5 Best Online Real Estate Schools in Texas for 2024 (Updated!)

Eric Hegwer, Licensed Texas Agent2/8/2024

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Need to get your real estate license in Texas? I’ve spent over 160 hours evaluating the 12 most popular courses approved by the Texas Real Estate Commission. I’ve checked out each and every course, and there are clear winners and losers – so be sure to read my guide thoroughly!

5 Best Real Estate Schools in Texas

What did I evaluate?
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I looked at the 5 most important factors for each course, including course value, ease of use, unique features, student satisfaction, and pass rates.

I also took into account thousands of online reviews from other agents who have attended the courses. Each course is different, so I’ve included video walkthroughs so you can really understand what you’re getting. My video reviews include my opinions too (I promise, they’re short and sweet).

How’d I do it? I “secret-shopped” each and every course. I got access to the courses, I contacted their support team as if I were an active student, and I took a look at the content. These Texas real estate schools may appear to be really similar when you’re first taking a look, but trust me – as probably the ONLY person who has actually evaluated all these Texas courses – they are very, very different!

A bit about Pass Rates:

You’ll see me refer to Pass Rates in my article – these are real numbers provided by the Texas Real Estate Commission. Texas is unique in the fact that they are one of the few states to publicly post the pass rates of each real estate education provider for prospective students to review. These numbers are not inflated by the schools themselves, and reflect the number of students who passed their real estate exam between 2/1/2021 and 1/31/2023.

SchoolEstimated Pass Rate
AceableAgent
74%
The CE Shop
67%
RealEstateU
52%
Champions School of Real Estate
55%
Colibri Real Estate
56%

Alright, let’s get to it…After spending hundreds of hours evaluating each course and taking into account all these factors, I have narrowed down the list to the 5 best online real estate schools in Texas. Here they are!

Best Online Real Estate School in Texas: AceableAgent

Top Features

: Engaging content, high pass rates, best-in-class test prep

Aceable’s course is by far my favorite real estate course in Texas. If you don’t want to sit through a bunch of boring content, this is the course for you. Because of their extremely high real estate exam pass rates, it’s the course that gives you the best chance of passing the real estate test.

As far as price goes, it’s pretty middle of the road. It’s not the most expensive or the cheapest, but because of the high quality and pass rates, I’ve rated it the best overall value real estate school in Texas. There is a sale going on right now, which helps too.

Unlike other courses, the cheapest package will actually get the job done – though I’d recommend the “Deluxe” package because of how prepared it’ll make you feel walking into the test.

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Convenience: 4.7 out 5. I was impressed with how engaging the course was. The multimedia learning experience with videos, interactive games, infographics, and knowledge checks kept me interested throughout the entire 180 hours. It broke up the monotony of traditional reading and made the material much easier to absorb. Especially if you compare with other top Texas schools like The CE Shop or RealEstateU – Aceable is by far the winner, and none of the others even come close. Also the mobile app was a game-changer. I was able to study on-the-go and it made a huge difference in how efficient I was with my time.

Pass Rate: 5 out 5. Aceable has a 73.73% pass rate amongst Texas students, which is pretty incredible. That is about 35% higher than other Texas real estate school providers. In the last two years they’ve helped more than 7,279 students pass their real estate exam. This is one of the most important metrics to look at – you want to pick a school that gives you a good chance of passing.

Course Duration: 4.5 out of 5. The Texas real estate course is one of the longest courses in the country, as it takes 180 hours to complete. That’s why many students are curious about the extension options available in case they need more time, or they get busy. Aceable’s policy is more generous than other schools like Champions or Colibri Real Estate because they do not have an expiration date. Other state courses expire after 12 months and students have to pay to extend their access, but that isn’t something you’ll have to worry about with the Texas course. Most students take between 8-10 weeks, but you can take as long as you need to finish your Texas course with Aceable, which is a huge plus.

Support:4.8 out of 5. Aceable’s customer support team is top-notch. Whenever I had a question or needed assistance, they were prompt in responding and always helpful. I like that they have chat support – it can make things a lot faster if you just have a quick question and don’t want to wait on the phone. They’re all based in the US, so you don’t have to worry about language barriers. One problem that I did come across, is that their technical support team is not very active or responsive during weekend hours, so that is something to consider if you plan to crank out your coursework on Saturdays or Sundays. But overall, I was impressed with their knowledge and speed.

