Real Estate Education On The Rise in Southern Nevada

Real Estate Education On The Rise in Southern Nevada

More Students Enrolling In Pre-Licensing Courses

Las Vegas, Nev. (August 16, 2012) A new marker for the continued stabilization and re-growth of the Las Vegas real estate industry is in the students attending pre-licensing courses becoming licensed Nevada REALTORs. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties, Nevada’s largest Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise, reports consistently increasing enrollment at its Nevada Properties Real Estate Academy pre-licensing school.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties offers a four-week pre-licensing class that teaches real estate principles, practices and law. Its instructors are practicing Nevada brokers/agents and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices management representatives Michelle Casolari and Aldo Martinez. The 18-session courses are offered at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' corporate office on Pebble Road and Summerlin office on Town Center. The courses are designed to help prospective REALTORS prepare for the Nevada State Real Estate exam.

“A year ago, we averaged 10-15 people per course, and are now averaging 30 or more people for each session, said Casolari, who manages the curriculum for Nevada Properties Real Estate Academy. “This is by far the highest average attendance we have had in the past two years. Our pre-licensing course is rigorous, requiring student to participate in 18 five-hour sessions, so the students that attend are committed to new careers in real estate. Nearly every one of our pre-licensing students goes on to take the state exam and their pass rate is currently 97 percent.” However, the class can also be taken as a Home study course for those people who need a more flexible schedule.

According to Casolari, all types of individuals are looking to develop new careers in real estate, from those that are unemployed to those looking for a career change. “We also have seen an increase in those that were previously licensed and are looking to re-start their real estate careers.”

Casolari cited the relatively low up-front costs to starting a career in real estate, combined with the Las Vegas real estate market’s recent stabilization, for the recent boom at Nevada Properties Real Estate Academy. “Our pre-licensing course is offered for $399, with scholarships available and tuition reimbursement if students decide to work with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties after obtaining their license,” she said. “With other business and licensing expenses, the cost to start your own real estate career is generally less than $1,500. It is a business for which success and earning potential are based on the individual and how much effort he or she puts into it. Everyone needs shelter, so real estate will always be a good choice for a business in Las Vegas!”

For more information on the Nevada Properties Real Estate Academy, visit www.americanaacademy.com or call 702-796-7777. The next course is scheduled to begin on September 10 and runs through October 3, 2012.

In 2012, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties ranked 22 in the Real Trends 500 list of the top 500 brokers in the United States for transactions http://realtrends.com/products/rt500/real-trends-500-by-sides. The company increased its number of transactions by 3,160 between 2011 and 2012.

With operations in Arizona and Nevada, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties' parent company, Nevada Properties LLC, is the sixth largest Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise in North America. In 2011, it achieved a record-breaking year with $2.2 billion in sales. Combined, it has 21 offices and 2,000 real estate sales executives between the two states. The award-winning company is home to some of the country’s top-selling real estate executives and teams and has been recognized by JD Power and Associates multiple times for its commitment to customer service. In 2012 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties was named a “Best Place To Work” in Southern Nevada.

This year Nevada Properties LLC was also ranked #20 in RIS Media’s 24th Annual Power Broker Survey of the country’s top 300 real estate companies http://remag.rismedia.com/t/14873.

Through its real estate brands, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has nearly 80,000 real estate professionals in more than 2,800 locations across North America. Its global footprint spans North America, the United Kingdom, France, China, Singapore, India, Brazil and Australia, and includes more than 2,500 employees worldwide.  It is a division of Brookfield Asset Management, a global asset manager with approximately $150 billion of assets under management.