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Area Real Estate Academy offers pre-licensing class

EDWARDSVILLE — Those looking for a career in real estate have an opportunity through the Area Real Estate Academy, a program administered by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite, Realtors.

Registration is now underway for a 90-hour, pre-licensing class 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 followed by 45 hours of classroom work, Feb. 16 to May 2. The class will begin with an orientation on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. followed by independent work from Feb. 17, 2017 to March 13. Beginning on March 14, students will meet for class from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, ending on May 2 with a final exam.

Smoot will teach the class at the Area Real Estate Academy Office, 1012 Plummer Drive in Edwardsville. The completion and passing of the final exam will satisfy the State of Illinois’ 90-hour requirement for pre-license study. Students would then be eligible to sit for the State Exam of which a passing score will allow them to become licensed real estate brokers.
Smoot, 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 their membership committee.

The deadline to register for the class is Feb. 16 and costs $535 per student. Registrations are accepted on a space-available basis and are non-refundable. For more information contact Smoot at (618) 604-9158 or, or visit

      From the Illinois Business Journal

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