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Nina Hollander, Broker
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Too many poor instructors.
Nina Hollander, Broker
Find the one that fits your needs and be done with state requirements as soon as possible. I think, all schools are offering the same but for a different price. When I was renewing my license, I found the cheapest online one.
I think there is a need for both though the online courses probably don't do as good a job as hands on classromm teaching.
I prefer classroom style as some instructors can also introduce some practical suggestions. They all seem to cover the stuff the state test, much of which is memorizing facts you will never use!
We have to have them, i soon see in class room traning.
Most of them are not very good in my opinion. And I don't like on-line classes personally, either.
For my continuing education credit I use Duane Gomer for online classes and testing.
Real estate schools will always be needed as the industry changes.
I attended mine in 1978, when God was a child, and it was a classroom setting....I would prefer to attend all classes online now....
Online CE for me
I prefer in-class for the benefit of interaction and to draw (presumably) on the experience of the instructor.
They teach you to pass a test, they do not teach you how to sell real estate or survive in the real world
It depends on the school
I think it depends on the individual's needs; I prefer online because I can take courses at my convenience; I find they are a much more efficient use of my time. I took my pre licensing course online and then took a weekend refresher course in person before taking the exam.
In classroom is preferred by many agents here. I go for a mix of online and in person.
Chiedo Marketing - well, some people love these schools. (Like anything else, you need options in life - like having Real Estate Schools).
I've taken a bunch of online courses at Moseley and thought they did a good job of presenting the information.
I think Real Estate schools help pass the exams easier and have better information them other schools
They are necessary.
I think the classroom Real Estate Schools are the best way to go.
As long as it is NOT for Utah licenseing exam. I am neutral. People freak out here.
A good share of my basic RE ed has been online, with more advanced stuff in classrooms.
Did take a basic class a few weeks ago and found myself correcting the instructor a few times, but most of the class were at a level that made me worry about their future in this business.
There are some good schools. I don't mind online classes, but I seem to get more out of a classroom setting. That's where everyone exchanges experiences and it can open up some great discussions.
Ron and Alexandra Seigel provided a great answer.
I always appreciated a combination of both. I enjoyed the in-class experience for the networking but found it often bogged down by one or two students who liked the sound of their own voice and constantly asked questions that had already been answered. It's the issues of only being able to move at the speed of the slowest students. The experience depended on the instructors ability to manage the outline with the time allotted.
I love the convenience of online classes. You can move through them at your own speed and convenience. I believe their popularity is about convenience, but the depth of the content isn't as good as a live event.
I took my instruction in the classroom. Non-stop, 7 or 8 days straight.
Now I take the continuing education online.
I have done both in my past but now like online courses because it's no nonsense learning, no distractions, no travel time, no books. Maybe I miss some of the interaction but, hey, they are not new clients and time is valuable to me.
Depends on how you learn best and your time. You should match the schooling method to your learning method. Auditory and like to ask questions? In person. Can't get "alone time" at home to study w/o distractions? In person. Have no problem getting that alone time and prefer to just read a page on a screen? Online.
Online is quick and easy. However, I never took to schooling in general
In my jurisdiction, the regulator contracted one college with the task of educating agents throughout the jurisdiction in accordance with its requirements. The same college has been doing this for many years.
I have used Moseley for some CE credits.
It would be interesting (revealing) to know how many agents for a school retains an active license on their 3rd year.
Would not that one measure separate the BS from the gold.
What is that metric for your 2012 students?
There is a great racket being raised in DC about for profit schools not delivering the product. Do you believe your product is creating licensed citizens or successful real estate agents?
Chiedo Marketing I used to teach classroom real estate principles, brokers and post education classes for Moseley. The final at that time was given in the classroom for everyone including the online students. The pass rate for the classroom students was always higher. Classroom interaction was always better for student absorption of the information and a higher pass rate.
I may be a tiny bit biased (considering my employer is a real estate school), but overall I agree with Ron and Alexandra Seigel. Some are better than others (I happen to think we are a great one!). Online versus live is definitely a choice that one should take seriously. Effective self-starter with a busy or unconventional schedule? Maybe pick an online program that works for you. But some people like the accountability and interaction of live programs.
I don't give that much thought.