Larson Educational Services fills void for Andy Gray

Fort Myers based real estate school, Larson Educational Services opens at SRQ in Sarasota, FL

SARASOTA, FL, March 21, 2011 – With Andy Gray’s passing in August 2010, the real estate and mortgage professionals of the Sarasota area lost a passionate educator and a kind, caring man. Gray was a licensed Florida real estate broker since 1989 and he taught more than 5,000 students as he operated Andy Gray Schools of Real Estate, Inc from 1995 to 2010.

In November 2010, Sandy Badger, Gray’s partner, met with Rick and Brad Larson of Larson Educational Services to discuss the management of the school’s student files and state regulated documents. Badger, not wanting to continue the operations of the school, but determined to provide the high level of customer service Gray stood for, decided to pass the school’s student records to the Larson’s family-owned and operated state licensed school.

“We were honored that Ms. Badger wanted us to accept the student records and maintain them in compliance with state law,” said Larson Educational Services Co-Founder, Rick Larson. “Andy had such a strong, faithful following in the Sarasota marketplace and although we did not personally know him, we know what he stood for and we know how much he cared for his students.”

Larson Educational Services is based out of Fort Myers and has additional classroom space in Naples. They are licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation as a Florida real estate school and provider of community association manager education. They are also approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System to provide education for mortgage loan originators.

“Our first objective was to notify Andy’s students that we have all their records on file,” said General Manager, Brad Larson. “Our second objective was to bring our high quality of education from Fort Myers and Naples, into the Sarasota marketplace. We are proud to say that in less than 3 months, we have secured a temporary location and have begun offering real estate and CAM courses.”

The Larson’s approach to professional education and customer service is what sets them apart from others. Although there are hundreds of options in the state of Florida when choosing an education provider for mandated pre-licensing and continuing education, Larson Educational Services has become the school of choice for professionals throughout the Gulf coast marketplace.

“Not only does a real live person answer every call that we receive,” said Director of Operations, David Larson, “but we also offer our students a “one-tuition policy” meaning that our students pay tuition one time and that payment is good for one year. We understand that life happens and getting sick or having your car not start one day should not be a deterrent to attending our classes. Our students can re-attend, review or reschedule any class they have previously paid for at no additional charge. “

“Our instructors”, Rick added, “are the absolute best in the business. We have a team of 9 instructors who care more about our students and the experience they receive from us than any group of instructors I’ve seen in my 30 years in the business, and I’ve seen some great instructors. They’re smart professionals who know how to teach and how to present. They make learning fun. Like we say around here at Larson, “get more than just credits, get education you’ll enjoy.”

Larson Educational Services is an affiliated business member of the Naples Area Board of REALTORS®, Bonita Springs Estero Association of REALTORS®, REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of REALTORS®, and Sarasota Association of REALTORS®.

For more information about Larson Educational Services or to view course schedules, go to or call (239) 344-7510.

NOW ENROLLING! LarsonEd has real estate and CAM classes in Sarasota

Larson Educational Services is now enrolling in Real Estate and CAM courses in Sarasota

We have now selected dates to hold Real Estate and CAM pre-license courses in Sarasota, and more courses are COMING SOON! All classes are being held at the

Marriott Residence Inn of Sarasota (across from SRQ) at 1040 University Parkway – VIEW A MAP.

Our students learn, have fun, and prepare for success…on the exam and on the job!

If you have questions, please call us at (239) 344-7510 and let us know how we can help or view our website

18 Hour CAM Pre-License Course

The Florida 18 Hour CAM Pre-License Course at Larson Educational Services is the 18-hour required education to obtain your Florida Community Association Manager (CAM) license. You’ll learn about the Florida CAM licensing requirements, CAM responsibilities, and CAM liabilities and standards of conduct. Tuition is $229 and includes the course manual and State Exam Prep materials.

