Written by Kacie Goff
Getting a real estate license in Florida requires a significant amount of work, and a couple of the required steps can be fairly daunting. Many would-be agents stress about the exam that all sales associates need to pass, naturally. But there’s also the major undertaking of completing all 63 hours of pre-license education that the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) requires.
The good news is you don’t need to go sit in some classroom for a week and a half to get those hours done. The DBPR has approved some pre-license course providers to offer those hours online. That gives you the flexibility to work on your hours whenever you have time, and to do so from any location that’s convenient for you (provided you have an internet-connected device).
That, then, begs the question: which online Florida pre-license real estate course is best? To help you find the right option, we looked at a few of the leading providers.
We’ll get ourselves out of the way first, since you know we were going to have to toot our own horn.
The main thing you should know about our 63-hour pre-license course is that it costs just $80. This course is DBPR-approved and comes with unlimited attempts at the practice exam, plus access to our 5-star rated customer support team for any questions you might have as you move through your course. It also gets 4.4 stars from 1,887 Reviews.
If you’re worried about passing the Florida real estate sales associate exam, we also offer a 4.7-star-rated deluxe course for $199. With this option, you get a downloadable PDF of the entire course to help you better study the material, along with extra practice exams. And we’ve designed our exams to ask questions similar to the ones you’ll see on the state licensing exam. That way, you can feel extra comfy and prepared, helping you to pass on your first try.
So you can confirm that we have state approval, we’ve posted our approval letter and our license number from the DBPR at the bottom of our Florida pre-license page. Scroll to the bottom to check it out.
Real Estate Express offers a variety of course packages, starting at $132 for their most basic 63-hour Florida real estate pre-license option. They also occasionally run specials on their courses, bringing the cost of their most basic option to just shy of $100.
If you want their exam prep course, you’re looking at paying $205. For their Exam Preparation Plus course, which includes Q&A webinars with instructors, you pay $319. And their Ultimate Learning package, which includes a printed textbook, runs $439. Basically, if you want access to everything Real Estate Express has to offer, be prepared to pay about four times more than their basic package.
Overall, Real Estate Express reviews are decent. They earn 4.1 stars with 75% positive feedback in Google Reviews. More than 4 stars is a good marker, but the fact that one in four people weren’t ready to offer positive feedback might give you pause.
Gold Coast definitely earns the gold for one thing: costing a lot. Even their basic service package rings in at $325. Their full service package, which includes a textbook, exam prep materials, and live-streamed cram sessions, costs $425.
They do back that price with a solid 5-star average on Facebook and 4.9 stars on Google. So if money is no object as you work toward your Florida sales associate license, they might be an option worth considering.
Florida Real Estate School touts their FRESH method as the main differentiator in their online pre-license courses. FRESH stands for:
The FRESH method seems to be working, since they’ve got a solid 4.8 stars on Google Reviews.
But unless you happen to need their courses while they’re running a promotion, their pricing is right up there with Gold Coast. Their basic course costs $359, and their unlimited course rings it at a whopping $659 (basically, that extra money buys you unlimited end-of-course exam attempts).
The Bob Hogue School of Real Estate has been in the game since 1978. When it comes to their online course options, you have two: you can take their basic self-paced course for $245 or their instructor-led live online course for $295.
If you want to add exam prep materials, a key point review audiobook, and their real estate accelerator course (an eight-week program designed to coach you through building your career), you’ll pay $495 for a self-paced course or $545 for the instructor-led option.
As far as reviews go, they get 4.3 stars on Google Reviews. Not too shabby, provided you don’t mind working through their less-than-leading-edge website.
Ultimately, when it comes to online pre-license courses to help you get the 63 hours you need for a Florida sales associate license, you’ve got options. The main things to check are that:
Depending on how you plan to complete your hours, you might also want to look for specific features. Some courses (including ours) are mobile-friendly so you can take hours from your phone, even on the go, for example.
The good news is that as long as your course is DBPR-approved, it will help you on your way to your Florida sales associate license. The rest of these parameters are just nice-to-haves that can make the experience better and easier for you.