Real Estate License

An online real estate course may be the first step toward a career in real estate.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What Do You Learn in Real Estate School?

    Online real estate courses cover the principles of real estate, real estate practice, laws and ethics, and the legalities such as the types of contracts needed in a transaction.


    You'll learn the licensing requirements based on your state or the state in which you wish to obtain a license.


    The course should establish all of the overarching requirements and objectives in a syllabus that defines the methods used to teach and test those objectives, any materials the students might need, and the instructor's name and contact information.

  • What Schools Offer Online Real Estate Classes?

    We reviewed a host of online real estate classes, and our top picks are from The CE Shop, Real Estate Express, Aceable, Kaplan, and RealEstateU. Be sure to read our reviews and compare the classes to find the right fit for you.

  • What is the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO)?

    The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials, or ARELLO, is an international organization facilitating the exchange of ideas and cooperation among real estate regulatory agencies, and policymakers with regard to real estate and real property issues. Online real estate classes should be accredited by ARELLO, so be sure to check before you choose a class.

  • What are the Advantages to Taking Real Estate Classes Online?

    The two most significant benefits to online real estate classes are cost and conveniences. Most professional people seeking their real estate license already work full time and have home and family responsibilities, so being able to complete coursework and study online saves time. Online classes also tend to cost less than in-person courses.

  • How Much Do Online Real Estate Classes Cost?

    Our research found that online real estate classes typically cost between $69 and $900. This is still more affordable than in-person classes, which cost several hundred dollars and don't include exam prep.

  • How Long Does it Take to Get a Real Estate License Online?

    Each state has different requirements, but the time to complete pre-licensing work can range from as little as 24 hours to as much as 180 hours. Remember, you'll go through the course at your own pace, but that doesn’t change the required pre-licensing hours. You may exceed the minimum required hours to get a better handle on the material, as necessary.

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