership and expertise in the real estate space — you can’t go wrong in reaching academic success. No matter the course material or topic, your instructors will guide you through the nuances and necessities of pre-licensing. Plus, they’re always on tap to answer questions via email.

Meet a few of our instructors:

Marilyn D. Glazer


Jolitta (Jo) Brazzano


Ivy Beloff


We cater to your schedule.

When it comes to selecting a real estate school, you deserve flexibility and convenience. With us, you can choose how, when, and where you learn (with plenty of support along the way). We offer two great ways:

Online Courses

  • Self-paced
  • Take courses on your computer, tablet, or phone
  • Course content developed by real estate experts
  • State-approved content
  • Take notes inside your course
  • Interact with an instructor 7 days a week
  • Add live Q&A for more instructor interaction

Livestream Courses*

  • Stream courses in real time
  • Experienced instructors
  • Personal 1-1 instructor sections
  • Interact with other real estate students
  • State-approved content
  • Interactive instruction using whiteboards, conversation, and slide decks
  • *check your state for availability

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Why enroll with us?

Fully accredited courses
More than 520,000 aspiring real estate professionals got their start with Real Estate Express!

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Excellent ratings
Students love the course experience — 4.3 / 5 stars

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Instructors with real world experience
Our prized instructor Q&A group has almost 80 years of combined real estate experience!

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Flexibility to study when and where you want

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Plenty of live support

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