Refund Policy: 4.7 out of 5. I didn’t need to get a refund, but this is something everyone always asks about so I’ve reviewed it here. Aceable offers a generous 30-day refund policy, as long as you haven’t finished the course yet. This is pretty standard, and other schools like The CE Shop and RealEstateU offer similar.  Aceable does go above and beyond with their Ace or “Don’t Pay” Guarantee. It gave me peace of mind knowing that if I took the course but didn’t pass the exam, I wouldn’t have to pay for the course again. Other providers charge an additional $49+ for this feature.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I highly recommend Aceable’s Texas pre-licensing course. For new agents, I’d suggest taking a look at the Deluxe package. The extra perks like the 75 videos & audio lessons and PrepAgent Deluxe Exam Prep make it a good value. You don’t want to have the take the Texas real estate exam twice, so you might as well go in with the best option in the market to really prepare you, if your budget allows it.

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  • Incredible pass rates - this is important!
  • Entertaining course material
  • Mobile app for studying on the go
  • Customer support not open on Sundays
  • Some bugs on the mobile app
  • You may have to pay to extend course access

Easiest Online Real Estate School: The CE Shop

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Top Features

: Self-scheduling flexibility, "The Pass Guarantee" policy

The CE Shop’s course is one of the easiest and most straightforward courses in Texas. If you’re going back and forth on which course to choose, this is the course for you. Because of their five-day free trial and return policy, it’s also the course that gives you the best chance of getting your money back if you decide not to finish.

As far as price is concerned, The CE Shop falls somewhere in the middle – it’s not the cheapest or the most expensive. But because of their student engagement and mobile-friendly app, it definitely makes my list as the easiest online course in Texas.

Plus, this is one of the courses available for our Tuition Reimbursement program, which is a big help. All you have to do is attend at least 1 interview with one of our recruiters (+ provide feedback) after passing the state exam & before joining another brokerage, and we’ll reimburse you for the entire cost of The CE Shop course that you purchase from us.

Just like Aceable, the cheapest package can get the job done – though I’d recommend the “Value” or “Premium” package because of the Pass Guarantee perks and the post-licensing access it comes with. It was a little bit more money upfront, but it gave me peace of mind knowing I could get my money back if I didn’t pass.

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Convenience: 4.5 out 5. The most impressive thing about The CE Shop for me is its user interface. They have a custom-designed online learning platform that is easy to access on a tablet or phone. This allowed me to access the course material on the go, which made a huge difference in how efficient I was with my time.

The dashboard was also very helpful to see how far along I was in the course, and I was able to look back at old sections as a refresher when I started studying. While there were some videos and a bunch of quizzes throughout, I didn’t always enjoy how text heavy the content was.

That said, certain sections were harder to absorb and did seem to drag on because they required a lot of traditional reading. A more interactive format like Aceable probably would have been able to hold my interest better throughout the entire 180 hours.

Pass Rate: 5 out 5. The CE Shop has a 67.24% pass rate amongst Texas students, which is significantly higher than the average rate. Many other schools are in the ~55% range. Of the 1,618 students who have taken The CE Shop’s Texas course, 1,088 have gone on to pass the exam. This is one of the most important metrics to look at, and you’ll thank yourself later as you get ready to take the test.

Course Duration: 4.7 out of 5. The Texas real estate course is relatively long (180 hours), so some people like to know upfront that they’ll be able to take more time to finish it if they get busy. This is important to note because The CE Shop does have a course expiration policy of 6 months in Texas.

The CE Shop’s policy is more generous than other schools like Champions or Colibri Real Estate, as they do offer a one-month extension at no charge that can be applied right after your six-month term. However, if you need more time after that it does get pricey. But honestly, I wouldn’t worry about it too much – most people finish in 8-10 weeks, but you can do it as fast as 5 weeks if you’re really trying.

Support: 4.5 out of 5. The CE Shop’s customer support team has its ups and downs. Whenever I had a question or needed assistance with a technical issue, there were a number of ways to get in touch with a real person. They are available 7 days a week and do respond quickly via phone, email, or live chat.

