Real Estate

Real Estate


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Get ready to earn or renew your license, in the classroom or online.

To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Broker License in the State of Illinois, you must be at least 21 years old, have a high school graduate diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.), and successfully complete the required coursework and pass the state licensing exam. This license is governed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Education Regulation. To earn this license, you will need to complete a 90-hour program in Broker Pre-Licensing. Harper offers this program every semester and part of the program can be taken online or in the classroom. It takes less than one semester to complete the required 90 hours.

If you are honest, hardworking, self-motivated and enjoy helping people, this may be a great career for you. Those who work in the real estate industry don’t work a regular nine-to-five job. While they are able to set their own schedules, they do have to make themselves available for clients and that often involves working weekends or evenings.

If you are unsure of choosing this as a career, you may want to conduct an informational interview a real estate broker. If you do decide this is a good option for you, check out our upcoming classes. We would be happy to get you on your way to your new career in real estate!

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Courses - Broker Pre-License

BROKER PRE-LICENSE (LRE 8170): This course provides you with instruction in real estate fundamentals. This course, plus the Applied Real Estate Principles course, fulfills the education requirements for obtaining an Illinois Real Estate Broker License. In addition, license participants must be 21, or 18 with four semesters of college, be a high school or GED graduate, and pass a state administered licensing exam. You are required to attend all sessions, which include:

  • Introduction to the license law and real property
  • Basics of agency, seller and buyer relationships and counseling
  • Local, state, and federal laws effecting real estate
  • Brokerage
  • Marketing and advertising,
  • Market analysis and appraisal
  • Financing options
  • Contracts
  • Independent contractor and employee status
  • Occupational disciplines and business planning 

     NOTE: This course is available on campus (LRE8170-001) or online (LRE8170-W01)

APPLIED REAL ESTATE PRINCIPLES (LRE 8171): This 15-hour course plus the 75-hour course, LRE8170, allows you to sit for the Illinois Real Estate Broker license exam. Apply what you’ve learned in the introductory course through case studies and role playing activities. All required topics are covered including listing presentations, buyer representations, purchase agreements, negotiating, closing costs, and anti-trust. To sit for the licensing exam, you must be 21 years of age and have a GED or be a HS graduate. Prerequisite:LRE8170

REAL ESTATE STAGING (LRE 0002): Transform your property into the hottest listing on the block using professional staging strategies. Whether you are a realtor, investor, homeowner, or builder, learn the benefits of viewing property through the eyes of the buyer and explore the most overlooked strategies that can set you apart from the competition. Includes interior and exterior environments.


Courses - Real Estate Renewal

REAL ESTATE MANDATORY CORE A AND B (LRE 0012): Meets on campus for three hours but satisfies the 12-hour mandatory Core A and Core B Illinois requirements for license renewal through nine hours of independent study. Core A (in-class) includes Federal and State Fair Housing laws, Agency Relationships, Illinois RE License Law and Proper Handling of Escrow Funds. Core B (independent study) includes Mortgage Fraud (3 hrs.); Environmental Issues (3 hrs.); and Ethics in RE (3 hrs.). Purchase textbook at the Harper Bookstore, “Everyday Ethics in Real Estate” (Dearborn Real Estate Education, ISBN 9-781-475-425581). All other materials will be emailed as PDF files before the class begins.

BROKER MANAGEMENT CE (LRE 0011): This class meets on campus for 12 hours and satisfies the Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker license renewal requirement. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, business structures, sponsoring broker responsibilities, grounds for discipline, elements of a contract, and licensee safety. Includes all materials.

Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.