Getting a Real Estate License in Michigan: Self-Paced Online vs. Live In-Person Classes

October 10, 2022
Unlicensed Individuals

A career in real estate is a great way to have fun while enhancing your annual income. To start your new career, you must obtain a Michigan real estate salesperson’s license. This requires that you first complete a certified 40-hour real estate course. There are several schools and course options from which to choose. Higher-end schools like NCI Associates offer self-paced online classes as well as live webinars and in-person classes.

Next, we will discuss what each type of real estate class entails. For this discussion, the term “online course” refers to a self-paced course that you complete on your own schedule. The term “live course” includes live webinars (through Zoom, for example) as well as in-person classroom courses. In a live course, the program materials are presented by a live instructor with whom you can interact, whether it is in a classroom setting or delivered via the Internet as a webinar.

Live Real Estate Classes

Live real estate classes are taught in real time by a live instructor. NCI Associates offers both in-person and webinar-based classes taught by expert instructors who have many years of real estate experience. These courses are offered either as a one-week accelerated program or a 5-week evening program. The in-person and webinar classes are very similar, and they both include a package of professional textbooks and study materials.

The in-person course is offered in a classroom setting at a couple of different Metro Detroit locations, while the webinar course can be viewed from your computer with internet access. This option gives access to anyone within Michigan, regardless of where they live.

While many competing real estate schools offer live classes, the quality of the instruction and learning materials can vary dramatically. NCI’s learning materials not only focus on the knowledge you need to pass the real estate exam but also prepare you for a successful real estate career.

Online Real Estate Classes

NCI Associates is known for delivering the industry’s best real estate classes. When it comes to online classes, NCI delivers a unique learning experience that is not available through any other school. Most competing self-paced, online programs follow a tired and ineffective “Read-Quiz-Read-Quiz” format. Students are left to their own devices to figure out what they are reading. With NCI’s self-paced real estate classes, the author of the textbooks personally narrates, teaches, and explains everything to you.

In addition to the narration, students can download a 42-page companion workbook. As the author discusses the materials, students are directed to fill in the blanks on the workbook with the key teaching points. The course also provides online-only access to an e-Book version of the full textbook that is used in the live classroom and webinar courses.

For a student who desires total flexibility and cannot commit to a scheduled classroom or webinar course, NCI’s self-paced online class is an excellent option. This is a truly on-demand course that can be completed at any time and on any day. Once you are logged into your program account, you can make each study session as short or as long as you want. Within approximately two business days of completing the full 40-hour program, NCI emails you a certificate of completion. This certificate is needed to schedule the state exam.

Factors to Consider

You may wonder whether the online or the live option is better for you. As long as the program is professionally written by experts in real estate and adult education (as all NCI classes are), it comes down to personal preference and scheduling needs. In other words, the best option for you depends on your personal preferences and other factors such as schedule availability, learning style, and budget.

Your Availability

Compared to other professions, real estate is unique in that many agents have had different careers before getting into real estate. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 95% of members report that real estate is not their first career. If you are currently transitioning from another career into real estate, or need a flexible schedule for other reasons, you may want to consider NCI’s online option.

Cost of Classes

The cost of live classes (both classroom and webinar) can be slightly higher compared to a self-paced online class. If you are looking for a lower-cost alternative, NCI’s online self-paced real estate class delivers great learning materials, but at a lower cost compared to its live version. Be careful, however, not to make your decision on which school to attend based on cost alone.

When comparing real estate schools, some students may make the mistake of taking the lowest-priced program. Such programs may be of inferior quality and result in the student failing the state exam multiple times. Testing fees are currently $79, so taking a cheaper, inferior course may wind up costing you a lot more in the long run!

Interacting with a Live Instructor

Interacting with a live instructor is one of the biggest differences between a live and self-paced program. In a live program, you are able to interact with other students and ask the instructor questions. NCI also provides after-class student support beyond the classroom.

Learning Style

Everyone has a unique learning style. Some students do better in a classroom setting while others retain more information when focusing on an online program. Consider your learning style before deciding on a class. If you tend to get distracted easily and need face-to-face interaction with an instructor, in-person learning may be a better option for you.

On the other hand, taking NCI’s fully-narrated online course helps you to focus on the materials without having to hear from other students. Plus, the ability to personalize your schedule can be a big advantage. This allows you to learn when you are ready and take a break at any time you want.

Learn From Michigan’s Leading Real Estate School

NCI has delivered top-quality real estate education since 1979. Every course NCI offers is carefully designed to include current and relevant topics in real estate. As a Michigan-based real estate school, NCI provides the most Michigan-specific, up-to-date, practical, and career-enhancing information. Our classroom-based, live webinar and online self-paced course options were created to fit different lifestyles and learning needs. We invite you to read our student testimonials and experience the difference we can make in your real estate career.

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Your Real Estate Future is Promising

However, fulfilling the promise of a successful real estate future requires the right choices at the right times. The most important decision to make right now? Where you’ll begin — or continue — your real estate training. NCI Associates, Ltd. remains your intelligent choice for Michigan Real Estate Classes.

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