FAQ

General Inquiries

I have questions about my education requirements. Who do I contact for help?

You may contact the REALTOR® Academy staff at 210-593-1200 or info@realtoracademy.com.

What are your hours of operation?

Office hours for the REALTOR® Academy are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Do you offer night classes?

Yes, we have a selection of courses offered in the evenings from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

How do I purchase my books?

All courses at the REALTOR® Academy include books and required materials in the tuition price.

How far in advance do I need to register for class?

We encourage students to register as soon as possible, because classes can fill up fast. However, students can still register on the day of classes, depending on availability.

What happens if I have to miss a class?

Contact the REALTOR® Academy staff and we will work with you to find a solution.

What are my payment options?

The REALTOR® Academy accepts cash, check, credit card and GI Bill Benefits.

Why should I choose the REALTOR® Academy?

The REALTOR® Academy has a wide variety of classes, is affordable, and the instructors are active REALTORS® with first-hand experience.

How do I reschedule dates for a class I signed up for?

Contact the REALTOR® Academy staff at 210-593-1200 and we will help you reschedule.

Do you ever cancel your classes?

Classes may change due to enrollment level and extenuating circumstances.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

For CE classes: Any course/class may be cancelled at the discretion of the REALTOR® Academy. In the event of a cancellation, all fees paid will promptly be refunded in full or will be applied to another class at the registrant’s discretion.

For Qualifying (Pre-Licensing) classes: Any course/class may be cancelled by the REALTOR® Academy for insufficient enrollment or other reasons. In the event of cancellation, all fees paid will be promptly refunded in full or will be applied to another class at the registrant’s discretion.

Is your school approved?

Yes, the REALTOR® Academy is a Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) approved education provider and is approved to train VA eligible persons.

If I am licensed in another state, does that transfer here?

To hold a Texas real estate license you must be licensed in the state of Texas and meet Texas licensing requirements. If you are interested in transferring your license to Texas please contact us at 210-593-1200 for more information.

What is the difference between Qualifying (Core), SAE and CE courses? How do I know which ones I need?

Qualifying (Pre-Licensing) course are required to obtain your Texas real estate License. There are a total of six classes you need to complete in order to take the real estate licensing exam.

SAE (Sales Agent Apprentice Education) is required within the first two years of obtaining your Texas real estate license.

CE (Continuing Education) courses are required to maintain your license or work toward a broker’s license. Agents are required to take a total of 18 credit hours every two years.

How do I register for a class for the first time?

To register for classes for the first time you may enroll online or call the REALTOR® Academy at 210-593-1200.

How do I take online classes?

The REALTOR® Academy currently partners with these education providers for online classes.

Pre-Licensing

How do I get my real estate license?

To obtain your real estate license you must complete six Qualifying (Pre-licensing) courses as well as pass the State and National licensing exams and apply for your license through the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). Start here.

How long does it take to get my real estate license?

Depending on your schedule, courses may be completed in as little as six weeks.

How much does it cost to get my license?

The REALTOR® Academy offers a six course bundle, including required textbooks, for $870. There will also be approximately $300-$400 in state and licensing fees.

How long do I have to complete my courses?

We recommend that you complete all six licensing courses within one year of taking your first class.

Can I take courses concurrently?

According to the Texas Real Estate Commission, students may only take 12 hours of qualifying education in a 24-hour period. It is possible to be enrolled in multiple classes at one time as long as the 12 hour requirement is adhered to.

Do I have to take classes in a certain order?

No, the REALTOR® Academy allows students to take classes in any order.

Do you offer any discount if I purchase all six pre-licensing courses together?

Yes, we offer a bundle for $870 including an exam prep course. This is a total value of $999.

What type of exam prep do you offer?

The REALTOR® Academy offers a two day exam prep course and also partners with CompuCram exam prep software.

What is the format of the courses?

The REALTOR® Academy offers online and in-person classes, depending on the student’s preference.

When will my course be reported to the state?

For continuing education courses, the REALTOR® Academy submits course completion to TREC within 10 days.

Do I have to take an exam at the end of each course?

All Qualifying courses require exams that must receive at a minimum 70 percent score. Specific CE and Designation courses may require an exam.

Can I take my courses online?

Yes, the REALTOR® Academy offers online courses through our online partners.

When are classes offered?

The REALTOR® Academy offers weekday, weekend, night and online classes.

What is a passing score on course exams?

A 70 is required to pass course exams.

What is the passing score for the licensing exam?

A 70 is required to pass the licensing exam.

How long is the licensing exam?

The Texas real estate exam has 40 questions and will take approximately 90 minutes. The sales agent national exam is 150 minutes, including 85 questions.

Getting Started in Real Estate

What does a typical day for a real estate agent look like?

There is no typical day for a real estate agent, which is one of the reasons many enjoy the business so much. Agent tasks vary day to day but may include meeting prospective clients and showing homes, overseeing repairs to a listed property, working closely with a lender to complete a transaction, managing contracts and answering questions from first-time buyers.

What is the difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®?

A real estate agent is a person who holds a real estate license. A REALTOR® is a real estate agent who has subscribed to the Code of Ethics through membership in the National Association of REALTORS®. They are a member of the local, state and national associations.

What is the difference between a salesperson and a broker?

A salesperson is a person who holds their real estate license. A broker is a person who has taken higher education and is allowed to hire agents to work for them.

How do I find a sponsoring broker once I’m licensed?

We recommend visiting multiple Brokerages to find out which office works best for you. The REALTOR® Academy is happy to provide interview questions for you to use while interviewing prospective brokers.

How will I make money as a real estate agent?

Typically real estate agent income is based on commission.

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