Allied Real Estate Schools

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Course NameTimeCost
California Pre-license FAST TRACK Program135 hours$188
California Pre-license FAST TRACK Premium Program135 hours$288
California Pre-license FAST TRACK Premium Plus Program
135 hours$348
Texas Pre-license 180-Hour Real Estate License Online Premium Package
180 hours$488

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The convenience of doing it online was best. I thought the curriculum was good, but the only frustrating things were the grammatical errors it had in the material and also the tests. It made it difficult to understand the questions in the tests, and there was a lot of unnecessary in there, compared to the material my husband had from his licensing courses. Apart from those issues, I thought it prepared me well, and I passed my first time around.

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The interface was exceptional, and it was super user-friendly. Stay focused throughout taking this course and always think about the end game goal, so that you're motivated to reach it. I did think there should be more entertaining additions to the program only because it was all just reading material. I think they should implement different learning styles. Personally, reading everything made it hard to get through it all.

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The customer service was great, super convenient, and the price was really good. One piece of advice I would give is to purchase the books rather than printing everything because it was a hassle printing so much. I thought the program was well set up, and it's definitely the route you should try getting licensed.

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I like that it was easier getting my license online rather than going to a classroom. I thought reading all the material was quite hard, so just be ready to read if you choose to do the online courses. I thought it prepared me well for the exams, and it was definitely effective.

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I wound up taking test prep from another school because I didn't feel like I was prepared enough. It didn't go into much detail as I thought it would.

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Their test prep was called exam cram and I thought it was very good. It was included with the course so I didn't have anything additional. It really did help me prepare for the exams. Everything that was covered in the curriculum was covered in the state and national exam. Glad I chose this route.

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I liked that I was able to do it on my own time. It was quick, easy, and cheaper than all the other schools I came across. But, I'd want them to make the class a faster process, it seemed a bit too long.

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After I completed my courses, I didn't feel like I was prepared until after using their test prep. I thought it was very thorough about what material we needed, and it was easy to comprehend. It summarized the whole curriculum, which I thought was convenient. It really helped me prepare.

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Allied has a really good test prep option. I felt comfortable in my abilities to pass the test with not too much studying. It really showed me what was going to be on the test and how it would be structured. I recommend it.

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I chose this option because it was the most convenient way of getting my license where you don't even have to go to a classroom. Although you're not in an actual classroom, I would advise you to treat it like one and write down any answer you get wrong because it shows you the correct one. I thought it was super user friendly, and the pricing was fair.

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Working at my own pace was so convenient while I was working full time while getting a license. The videos they provided were very helpful, and being tested afterward was a good way to make users retain all the material. I do wish that it had a smoother transition from one section to another or if they would give a better explanation at the beginning of how the system works, that would be super helpful. This is a very affordable option.

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I thought it was all easy to use and very well structured. All you need to is follow the instructions, study, take notes, and you'll be fine. It did provide me all the material I needed to retain to pass the exams. Some stuff was provided for the state exam, but they did provide enough information that I was able to pass on my first try.

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I liked the convenience of online courses, online resources, and the ability to reach out for anything. I have full confidence if you study and pay attention to the material that you will pass the state and national exam. The curriculum is easy to understand, and I passed my exams on the first attempt. I definitely recommend it because it's affordable and also effective.

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I didn't really like this school. I thought the materials did not represent them well. The unit tests were hard to follow, they were inconsistent with the material, and quizzes were not written the same way. It was all just very hard to follow, and it took me a year to take the state and national exams. I had to look at outside sources and ended up finding Prep Agent, which was very helpful, and without it, I would not have passed my exams. I definitely recommend Prep Agent, it is a study material class online and will help if you decide to go through Allied. The only thing I do appreciate about the school was their instructors. Whenever I had a question or concern, they would always tend to my needs very quickly. The instructors were outstanding.

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The curriculum was great and since it was online, it was very flexible. The only issue was that the style was very outdated, especially when it came to the four section DVD's it was very old. Another issue was the test prep. It was not similar to the state and national exams at all. I suggest to do your due diligence and look for a different company for the test prep piece

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I like that the whole course was online, flexible and that I was able to work on it at my own time. They have wonderful customer service and were available whenever I needed them. They would also provide users with all the supplies and make sure to send any updated versions of the resources, which was outstanding. I think it would be beneficial if they would have someone like professor follow up on the progress of the courses. That way, you'll be more engaged in completing it. All in all, I think it was a really great course, and I found it to be very effective.

