Gold Coast Real Estate School

Overview

Students appreciate Gold Coast School of Real Estate’s programs because they offer two different lesson delivery options: online and in-classroom. Future real estate agents who are looking for interactive, flexible courses that suit a busy schedule, as well as those searching for classic, in-person classroom instruction can pick a Gold Coast pre-license course package that fits their learning style, schedule, and budget. Gold Coast School of Real Estate has offered professional real estate education since 1970 and has trained more than one million students since it first opened its doors. Since then the company has become one of the leading schools in Florida that provides pre-licensing, post-licensing, continuing education, and career development courses for real estate professionals.

Gold Coast School of Real Estate’s courses are only available for Florida. Their programs are state-approved and accredited, consisting of all the information required by the Florida Real Estate Commission for students who want to become real estate agents or renew their sales agent or broker license. Gold Coast’s instructors are industry specialists who are available to answer any questions in-classroom or online. In addition to real estate education, Gold Coast offers licensing and continuing education classes for Florida’s insurance, construction, community association management, mortgage loan origination, and appraisal industries.

Gold Coast has five campuses in South Florida: in Lantana near West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Tamarac, North Miami, and South Dade, and its online courses are open to students anywhere in Florida. Gold Coast offers its in-person classes, online courses, and exam review classes in English or in Spanish, to give students the option to study in the language they’re most comfortable with. Gold Coast School of Real Estate has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. The school is active in the South Florida community and regularly hosts blood drives and supports fundraising efforts for cancer research and a local food pantry.

Pricing

Gold Coast School’s real estate sales associate online course basic service package is priced at $325. The bundle includes the self-study online material that’s specially designed for computers and mobile devices to deliver an engaging learning experience. Students have one full year to complete the course, which features animations, self-checks, videos, diagrams, and summary tables aimed at helping students learn. The state exam prep course with two sample tests, phone and email instructor support, and 24/7 technical support are also included. Other packages that include additional services like Q&A reviews, math solutions, in-campus cram weekend courses, and access to in-classroom sessions are available at an extra cost. Students may retake their classes free of charge within two years.

For students who already have their Florida real estate license and need to qualify for license renewal, Gold Coast’s in-classroom Real Estate 14-hour Continuing Education course costs $99 and includes 3 hours of Business Ethics, 3 hours of Core Law and everything else sales associates need to know to renew their license. The online 14-hour continuing education courses are priced at $19.95. Students who have already taken some of their continuing education courses with another approved school can purchase Gold Coast’s 3-hour Business Ethics and Core Law courses separately for $15 each to complete their continuing ed requirements.

Gold Coast’s owners are US Air Force veterans who want to support other veterans transitioning to civilian careers. Gold Coast’s veteran scholarship program covers the cost of pre-license course tuition and required textbooks for qualified veterans who left the service within the past three years.

Gold Coast also offers a unique referral program that can save students money on state-required continuing education courses after they earn their license. Each referral that enrolls in the school’s pre-license course earns a voucher for 8 hours of real estate CE classes.

Course Features

  • Flexible schedules: To make it easier for their students to complete their courses, Gold Coast Schools offer both in class and online formats. The online course is self-paced and only requires that students complete it within a year. Classroom students can complete their required 63 hours in one week of full-time classes at any of Gold Coast’s school locations, or they can attend mornings or evenings for four weeks.
  • Interactive tools: Once you enroll in a Gold Coast course, you will see how easy and fun it can be to learn about real estate. This is mostly due to the content being colorful and narrated. However, it is also packed with diagrams, summary tables, animations and self-check tools. All this makes for a highly engaging course.
  • Bilingual study material: Regardless of which course you end up choosing, you will be able to pick between English and Spanish material.
  • Exam prep: Although the basic course itself includes practice exams with a thousand answered questions, Gold Coast also offers special packages for exam preparation. These consist of two additional mock exams and live weekend-long exam cram sessions at Gold Coast’s classroom locations.
  • 2-year access to the course: Once you enroll in a Gold Coast course, you will be assigned an account that will be valid for the duration of two whole years. During that time, you will also be able to retake exams free of charge.

Course Quality

The company gives students the chance to easily get in touch with their instructors via phone and email to and ask questions about the course material and concepts. Instructors who teach the in-person classes, as well as the ones who are in charge of attending online students are professional, interactive, and helpful. Because Gold Coast is focused exclusively on the Florida real estate market and legal requirements, its curriculum is tailored to the situations that graduates will face once they earn their license and start working.

Convenience

The school’s in-person and online programs offer the flexibility that is suitable for meeting every student’s scheduling needs. As the online lessons are user-friendly and available on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices, people can access them whenever and wherever they have the time. The courses feature progress checks that are useful for guiding students’ understanding of the topics. In-classroom sessions are taught by well-prepared instructors who always link the theoretical concepts to real-life examples.There are five South Florida locations with morning, evening, and full-day attendance options so classroom students can complete the course in as little as a week or in a month if they attend part-time. Students who want the option to work online or in class can choose Gold Coast’s full service online course package, which gives them the freedom to sit in on Gold Coast pre-license class sessions at whichever location they choose.

