Brightwood Real Estate Education (which you may know as Kaplan, since they just rebranded in 2016) is perhaps the most well-known online real estate school out there. Brightwood is available in all 50 states, and in addition to real estate licensing, they also offer licensure courses in the appraisal, home inspection, and contracting.
Impressive, right? But does that make them the best online real estate school?
Aceable Real Estate School may not have the long history of Brightwood/Kaplan. But we have the advantage of learning from the schools who’ve come before us. We’ve seen what’s worked well for their students, and we’ve seen areas that could be improved.
Aceable has been improving upon the old systems, and we’re ready to go toe-to-toe with Kaplan!
In this post, we’re going to present the facts of AceableAgent and Brightwood without bias (which is hard because we’re so excited about our courses and our service!). Then you can decide which is the best online real estate school for you.
The courses are the backbone of your online real estate school experience. Let’s see how AceableAgent and Brightwood compare.
Aceable Online Real Estate School
Aceable’s courses are highly innovative and engaging. Here are a few things you need to know about our courses: We’re the only mobile-first course certified by TREC. You can get an entire real estate education directly on your phone or tablet! We offer ground-breaking workshops to give students hands-on training in areas like real estate math and contract writing. Our customer service is unparalleled. If you need a real estate expert to answer a specific question or provide any additional insight, our instructors are available 7 days/week. And if you need customer support for any reason, we’re available by phone, email, chat, or even social media. Our pre-license courses come complete with exam prep and exam proctoring!
Brightwood’s course quality can vary, depending on your state. One of the disadvantages of offering courses in every state is that the quality can be inconsistent from one state to the next. And that appears to be the case with Brightwood based on online reviews.
Typically, their online courses serviceably cover the material. They just don’t offer anything to make the material more engaging or hands-on.
One thing to note about Brightwood is that they do offer live classes. If you struggle to pace yourself independently, live classes can help keep you accountable.
No, it’s not all about price. But we know money is a limited resource, and you have to use it wisely. So it will understandably be one of your criteria for choosing the most suitable online real estate school for you.
When comparing prices, make sure to also compare what’s included in the price. Consider which online real estate school offers the best value, not simply the lowest price.
Aceable Online Real Estate School
Aceable is currently offering our Get Started package for just $497 (regularly priced at $677). We even offer payment plan options if you would be more comfortable spreading that amount over multiple payments.
Aceable's Get Started package includes:
- 180-hour Pre-License Course Bundle
- Unlimited Exam Prep
- Instructor Support from Real Estate Experts
- Free Exam Proctoring (a $90 Value)
Brightwood also offers competitive pricing for the online real estate school industry.
Their Home Study package starts at just $389. At this price point, there are no lectures and no textbooks included. It is just a PDF of the material, practice questions, and access to a student study group. For most of us, this is not a practical way to learn the material.
Instead, consider Brightwood’s Online OnDemand Solution, which is the lowest-priced package that includes video instruction and textbooks.
Brightwood’s Online OnDemand package includes:
- 180-Hour Education Requirement with Online Video and Practice Questions
- Student Study Group Access
Note: You will still need to pay to have your exam proctored. And you will likely need to purchase an exam prep book or program to supplement this package.
If you’re interested in the live classes we mentioned earlier, that package is available for $989.
In the end, you want to choose the real estate school that offers the best possible results. You’re paying to learn all about real estate so you can pass your real estate exam, get your real estate license, and launch your career.
Which online real estate school is more likely to get you those results?
Let’s compare one final, but critical, component of your real estate education: state real estate exam pass rates. For reference, historically, only 62% of all test-takers pass the TREC exam.
Brightwood’s current pass rate is 74% (727 of 976 total enrolled students passed the exam). Much better than the 63% average. See TREC Provider Exam Pass Rates
But, Aceable Real Estate School's current student TREC exam pass rate is 77% (5,074 out of 6,536 enrolled students passed the exam). Need we say more? See TREC Provider Exam Pass Rates
Get the results you’re looking to achieve while enjoying quality course material and expert customer service at a fraction of the cost! Start your real estate career today by making AceableAgent your online real estate school!
Pass rate data current as of June 2021. See TREC Provider Exam Pass Rates