Using the live chat feature, the tech team was able to grant my extension request free of charge within a matter of minutes. That being said, there is no direct instructor access. If you come across a problem with the course material, the support team promises an answer within two days. Two days can be a long time to wait if you are stuck mid-lesson.

Refund Policy: 4.7 out of 5. I didn’t need to get a refund, but this is something many students are curious about. The CE Shop offers a generous 30-day refund policy, as long as you haven’t finished more than 50% of the course. This is pretty standard, and other schools like Aceable and RealEstateU offer similar. The CE Shop also goes above and beyond with their new 5-day free trial offer where you can sign up, try out the course and cancel with no penalty if it’s not for you. It gave me peace of mind knowing that I could take a few days to find out if I liked the format before having to fully commit.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I highly recommend The CE Shop’s Texas pre-licensing course. For new agents, I’d suggest taking a look at the Premium package. The extra perks like the Exam Prep Edge and the included 98-hour required SAE education course make it a good value. You don’t want to have to worry about signing up and paying for more online courses after passing the real estate exam, and it makes it easier to just use the same account for everything. For me, I find it easier to pay for both upfront so it’s a stress-free process throughout.

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  • Easy Texas real estate course
  • Practice tests are unlimited
  • Text-heavy content
  • Broad exam prep questions
  • Interface can be glitchy

Most Affordable Real Estate School (The CE Shop): Tuition Reimbursement

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Top Features

: Easy way to get your real estate school paid for by someone else (us!) and know you have a brokerage you can join that’s dedicated to helping new agents build their real estate career.

We’ve built the most affordable way for you to get your Real Estate License. All you have to do is attend at least 1 interview with one of our recruiters after passing the state exam & before joining another brokerage, and we’ll reimburse you for the entire cost of The CE Shop course that you purchase from us.

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That’s right – we’ll reimburse you whether you choose to join our team or not (but we hope you do!).  About 50% of our tuition reimbursement graduates choose to work for our team after interviewing with us.  The other 50% of our tuition reimbursement students that choose to join another brokerage still get their course costs fully reimbursed.

Why are we the only real estate company that reimburses your course costs even if you don’t join our brokerage?  There are a few key reasons that we’ve decided to set our program this way:

  1.   Our 50% join rate is way higher than the industry average for recruiting, and we really want agents to be excited when they join us, which only works if they love what we have to offer.  Most brokerages only want experienced agents, but we specialize in helping new agents build their real estate careers from the ground up.  We have hundreds of agent training courses that range from helping you build out your social media presence to learning the ins and outs of commercial real estate; we have mentors dedicated to new agents to help them through their first sales; we even have a dedicated coach to help with mindset and motivation; and more.  So we don’t need to force new agents to join our team to save a few bucks.
  2.   If you choose to join another team, we also hope you change your mind someday and come back to join us.  Many agents reach out to us months or years after trying another brokerage first, and this gives us a chance to keep the door open for the 50% of new agents who don’t join us immediately.  If we can’t be the right brokerage for you right now, then we still hope to be the right brokerage for you some day in the future.
  3.   Too many real estate organizations fail to live up to their promises.  We’re not perfect, but we really try to follow-through on every promise we make, including our tuition reimbursement promise.

At the end of the day, we’re betting on you becoming a great agent, and if we can make obtaining your real estate license more affordable, then hopefully you’ll return the favor and join us after graduation or come back to us any time you’re ready for a new brokerage.  It’s that simple, and we’re happy to invest in you.

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How does the reimbursement work?

Email us (support@agentadvice.com) once you receive confirmation from the state that you’ve passed the state exam, and one of our recruiters will reach out to you to get to know you and share any and every thing you’ll want to know to decide if our brokerage is the right fit for you.

We’ll schedule the interview at a time that works for you.  All you have to do is attend the interview and provide a little feedback to our support team, and our support team will reimburse your credit card for the amount that you’ve paid us within 2 business days.  All in, it’s about an hour commitment between the interview and feedback.  No other strings attached.

