The internet has made it possible for everyone to learn more and do more and has even made it easier for people to change careers. Many professionals take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of online courses to help them prepare for a new job or pursue a career in real estate! But, are online real estate courses right for you?

How can you be sure that online courses and classes will prepare you for your licensing exam, or if you’ll be given the tools and resources to adequately prepare for your real estate exam? If you’re not sure whether or not online real estate courses are for you, ask yourself these four questions:

Do I have easy access to technology?
One of the first things you have to ask yourself before signing up for an online class is if you have the tools required to be successful. Do you have a stable and reliable internet connection? Do you have exclusive access to a laptop or computer? If your goal is to be a successful real estate agent, you’ll need constant access to technology to stay organized, communicate with clients, and manage your business. 

How comfortable am I with technology?
Having a computer is great, but if you aren’t comfortable using it, it might be extra challenging keeping up with an online course. Real estate is a fast-paced business that relies a lot on apps, innovation, and technology. Your comfort level with these (or your willingness to learn how to use them) will make your life and your job a lot easier. If you are comfortable using a computer, smartphone, and high-tech software, online classes will flow easier than if you’re not. 

How essential is face-to-face interaction to me when it comes to education?
Real estate is a people-focused business, and most individuals that choose this career path are comfortable and often prefer face-to-face interaction. Online classes are great for those who can focus on online videos and courses and benefit from being able to pause, rewind, and re-watch lessons to help them fully grasp the concepts. If you prefer to work on your own schedule and at your own pace, online classes may work best for your learning style. 

How self-motivated and disciplined are you?
There is a certain level of self-discipline and focus required to earn your real estate license. You have to be willing to devote significant time to studying, preparing, learning, and researching. If you’re going to an in-person class, your teacher and other classmates may help motivate you to stay focused and get the work done. If you choose online courses, you are responsible for your learning. You have to carve out time in your schedule for classes, studying, and exams. You have to be organized enough to know what is expected of you without being told by a teacher. 

If this is your personality, online classes may be a great fit for you. If you are naturally organized and motivated to learn, online courses offer a sense of freedom and flexibility that some in-person classes are lacking. If you pride yourself on your time management skills (which is important if you plan to become a real estate agent) then online real estate classes could be the right fit for you. 

Your Next Steps
Mbition offers online courses built for students in every stage of their learning. Check out these self-paced online courses for real estate pre-licensing, state and national exam prep, exam proctoring, post-licensing, continuing education, and professional development and take the next step toward a real estate career from the comfort of your own home.