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Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the nation. It’s one of the few states that handled the Great Recession without a major fallout. In fact, Texas’s population actually grew over the past decade due to fallout from other states.

One major benefit, and a big reason why many people are flocking to Texas, is because it’s a state without an income tax. This makes it really appealing to businesses and homebuyers alike. And being this country’s 2nd largest state, only behind Alaska, there’s plenty of room for growth.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top 10% of real estate agents make over $95,000 a year. And, the top 10% of real estate brokers make over $176,000 a year.

Fast Growing Texas Cities In 2014
Texas has four of the top 20 fastest growing cities in the U.S. with Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin area all hot spots in today’s market.

Austin has really blown up over the past decade and looks to keep expanding through the next one. There is a hip artsy feel around this booming community. Austin is a great area for singles and young couples that are looking for a fun and lively area to plant their feet. The bigger cities like Dallas and Houston are on pace for greater expansion in their metro and surrounding areas as well. There doesn’t seem to be a slow down anytime soon in this huge Texas market.

Texas State Requirements for Real Estate Licenses
To be eligible to apply for the real estate salesperson license, you must meet the following criteria:
·         Be at least 18 years of age
·         Be a legal resident of Texas
·         Be a U.S. citizen (or lawfully admitted alien)

Steps to Becoming a Texas Real Estate Agent
Before you can get your Texas real estate salesperson license, there are a number of actions you need to take. First, you will have to take the state requirements in education, which is currently 180 hours of core real estate courses. After that, you will submit copies of your class results and apply for your license. Next, you’ll submit your fingerprints and schedule an online appointment with Morpho to complete your background check.

Once you’ve taken these steps, it’s time to take the state exam. Good luck! Upon completion, you’ll have to find a sponsor in the field with an active broker license. This is where you will get the real-world experience you need to succeed as a real estate salesperson in Texas. Soon you’ll be on your way to working independently in these thriving Texas markets!

Get Your Texas Real Estate License
So whether you are just starting out in real estate or are looking to upgrade or renew your license, Allied Real Estate schools has what you need to prepare for the Texas state exam. Call Allied now at (800) 617-3513 to get started on your education requirements and be on your way to become a Texas real estate agent in The Lone Star State.
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Who doesn’t want the American dream of owning a home? Your potential clients do, but you have to first reach your own dream to help them. With the market rising and interest rates low, now is the time to begin the licensing process through Allied and get a head start on your future.

  • Start the licensing process for Real Estate, Broker, MLO or ALC.
  • Flexible online courses allow you to study on your own schedule.
  • Affordable tuition rates and interest-free payment plans put Allied’s real estate training into your hands without setting you back.
  • This is more than a New Year’s goal - the sooner you begin learning, the sooner you can begin earning.

Plus, you will have the 20-plus years of education experience, national accreditation, superior student and educational support, and exceptional admissions representatives that Allied offers to help you get started. You’ll never be more prepared for a new career than you are now – ask Allied today about how to begin real estate school. Even if you are already studying with Allied, why not refer a friend who would enjoy working in the real estate industry?

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As we have discussed over the past few months, times are good for real estate professionals and those looking to delve into the industry. Foreclosures are dropping, home prices are rising, and the career of a real estate agent was named as “Happiest Job in America” for 2013. But that’s not the only positive news for current and future real estate agents: you can add value to your real estate business through some additional online learning at Allied. Here’s where to start:

1. Home Inspection

Most homes are required to have a home inspection prior to being sold. As a real estate salesperson, you work with home inspectors to make this happen. But why not become a home inspector yourself? By earning your home inspection license, you would be qualified to both inspect and sell a home, thereby adding value to your offerings as a real estate professional.  Learn more about Allied’s Home Inspection Course.

2. Appraisal License

In addition to having your real estate license, you could earn an appraisal license to boost your career. As a real estate appraiser, you get to evaluate property, obtain land values from county sources, estimate building costs using building valuation manuals, and prepare written descriptions of the properties to make estimates of their value. Our Appraisal License Package meets all of the AQB education requirements and provides you with a solid background of the home appraisal field.