Tip:  If you’ve already started a different course at your own expense, or prefer to pick your own school at your own expense, we’d still love to interview you.  Just reach back out when you’re licensed, and we can connect you with our hiring team, however, we’re unable to reimburse your course costs at this time unless you purchase the course directly from us. 

AgentAdvice.com is not the provider of any courses, and all state certifications, ongoing support questions, etc. will be provided by and fulfilled directly through the school. 

Think you have what it takes to be a successful real estate agent?

jim gray headshot“When I interview people who have just passed their real estate course, I’m looking for agents that meet a couple of characteristics. If you have these characteristics, it will determine who is successful and who is not in real estate.

It’s not an easy industry. If it was easy, we’d all be rich. First, I’m looking for agents that have a vision for what they want to be, people who want more than what they have. Now, I’m not talking about money, motivated people necessarily. If money motivates you that’s fine, but in most cases, money’s not the motivator.

I am looking for agents that are in touch with their motivations to grow. Is it having a house for your family? Is it providing an education for your children? Is it providing security for your future retirement? It doesn’t matter, I’m looking for agents that have a vision, and are passionate about taking care of present and future concerns, whatever they are. So that’s number one: ambition.

Financial,Concept.,Make,Money,On,The,Internet.,Businesswoman,Works,AtNumber two is looking for people that have a little bit of courage. This business requires courage. In my experience, having now been in conversations with well over a thousand agents over the last 18 months, and recruited more than a hundred, there’s one characteristic successful agents have. They don’t shrink from a challenge. They don’t, they still take action even if they don’t know all of the answers to all of the questions. They know that if they get faced with a question that they don’t really answer to, they know they can find the answer.

I’m looking for people that are ambitious, are courageous, and then finally are ready to grow. I want to help give people the opportunity to be the best version of themselves.

Usually, it’s not easy, and many times there are tears, and sweat, and frustration involved, but you go through that because you are so ambitious and in love with the future you’re trying to create. That passion for your future, it gives you courage to press through the hard times. So if you’re ambitious, courageous, and you’re ready to grow, and you think being in a conversation with a guy like me might be helpful to your future then let’s get you the tuition reimbursement you deserve!”

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Agent Advice Success Stories: 

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terricaTerrica C.
New Keller Williams Agent & Tuition Reimbursement Recipient

“I always wanted to become a real estate agent, and finally decided to take the next step. Getting started with my course was easy. Agent Advice just sent me a link, and I did the whole thing online. I finished the class, now I just need to get scheduled for the state test. I would definitely recommend Agent Advice to anyone looking to get their license, especially if they’re wanting to do it for free.”

 

rachelRachel K.
New Real Estate Agent & Tuition Reimbursement Recipient

“I was moving from Tennessee to Florida, so I was considering a career change. I always thought real estate might be something I’d be good at, so I connected with someone at Agent Advice and decided to take the course. It was easy to follow and understand, and the course I chose kept me interested. It didn’t take long for me to finish the class and I passed my state exam on the first try! I then reached out again to Agent Advice and set up an interview with a tuition reimbursement sponsor, and got my money back that same day. All in all, it was really simple and easy.”

 

marcusMarcus W.
New Real Estate Agent & Tuition Reimbursement Recipient

“The entire process was seamless, and the communication from the very beginning was great. When I first came across Agent Advice I had lots of questions, but I was able to get in touch with someone right away who helped explain the process from start to finish. Once I completed the course and set up an interview with a brokerage, they stopped the payments immediately. I also enjoyed the subscription payment option that Agent Advice has. It gave me the flexibility and motivated me to finish the course quickly. I’m still deciding on which brokerage is the right fit for me, but I enjoyed getting to interview with someone so that I could ask questions about what the day-to-day would look like at that company.”

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Quickest Real Estate School: RealEstateU

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Top Features

: Self-paced, affordable courses

RealEstateU is the cheapest course available in Texas. While you can rest assured you won’t be paying premium prices, you also won’t get a very interactive learning experience. If you’re self-motivated in your learning style & don’t care about interactive learning, this course still gets the job done.

That being said, you can fly through the 180 hour course as quickly as you want to. The lower interactivity permits a lot more flexibility when churning through the content. The learning sections are available in full audio, so you can listen on the go, which is why it made my list as the quickest real estate school in Texas.