March 19 & 20 (Sat & Sun)
8:00am – 6:00pm

63 Hour Real Estate Sales Associate Pre-License Course

Our Florida 63 Hour Sales Associate Pre-License Course is the 63-hour required education to obtain your Florida real estate sales associate license. You’ll learn about the Florida real estate principles and practices, as well as sales associate responsibilities, and agent liabilities and standards of conduct. Tuition is $299 and includes all course materials.


Option #1: WEEKDAY CLASS (Mon-Fri, Mon-Wed)
March 28 – April 1, 4 – 6
8:30am – 4:30pm

Option #2: WEEKDAY CLASS (Mon-Fri, Mon-Wed)
April 25-29, May 2-4
8:30am – 4:30pm

Can’t make it to class? Our online Pre-License Course is only $245. VIEW MORE INFORMATION.

45 Hour Real Estate Sales Associate Post-License Course

In this course, you’ll sharpen your skills in every aspect of listing and selling. You’ll learn how to professionally prepare and present a comparative market analysis that separates you from the competition. You’ll discover techniques to increase your percentage of listings sold. You’ll learn strategies to demonstrate and reinforce pricing decisions. And you’ll learn how to analyze and manage investment property. Tuition is $199 and includes the course manual and Exam Prep materials

August 8, 10, 12, 15, 17 (Mon, Wed, Fri, Mon, Wed)
8:30am – 5:30pm

Can’t make it to class? Our online Post-License Course is only $125. VIEW MORE INFORMATION.

14 Hour Real Estate Continuing Education Course

This course includes all 14 hours of required continuing education to renew your Florida Real Estate license, including the 3 Hour Core Law component.

August 24 & 26 (Wed & Fri)
9:00am – 5:00pm

Can’t make it to class? Our ONLINE and CORRESPONDENCE Continuing Education Courses are only $25. VIEW MORE INFORMATION.

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The entire LarsonEd family looks forward to serving your educational needs! Please call us with any questions (239) 344-7510.


Brad Larson
General Manager
Larson Educational Services
1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 344-7510


Florida Real Estate School – LarsonEd has classes in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota and Online

At family-owned Florida real estate school, Larson Educational Services (License #ZH1002299), you can complete the steps necessary to obtain your Florida Real Estate License in as little as 30 days. Because our course has a modular format, you can actually mix-and-match dates and locations if you need flexible scheduling. Just contact us and we’ll help you put a schedule together.

We have real estate courses in Fort Myers, Naples and Sarasota starting soon, or you can complete the course online. WEEKDAY and WEEKEND class times are 8:30am – 4:30pm. EVENING class times are 6:15pm – 9:45pm.

Royal Palm Square at 1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44
WEEKDAY – March 7-11, 14-16
WEEKEND – March 19-20, 26-27, Apr 2-3, 9-10
EVENING – March 21-24, 28-31, Apr 4-7, 11-14
WEEKDAY – April 4-8, 11-13

Horseshoe Park of Commerce at 3073 Horseshoe Dr S, Suite 122
WEEKDAY – March 21-25, 28-30
WEEKDAY – April 25-29, May 2-4
EVENING – April 25-28, May 2-5, 9-12, 16-19

Marriott Residence Inn of Sarasota at 1040 University Parkway
WEEKDAY – March 28-April, 4-6
WEEKDAY – April 25-29, 2-4

Tuition is $299 and includes your course materials. You can even attend any portion of the course again for review for no additional charge.

If you would like additional information about getting started, take a look at our Step-By-Step Licensing Guide or view our Real Estate Broker Connection page to view information about companies that are hiring newly licensed Sales Associates.

To register, please call a friendly Larson representative at (239) 344-7510 or REGISTER ONLINE. You can even register for the class today and pay for it later. We take registrations all the way up to the first day of class.

Brad Larson
Larson Educational Services
Royal Palm Square Shopping Center
1400 Colonial Blvd, Suite 44
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 344-7510
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