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Real estate academy offers pre-licensing class

From Illinois Business Journal news services

EDWARDSVILLE – People interested in a real estate career are being offered a class by AREA, the Area Real Estate Academy, a program administered by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties.

The 90-hour, pre-licensing class is hosted by Illinois Real Estate Educator Lisa Smoot. The course is open to anyone interested in selling real estate in Illinois.

The class will offer a blended approach to education filled with 45 hours of independent study and 45 hours of classroom work.

The class will begin with an orientation on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. followed by one month of independent work from Feb. 23 to March 22. Beginning on March 22, students will meet for class from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, ending on May 10 with a final exam.

The classroom work will be instructed by Smoot at the AREA office, located at 1012 Plummer Drive, Suite 301 in Edwardsville. The completion and passing of the final exam will satisfy the State of Illinois’ 90-hour requirement for pre-license study.

The instructor of the course is a member of the Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators and is currently serving as secretary on its board of directors. She has been a board member since 2008. She previously chaired its membership committee.

“We are so lucky to have Lisa Smoot available to instruct our course,” said Denise Wolff of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties development and operations manager. “She has been in the real estate business since 1989 and has been teaching since 1998. Our industry is continually in need of talented, motivated Realtors so I encourage anyone who has ever had an interest in sales, particularly real estate sales, consider taking the course and pursuing a career in the real estate industry.”

The deadline to register for the class is Feb. 23 and costs $535 per student. Registrations are accepted on a space-available basis and are non-refundable. Classes will be held at AREA office in Edwardsville. Other classroom locations may be considered if there is interest in other geographical locations.

For more information, contact Smoot at (618) 604-9158 or, or visit Area Real Estate Academy on Facebook. AREA Real Estate Academy is a branch of the IAR Licensing and Training Center.

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