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Albemarle Area School of Real Estate conducts the Broker Prelicensing Course required to qualify for the license examination to become licensed as a real estate provisional broker in North Carolina and the Postlicensing Education Program needed for a provisional broker to remove the provisional status of such license.

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Meet the Staff

Gary L. Hobbs,

Education Director

Long and Foster Elizabeth City

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A native of Elizabeth City, NC, Gary retired from the Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools as Director of Vocational Education/ Workforce Development. Prior to that he was a State Education Consultant serving Northeastern North Carolina. Upon retirement from the schools, Gary went to work as a Realtor with Hall and Nixon Real Estate, Inc. and served as an agent for four years. He brought with him a vast knowledge of the public schools and contacts to many resources in the Albemarle Area. 

DC James

Prelicensing Instructor

I’m a North Carolina real estate instructor at Albemarle Area School of Real Estate. I’m hungry, motivated, and willing to put in the extra time needed to ensure your success. My drive is embedded in my background. I am currently active duty navy for the past 17 years. Spent most of my career working on F-18 super hornet where I work at a very fast pace. The people around me along with the troops on the ground lives depend on me doing my job efficient and precisely. I bring that same attitude into real estate instruction with the primary focus on you attaining your North Carolina real estate license and keeping your North Carolina real estate license. Whether you’re taking pre-licensing classes, post licensing classes, or continuing education executing efficiently and precisely is paramount and I take my duties to ensure you succeed extremely serious. Your favorite instructor DC.

Robert Lee

Continuing Education Instructor

Bruce Lee, (not quite from China), was born and raised in Moyock, North Carolina, and except for a few stints in college has always lived in the Albemarle region and on the Outer Banks. Bruce is married to Rose, also an educator, and together they have three daughters.  Bruce and Rose attend church in Edenton, North Carolina where Bruce is also the Music Director.  For the past 27 years his main focus has been education, either teaching in classrooms of Camden and Gates County or building his own learning.  
Bruce continues to expand his education in real estate and loves to talk to others about the advantages of home ownership, investing, and all the advantages that the real estate environment can provide.
Whether buying your first home, vacation home, investing or downsizing, making the right decision comes with having the best-informed and educated choices.  Contact Bruce with your questions and your plans and let his education and experience fight for you.

Tanya J. Sekhon,

School Director & Lead Instructor

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Tanya worked in public schools as a curriculum director in a high achieving school district.  She learned how to help students improve their test taking skills through the error analysis method and began teaching this method to adults learners.  Tanya and her family moved to North Carolina in 2014 and received her broker's license shortly after that.  Along with being an active broker she assisted with new agent on-boarding and realized that she could combine her love of real estate with teaching and became a licensed RE instructor.  In 2018 she and her family moved to Elizabeth City and Tanya became director of the school in 2019.

Ozzie Gray, III

Postlicensing Instructor

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Ozzie Gray is a native of the Outer Banks of North Carolina having been born and raised on Hatteras Island.  He grew up working on his father’s fishing boats and, as a result, has always loved and appreciated the natural beauty of eastern North Carolina.  Ozzie is a graduate of the University of South Florida having earned a BA in Geography.  He worked many years in both state and local government before becoming a Real Estate Broker in 2006.  Since 2008, he has been the Broker in Charge.  He and his wife own Dream Properties Real Estate which concentrates on long term residential property management.  His work as a BIC training and assisting brokers under his supervision led him to teaching real estate from pre-licensing to continuing education.  His greatest joy is when one of his students emails, “I passed!”

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