If you are budget conscious and don’t have a lot of money to spend, this is the best course to get the job done. RealEstateU makes it really easy to study at your own pace, and you’ll be able to access the course on the go.

Unlike other courses, there is only one package available. It’s also important to note that the price does not include a text book. I found myself trying to look up certain lessons that would then refer me to a certain page of the textbook that wasn’t included. If you want to purchase a book it’s an additional $25.

With that said, this is one of the courses available for our Tuition Reimbursement program, which is a big help. All you have to do is attend at least 1 interview scheduled by an AgentAdvice recruiter after passing the state exam & before joining another brokerage, and we’ll reimburse you for the entire cost of the course that you purchase from us.

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Convenience: 4.3 out 5. Courses are entirely online and can be taken at any time from your computer, smartphone, or tablet. I did find this convenient because I could log on and complete parts of the course while I was on the go. While RealEstateU does provide a multimedia learning experience in certain states, I found the Texas course was pretty reading intensive. It had a few videos mixed in with some infographics, but for the most part it was large sections of text followed by a real estate glossary. After going through the course, I was able to log on and try the practice test, which I did pass on the first try. One of the most helpful parts of RealEstateU is their step-by-step checklist on how to get a real estate license as you navigate through the course. It did keep me motivated as it showed a progress bar so that I could track where I was at in the licensing process.

Pass Rate: 4.2 out 5. RealEstateU has a lower pass rate than the other schools on this list amongst Texas students. While REU’s 52.22%% pass rate is lower than Aceable’s or The CE Shop’s, it’s still higher than many other online real estate schools. More than 12 other school providers show less than a 50% pass rate. That’s why many students opt to buy test prep for an additional cost before taking the exam. It’s well worth it if it gives you the confidence you need to pass the test on your first try.

Course Duration: 4.1 out of 5. Many people ask about the extension policy, as they often get busy and need more time to finish the course. RealEstateU has a pretty strict policy – if you don’t finish in 12 months then you have to buy the course in it’s entirety again. This may seem harsh, but you have to remember that the starting price is so much cheaper than other providers. The downside of this policy is that you’ll lose your place and have to start again.

Support: 3.9 out of 5. RealEstateU’s customer support team is severely lacking. They don’t have phone support or a live chat option. If you run into an issue, you’ll have to fill out a contact form on their website. I noticed a glitch in the system and went to fill out a contact form, but I didn’t hear back for several minutes. I ended up just having to log out and access the course at a later date when the issue had been resolved.

Refund Policy: 4.6 out of 5. I didn’t need to get a refund, but this is something many people are curious about, so I’ve reviewed the policy here. It’s important to note that RealEstateU doesn’t offer free trials or money-back guarantees, but it does offer a 30-day refund policy for classes that are under 50% completed. Keep in mind that $20 may be deducted from your refund depending on the class you are enrolled in. This is pretty standard, and other schools like The CE Shop and Colibri Real Estate offer similar.

Overall Value: Overall, I wouldn’t say that RealEstateU’s Texas pre-licensing course is the best out there, but it does get the job done if you’re looking for a cheap price. For new agents, I’d suggest taking a look at Aceable’s exam prep option to pair with your REU course. This combo will allow you to fly through the lessons with RealEstateU, but also give you some practice exams so that you feel confident walking into the test.

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  • Cheap price
  • Self-paced course
  • 30-day refund available
  • Little instructor support
  • Few study materials

Best Old School Real Estate School: Champions School of Real Estate

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Top Features

: Engaging content, 1:1 instructor support

Champion’s classes are different than many of the other options available in Texas….and different isn’t a good thing in this case. If you absolutely need a traditional classroom setting with in-person instructors, this is the best one. But the old-school approach does come at a cost, as Champions is definitely on the higher end of the spectrum. And often times these in person courses take longer to complete because you can’t power through the hours online at your own pace.

Champions DOES have a “virtual classroom” option…but since they’re not a company that specializes in digital learning (like Aceable or The CE Shop), it’d be a lot like going to a pizza place to order a sandwich…it just doesn’t make sense because it’s not what they’re best at.

