How to Find the Right DPOR-Approved Virginia Real Estate Course
So you want to get your Virginia real estate license. You know you need to take a DPOR-approved real estate course, but how do you figure out which one? Here are four questions to help you choose the right course for you.
Question One: How Quickly Do You Want to Finish?
Are you planning to dive in feet first and complete your 60-hour course in a month? Or is your timeline a little more relaxed? Would you prefer to have an extremely structured schedule or do you need to be able to fit in your studies when you have a free moment?
The answer to this question should help you narrow down whether you want to take your courses online or in a traditional classroom setting. While a classroom gives you more structure, the pacing is entirely out of your hands, and you have to commit to being somewhere at a certain time each week.
An online course lets you set your own pace, whether that’s knocking it out as quickly as possible or squeezing your coursework in between other life commitments. But that’s not the only consideration in the online vs. classroom decision.
Question Two: Self-Guided or Teacher-Led?
When you’re deciding between an online and a classroom course, you also want to consider how you learn best. Are you self-motivated, or do you need more external motivation to get your studies in? Are you the sort of person who likes to dig in and figure things out for yourself, or do you like being able to ask questions as you go?
While most online courses do offer some instructor access, it won’t be as hands-on as a classroom setting. On the other hand, if you like to be able to spend more time on topics that challenge you and less time on topics you’re comfortable with, you might prefer online learning.
Question Three: How Important Is Price to Your Decision?
Are you a bargain shopper or is price no object? Online courses range from $150-$299, while classroom courses cost more, starting around $400.
Both online and classroom courses offer different packages at different price points, but because a classroom space and teacher salary aren’t necessary, online will almost always be cheaper. Which leads to the fourth question.
Question Four: What Kind of Extras Are Important to You?
By now you’ve hopefully figured out whether an online or classroom course makes the most sense for your schedule, wallet, and learning style. From there, you need to decide what features beyond the course itself are important to you. Some schools included lots of extras in their base package, while others offer a range of packages.
Some extras you might consider are: Test prep materials Review courses Practice tests Interactive learning opportunities Instructor availability (for online learning) Boot camp-style immersive programs (for classroom learning) * Pass the test or your money back guarantees
Make Sure to Read Reviews
Once you’ve got a sense of what you’re looking for in a school and in a package, read reviews to find a course that seems right for you. There is no one best course — different courses will work best for different people.
Reviews will give you the real dirt about what worked for other students and what didn’t. Trust Pilot is a great resource for unbiased reviews.
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