About Real Estate Express
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Real Estate Express is an online real estate course for people who want to earn their real estate license. With Real Estate Express, you can complete real estate courses and acquire certification at your own pace online.
What is Real Estate Express?
Real Estate Express provides online courses for earning or enhancing your real estate license. It offers the flexibility to complete an education in real estate at home (or wherever you find yourself when a study session calls to you, day or night), and it provides educational support, largely from peers in an online student forum.
While Real Estate Express offers state-approved prelicensing, test preparation, some post-licensing and plenty of continuing education courses through McKissock Learning, its parent company, most consumers are attracted to its prelicense education options. All but the most basic prelicense packages include a guarantee that if you don’t pass the exam on the first go, Real Estate Express refunds your money — though this guarantee isn’t available to residents of Florida and Tennessee.
Real Estate Express’s post-license education is limited to just six states: Alabama, Florida (sales and broker), Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky and Mississippi. The company offers continuing education in most states through individual courses and course packages. McKissock Learning gives students 24/7 access to Real Estate Express’s education resources for optimal flexibility.
How long does Real Estate Express take?
The time it takes to complete a Real Estate Express course varies depending on which part of your education you’re fulfilling.
For prelicensing coursework, the length depends somewhat on the package you purchase, but it isn’t likely to take more than a few months. You have six months from the time you register your account to access and complete your course. In states that mandate multiple courses, Real Estate Express students are given six months for each. The one exception is Colorado, where six courses must be completed within a year.
The basic prelicensure course is 60 hours, as mandated by every state you’ll find in the Real Estate Express list, along with a 30-hour real estate practices course that must be completed before applying for a license.
Prelicensure packages give you access to live instructor Q&A sessions, practice exams, the “Test Prep” option and other add-ons. Some may find the additional time and money aren’t necessary to earn a license; others feel secure knowing they’re as prepared as possible to pass the licensing exam on the first attempt.
Real Estate Express cost
The cost depends on several factors:
- The state in which you reside or intend to get licensed
- Where you are in the real estate education process
- How much of an investment you want to make
For example, if you live in California, the cost for the basic prelicensure package is $119 for 135 hours of prelicense courses, state-approved instructor support and three e-books.
If you want extra study aids, Real Estate Express offers three other products in California:
- Exam Preparation: $225 (includes “The Basics” and exam prep, pass-or-don’t-pay guarantee and basic Real Estate Express membership)
- Exam Preparation Plus: $349 (includes “Exam Preparation” and “Prep for Success Pro” membership, “Exam Cram” video, a real estate dictionary and regular Q&As with an instructor)
- Ultimate Learning: $449 (includes “Exam Preparation Plus,” a video-based instructional program to help you make money, a printed course textbook and a year of professional development)
Planning to go into sales in California? The company offers “Exam Prep for California Salesperson” for $99 (includes flashcards and progress exams).
If you want to upgrade your license in California, there are two package options, both for brokers:
- Broker Basics (includes 225 hours of broker courses, two e-books, state-approved instructor support and an online discussion group)
- Broker Ultimate Learning (includes “Broker Basics” plus printed course textbooks and a one-year professional development membership)
Already licensed and ready for continuing education courses? Real Estate Express currently offers nine different courses, each of which lasts 45 hours and costs $99.
Real Estate Express FAQ
- Is Real Estate Express accredited?
- Yes, Real Estate Express is accredited by the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) and the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC).
- Does Real Estate Express work everywhere?
- No. Real Estate Express makes it possible to fulfill prelicense requirements in many states — around 30 as of the time of publishing, with Maine and Washington, D.C., listed as coming soon — but not every state. In areas where it’s available, the prelicense examination materials are approved by each state. Options to upgrade a real estate license or complete post-license education are even more limited, with fewer than 10 states available in these categories. Continuing education is open to people in most states.
- How much does Real Estate Express cost?
- The cost varies by location (Texans will pay more than Iowans for the same products) and whether you’re purchasing a prelicense package, post-license education, a test preparation package or continuing education course.
Is Real Estate Express legit?
Real Estate Express offers many resources for those who plan to become a real estate agent or want to continue their education. The courses aren’t available everywhere, but they are available in many U.S. states. If you’re interested in taking your real estate license exam, Real Estate Express is a good option that’s worth checking out.
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I have taken and passed both Colorado and national exams -- after finishing REX and then enrolling in a different school's review course. I finished 100% of coursework within Real Estate Express. First the good: The content for the National portions was decent. Some instructors online are ok, one is exceptionally good, some, not so good. The coursework is … average. The tests grade you, but you don't have any idea what you missed or got right, and no idea what to study if you fail an exam.
Now the bad: Colorado's coursework should have option for ZERO stars. The contracts course is taught using a DECADE OLD contract. Yeah, 10 years old. The current contract in actual use is vastly different -- but not taught. The Colo. Regulations they teach? Those changed YEARS ago and don't even correspond to course material now. REX coursework will say something like "Rule F5 says" ... except Rule F5 changed years ago and isn't even in the Colorado Real Estate Manual (CREM). Likewise, in one section on record keeping in the coursework, it says, "See the CREM for how do to this" -- and that section doesn't exist anymore in the manual -- and isn't covered in the coursework. I called the REX help line and said that the content was far, far out of date. The reply? "We're still accredited with Colorado, so it must not matter."
My colorado "instructor" just wasn't there most of the time. The "email instructor" thing was a joke. It got so bad, I started keeping track. Example: in the last course I took, started keeping track of how many questions I sent and how many answers I got. I sent 11 questions. Got one reply. Question was something like, "This paragraph is very unclear about XYZ. Could you clarify?" And the only answer I got was a copy/paste from the teacher of the confusing paragraph. There were errors in their closing documents, contradictory statements in the coursework (ex: Agents NEVER measure a property; next chapter: Here's how you measure a property!). When I asked which it is... no reply.
The exams are SUPER confusing and reference way in-the-weeds trivia in the text. I'm talking extreme trivial pursuit. Then the test questions themselves were often terrible. Sometimes ALL the answers to a question were wrong. Or ALL right. It was explained to me to go for the "most right" or "most wrong" answer. And... you'd never find out which questions you got right or wrong, or what the answers were or even where to find them. It was not unusual to have a question on one exam come from content from a unit not yet studied.
There was one course exam in the Real Estate Express coursework that I failed multiple times, even after taking days of review between tests. I did have someone from national reach out directly, and that's the only way I even got through one of the courses (and I'm grateful for that). Almost none of that difficult coursework was useful for the actual exam. After finishing REX for the credits, I enrolled in another school for review. That other school's review course did more good toward the test than all of the Colorado coursework I took through REX.
After repeatedly failing REX exams, I passed the actual exam with over a 90% average (which I credit to the other course). The actual exam was MUCH easier than the REX exams. Util they completely overhaul the Colorado course and get a new state instructor, I cannot recommend Real Estate Express for Colorado coursework.
Run the other way if you are considering getting your real estate license. There are no chapter review test at the end. I failed my Principles of Real Estate 1. They want to charge you $100.00 to reenroll after I had already paid. Their online courses aren't about teaching out of the book. It's very broad. The local instructor tell you to focus on chapter key concepts. This is not helpful if you can't take a quiz to know what you need to study more on. Run don't walk from Real Estate Express.
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I have never failed anything in my life. Have multiple IT certs and degrees from online learning. The course is basically a textbook then quizzes at the end. You can ace every quiz and it doesn't help you pass the final at all. I got 50% after getting 90-100 entire course. Then I paid for extra study options but you can't use them until you finish the course. Which as I stated, can't be passed with this garbage website. Save your money.
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