The high price point and lack of online options weren’t things I was very impressed with, but if you really need an in-person option, it’s the best of what is out there. Unfortunately, many of the other in-person schools available are even worse experiences, which is why I’ve included Champions as the best old school real estate course in Texas.

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Convenience: 3.9 out 5. Champion’s classes are a mixed bag for me. While they do offer both online and in-person classes, as I said above, the online courses just aren’t as good as the more modern online real estate schools. Because of that, this review is going to focus on their in-person class.

For decades, Champions has boasted about their traditional classroom approach, and they were very popular before online options were readily available. They only have campuses available in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. And if you have a busy schedule like I do, it just isn’t possible.  BUT – if you really, really value one-on-one time with instructors, and that’s the best way you learn – this is the best in-person school in Texas.

Pass Rate: 2 out 5. Champions’ pass rates are abysmal, especially when compared to the online schools in Texas. What they miss in pass rate, they make up for in enrolled students – they have more  than any other real estate school provider in Texas. Of the 24,163 students who have enrolled in courses at a Champions campus in the past two years, 13,187 students have passed the test. They often boast about their ability to accommodate different learning styles and provide direct 1-on-1 access, however their 54.58% pass rate is low, considering the amount of time you have to put in and commuting hours.

Course Duration: 4.4 out of 5. The Texas real estate course is really long (180 hours), so a lot of students want to power through it as quickly as possible. However, Champions makes that a little more difficult than other courses because you have to rely on instructor availability.

While other schools like Aceable or even Colibri Real Estate allow you to knock out 4-5 hours of coursework in a single session, you are at the mercy of others with Champions. That being said, you do have unlimited access to the course if you get busy or fall behind. Because I didn’t have to cram or worry about expiration dates, I felt that I would have plenty of time to study and prepare for the exam with this format.

Support:4.5 out of 5. Champion’s customer support team is pretty lackluster to say the least. You can reach out to them through the website or by phone during regular business hours ONLY. I had a question after 5 p.m. on Friday and could not get in touch with anyone until Monday morning. This could pose a problem if you are trying to knock out coursework on the weekends. Schools like AceableAgent have folks who can answer your questions – yes, even on a Saturday!

That said, each physical school campus is based in Texas (not overseas), so the support team is very familiar with the state’s licensing requirements which made it super easy to get a checklist of what I needed for the exam. Many team members are bilingual (English and Spanish), so you don’t have to worry about language barriers.

Refund Policy: 4.4 out of 5. I didn’t need to get a refund, but this is something everyone always asks about so I’ve included it in the review. Champions is pretty strict when it comes to refunds. If you go in-person (again, why would you pay $1100 to take an online class?!), you can get a refund within 5 days. However you’ll be charged a $20 cancellation fee and the cost of the textbook(s). After 5 days, courses are non-refundable.

This is a much stricter policy than online schools like The CE Shop and Aceable which offer a full refund in the first 30 days as long as the course is not complete. If you choose to go with the Champions online format, no refunds or credits will be given if you start the course or even download the PDF textbook. The return policy (or lack thereof) is something to keep in mind because the price point is much higher than other Texas real estate schools.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I only recommend Champions’s Texas pre-licensing course if you are looking for an in-person option. For new agents, I’d suggest taking a look at Aceable’s Deluxe Package instead. You can enjoy the perks of interactive, engaging content, but can also take the course from the convenience of your home without having to commute to a campus every time.

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  • Step-by-step licensing videos
  • Knowledgeable instructors
  • More enrolled students than any other real estate school
  • Customer service lacking
  • Pricey
  • Limited campus options

Best Continuing Education in Texas: CE Shop

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Top Features

: Biggest continuing education provider in the nation

The CE Shop is hands down the easiest online provider to fulfill your continuing education requirements. The state of Texas requires all licensed agents to do 18 hours of continuing education every two years. Most agents are looking for a quick solution to knock these out, so CE Shop is your best bet.

The price point is slightly higher than other providers, but the convenience is what sets them apart. They also have several continuing education packages to choose from, so you can find the right mix of courses for you. For all of these reasons, The CE Shop is the best continuing education course in Texas.

