Real Estate Training Institute Instructors – Premier Real Estate School
Real Estate Training Institute has the best qualified Mississippi Real Estate Instructors.
The qualifications that our Mississippi Real Estate School demands from the instructors are tough. 🍏
Every class leader is required to obtain the GOLD STANDARD INSTRUCTOR (GSI) designation from the National Real Estate Educators Association (REEA) before they are scheduled to teach.
During their tenure at the Real Estate Training Institute, our professionals are required to take the advanced real estate leadership course called, Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI) Designation course. The DREI Recognition is the highest honor bestowed upon a Real Estate Professional Classroom Leader. There are less than 80 such instructors in the United States and Canada. The DREI is held by mostly attorneys, Real Estate Commissioners and Real Estate School Owners.
The courses at Real Estate Training institute are constantly updated with current changes. Course techniques include contemporary adult learning styles. Andragogy is the school’s style of education.
Classes incorporate the “Flipped Classroom” technique.
RETI instructors are proud members of the Real Estate Educators Association.
James (Jim) Clauson, CDEI, DREI Candidate, REALTOR®
Broker, School Administrator
RET. First Sergeant Jim Clauson (E8)
Jim has had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army. He served this country for 20 years which included two tours in Vietnam. He retired at the age of 38 in 1986.
He received his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. He is also a former high school teacher at the Army Navy Academy in San Diego.
He met his wife Leslie in California where she was a Broker. They formed a successful business combining Jim’s construction background and Leslie’s experience. (Coastal Income Properties, Inc.) They specialized in Residential Income Properties, 1031 tax deferred exchanges and income property flips. They have actively continued to hold a portfolio of properties.
In 2006 Jim and Leslie moved to Mississippi with the desire to retire. Instead, they became brokers in Mississippi and purchased the Real Estate Training Institute (RETI), in Biloxi.
Jim Clauson is a Mississippi, Louisiana, New York Broker and Instructor at RETI, the CEO/Broker for Clauson Realty and a Consultant at Leslie’s company, Coastal Services.
Jim is a member of NAR, MAR and GCAR . He holds a certification as a BPO Specialist. His past affiliations include California CAR, Pacific West Association PWAR and California Apartment Association.
Hollye Burks Granier, REEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS, CDEI, DREI Candidate, Mississippi Assiciation of REALTORS®
Senior Leader – REALTOR®
Hollye Granier, REALTOR, MRP, ABR, CDEI
Broker at CENTURY 21 Bob Leigh & Associates
Proud Active Member of:
Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council
Real Estate Educators Association Board of Directors
Mississippi Real Estate Commission
Member of the Hernando Chamber of Commerce & The Southaven Chamber of Commerce
Instructor for Real Estate Training Institute
*Pre-Licensing, Post-Licensing, Continuing Ed
NAR Certification & Designation Classes
Recipient Award for 2016 NWMAR Leadership Course
Recipient of the Horizon Award
Certified Relocation Specialist with Affinity and Cartus
Sponsor Organizer for 2016 NWMAR – 5K Lymphoma Run in North MS
Active Local Community Soccer Coach for 4k-5k
Award Recipient for the Million+ Dollar Producer Club
Real Estate Training Institute, MS – Broker/Owner
Going Coastal Realty – Consultant
EXCEL Yourself® – MBTI Certified Practitioner
Coastal Services, CA and MS – Broker / Owner (Property Management)
Clauson Realty, Mississippi – Consultant / Owner
Coastal Income Properties, Inc., Long Beach, CA – CEO
Author / Publisher: (Leslie Clauson’s Books)
Mississippi Real Estate Exam
Passing the Mississippi Real Estate License Law Exam
MREC Forms and the Laws That Made Them Happen
Real Estate Training Institute – The Missing Workbook
Answers to the Real Estate Exam
Mississippi Real Estate License Law Exam – State Specific Workbook
Tennessee Real Estate Workbook
The Real Estate Exam – The Missing Workbook
MREC License Law and Administrative Rules and Regulations (MREC’s content)
REEA / Real Estate Educators Association
DREI (Distinguished Real Estate Instructor)
National Association NAR
California Association CAR
Pacific West Association PWAR
California Apartment Association
National Association of Real Estate Brokers
Broker at World Properties
National Association of Broker Price Opinion Professionals
Keri Manley moved to the Gulf Coast four years ago from beautiful Lexington, KY. She and her husband, Doug, have had a lifelong dream to live near the beach and finally made the decision to come to the Gulf Coast after vacationing in the area for the past several years.
Keri has her Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation and has spent the last 23 years working in the non-profit world. From running the largest 4-H Residential Camp in Kentucky to helping match children and teens with a Big Brother or Big Sister, and most recently, managing over 300 active volunteers at a Therapeutic Riding Center for individuals with special physical, social, emotional and cognitive challenges, experiencing the healing power of the horse. Keri truly understands how important building a relationship with clients is in helping them achieve their life dreams.
