If you’re considering a career in real estate, just like any other industry, you’re going to need qualifications. The process of earning a qualification requires an investment of time and money, but the knowledge you gain will be the foundation upon which you build your real estate career.
Real Estate Education
Because your Real Estate education is so important it’s imperative that you’re able to incorporate the learning process into your schedule and lifestyle. The two ways to get your real estate qualifications are in a Classroom or Online. Let’s delve further into the pros and cons of Sitting in a Classroom vs. Online Flexibility to help you decide which process suits you…
- Attending courses in a classroom environment gives you the opportunity to be around other people.
- Face to face learning
- Being able to read in front of other students.
- Students love online courses because you can work through the content when it suits you – not the other way around.
- Can do it at your own pace
- There is no pressure to complete the course in an unrealistically short period of time. If you need your qualifications quickly then you can work through the course as quick as you can, but if you’re not in a rush then there’s no pressure to complete assignments before due dates and sit exams at night time.
- Personal tutors
- You can be paired up with a personal tutor who will help you through the course every step of the way.
- Flexible Payment
- Some providers provide flexible payment plans over 3,6 and 12 months. If you’re lucky the provider might even tailor a personal payment plan around your own financial situation.
- Lack of flexibility
- Courses taken in a classroom don’t have the same freedom as online learning. The class times are set in stone and you have to study at times that may not suit you at all.
- Travel cost and time
- Depending on your location you may have a lengthy commute to attend class. Not only do you have to factor in travel time, but you also have to consider the costs associated with your mode of transport.
- Lack of assistance
- You remember school – in a class of 25+ students how often did you get one on one time with your teacher?
- Exams and Assignments
- Once you’ve spent weeks in a classroom listening to a teacher read off a power point then you’ll be sent home to complete assignments, and sit further exams.
- Flexible payment
- Typically upfront payment only.
- Extra Costs
- What happens if you miss an important class or fail the exam? More often than not you’re going to have to re-do the entire course! And that’s going to cost you.
- Is it legit?
- Exercise due diligence to ensure the provider is reputable and has helped top agents get their qualifications.
Hopefully this quick comparison will help you make a more informed decision about your real estate education. Learning should be a fun and rewarding process, so make sure you choose the delivery method that will suit YOU!