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Convenience: 4.8 out 5. The CE Shop’s continuing education courses are all online. I also really appreciate the custom-designed online learning platform that is easy to access on a tablet or phone. This allowed me to access the course material on the go, which made a huge difference in how efficient I was with my time.

Reporting is also a major thing to consider when you’re trying to finish your continuing education. Many agents wait until the last minute, so you want to find a provider that will immediately report your completed hours to the Texas Real Estate Commission. The CE Shop has a policy that they will mark your hours as complete within 24 hours. You will also immediately receive a certificate upon completion, students can access an electronic copy of the certificate for a minimum of five years.

Pass Rate: 5 out 5. Passing a final exam is not required to receive continuing education credit in Texas, so The CE Shop system is set up so that final exams can be passed with a 0% passing score. You just need to complete the hours to receive your credit.

Course Duration: 4.7 out of 5. You must complete 18 hours every two years to keep your license active in the state of Texas. Course expiration dates vary by course but are generally one year after you purchase the package or course. Each individual course will have an expiration date listed in your CE Shop account.

Support: 4.5 out of 5. I used the live chat feature, and the technical team quickly answered my questions and resolved the issue within minutes. However, it’s worth noting that direct access to instructors is not available. In the event of encountering a problem with the course materials, the support team pledges to provide a response within two days. Waiting for two days can feel like quite a stretch if you find yourself stuck in the middle of a lesson.

Refund Policy: 4.1 out of 5. The CE Shop doesn’t offer refunds for continuing education courses. Luckily, the price point is pretty low, so you won’t be out a ton of money.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I highly recommend The CE Shop’s Texas continuing education courses. They are very quick and convenient, and provide a lot of flexibility. Agents are required to take 11 mandatory hours mixed with 7 elective hours. That gives you the freedom to decide which courses are most important to you when picking your elective courses. You can choose courses about negotiations, fair housing, veteran housing, and financing.

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  • Lots of elective courses available
  • Don't need to pass an exam
  • Certificate provided immediately after completion
  • No refund policy
  • Interface can be glitchy

Best Test Prep in Texas: PrepAgent

Top Features

: Updated study material, engaging instructors

PrepAgent is designed to help future agents pass the real estate exam. They offer online group webinars, online training tools, e-books, and thousands of state-specific practice questions. 

I looked at dozens of different test prep vendors, including the ones that “come with” the courses – and frankly, all fall short of PrepAgent.

They are constantly updating their content as the exams change. While the questions cannot be the exact same as the real estate exam, PrepAgent strives to keep their content as close to what the exam will provide as possible. The material in the practice exams is written to reflect what an agent would need to know to pass the actual exam. 

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Convenience: 4.8 out 5. PrepAgent offers multiple ways for the students to study. My favorite feature is that you can focus on your weaknesses with category-specific tests, or go straight for the master exam preparation. Interactive flashcards and study guides are available to quiz yourself with, as well as worksheets to help track and remember all the information that has been provided.

PrepAgent also offers explainer videos to help keep the learning process fun. If students opt for the premium package they have access to live online group webinars 7 times a week with a variety of topics that cover the real estate exam. There is a live chat as well as recorded webinars to watch in the future in case you miss one.

In addition to Texas real estate practice exams and up-to-date information on the actual exam, PrepAgent also offers one-on-one tutoring for those that feel extra individualized attention may help them to better prepare. The tutors help focus on the struggles students are having with absorbing the material and helping to implement tips and study tricks to prepare for the exam. Students can schedule multiple sessions if necessary. 

Refund Policy: 4.1 out of 5. With PrepAgent, you really can’t fail. If you aren’t satisfied with PrepAgent, their packages are covered with a 100% money-back guarantee. This sets them apart from some of their competitors, who have much more restrictive refund policies.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I highly recommend PrepAgents’s Texas test prep. A feature I really appreciated is the ability to listen to the information in their car. I also applaud the instructors for their relatable way of teaching and how easy they made it to retain the information taught. Overall students seem very pleased with PrepAgent and their teaching methods, with many having stated they were able to pass the real estate exam on the first try using all the tools offered.

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  • Several packages to choose from
  • Audio recordings available
  • Can get 1:1 tutoring
  • Exam prep only available for a limited time
  • Online only

Honorable Mentions

We had a high bar in picking the best of the best real estate schools in Texas. These schools didn’t make the cut (frankly, they’re not as great as our top picks – but were also considered).

