- Oscar DardenLicensing InstructorOscar DardenLicensing Instructor
Being a Real Estate Broker has given me the opportunity to use my talents, experiences and education in one career. As an instructor for the CB Real Estate School I’m able to share with students what I have learned during thirty-five plus years of working in the real estate industry. When I’m not selling or teaching I enjoy hands on hobbies such as rebuilding computers, automobiles, and rehabbing or renovating properties.
"I took the test yesterday and was able to pass it with confidence, and I owe it a lot to Oscar's lectures and his ability to really get the point across."
"Oscar happily explained subjects that we were confused about thoroughly."
"Oscar shared so much real world experiences and a working knowledge of the Real Estate Industry, which I really appreciated."
"Oscar Darden was beyond an instructor with his wealth of knowledge and experience within this industry. I feel very fortunate to have chosen this location for my studies."
"Excellent instructor. A lot of real life experience, funny, down-to-earth, definitely kept us on point. I really appreciate all his knowledge and expertise."
"I loved my instructor, Oscar Darden, he was so professional, provided an abundance of information, and a shared a lot of his experience with us. I loved it. Every minute of it."
"I love how he transferred all his experience into teaching us."
- Sue TeskeLicensing InstructorSue TeskeLicensing Instructor
Sue loves the versatility available to her as an Independent Contractor Real Estate Broker who lists and sells homes. The relationships formed are the most rewarding part of her business. She brings 30 + years of real estate experience to her classroom, helping prepare students to successfully pass the state exam and begin their own real estate career. The best part of being a Licensing Instructor for The Coldwell Banker Real Estate School is watching her students become successful Real Estate Agents.
"This class was very convenient for me. The hours, the material, and the class size were perfect."
"The instructor really cared that we all learned everything covered. I felt confident when I left the class."
- George BiedermanLicensing InstructorGeorge BiedermanLicensing Instructor
I love Real Estate because of the unlimited opportunities related to a tangible product. The most rewarding thing about teaching Real Estate Licensing Classes is meeting a diverse group of people and being a part of their life changing experience. In my spare time, I love to work in my vegetable garden. I also enjoy boating, flying, motorcycles, reading, the Art Institute, connecting with my children & friends and traveling whenever possible.
"George was an outstanding teacher. He was informative as well as motivating. Kudos to George. Thank you."
"He is amazing!"
"George explained it in a way that made the material easy to learn."
"George is a great instructor! He made sure we learned and practiced what we needed to know for our exam."
"George is a great instructor. I really enjoyed learning from him."
"George did a GREAT job of incorporating fun ways to remember things and real life examples."
- Kay MeyerLicensing InstructorKay MeyerLicensing Instructor
While teaching I always learn something new, and I meet wonderful people who want to earn the opportunity to sell the American Dream! One of the things I love about being an active Real Estate Broker is helping families find their dream home. There’s nothing better than seeing their faces at the closing when they receive the keys to their new home. When I’m not working, I love to spend time with family and friends. I also love to cook and sew, and am just learning how to quilt.
"My instructor was top notch and I appreciate the professionalism."
"The course was perfect and the materials assisted greatly with my learning experience. Thank you for offering a great class and instructor."
"Besides the book material, our instructor always related real-life experiences, which made the material more understandable and will serve me well once I start my own business."
- Michael BelicaLicensing InstructorMichael BelicaLicensing Instructor
Michael Belica is a Professor Emeritus, Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to being an Illinois Real Estate Pre-license and continuing Education Instructor, Michael is an active Illinois Real Estate Independent Managing Broker, a Florida Real Estate Independent Broker and an inactive Illinois Residential Real Estate Appraiser as well as being an active Real Estate investor.
Michael finds working with people and helping them realize their Real Estate goals a most rewarding aspect of the profession. As an instructor, introducing new students to the Real Estate profession and helping guide them in becoming active and productive Real Estate professionals is the most rewarding part of being an instructor.
Outside of Real Estate, Michael enjoys collecting and showing classic cars.
"Could not have asked for a better instructor!"
"Michael is an exceptional teacher and we were very fortunate to have him as an instructor."
"I really enjoyed the class. Michael did an excellent job teaching the material - it was a lot to teach. He added a lot of personal stories that helped the message sink in so we could all test well!"
- Wynnone DudekLicensing InstructorWynnone DudekLicensing Instructor
The things that drew me to real estate are being an independent contractor and having control of my own business. But most of all, the genuine satisfaction from helping clients find the perfect home or sell their property at a great price. Adding to my love of real estate, I have a huge love for teaching real estate classes. Here are my top 10 reasons why:
- Sharing experiences.
- Sharing my enthusiasm for the subject matter.
- I feel very rewarded when that little light bulb goes off.
- Guiding students to success, both individually and through group work.
- To feel like my work has a purpose (outside of the income).
- My acting career never took off (just kidding).
- My students constantly surprise me.
- The feeling of accomplishment when seeing the growth of student’s knowledge, confidence and skills.
- It keeps me learning new things every day.
- I’m told that I’m good at it.
When I’m out of the classroom I love spending time with my 3 fabulous grandchildren, hanging out with my husband, friends, and my four-legged tail-waggers.
"I just completed the 90 hour course and am so grateful for the skill and guidance of Wynnone."
"She provided pertinent examples to explain the material and brought a sense of real life application to the class."
"Wynnone was open to all questions, no matter how insignificant. She always made you feel like you 'could get this'!"
