Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have many schools to choose from and hope to help you make the most educated decision on which school and courses to choose by reading this page. Just let us know if you have additional questions – we are eager to assist you.

NOTE: THE STEPS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN YOUR LICENSE ARE ON THE TEXAS REAL ESTATE COMMISSION’S WEBSITE: https://www.trec.texas.gov/become-licensed/sales-agent.

WHY CHOOSE LEARN TEXAS REAL ESTATE ONLINE?

1) HIGH PASS RATE: Since 2010, the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) has been measuring which real estate schools’ students have the best pass rates on the state exam. For those seven years, Learn Texas Real Estate Online has held either the 1st or 2nd place on their list. For the majority of that 7 years, we have held the number one position! Not only are our courses designed to help you retain new information, we have crucial, customizable online exam prep tools, which greatly improve the odds of you passing the state exam on the first try.

2) EXCELLENT REPUTATION: Other proprietary schools may have a similar (though still lower) pass rate to ours, but 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. Check out their 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 VALUE: We partner with and offer THE lowest package price online for Dearborn’s pre-license courses – delivered over the internet with nothing to download, so you can access them with any computer or laptop.

Dearborn has been the leader in Real Estate training for over 50 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”!

What we market are their online courses and exam preps, which are known to be of the highest quality in the industry. If you are considering other schools, ask them if they are using Dearborn’s courses and if not, 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 package includes the 6 required courses: Principles of Real Estate I and II, Law of Agency, Finance, Contracts and Promulgated Forms, plus the Pearson Vue national and state exam preps.

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 READ ME: Important 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:

-The Great Eight: Eight Things You Must do to Survive and Thrive in Real Estate

-30 Minutes That Could Save Your Life

-TILA-RESPA: The Most Important Changes Affecting You

24 hour trial/refund policy (see details below)

For the Option 1 pre-license package, our price is $500. 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 state exam within one year of purchasing your pre-license package (please read the Guarantee section of our website for more details).

Other schools will give you only 6 months to take the test or require you to make higher than required scores on their course exams to qualify for their guarantee. Be aware that it is currently taking the Texas Real Estate Commission up to 4 weeks to inform you that you can sit the state exam after you submit your course completion certificates, application and fees to them. In essence, this could only give you 5 months to complete with our competitors.

Make sure you have an exam prep included in any package you purchase. The exam prep is crucial to your success and 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 1,000 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 if you want!

OPTION 2:

If you can’t afford the $500 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. Upon the completion of your 6th course, you will receive the Pearson Vue exam prep tools for FREE (a $99 value)! This means you end up paying only $594 to take the courses whenever you choose. Our competitors that offer financing, will charge you over $700 for this a similar option and have many stipulations you must follow.

Be aware that the items NOT included in this offering are:

-No money-back guarantee, since you can take the courses over a longer period than one year.
-No weekly Interactive Study Groups (mind you, we’ve only had to reimburse two students for failing the state exam on the first try in over 2 years – and this study group service just began on 7/11/17)
-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, which includes Brokers and Real Estate Agents with decades of course writing experience. We focus on quality, not quantity and depend on repeat/referral business, meaning we have to provide the best service around.

We offer high quality 100% US-based support, available 7 days a week. Many of our competitors only provide support on weekdays and 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 day 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. 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 ingeneral.

5) TEXAS-BASED/WOMAN-OWNED COMPANY: Support your local online provider and keep your money in Texas! We are one of very few online course providers based in Texas (in Wimberley, near Austin). Most of the others are out of state such as California or Colorado, meaning your dollars end up in those states, not Texas.

We have been a TREC approved school since 2005 (you can find us on their website, but you won’t find many of the others you see on the web there). Ask other schools how long they have been approved 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. We answer our office line 7 days a week (even holidays), from 8AM to 8PM and 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 page 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 employed and your time permits. The courses are challenging and you will be learning a lot of new information, but they are currently self-paced. As of 9/1/17, the courses are timed by the course administration system (as required by TREC), so you cannot complete a course in less than 30 hours. We have seen our packages completed by students in as little as 3 weeks, but 2-6 months is more realistic for most people.

You are automatically granted 1 year of time on the courses when you register. This can be extended by another 6 months if an emergency arises for you. Please be aware that extending your courses beyond one year does void our money-back guarantee, since we see the highest state exam pass rates for those students who complete within one year.

Check with other schools to see what their time limit is on taking the courses and/or state exam. Most other schools only offer 6 months, or will charge you for extra time.

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 (another TREC requirement as of 9/1/17). You can review and retake this as often as necessary to obtain that score. This is actually an old rule they have re-implemented. 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, however you must wait 3 days between attempts, per the Texas Real Estate Commissions’ ruling – and you must take that 2nd attempt within 90 days. Should you fail the 2nd attempt, the real estate commission now requires you to retake that individual course, so please study hard before attempting those exams.

As of 9/1/17, course final exams (not unit tests) now have to be proctored. Please see the Texas Real Estate News section of our website for more details on this. You will be reminded of how this works in your READ ME email, which is sent out by Learn Texas Real Estate Online soon after you register.

Be sure to ask other schools how they go about issuing new exams, and whether the course material is available for you to study later if you need to do so.

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 12 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. Generally we see course exam scores go higher and higher as students progress through the 6 courses. We recommend you complete these 2 courses before deciding whether it’s necessary to take on the added expense of ordering books.

For a sample of how an online course and the progress tracking works, just click on the green button that reads REcampus Course Sample at the top right hand side of our homepage. 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 $500 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.

TREC REQUIRED NOTICE, AS OF 9/1/17: A criminal history may make you ineligible for the license you seek and you have a right to request a criminal history evaluation from the licensing authority, the Texas Real Estate Commission.

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 email 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!

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