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I signed up twice with Allied. They are very reasonable, straight to the point, and have excellent customer service. I would recommend Allied if you don't have a problem doing everything online. It is completely user friendly and provides all the information you need to pass the national and state exam. It's a bit challenging, of course, because it's real estate, but it is very doable. If I can complete the courses as a single mom of three kids, anybody can.

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They are so supportive. In the very beginning they answered any possible questions that I had, so I wasn't blindly searching for answers (they educated me). The one thing that I could say is that I feel like they don't pay attention to really making sure everything works. Sometimes when they post a link or send an email, some of the links wouldn't work. I'm just not really sure how often they update it. I was always eventually able to find what I was looking for.

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I like the fact that it was a self paced class. I have a toddler, so it was convenient and flexible to manage my family time and work schedule.

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The class was affordable and had flexible hours, but you definitely should stick to a study schedule to make sure you get the course done in the alloted time. Just make sure to study everything thoroughly (and don't skip sections).

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Good overall

Liked the easiness of the program. The online site made things easier than going to a real classroom. It is a straight to the point, work at your own pace program. The main thing I wish they would fix is that there was material that you don't really use in everyday life as a realtor. They could refresh some of the material.

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I thought that it was great. I initially failed the state exam the first time because the class I took for pre licensing did not include anything on the ethics portion of it. But when I did the Allied test prep, it had the exact information I needed to know, and I passed the exam right after.

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Materials need updating

They had editing mistakes, and for a school that is pricey, this is a no-no! The school reps are more sales-oriented. This came off as a bad vibe like they don't really care about you. I also encountered a lot of material that needed to be updated. On the positive front, I liked the fact that I could study at my own pace. They also offer grants.

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Courses were easy. They were very streamlined & I loved the flexibility The staff was amazing, when ever I would reach out in regards to any questions or technical issues they would respond quickly The only suggestion I'd think would make it more user friendly is to add an option to play recordings instead on reading all the content, especially for the vocabulary words. It would be a BIG help. Overall I think it was a very good price & worth it.

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I'd highly recommend this course -- it's very user friendly and allows you to finish it in your own time, which is good if you are working a full time job at the same time. The teachers are good, too, and it wasn't too expensive.

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I did not like it at all. I studied the material religiously and failed twice. The customer service was horrible. When I asked for assistance, they would tell me to read the material. Although it is a low price, I say it's not worth it.

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It was good. I passed all my exams on the first attempt so I'd say it was very effective in preparing me.

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I liked that I was able to do it all online. I never had any complaints or technical issues. If you are looking into programs and want to go at your own pace, this is the way to go. It was all straight to the point, and I passed my exams on the first try.

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It was very convenient and easy to get around. I was working full time as a single mother, and I was able to complete the courses since it was conveniently online. I'd suggest to new agents to work hard and try to complete the courses quickly.

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Learned alot

It's helped me learn a lot more about real estate stuff that I did not know before. Its a good opportunity to go in and learn a new career. Not really a big deal, but Allied Real Estate school could spend some time just fixing all the technical glitches. Have not taken the exam yet, but looking forward to getting my moneys worth in commissions.

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It was great, and they gave me all the information I needed to pass the exams on my first time around. The curriculum is a bit dry, but it does give you very informative content you need to learn. I recommend it for anybody wanting to do this online program, and it is a good value.

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I did test prep with Allied, and it was really good. It prepared me really well for the state exam (that I passed it the first time)!

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It was cheap and very convenient. Although I have a bachelors in real estate, I think it was very effective. I'd definitely recommend to anyone, it prepared me for the state exam and again it's very affordable.

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If you are working, this course is helpful because you can go at your own pace. I will say that some of the sections were harder than I was expecting, but there are always instructors available to answer your questions and help you through it. Don't take the course, though, if you aren't the type of person who can stay motivated on your own.

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Although I generally prefer the in-person classroom environment, Allied will definitely get the job done if you don't mind internet-based learning. It is definitely annoying to have to find a proctor for testing upon completion of the course work (thanks to TREC rules). There has got to be a better way to do this.

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Allied is a great school for becoming licensed -- the tests are a bit hard (but manageable if you pay attention).