Colibri Real Estate (formerly Real Estate Express)

Top Features

: Several packages to choose from, lots of practice exams

Colibri’s course is not one I’d recommend in Texas, but it does get the job done. Because of their six-month access policy and lack of physical materials, I’d say you’re better off choosing another provider.

And as far as price goes, it’s on the higher end of the spectrum without many added benefits. It is not known for being very interactive, so there are definitely better options (at a cheaper price) that will probably hold your interest more.

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Convenience: 4.7 out of 5. Unlike other online courses, Colibri’s curriculum is text-based only. There are no videos or unique animations which you can find in other courses. For this reason, I found it very boring and hard to keep up with especially for 180 hours. However, there are a lot of people who prefer this old-fashioned approach. If you’re someone who learns best by reading, you’ll love Colibri’s text-based information.

Pass Rate: 3 out of 5. Colibri’s pass rate amongst Texas students is just okay. While it’s not the lowest pass rate by any means, you can certainly find a course that will give you more confidence walking into the test. 56.05% of Colibri students go on to pass the state exam, which is just slightly higher than the 55% average.

Course Duration: 4.5 out of 5. The Texas real estate course takes 180 hours to complete, so you need to know what your extension options are going in. Colibri’s policy is fairly generous compared to other schools like Champions or Aceable. You can log in to extend your course access by selecting a 7, 30, or 60-day option (prices go up the longer you want to extend). You can also choose the “retake” option which will give you a $25 discount to start the course over.

Support:4.8 out of 5. While Colibri is one of the most trusted online real estate education providers, their customer support team is nothing to ride home about. You often have to resort to filling out a contact box on their website spelling out the issues you are seeing to even get a response. While they did have a number listed for me to call, I did not hear back from them in a timely enough manner to get the issue resolved. If you run into a fairly common issue (entire system down) there is usually someone who is updating their social media pages with a timeline of when the system will be fixed. Overall, their customer support team pretty frustrating to deal with.

Refund Policy: 4.7 out of 5. I didn’t need to get a refund, but this is something everyone always asks about so I’ve reviewed it here. Colibri offers a 100% refund of the purchase price if you don’t like the course within one week. If you haven’t started the course, you can ask for a 100% refund for one month after the purchase. This is pretty standard, and other schools like The CE Shop and RealEstateU offer similar. However, it’s important to note that if you don’t ask for the refund in time, you will lose your money even if you haven’t started taking the course.

Overall Value & Recommended Package: Overall, I can’t recommend Colibri’s Texas pre-licensing course. For new agents, I’d suggest taking a look at one of the The CE Shop packages instead. The extra perks like the videos & audio lessons combined with the practice tests make it a good value. You don’t want to have the take the Texas real estate exam twice, so you might as well go in with the best option in the market to really prepare you, if your budget allows it.

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  • Decent student reviews
  • Live Q&A chat available
  • Comes with money-back guarantee
  • Only 6 months of access
  • No physical study materials
  • Text-based course (not interactive)

Our Methodology: 

I ranked and rated each school on 8 different factors to come up with the very best real estate schools in Texas. Our full guide on how we rank courses is available here, but the short version of factors considered are: 

  1. Course value
  2. How easy the courses were to navigate
  3. If there were any technical glitches
  4. Return policies
  5. Overall performance of each school as a whole
  6. Reviews directly from agents who’ve attended the school

There are dozens of options (some of them not so great!), so we’ve taken the work off your plate by narrowing down the list to only the ones that scored high enough. Whether you’re dedicating yourself full time to your new career, are looking to fly through the courses quickly to get them over with, or are busy and looking to work through them when you have downtime, here is a list of the best online real estate schools in Texas you should consider.

About the Author

Eric Hegwer is a licensed Texas real estate agent in Austin, Texas. Eric has had his license for over 10 years, and has represented over 180 clients buying and selling their homes. He works at Redfin and blogs about Real Estate and Real Estate Training for new agents. He believes that most Realtors don’t use technology successfully and is on a mission to help all agents reach their goals. Connect with me

Last Updated: 2/8/2024