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Fall in love with a New Career in Real Estate

Fall in Love with a Career in Real Estate

Real Estate Institute has been the local leader in Illinois real estate education for over 25 years. Our students consistently outperform other state exam candidates. Our reputation for highly-rated instructors and superior customer service explains why we have over 150,000 alumni nationwide.


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More aspiring Brokers choose Real Estate Institute for their real estate education than any other school in Illinois.

We make it EASY to get a Broker license with programs to fit your schedule, leverage your learning style and importantly, by providing unparalleled support throughout your career.

Residential Leasing Agent

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Residential Leasing Agent

We offer two programs with one goal. Ease of completion!

Both of our streamlined programs are designed to help you learn everything you need to pass the state exam and quickly get licensed.

Managing Broker

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Managing Broker

After holding an active Broker license (or out-of-state equivalent) for at least two years, you can complete additional education and upgrade to the Managing Broker license.

Unlike other schools, Real Estate Institute offers this specialized training on an ongoing basis, so that you can start today!

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Leasing Agent Broker Managing Broker
Education & State Exam
Required Credit Hours 15 75 45
State exam style 50 Questions
Multiple Choice
140 Questions
Multiple Choice
10 Simulation Problems +
40 Questions Multiple Choice
State exam fee $37 $58 $58
License Features
Sell all property types
Lease residential property
Lease commercial property
Exchange all property types
Manage all property types
Supervision & Experience Requirements
Previous experience required None None 2 Years as a Broker
Must be supervised by a Managing Broker
Work under your own supervision
Supervise other licensees
Manage a sales or management office
Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to our most commonly asked questions.

IL Real Estate Pre-License

Is Real Estate Institute approved by the IDFPR as a pre-license school?

Yes. Real Estate Institute is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Education Provider #515.000001. We offer courses that are required as prerequisites for the Leasing Agent, Broker, and Managing Broker licensing examinations.

What makes your school different from the others?

Our quality programs, dedicated and knowledgeable instructors, and outstanding service set our school apart. When you successfully complete our course, you will have all the knowledge you need to pass the state examination. Quizzes for each homework lesson allow students to see how they are doing as they progress through the course. Along with the reinforcing tools included with our programs, qualified instructors are available to provide additional assistance.

Real Estate Institute offers students all these additional resources for one simple reason: we want you to pass the state examination!

What's the best way to determine which real estate license I should consider?

We recommend that you review our license comparison. We have designed well organized, high quality programs for each Illinois real estate license type. Please see additional FAQs for each license type.

Does your school offer financial aid or can I pay the course tuition over time?

We have partnered with Affirm, who offers financing options that enable our students to enroll today and pay later. This extends our traditional payment options, such as credit/debit cards and cash.

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Is Real Estate Institute owned by a real estate brokerage company?

No. We are an independent school, licensed and approved by the State, as is our coursework. We are not here to recruit you into the real estate business. We are here to help students obtain or meet their real estate education requirements.

Must I be a citizen of the United States or Illinois to hold a Real Estate License in Illinois?

No. To hold an Illinois real estate license, the state requires that you meet the age and education requirements, have a Social security number, and be of good moral character.

Where can I find more information about Illinois real estate licensing?

You will find a wealth of information throughout our website and frequently asked questions. Additional information may be available directly at Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's website.

Does Illinois offer license reciprocity with any other states?

Illinois offers reciprocity if you are already licensed in some other states. Please view these details at the IDFPR website and contact the IDFPR to discuss your specific licensing requirements. IDFPR-approved coursework and examinations may still be required for you to earn a license in Illinois.