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I like that everything was online and it's flexible. I didn't have to go to class and I could work around a schedule that would cater to me. If I had any questions, there wasn't like a person I could go to but I could just look it up on google.

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About

Allied Real Estate school is an online-based institution licensed to provide real estate education. The school also offers home inspection, property management, and appraisal courses. Grounded in its mission statement is the promise to offer affordable and high-quality learning. Another goal is making resources easily accessible to students. 

 

Quick Facts


Jay Achenbach launched Allied Schools in 1992, with the aspiration to be the best real estate online school in California. In the first few years, the school only offered real estate agent training, but has since expanded. Real Estate Express, another online real estate school, acquired Allied Schools in 2018. Allied Schools claims to have had over 1 million enrollments since its inception – far surpassing many of the newer online schools.

 

Allied Real Estate School Courses


courses-pic1) Real Estate Pre-licensing Courses:  The program is aimed at students aspiring to become licensed real estate agents. Allied Schools is approved by California and Texas to provide online pre-licensing courses. Formerly, it seems that Allied offered education in Virginia, Florida, Washington, but post-acquisition, it seems that these courses are now only offered by Real Estate Express.

2) CE & License renewal: Allied Schools also offers renewal and CE courses to brokers and sales associates. One of these offerings is a 7-hour CE program, covering topics like business ethics & core law. There is a 45-hour renewal package for brokers & sales associates in California. 

3) Real Estate Broker’s License: If you’re upgrading your license from a normal license to a broker’s license, the school has courses for you. Not only do they cover the legally required topics, but they also provide a solid foundation for your broker career.

4) Exam Prep: State real estate exams are tough. You need the right level of preparedness. The institution fulfills this need by offering a variety of exam prep materials, including Allied Real Estate Schools flashcards, Exam CRAM DVD & workbook, and a dictionary explaining real estate terms

5) Other courses: Allied Schools partners with McKissock Learning (the parent company of Real Estate Express) to provide real estate courses beyond those for agents. They have appraisal courses, SAFE mortgage origination courses (CA), and home inspection.

 

Learning experience & Delivery modes


With fully online courses, you cover the coursework on the web, including assignments and in some states, the final exam. Some courses have a correspondence aspect. Students also receive PDF e-books and take quizzes & tests. 

Unfortunately, the learning isn’t video-based, so you’ll need to read text-based chapters to complete the course. That said, graduates of Allied Schools of Business have noted that the online platform is easy to navigate.

Once you’ve logged into their secure portal, you’ll see all the courses you’re enrolled in. Units are neatly displayed, and you get a progress bar to track your advancement.

 

Most common pros of Allied Real Estate School:


  • Students get one-to-one support with technical issues or course-based questions.
  • Courses, particularly in California, are affordable. If you’re shopping for the lowest rates, take the extra step of comparing providers.
  • Career support: Some states require a sponsoring broker before you sit for the pre-licensing exam. The school has a system in place to help students find sponsors. The job help program helps students prepare their resumes, network, and more.
  • The 110% money-back guarantee is an attractive offer. You get your money back if you fail the state exam on your first attempt.
  • Returning alumni qualify for exclusive discounts on future courses.
  • You receive a certificate of completion.

Most common downsides of Allied Real Estate School:


  • They don’t have a free trial system in place.
  • Their courses are only limited to online instruction.

FAQs

The school receives overall pretty positive reviews. In general, their curriculum has a good reputation, and former students report that they felt prepared for the state exam. 

You can finish your real estate course in a matter of weeks. That’s because Allied Schools courses are self-paced. Typically, students take 4 to 6 months if they are weighed down by other obligations like 9 to 5 jobs. 

It depends on the state. Packages start from the basic tier and move up to a premium package. For instance, in Texas, you might pay up to $500 for the online course. But they also offer substantial discounts allowing you to pay less than the full price. 

Some states don’t publish pass rates. Luckily, Allied Schools is an authorized provider in Texas – one of the few states that publish pass rates. From Feb 1st, 2018 to Jan 31st, 2020, Allied schools had a pass rate of 51.55% for the sales associates exam. Up to 970 students attempted the exam with 500 passing on the first try. Often, prospective students are frightened to see a pass rate of less than 70%. However, what these students fail to realize, is that most of these people taking the test aren’t going through a CRAM course of Allied’s caliber before taking the state test.