Gold Coast Schools

Professional classes including real estate and construction

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Gold Coast Schools

Gold Coast Schools

Our Take

Gold Coast Schools offer both online and in-person real estate courses in English and Spanish for real estate agents and real estate brokers who want to work in Florida. There are pre-licensing and post-licensing courses, continuing education classes, exam prep, and additional industry training courses on topics such as branding and property management. It’s a good option for those who want to work in the real estate industry in Florida as it caters to different learning styles with various course formats.

  • Pros & Cons
  • Key Takeaways
  • Company Overview
Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Choice of online or on campus classes

  • Student resources on the site

  • Live chat

Cons
  • Basic pre-licensing package doesn’t include textbook

  • No mobile app

  • Only offered in Florida

Key Takeaways
  • Gold Coast Schools offers online and on-campus real estate pre-licensing courses for salespeople and brokers.
  • Continuing education classes, post-licensing courses, and construction and mortgage courses are available.
  • Florida salesperson licensing course packages start at $325.
Company Overview

Gold Coast Schools was started in 1970 as a real estate school with a single location. Today it has seven campuses located throughout Florida as well as a distance learning platform so you can take classes online. Its campus locations are found in Boca Raton, Doral, North Miami, Tamarac, West Palm Beach, Stuart, East Orlando, and North Orlando. Each of its locations is staffed and includes customer support, fingerprinting, and on-site exam grading. Additionally, there are nine satellite locations where classes may be offered when scheduled ahead of time, but these are unstaffed locations. 

The school focuses on providing a superior student experience and has overall positive reviews and testimonials from former students on its website. However, it isn’t accredited by ARELLO or IDECC, which means that it didn’t meet either of the accrediting institutions' seal of approval for online learning programs. However, all of the courses offered by Gold Coast Schools do meet Florida real estate licensing requirements.

  • Year Founded 1970
  • Kinds of Courses Prelicensing, continuing education, exam prep, post-licensing, appraiser, and more classes
  • Number of States Where Courses Are Offered 1
  • Price $325+ for pre-licensing package
  • Contact Email and telephone: 1-800-732-9140
  • Official Website www.goldcoastschools.com

Gold Coast Schools is not one of our top-rated real estate schools because it isn’t accredited and only serves one state. You can review our list of the best online real estate schools for what we think are better options.

Gold Coast Schools is an educational institution that offers courses in real estate, construction, real estate appraisal, insurance, construction, mortgage, and community association management (CAM). You can choose between English and Spanish classes and online or on-campus options. The online courses can be started as soon as you sign up and are offered in a self-paced format. Career counselors are available 24/7 by phone to answer course registration questions, although sometimes you may get an answering machine and receive a call back. 

The Florida real estate market is quite different from markets in other parts of the country. The majority of properties are condominiums or houses that are part of a homeowners association. Florida real estate classes teach about condo bylaws and rules for temporary rentals which are helpful for practicing agents and brokers. 

Pros Explained

  • Choice of online or on-campus classes: Choose the type of class based on your learning style. You can take a class near where you work or live or anywhere you have an internet connection around your schedule. 
  • Student resources on the site: These resources include real estate news, career tips, and downloads and presentations on different topics including mortgages and appraisals.  
  • Live chat: In addition to phone and email support, the school offers live chat so if you have a quick question, you don’t need to wait on hold and can have it answered within minutes. 

Cons Explained

  • Basic pre-licensing package doesn’t include textbook: Real estate courses can get expensive and the basic package doesn’t include the course textbook or any exam prep material. 
  • No mobile app: The site is mobile-friendly but there isn’t an ap,p so it isn’t as easy to take a class on the go from your smartphone or tablet. 
  • Only offered in Florida: If you want to work in another state besides Florida or if you want to get licensed in multiple classes, this school isn’t the right choice for you. 

Available Courses

Gold Coast Schools offers pre-licensing real estate agent courses, pre-licensing courses for brokers, exam prep, post-licensing classes, and continuing education classes. Post-licensing classes are required for new agents and brokers prior to renewing their license for the first time. Continuing education classes are required to keep your license in good standing and help refresh your industry knowledge, and keep you up to date on new topics. 

Additionally, there are a variety of real estate-related courses including mortgage broker classes, appraiser classes, construction classes, and community association management classes. This is convenient if you want to pursue two fields of study from the same school. 

The courses do not come with a money-back guarantee or a pass guarantee, so if this is important to you, check out some other schools to compare options.

Salesperson Pre-Licensing

Salesperson (agent) pre-licensing courses are offered on one of the seven Florida campuses or online through a self-paced option. 24/7 customer support, including technical support, is available with each course. You can select an in-person class with varying schedule dates and times depending on the location you choose or take an online course as part of a package. 

All courses satisfy the required 63 hours of Florida real estate material and include customer support 24/7 as well as instructor class support. They also include real estate glossaries, real estate math reviews, chapter summaries, and practice exams. In-person courses are $499 and include all course material including a textbook. 

Online courses come in two packages: Basic Service Package and a Full Service Package. The Basic package is $325 and includes 63 hours of course material but doesn’t include a hard copy of the textbook or any exam prep material. It is valid for one year. The Full Package includes a textbook, is also valid for one year, and also includes all course material, as well as exam prep including bonus practice exams. It also includes exam cram which is available via livestream to help prepare you to pass the exam. This package costs $425. 

Exam Prep

Gold Coast Schools offers a variety of exam prep options including a state simulator and practice questions for $69.99, digital flashcards for $39.99, and an exam prep package that includes both of the above for $89.99. 

