Existing for more than 5 decades, Armbrust Real Estate Institute (AREI) was the first state-approved and privately owned Colorado Real Estate School. This Institute was founded in 1962 by Betty Armbrust, and now her descendant Patrick Armbrust is the School Director.
Trough his work, Patrick is expanding the original courses of real estate brokerage into appraisal and mortgage.
AREI has five locations and it offers not only regular classes but also courses that are available on evenings and on weekends. Its adaptability to the different needs, potentials, and schedules of its students is not the only thing that this Institute separates from the other real estate schools. It is also the various programs, internships, connections, and opportunities people in AREI are given. The classes are held in Greenwood Village, Colorado Springs, Denver, Aurora and Littleton.
This school offers a large selection of real estate licensing courses as well as designation and appraisal courses: The program also includes courses required by the Colorado Real Estate Commission (CREC) for the Broker pre-license programs. We have all the courses required by the State Appraisal Board to qualify for Registered, Licensed, and Certified Residential Appraiser programs. Armbrust Real Estate Institute has joined the RealtyU® Network of real estate schools and colleges in June of 2002.
Patrick Armbrust, the school director and descendant of its founder, has both Colorado Real Estate Sales Associate license and Broker Associate license. He is also a past Senior Residential Appraiser (SRA). His other certificates are Certified Appraiser and Independent Real Estate Broker in Florida; and Colorado Certified Residential Appraiser. Patrick Armbrust is the first instructor in Colorado that earned the National Appraisal Qualifications Board Certified Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Instructor designation.
Betty Armbrust has earned numerous awards including:
Being a Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI).
Past president of the Denver Board of REALTORS®.
Past president of the Colorado Real Estate Educators Association,
Past president of the National Real Estate Educators Association (REEA).
Voted “REALTOR® of the Year” in 2000 by the Denver Board of REALTORS®.
Awarded the “National Real Estate Educator of the Year”, the “Colorado Real Estate Educator of the Year” and she is a three-time recipient of the “Merrie Medina Teaching Award” granted by the Colorado Association of REALTORS®.
We at RealtyU® are proud to announce this year’s featured educator – Fred Preator of ProEd in Sioux Falls, South Dakota! This recognition is offered in the light of the strong commitment and solid effort put forth by Fred and all RealtyU® Educators on behalf of their students and the RealtyU® Network. With ease, he can teach and explain various subjects regarding real estate business to anyone.
Fred Preator has taken an indirect road to real estate education. Having switched majors a half a dozen times and enjoyed numerous extracurricular activities during his college years, Fred finally graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with a well-rounded education and a degree in political science/history. Only after graduation did he realize that political science is a major, not a job. Left with the choice of either being an unemployed political scientist or going back to school for a useful degree, Fred decided to go to law school at the University of Wyoming.
After a few years of practice in Wyoming, Fred moved to Sioux Falls and started his own law practice, Preator Law Office, P.C. In an effort to feed his entrepreneurial spirit and drive business to his law practice, Fred purchased Pro-Ed (www.pro-ed.org), which, by his words, turned out to be one of the best moves he made in his career. Pro-Ed opened its doors in 1981 and remains the premier real estate school in South Dakota. Pro-Ed offers pre-license and continuing education for brokers, appraisers, property managers and home inspectors.
Fred’s latest challenge has been the acquisition of Barney Fletcher RealtyU® (www.barneyfletcher.com), the largest proprietary school in Georgia. Barney Fletcher RealtyU®, through its seven locations throughout Georgia, offers a full range of pre-licensing and continuing education courses for the real estate, appraisal and home inspection industries. Both Barney Fletcher RealtyU® and Pro-Ed are affiliates of RealtyU®.
Fred has a passion for motivating others to lead with integrity and is currently developing leadership, strategic planning and other business-related courses with the Harbor Group (www.harborcg.com) for the real estate industry. This courses will be designed for both beginners and professionals in real estate industry. It will ease the beginners into the business, and the professionals will have a lot of options for advancing their skills in specific fields.
In his spare time, Fred also runs his other ventures, a mortgage company, and a brokerage/development company. Fred also loves to spend his free time with his wife and two daughters.
With his vast knowledge of the industry, Fred turned out to be one of the greatest educators. Because of his immense experience and deep understanding of business, we are proud that he belongs to our group of featured educators.