How to get a real estate license in California? Any online or shortcut school than community?

Asked by John, North Carolina Wed Jan 7, 2009

Online school or shortcut school than community college cause it takes a long time.Thanks

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John Wall, , Long Beach, CA
Fri Jan 9, 2009
There are always shortcuts, contrary to other answers. There are lots of schools, that provide DRE exam training. Most brokerages offer classes or programs to get your license.

The DRE exam is simple. Any agent in California here can tell you that. What isn't simple and the one thing that there truely isn't a short cut for is, what to do once you have the license. Like many states, California requires continuing education in order to maintain the license, after background checks, fingerprinting, Dept. of Justice searches, and FBI checks, etc.

There is always room for skilled, dedicated, agents in California. I would consult with several brokers and choose one with an extensive training program, and business developement tools. When you're talking about your future it wont do you any good to take short cuts. Just because someone has a driver's license doesn't make them a good driver. The same is true with real estate licensees.
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Hugo Torres, Agent, Arcadia, CA
Thu Jan 8, 2009
I have worked with Real Estate Trainers for years now and they really seemed to have their ducks in a row. Most of the agents that are enrolled in the real estate school I run have their license within 3 to 4 month of enrolling. I would encourage you to check RET
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Dave Sutton, Agent, Portland, OR
Thu Jan 8, 2009
I used Anthony Schools when I got my license five years ago. Nice because it's all on-line and "open book". Actually, anyone who can get up and dressed in the morning could pass the CA exam. It's 140 4-part multiple choice questions, so a monkey would get 35 right and you only need 98 (70%) to pass.
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Lynn Bowen, Agent, Sebastopol, CA
Wed Jan 7, 2009
Hi John, there are several online schools such as Allied and a couple of others that I can not for the life of me think of their names. If you google california department of real estate you can find our DRE's site and there should be a list of accredited schools on it. I would not go thru anything that isn't on the DRE site or the course work will not count towards the requirements. You can also google california real estate courses or online CA real estate licensing courses.

I don't know that I would recommend this be a good time for someone to get their feet wet in this field. There should be alot of brokerages looking for new agents though as the numbers of agents leaving the business has been quite high.

Good Luck

Lynn Bowen
Domaine Real Estate
Sebastopol, CA
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Wed Jan 7, 2009
There are no short cuts... John check with the real estate commission there in CA. they should have a list of approved schools. Contact them. I know here they require 40 hours, you can do it 3 hours a day , a week or so on. there are classes that are 5 days a week for 3 weeks. 2 full weekends and such,. so check, different schools may offer different hours. but you have to get the total, its just how quick you can take them. good luck
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Greg Moore, , Los Angeles, CA
Wed Aug 2, 2017
I recommend CA Realty Training...

- Partnered with Keller Williams so you already have a foot in the door when it comes to joining a brokerage
- Can finish in as little as 54 days on their user friendly online system
- Offer videos of their in-class training
- Will help you all the way through to your test date and will even set up an interview for you with any Keller Williams office
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marketing, , 90405
Wed Oct 30, 2013
Most schools are moving toward online training as people are opting for it. Online training can be utilized anywhere at any time. Make sure the online school you choose allows for courses that are compatible with mobile devices as well. That way you can study from virtually anywhere.
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Carealestate…, , California
Sun Sep 13, 2009
A. Complete a Salesperson Examination Application or a Combined Salesperson Examination and License Application.
1. You can download those applications at below URL:
Salesperson Examination Applicaton -
Combined Salesperson Examination and License Application -
2. Be sure to read all instructions and information before completing the application.
3. You'll need to include the applicable fees for the application. There is an Examination Fee of $60 and a License Fee of $245 in total of $305. You'll also need to a $51 fingerprint processing fee directly to the live scan fingerprint service.

B. Obtain transcripts showing successful completion of the statutory college-level real estate courses and degrees.
1. The courses you must complete are Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and a course of your choice.
2. You can complete these courses online. Just simply google it to find the company who provides certificates for these courses.
3. It'll cost you approximately $200 - $300 to get all the certificates.

C. Mail the completed application, appropriate fee and course transcript(s) to below address:
Department of Real Estate
Examination Section
P.O. Box 187001
Sacramento, CA 95818-7001

D. Wait at least six weeks or check the current processing timeframes for how long DRE is taking to process salesperson exam applications.
1. Once qualified, an Examination Schedule Notice or an authorization to self schedule will be sent to you.
2. Use the eLicensing online ( system to check your exam date or to self schedule.
3. All qualification requirements must be met before you can be scheduled for the salesperson examination.
4. If you pass, you'll have a State License within couple weeks. If you fail, you'll need to reschedule and pay the re-examination fee of $60.

E. Prepare for the California Department of Real Estate Exam.
1. California DRE Exam contains 150 questions and 3 hours and 15 minutes will be given.
2. Study with Real Estate Exam preparation materials such as California Real Estate Core Exam Prep at to pass the State exam comfortably.

As of 9/2009
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Sean, , California
Mon Feb 9, 2009
Try Allied real estate school. With Allied real estate school, you will get pass or do not pay option, Pass the real estate or appraisal or contractor license state exam on the first try or get a full refund plus 10% of your entire package purchase price
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John, , North Carolina
Sat Jan 10, 2009
Thanks Realtors to all your answers. More power.
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Fri Jan 9, 2009
Hi John,
Some City Colleges offer a very reasonable course for the Study of Real Estate. There is also an excellent on-line course called Rockwell Institute. You learn at your own pace with animated lessons. The best education for Real Estate acutally comes AFTER you pass your courses..try to hire on with a Firm that believes in training new Agents. You need a mentor and you need extensive training to be successful.

Best of Luck to you!
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