3. Property Management

Real estate designations increase value of a real estate license.Why stop at selling, inspecting, and appraising when you can manage an entire residential or commercial property? Allied’s Property Management Course prepares you to skillfully manage property. You will learn how to collect rent, arrange repairs, coordinate services for the property, manage accounting, and negotiate with tenants. Plus, you will also receive a one-year membership to the International Real Estate Institute (IREI) when you complete the program!

4. Notary Public

If you are on the lookout for an additional stream of income, look no further than becoming a Notary Public. In case you weren’t aware, Notary Publics evaluate and authenticate documents, including legal documents, divorce papers, wills, business agreements, and property deeds. It’s this latter category that is especially relevant to real estate professionals. The Notary Public Course at Allied is short (only 6 hours), simple, and no-brainer way to boost your career.

5. Real Estate Designations

As we have discussed before, we think real estate designations are a fantastic way for real estate professionals to truly set themselves apart. At Allied, we offer four career-enhancing designations, including Short Sale Specialist, Contract Forms Specialist, E-Networking Specialist, and Green Specialist. Better serve your real estate clients by earning a distinct designation today!

For more information about Allied’s online real estate courses, please give us a call at (800) 617-3513.

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Did you hear? We recently updated our comprehensive Exam Cram DVD! Used in conjunction with Allied Real Estate Schools’ Online Exam Prep Questions, the Exam Cram DVD with Workbook provides students with the confidence and knowledge that is needed to pass the California state licensing exam with ease.

Allied’s Exam Cram is an industry-leading exam prep product designed to benefit and support the online real estate student in pursuing their salesperson license or broker license. With our 20+ year history in online real estate license training, we think we have a pretty good grasp on what our students are in need of when it comes to their real estate education and future careers. The Exam Cram DVD with Workbook is proof of this.

WHAT IS IT?
California real estate students benefit from Allied's Exam Cram DVD.

Allied's California Real Estate Exam Cram DVD with Workbook tutorial is a review that helps prepare you for the California state licensing exam.  It is structured into chapters that contain information and practice questions to reinforce your real estate knowledge.  The DVD and Workbook tutorial are designed to be used together. When you take your Exam Cram tutorial, you should follow along in the workbook and take notes as the instructor goes through each topic.

WHAT IS IN IT?

The product includes four DVDs (a total of about 11 hours in length) and a workbook, divided into the following sections:

Getting Started: National

  • Chapter 1: Property, Estates, and Ownership
  • Chapter 2: Encumbrances and Transfer of Ownership
  • Chapter 3: Contracts: The Basics
  • Chapter 4: Agency Relationships
  • Chapter 5: Real Estate Contracts
  • Chapter 6: Disclosures in Real Estate
  • Chapter 7: Escrow and Closing
  • Chapter 8: Real Estate Finance: Loans
  • Chapter 9: Real Estate Finance: Lending Institutions
  • Chapter 10: Valuation and Appraisal
  • Chapter 11: Land Use, Subdivisions, and Housing
  • Chapter 12: Real Estate Brokerage
  • Chapter 13: Real Estate Specialization
  • MATH: Bonus Section

Getting Started: California

  • Includes the same Chapters as National, but applies to CA Real Estate.

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For more information about Allied’s online real estate courses or the Exam Cram DVD, please give us a call at (800) 617-3513.

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According to a CNNMoney article, “sales of bank-owned properties last quarter hit their lowest level since early 2008, according to a new report.”

This is a positive sign that the real estate industry is getting healthier, and it’s an overall benefit to homeowners, local real estate markets, and real estate professionals. Here’s why:
  • With fewer foreclosures, home prices will increase.
    • Foreclosed homes “sell for about 30 percent less than the average home that is not in distress,” according to Daren Blomquist, VP of RealtyTrac, on WashingtonTimes.com
    • Foreclosed homes can negatively impact the price of non-foreclosed houses within the same neighborhood. Without as many, home prices in the neighborhood will likely rise.
  • Homeowners that want to sell have greater control over the price they want to sell at. Home prices are rising and the incentive for short sales is decreasing.
Real estate industry is improving due to the drop in foreclosures.