During the past four years, Keri has become a licensed Real Estate Agent and has helped to make the dream of homeownership a reality for just over 30 individuals and families here on the Gulf Coast. Education is a huge factor for Keri and she has several certifications; ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative), MRP (Military Relocation Professional), RENE (Real Estate Negotiation Expert), Certified Home Marketing Expert and EXCEL Yourself certification.
Having gone through a life-changing move herself, both selling a home in Kentucky and looking for a home in the Gulf Coast area, she wants to ensure that your experience is as smooth and stress-free as possible. Whether you are just starting out, raising a family or ready to slow down and unwind, let Keri show you the beauty of the Gulf Coast and all that it has to offer. With her attention to detail, listening to what the CLIENT’s needs and wants are is what makes her the perfect person to help you make your dreams of Coastal Living a reality.
HOME is how YOU define it!
Jennifer’s journey with the Real Estate Training Institute began when the school was just an “idea” at a dining room table. She was a participant in the opening of the first classroom and was acknowledged in the school’s very first book. She was also the first instructor registered at the school.Life’s twist and turns have caused the comings and goings with Jenifer and the school.Over the years, Jennifer’s duties have included, accountant, secretary, painter, marketer, janitor, organizer of everybody, emergency fill-in, communication translator, loyal friend and of course, instructor extraordinaire.We are thrilled to welcome back Broker Jennifer Butler as the primary instructor at our Hattiesburg campus.
Tina Perkins, CDEI, DREI Candidate
Senior Instructor / MBTI® Certified Practitioner
Tina M. Perkins
Broker / CEO at Going Coastal Realty. After spending 20+ years in the hospitality management field, I obtained my Real Estate Salesperson license through The Real Estate Training Institute in 2005. I absolutely love the real estate business. I get a tremendous sense of accomplishment helping others achieve their goals of home ownership.In 2013 I received my broker’s license and opened up my own brokerage, Capstone Realty. It was one of the happiest times in my life. Shortly after, I started teaching with The Real Estate Training Institute and found that my passion in life is teaching and sharing with others the knowledge that I have gained through my Real Estate experiences.Early 2016 I joined Keller Williams in the capacity of CEO/Career Development where I could leverage my joy of teaching. I would not be where I am today without the quality of education I received from The Real Estate Training Institute. The doors of RETI are the doors to an amazing career for those who choose to walk through them.In 2018, I opened a Gulf Coast Mississippi brokerage called Going Coastal Realty.
Jesse Palacios, MRP
Real Estate Training Instructor – Military Education
Our mission is to provide our adult learners with the highest quality instruction in classroom and online real estate courses to prepare them for a successful professional career in the real estate industry.
This is the class to take! Leslie is absolutely amazing! She handled Covid-19 with grace and understanding and I am confident she teaches you everything you need to know to pass the exams and be a successful professional! Truly Thank You!!
Ms. Leslie was a fantastic instructor. She made sure I was more than ready to take my real estate exam. The class is very informative and provides you with all the resources you’ll need to pass the exam.
I have nothing but great things to say about this company!!! I signed up for online classes Aug 2018 and sat in 2 of their night classes the 1st 2 days in Biloxi to get my feel of things. They are some of the most highly recommended, professional, and skilled group of people I know in Real Estate. Studying self pace, in less than a month; I was ready. I passed on the 1st try with National!! And went back a 2nd time after their diligent help and passed my State!! Was the test effortless?? NO. But with prayer & some awesome teaching both online and in- classroom settings, I was prepped for exam day. Thinking about signing up? Stop thinking & #JUSTDOIT my money was well spent. #QUALITYOVERQUANTITY #INVESTINYOU 💜💚IDID!
I loved this class and received so much more then expected and paid for. the amount of service this place provides is incredible. they make you feel so loved and the support is amazing. leslie is great and has great videos just wish there was more
Leslie will not only teach you what you need to know to pass the exam, she also teaches how to be successful in life.
She is very inspiring and caring!
I recommend her to anybody who is thinking about making a career change into real estate!
Outstanding experience! This school is conveniently located, well-appointed, and the staff is phenomenal.
I recently retired from the military and was a little unsure where to start to get my real estate license. I called RETI and Jim Clauson answered all my questions and encouraged me to get after it. I started class the next week.
My instructor, Leslie Clauson, kept the class engaged and active. I loved how she explained concepts and used scenarios to help us get it. Everything I needed to study was provided right there. (Giant books, online videos, fun games, and plenty of discussion). I studied diligently for a few weeks and passed my tests with ease.