- Dennis SladekLicensing InstructorDennis SladekLicensing Instructor
Over the years, I have found that a career in real estate is stimulating, exciting and always changing. No two transactions are ever the same!
Ushering in new licensees and helping them prepare them for their real estate career is very rewarding for/to me.
When I’m not teaching licensing classes I enjoy working with electronics, playing tennis and bowling. I am currently the President and Trustee of Amateur Radio Chicago, a forward thinking Amateur Radio Club with a dedication to the advancement of digital radio communications.
As a native of Chicago, my favorite food is Pizza! I like to eat pizza, any kind of pizza. Preferably Chicago style deep dish with extra sauce.
"Dennis was amazing and extraordinarily knowledgeable."
"We could not have had a better and more knowledgeable instructor than Dennis. He was excellent!"
- Coldwell BankerReal Estate SchoolColdwell BankerReal Estate School
"While this material was very new to most of us in the class, we gained the knowledge needed to get us to the next level of taking the State exam."
"I would surely recommend this session to anyone interested in a Real Estate career."
"The course was well worth my $599. I successfully completed each exam on the first attempt. I am fully confident in my abilities to pass."
"I will DEFINITELY recommend the Coldwell Banker Real Estate School to everyone that I know. GREAT EXPERIENCE!"
"Outstanding course, I will recommend it to anyone thinking of getting into Real Estate."
Commonly Asked Licensing Questions
An Illinois Broker’s License allows you to sell real estate throughout Illinois. To obtain a Broker’s license you must successful complete a 90 hour Broker Pre-License course, and then the State Exam. The coursework includes:
The 75 Hour Broker Pre-Licensing Topics Course (Can be completed in a Class or Online)
The 15 Hour Applied Real Estate Principles Course (Must be presented in interactive classroom environment)
In Illinois, a person needs a Broker’s License if they provide assistance which is in any way intended to result in the sale or lease of real estate.
There are 3 options for completing the required course with The Coldwell Banker Real Estate School:
- Day Classes (Express Class) meet for 12 days Monday thru Friday.
- Night Classes meet for 23 sessions, 3 nights a week for 4 hours each night.
- The Online/Classroom option allows you to complete the 75 hour course online, and then take the 15-hour interactive course in a classroom environment.
The classroom option is an all-inclusive package that provides professional classroom instruction, a comprehensive textbook and additional study materials for $599
The Online/Classroom option allows you to complete the 75-hour course online for $425, and then take the 15-hour interactive course separately for $125. We recommend that you do the 75-hour online course first, then register for the 15-hour course to complete the total 90 hours of required coursework. The total cost for the Online/Classroom option is $550.
The state exam is divided into two sections, the National Portion and the State Portion. The National portion has 100 multiple choice questions and the State portion has 40 multiple choice questions. You will have 3 ½ hours to complete the exam and the cost is $46.
Building your business is our business! At Coldwell Banker our goal is to be The Most Skilled Team of Real Estate Professionals in the Marketplace. Our Business Development Series is offered monthly at no cost to newly affiliated brokers. This program features over a dozen speakers and 25 topics focused on the skills, activities and systems that can accelerate your path to success!
We suggest that you meet with more than one Managing Broker to identify the best fit. Understanding what to expect in the way of support, office culture and tools available to grow your business will help you to make a decision. It would be our pleasure to introduce to a couple Managing Broker’s from our family of 35+ offices throughout Chicagoland! Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you receive a pass on your “Score Report”, CELEBRATE!! Then here’s what you do: Be sure to keep the original “Score Report” and the 45 Day Permit given to you when you completed your exam in a safe place. You will need them when you affiliate with a Real Estate Brokerage Company. Once you have decided on a Brokerage Company, notify the Managing Broker of your intention. You will then need to provide the signed and dated “Score Report”, 45 Day Permit Card and the original transcript you received from the Real Estate School where you completed your 90 Hour Broker Pre-Licensing Class. The Brokerage Company you choose to affiliate with should have a comprehensive program and action plan to help you to get your real estate business started. .
90 Hour Broker Pre-Licensing Exam: You are given 4 opportunities to pass the 75 Hour Course Exam and the 15 Hour Course Exam. If you need to retake the exam you must schedule a date within 1 month of the last day of class.
State Exams: You are given 4 opportunities to pass the State Exam. Upon completion of the exam you will receive a “Score Report” which indicates your results. If you receive a fail report, be sure to review material you didn’t know or were unsure of, and then schedule your re-take. You will only be required to repeat the portion(s) you failed. There’s a $46 fee each time you take the State exam.
You have up to 4 years from the date on the Original Transcript you received from the Real Estate School where you completed your 90-Hour Broker Pre-License Class to take the state exam. Once you have taken the state exam you have 1 year to pass. The state gives you 4 opportunities to pass the exam.
Illinois has Real Estate License Reciprocity with a number of other states, a list of which can be found on the IDFPR web site. Please note that some states might require you to pass a state specific exam prior to qualifying for License Reciprocity.
It is possible to begin your real estate business as a part time agent, and this is an excellent topic to discuss with your Managing Broker. Your Managing Broker can be a wonderful source of guidance and direction in setting goals to work toward building a thriving real estate career.
If you allowed your license to expire, you have 2 years to the day to pay your renewal fees and any late renewal penalties. You also must complete any outstanding Continuing Education required by IDFPR. If your license has expired for more than for 2 years from the renewal date, you will need to obtain a new license by completing the 90 Hour Broker Pre-License Course.