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

 Get in touch with us today to learn more about enrollment or ask any other questions.

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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. 

Gary L. Hobbs,
Education Director
Hall and Nixon, Elizabeth City

Tanya Sekhon
School Director and Lead Instructor


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.

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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.

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