Gold Coast’s online bookstore stocks exam prep DVDs, audio course reviews, textbooks and workbooks (some available in Spanish, too), flashcards, and specialized calculators for the real estate and construction industries. Pre-license course-material downloads are available for free on the website.

Students can save time meeting state pre-exam requirements by getting their fingerprints taken at any Gold Coast location. There’s no appointment needed, and the prints are required for students to take the Florida real estate license exam.

Gold Coast also makes it easy for students to find their first real estate job. The school’s website has an extensive section of current real estate job listings across Florida, and each of its campuses hosts at least one career fair each year to give students the chance to meet representatives from local real estate firms; the Doral and Broward campuses host multiple career fairs each year.

Comprehensiveness

Gold Coast School of Real Estate’s material consists of all the information required by the state for pre-license education and to passing Florida’s real estate sales agent license exam. The curriculum is well-organized, and students can do the self-checks and quizzes included in order to test their knowledge as they go, to spot any gaps in their understanding of the material before they move on. The multimedia elements in the curriculum complement and enhance the written text, a strong plus for visual learners.  

Pre-license students can practice for the state license exam and hone their skills at real estate math with the school’s online real estate sales associate and math prep practice exam bundles, which are available in English and in Spanish.

Engagement

Gold Coast School of Real Estate’s courses are colorful and interactive. Sprinkled with a bunch of examples, videos, self-checks, quizzes, animations, and tables, the material is far from boring. This helps students identify areas that require additional study. Not to mention the instructors, who, according to numerous reviewers, make the in-class sessions fun and the information easy to understand. Students who purchase the full service online course package get the benefit of classroom time in addition to the convenience of distance learning. They can sit in on classes and attend a 2 ½ day “exam cram” mini course at one of Gold Coast’s locations to make sure they’re ready for the state license exam.

Positives

  • Most reviewers who’ve taken the in-person classes say that the instructors are knowledgeable, fun, and entertaining, teaching the information in an easy-to-digest way and including real-life examples.
  • Both in-class and online courses have all the information displayed in an engaging format, with are lots of animations, tables, videos, and images throughout the course.
  • The school’s students can reach out to instructors via phone and email with any question about the course material.
  • The pre-licensing online courses can be taken in English or Spanish.

Negatives

  • Gold Coast School of Real Estate’s test can be piece of cake for students who’ve carefully gone through the provided material, but some reviewers point out that the details are more relevant for the school’s prep exam than for the actual state one.
  • Some books that are not included in the program’s cost can be purchased separately; nevertheless, many past and current students agree that the price of these books is a bit too expensive.

Student Reviews

I made a great decision in choosing Gold Coast Schools for doing my 63 hour Real Estate Sales Associate Course. I went to the Doral branch. Staff and instructors were GREAT! Location was also great. My instructor was Paolo Lusardi. He is the best teacher I ever had! He has an amazing wealth of knowledge in Real Estate. He teaches in a way that you will learn the material in the Real Estate book and prepares you to pass the Real Estate Sales Associate State Exam the first time. He truly cares about his students! I passed the State Exam the first time!” – Facebook

I just passed the real estate state exam on the first try. I took the 62 hour course and truly enjoyed every minute of it. I had a couple of months between the course and my state exam so I took the cram over the weekend and that was also a really great time. The instructor made it fun and we covered the most important topics and I got the memory tools that helped with those tougher math formulas. I walked into the test center fully confident and I thank GC for that.” – Yelp

Review Summary

Gold Coast School of Real Estate has students raving about the in-class instructors. There are not as many reviews regarding the online classes, but if they are anything like the in-person ones, it seems you won’t be disappointed. Many students find the teachers engaging and funny, doing a great job at helping get them through the real estate pre-licensing hours. The only complaints about Gold Coast School of Real Estate were in relation to their exam prep. While the prep for their exam gets great reviews, some say that it didn’t fully prepare them for the state exam. Overall, students seem very happy with the Gold Coast School of Real Estate.

Conclusion

Gold Coast School of Real Estate’s good reputation for its instructors, lengthy experience, and positive reviews on its course material engagement places it among the top pre-licensing and continuing education real estate training providers in Florida. The in-classroom programs seem like a nice option for students who prefer an old fashioned teaching approach yet look for interactive learning experiences. The online classes are perfect for those who are self-motivated and can get their work done on their computers, smartphones, or tablets on their own timetable. Thanks to the plethora of video instructions added throughout the courses, visual learners will find it easy to assimilate the information. Gold Coast School of Real Estate’s bundles are competitively priced, with basic and full alternatives of each program. All the options have the course material, together with other useful services (support, exam prep sessions, multi-platform access, and so on) included in the price.

States in which this program is valid: Florida

Headquarters: 5600 Hiatus Road, Tamarac, FL 33321