I did a short tour as a curriculum developer during my military service, so I know a little about adult learning and testing. I was thoroughly impressed with my RETI experience and left absolutely ready to start my career in real estate.
Awesome instructor! I haven't been in a classroom setting for over 5 yrs and was nervous but Leslie made the class very interesting and fun to learn. Her husband Jim was very helpful in helping me with the whole process of obtaining my real estate license. I am highly motivated after taking this class and I know they will be there anytime I need them in the future in helping me succeed in my career.
Leslie & Jim are Fantastic teachers!
They are informative and give you all the tools and material necessary to successfully completing the course and passing the MREC PSI exam. Their classes were fun and I enjoyed the laid back atmosphere.
I fully enjoyed my experience with Leslie and Jim at this institute! They’re so dedicated to helping you succeed in life and I love the balance in the way they teach . They are so different and it mixes it up and makes your educational experience so much less stressful and more exciting . I highly recommend this institute and every teacher affiliated . Loved it !
I was terrified at the beginning of this course. but RETI held my hand, and made sure I made it through! They're not just collecting a check, they are like our own personal cheer section. They never leave anybody behind, they always are happy to lend a helping hand. You're not dealing with just a school. These are amazing people who care about their students.
These are amazing people! They are truly invested in you and your success. I can't say enough about Mr Jim and Mrs Leslie. If you put in the effort they will give you everything you need to pass that exam!
I highly recommend taking this class for anyone wanting to obtain their real estate license. It really focuses on the key concepts of real estate and prepares you to kick the state and national tests butt! Very grateful for such great instructors
RE training was a great class, I regiment anybody wanting to start career in RE take this class, it will be very helpful preparing U for the Sate exam...RETI very good training, also they have free reviews....Please come and check it out...Thanks RETI.
This has been a great learning experience! The owners/instructors are very accommodating and truly care about all of their students. They have mastered the art of teaching others how to achieve their dreams.
If you are reading this, you are probably wanting to start a career in Real Estate. Look no further than right here to get all of your educational needs to obtain your license. Leslie and Jim are phenomenal at teaching you what you need to know and provide a lot of helpful information for when you get out and start your career. I will be taking more of the classes they offer in the future to expand my education.
So happy I decided to attend these classes! I just finished my first week and I'm completely blown away how awesome this school is! Everyone is so friendly and so helpful! Leslie is an amazing instructor and genuinely wants to see everyone succeed!!! I have been putting this off for years self doubting myself and now wished I would have done this years ago!!!!
This has been such a great experience for me so far!! I never get bored and I’m always eager to get to class each morning. I highly recommend this school. The owners are wonderful! This class has made me so much more excited for my future and what Real Estate can do for your life.
Learning has never been easier! Leslie is the absolute best instructor and makes all of the overwhelming information easy to learn and understand. I am looking forward to taking ALL of my continuing education classes with RETI!
I wish I could give 100 more stars. Miss Leslie is an awesome teacher! She is patient, funny, highly intelligent, and most importantly- caring. I would recommend any potential real estate salesperson or broker to attend her classes.
RETI (Leslie) went above and beyond instructing the course material. She was able to answer a question with true factual information and encourage one to seek further knowledge. This course drives a person to hit the ground running with all the the ideas brewed up during the class. Absolutely recommend taking a course with RETI. A comforting environment with a fun atmosphere. The office staff within the office will assist you with anything and guide you on the right direction.
I highly recommend RETI.
The Real Estate Training Institute provides an amazing enjoyable learning experience. Jim and Leslie teach everything necessary for successful licensing exam preparation. They provide the best pre-licensing and professional certification learning experience, filled with humor and clever learning activities. They are masters of differentiated instruction strategies. I will be returning for more professional certification seminars.
The Real Estate Training Institute provides outstanding state and national real estate licensing exam preparation.
The instructors, activities and resources are incredible! Leslie and Jim have exceptional knowledge and experience.
RETI classes are an excellent opportunity to enjoy your experience learning how to be successful on your licensing exams. The courses and resources will greatly increase your chances of passing the exams.
I highly recommend RETI for pre-licensing and professional certification seminars.
Leslie and Jim run a great school. Its so easy to learn from them . She brings some pretty dull stuff to life. I reccommend her classes to anyone interested in getting into this field or to further their educatuon once in it.
I love this class , I love coming to class everyday. I have learned so much in a few days. This class is worth more than what we pay. You will learn so much in class, and remember what you are learning. Leslie is very high energy, and an awesome teacher. Best class I have ever attend.
Leslie and Jim are 2 amazing people! I wish all teachers were as good as them!! I highly advise anyone considering getting their license to take this course. Well worth the money and who wouldn't want to hangout with these 2 and learn while your at it!!! Wish I could give them a million stars!!