Meet Our Instructors

Our instructors make your course come alive and drive home the important points that you’re likely to need during the state exam.
They CARE that you do well in your course, your exam, and in your real estate career.

Edward O'Donnell
Edward O’Donnell — CEO

Our Story

The Real Estate School, Inc. was founded in 1984 by Edward O’Donnell. Mr. O’Donnell has been a Florida real estate broker for more than 40 years. He has been president of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors and a Vice President of the Florida Realtors, a professional trade group.

O’Donnell is the author of Florida Real Estate Principles, Post-Licensing Education for Florida Real Estate Sales Associates, and Continuing Education for Florida Real Estate Professionals. He is co-author of the Florida Real Estate Brokers Guide. He is a contributing editor for the online course Florida Real Estate Brokerage: A Management Guide, and for the online course Essentials of Real Estate Investment.

Learn From the Finest Classroom Instructors

Take the course from professional instructors with years of experience in teaching real estate. Each is committed to providing the information in a way that helps you understand even subjects that many people believe are difficult. We’re ready to give you the best service and support by answering any questions you have as you progress through the course. We work hard to be certain that you find the course informative and enjoyable.

Most students come to The Real Estate School, Inc., as a result of personal referrals from area brokers, sales-persons and past students who know the instruction to be the finest available.

Jeff Ragan 

Jeff Ragan has been involved in public speaking and teaching for more than 35 years. He has taught small business in a community college, made presentations at trade shows and other public events. He has a strong basis in finance resulting from his work with a national mortgage lender.

Jeff is a Florida real estate broker and owns Friendly Real Estate Group, Inc. He is an instructor for pre-license classes at the Real Estate School Inc.

The Students who take his classes have fun learning and enjoy his unique style of teaching that helps them remember the most important ideas to pass his course. Many of his students go on and pass the state exam on the first attempt.

Tina Coombs 

Tina Coombs has been a public speaker for 27 years.

She is a licensed real state instructor and a Florida Realtors Faculty member.

Tina is a Florida real estate broker and is the owner of Big Fish Realty, Inc.

Her style of teaching is very energetic to keep you engaged and to make learning fun and up beat!

Leah Chapin

Leah is a Florida real estate broker-associate and a successful Realtor. She has been the President of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors, and Vice President of the Florida Realtors.

Leah is well-organized and personable. Students report that she makes her courses enjoyable thorough and wonderful.

Jim Taube

Jim is a Florida real estate broker associate with many years of experience in the commercial brokerage field.

He holds the most prestigious commercial real estate designation, a CCIM.

Jim is a very knowledgeable instructor and is very popular with the students.

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