Keep in mind that exam prep does come with the Full Service Package and is also included with all in-person pre-licensing classes. The Basic Package does not come with exam prep but the courses are individually offered on the weekends online and on-campus for $199. 

Continuing Education

Gold Coast Schools offers continuing education classes for real estate agents and brokers. All continuing education classes are found under the "Renew My License" section on the website. There is a selection of individual courses to choose from including escrow management, core law, and business ethics. These can be purchased separately and the individual class prices range from three to four hours in length and $15 to $99 in price. 

A continuing education package is also available; it includes 14 hours of course material and is offered in English and Spanish. The online package is $22.95 and the classroom option is $99. Both formats include the core law and business ethics requirements. However, they don’t include escrow management for brokers or any post-licensing classes, which can both be purchased separately. 

Other Courses

In addition to the standard pre-licensing, exam prep, and continuing education courses, Gold Coast Schools also offers the following additional courses:

  • Appraisal
  • Construction
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Community Association Manager
  • Insurance 

Course formats and costs vary but many students find it helpful to be able to take classes in other disciplines to learn more about different parts of the industry. 

Many condo buildings require the property manager and the assistant property manager to have their Community Association Manager (CAM) license, so if you’re interested in pursuing that, you can take classes at Gold Coast online or in-person.

Course Format

You can choose the learning style that you’re best suited to and then check the schedule of on-campus classes to find a class nearby. If one of those doesn’t work, self-paced online courses are available and can be taken from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. All courses include colorful and engaging content, self-checks to review your progress, diagrams, and summary tables. Courses are designed to provide all of the relevant information to pass your Florida real estate license exam and to teach you about the industry including up-to-date contracts and real estate-related laws.  

Instructors

All of the instructors at Gold Coasts Schools can be reached via phone and email. Once you register for a class, you will be given the instructor’s contact information and availability. The instructors are all specially selected based on their industry and presentation skills. Each instructor, director, and owner has a bio on the school website so you can find out a bit more about them. They all have years of experience in their industry. For example, one instructor has taught at the school for over 20 years and is an active real estate broker and former mortgage broker. 

Reputation

Gold Coast Schools is well known in Florida and has multiple locations throughout South Florida. It has a positive reputation in the industry as well as good testimonials from past students on its website. Some testimonials praise the knowledgeable teachers who take their time explaining challenging material. Others appreciate learning about new real estate marketing tips and getting practice filling out contracts. However, Gold Coast Schools is not accredited by IDECC or ARELLO which means the school didn’t meet either of the institutions’ strict accreditation criteria. 

Price 

Gold Coast Schools offers courses for current and aspiring real estate agents and real estate brokers who are working in or want to work in Florida. The courses are comprehensive but are on the expensive side compared to other schools. Continuing education classes cost between $15 and $99. Exam prep courses range from $39.99 to $199. Pre-licensure online agent packages range from $325 to $425 and classroom pre-licensing courses cost $499. 

Customer Service 

You can reach customer service at Gold Coast Schools on their website www.goldcoastschools.com or via phone at 1-800-732-9140. The school has customer service agents answering the phones 24 hours a day seven days a week but you may be transferred to an answering machine to leave a message if all agents are busy. 

You can also find the answer to one of your questions on their site, through student resources, and by using the live chat feature. Additionally, once you sign up for a class, you will get the contact information for your instructor and can connect with them via email and phone; each instructor sets their own office hours.  

Competition: Gold Coast Schools vs. Real Estate Express

Real Estate Express is an IDECC and ARELLO accredited online real estate school, meaning that the school has met the high standards for online education that both institutions have. It teaches real estate classes online in two formats: livestream and self-paced. There aren't any campus locations. It has positive former student reviews and is part of a large real estate education group of companies, McKissock. Real Estate Express offers pre-licensing courses in 34 states and continuing education classes through its partners in all 50 states. 

We compared Real Estate Express with Gold Coast Schools because both schools offer pre-license, exam prep, and continuing education classes online in Florida. However, there are some differences as well. In addition to being accredited, Real Estate Express offers classes in numerous states in two online formats and has a career hub on its site to help new real estate agents navigate the real estate industry. Plus its prices are also significantly lower than Gold Coast Schools. For those reasons, we recommend choosing Real Estate Express.

  Gold Coast Schools Real Estate Express 
Pricing $325+ for pre-licensing in Florida $92.40 + for pre-licensing in Florida
Courses Offered  Real estate licensing continuing ed, exam prep, appraiser, and more  Real estate licensing, exam prep, and continuing ed 
Number of States Courses are Offered 50
Course format  Self-paced online and in- classroom  Live online and on-demand 
Final Verdict

Gold Coast Schools is a viable option if you’re interested in attending real estate courses with the intention of working in Florida. Some of its positive attributes include its online chat option, multiple class formats, student resources on the site, and additional classes offered on a variety of topics. 

However, it isn’t IDECC or ARELLO certified, tuition is more expensive than some other schools, and it only offers courses in Florida. This may influence your decision to choose another school that is certified and offers courses in multiple states for a more affordable price.

Our Methodology: How We Review Real Estate Schools

We researched and analyzed numerous facets of each real estate school with a quantitative approach in mind. Some of the elements considered include costs of the classes, course formats, accreditation, and former student reviews. We also look at the overall reputation of the provider, geographic areas where the courses are available, and instructor qualifications. Additionally, we assess how easy it is to navigate the website and whether it includes additional student resources such as blogs, webinars, and career tips.