The CNNMoney article goes on to explain: “During the height of the foreclosure crisis in early 2009, 45% of all homes sold nationally were foreclosures.” According the RealtyTrac, that number was 21% in the first quarter of 2013, which is down from 25% a year ago.

At Allied, we certainly see this as another reason to start a career in real estate. But, overall, we’re just happy that the market is improving. It’s good for our local communities, businesses, and you. If you did want to hear a bit more about our online real estate program, you can start by checking out our real estate courses online.

And, as always, you can always give us a call at (800) 617-3513.

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With the rise of home pricesincrease in housing construction, and the recent announcement that real estate agent is the happiest job for 2013, the real estate industry has a strong and positive road ahead. Real estate salespeople, real estate appraisers, real estate brokers, construction companies, homeowners and home inspectors are benefiting from these positive changes.

To that latter point, in case you didn’t know, we offer home inspection training. That’s right. At a mere $200 down with budget-friendly, interest-free payments, you can get a career started as a home inspector for a great price.

Plus, for a limited time:

The first 140 students to enroll in Allied’s Professional Home Inspection course or Home Inspection course will receive a complimentary book: the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, 9th Edition!

With the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, you will receive detailed tips on:

  • Describing energy use characteristics
  • Improving existing energy equipment
  • Evaluating energy-efficiency
  • Summarizing how much energy is expended

Enroll in a home inspection course and receive a complimentary home energy savings book!

Take advantage of the real estate boom and enroll in Allied’s Home Inspection program today. For more information about our programs in your neck of the woods, go here. As always, please give us a call if you have any questions or if you’d like to get started, at (800) 617-3513.

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Consumer trends often dictate which way the market moves. Sometimes it’s for the worse. Sometimes it’s for the better, which is the case here. According to an LA Times article, one of the markets being affected is the industrial real estate industry.

“Nestled on the windy plains at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains, once austere stretches of agricultural land have morphed into the country’s most desirable industrial real estate market, and it is growing faster than any other industrial region in the U.S.”


Businesses such as “Amazon.com Inc., Kohl’s Corp., Skechers USA Inc., Mattel Inc., and Stater Bros. Markets” comprise a few of the names that are taking advantage of these wide-open spaces in Southern California. By using these warehouses, large-scale companies can more easily take advantage of Southern California’s “enormous population and teeming seaports,” which allows them to meet the demands of the consumer.

Industrial real estate is going gangbusters in Southern California.

Not only do consumers benefit from the increase in industrial real estate, brokers, agents, and appraisers do as well. After all, where there is real estate, there is an opportunity for you to do business.

 “’The Inland Empire is to industrial real estate what downtown Manhattan is to office real estate,’ said Craig Meyer, head of industrial property brokerage in the U.S. for Chicago firm Jones Lang LaSalle. ‘L.A. has been the hottest market in the world for 10 years running.’”


Well, what are you waiting for? If you have your real estate license or broker license already, take advantage of this great opportunity. If you don’t, don’t fret. We have California real estate training for agents, brokers, and appraisers. Plus, did you hear that real estate agent was listed as the happiest job for 2013? Learn more at www.realestatelicense.com, or you can call us at (800) 617-3513.

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Career community website Career Bliss just announced their annual “Happiest and Unhappiest Jobs in America” list. Guess what? Real estate agent was listed as the number one happiest job in America for 2013! There are quite a few reasons for why this would be, but we’re going to first let the CEO of Career Bliss, Heidi Golledge, say a few words:

Right now, it is a seller’s market so the real estate agent’s cost of advertising and marketing is very low and commissions are high. Happy times.


Ms. Golledge is exactly right. It is indeed a seller’s market. In addition to high commissions and the low cost of real estate marketing, here are a few more reasons why real estate agents are currently happy as clams:


Well, what about you? What is making you a happy real estate agent?

Real estate agents are the happiest in America.


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