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Pre-licensing students in the Nags Head classroom.

Laura Strickland was juggling motherhood, homeschooling daughter Erin and helping her spouse with his realty business in 2006 when she decided to go back to school herself.

The momentum she'd achieved "doing basically anything that I could do legally in real estate without a license," Strickland said, was the springboard for change. That year she enrolled in the North Carolina Academy of Real Estate in Nags Head in pursuit of a real estate license. Ever the multi-tasker, she even organized study groups for her small class, noting, "I find it helps with learning to bounce things off each other."

Eight years later, Strickland is the president and broker/owner of Stellar Properties of the Outer Banks, a six-agent company that she runs with husband Wayne. The Kill Devil Hills firm, founded three years ago, specializes in short sales and foreclosures. To this day, Strickland said, the support, client-centric lessons and knowledge learned under veteran agent and North Carolina Academy of Real Estate instructor Barbara Crites continue to benefit her business.

"I felt that she prepared us for beyond our (course) exam. Not only did she teach us about real estate and real estate law, she made sure that we were prepared for the state (licensing) exam – little things that most people wouldn't even teach," the broker said.

And another important North Carolina Academy of Real Estate lesson that serves her today? "When you give people what they need and take good care of them, they come back to you again," Strickland said.

With that advice instilled, the Stellar Properties broker said that over the years she has recommended the school to many would-be licensees and those seeking continuing education in the field.

Matt Whelan, senior broker at Village Realty in Nags Head, can't believe it has already been 17 years since he took the first step to his career by enrolling at the North Carolina Academy of Real Estate.

"Some days it seems like yesterday," the Outer Banks transplant and Richmond, Va., native said, remembering his early years waiting tables and bartending – and admiring successful real estate professionals – before receiving his own license, then "coming up through the ranks" to become the successful REALTOR® that he is today.

Today, Whelan said, he still takes classes at the North Carolina Academy of Real Estate, including continuing education and the four-hour Mandatory Updates Course required by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. And he, too, pays it forward by encouraging others to "get the best they can" by starting their real-estate education and learning from the "on-task and on-point instructors" at the North Carolina Academy of Real Estate.

"It has been very beneficial – a great experience for me," he added.

Students in the BPOR Class

The North Carolina Academy of Real Estate, LLC is licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission to teach the required real estate courses which will prepare students for the Real Estate Licensing Examination and fulfill broker applicant course requirements. NCARE provides students with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to act as a licensed real estate broker.

Class offerings are updated and advertised on a regular basis, and distributed at the local Association of REALTORS® office. The Broker-in-Charge Update Course, meeting new state requirements, can be found under Continuing Education.

The NC Academy Classroom is located at 3022 S Croatan Highway, Unit 26, Nags Head, NC (Pirates Quay Shopping Center, MP 11).
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July 11 - August 19

9 am - 1:30 pm (M, W, F)

This 75-hour course is an introductory level real estate principles and practices course with heavy emphasis on real estate brokerage law and practice. The primary objectives of this course are to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to act as a licensed real estate broker in a manner that protects and serves the public interest, and to prepare students for the real estate license examination. Successful completion of the course qualifies you to take the real estate license examination.

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TUITION: $400 (+ text $60)

NCARE is seeking additional instructors for all courses. Contact us at info@NCAcademyOfRealEstate.com.

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