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Instructor Team


Carol Ball
Lynn Leegard
Jim Luger
Peggy McNamara
Laurel Stone
Jim Tice
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Our real estate instructors have extensive experience and training in both online and classroom education, and long experience as practicing real estate professionals. They know how to best use the unique techniques of e-learning to create high-quality courses that are powerful learning experiences, easy to use, and fun.


Carol Ball

Carol Ball, representing five generations of Mauians, is co-owner of a Hawaii real estate brokerage and is principal and owner of the Carol Ball School of Real Estate. Licensed in real estate in Hawaii since 1978 and licensed as a Hawaii real estate prelicensing instructor since 2001, Carol has taught post licensing courses since 1980 and  pre-licensing courses since 2001. She formed her real estate brokerage in 1980, a multi agent real estate general brokerage firm presently managed and operated by her children and where she serves as chairperson of the board.

Carol holds the National Association of Realtors designations of Accredited Buyer Representative Manager (ABRM), Certified Real Estate Broker Manager (CRB), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and member, Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI). A graduate of the University of Michigan, Carol holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and a Certificate in Online Teaching from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is editor of The Hawaii Real Estate Exam Book, a study guide to the state section of the Hawaii real estate licensing exam. Carol served on the Hawaii Real Estate Commission from 2004-2012 serving as its chairperson in the final year of her tenure.

Lynn Leegard

Lynn Leegard is an attorney specializing in real estate law, and a Minnesota real estate broker. She is a Graduate, Realtor® Institute (GRI), and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). She has served on several committees at local, state and national Realtor® associations.

Lynn has served as the 2004 president of the Minnesota Association of Realtors® and 2011 Regional Vice President for the National Association of Realtors®. She has taught real estate courses since 1994, and continues to teach live classes for Realtor® associations.

Jim Luger

Jim Luger has been a real estate broker and instructor for over 35 years, and has taught thousands of real estate agents and brokers in classrooms and online. He is a member of the Real Estate Educators Association (REEA), and is certified as an online instructor by the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC).

Jim opened a real estate brokerage in 1976, later adding a title insurance agency, and mortgage brokerage. He has also owned a property management company, and has held an insurance license. He has been a certified trainer for an international real estate franchisor, and has appeared on national television and radio programs as a real estate expert.

Peggy McNamara


Peggy McNamara has been in the real estate industry since 1992. She sold real estate full time for several years before entering into real estate education and training. She is certified as an online instructor by the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC).

Peggy was the Director of Education of a multi-office brokerage from 1997-2003. She also owned a pre-license real estate school in Minnesota, and has been Vice President of Agent and Client Services for a multi-state brokerage.

Peggy understands the real estate business from many aspects, as well as its inherent challenges and opportunities. She is passionate about helping real estate agents and brokers earn better incomes, and live fuller lives.

Laurel Stone

Laurel Stone is northeast Wisconsin’s recognized leader in real estate education. Owner of the Laurel Stone School of Real Estate, she specializes in continuing education and pre-license Salesperson and Broker education. She has taught well over 5000 students since she began teaching in 1988.

Prior to teaching she was active in various aspects of real estate, including real estate exchange and marketing sessions in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., property management, buyer representation in commercial transactions, and office management. She has also owned and operated her own real estate company.

Jim Tice


Jim Tice has been a real estate instructor for over 20 years, and has taught thousands of real estate agents and brokers in classrooms and online. He is a member of the Real Estate Educators Association (REEA), and is certified as an online instructor by the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC).

Jim entered the real estate business in 1977, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been inducted into a national real estate Hall of Fame, an honor granted to less than 1% of agents nationwide. Jim has served as regional trainer for a national real estate franchise, and as a real estate manager he continues to train and coach new and experienced real estate agents.

Jim has served for many years on the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® Professional Standards Committee, both as a panel member and as a hearing chairperson, and he has served on the Minneapolis Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors.

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs):

Our instructors often work with Subject Matter Experts (SME) who specialize in a particular aspect of real estate. The SME provides knowledge, real-world expertise, and works with our instructor to develop an effective online educational experience.

James Browning
Subject Matter Expert - REO Listings

James is a national instructor/speaker for several organizations and has designed and developed five courses related to the valuation and disposition of both commercial and residential properties, and how to value distressed assets in today’s market. He has a Master’s Degree in Real Estate, holds numerous designations, and is certified as an online instructor by the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC).

James was a former commercial director for a national real estate company for 17 years during his 24 year real estate career.  In 2009, James established the REO Institute of Colorado to provide BPO and REO training to real estate professionals. You will find James has an excellent understanding of today’s real estate market, along with thorough knowledge of both the commercial and residential sectors.

Jack Hungelmann
Subject Matter Expert - Insurance

Jack Hungelmann, CPCU, CIC, ARe, has over 35 years experience as an insurance agent working with hundreds of clients. He is the author of Insurance for Dummies (Wiley Publishing 2001), which is a consumer guide to insurance principles. He has also authored scores of magazine and website articles on Personal Risk Management and Insurance for insurance professionals. You may review a PDF of his entire Bio.

Most of the concepts in Jack’s courses, as well as his advice on every other type of personal insurance policy, can be found in his book, Insurance for Dummies. You may find the book a useful reference, and you can purchase it at or at the Wiley Publishing website.

Carole J. Hyder
Subject Matter Expert - Feng Shui

Carole J. Hyder is founder, president, and an instructor of the Wind and Water School of Feng Shui. She has been a Feng Shui consultant since 1992, helping clients improve their lifestyle quality in homes and workplaces.

Carole has received international acclaim as a Feng Shui consultant, speaker, teacher, author, trainer and media personality. She is the author of two books, a DVD, and has been published in various periodicals. Carole also presents a monthly Feng Shui segment on a local Twin Cities TV news program.

Carole is also founder and President of FSIM, the Feng Shui Institute if the Midwest. She earned a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit

Deborah Long
Subject Matter Expert - International Real Estate

Deborah Long is a veteran educator in the real estate industry. Her areas of training expertise are ethics, e-commerce and the Internet, and cultural diversity. A Chicago native, Deborah has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois and an Ed.S. degree with emphasis in adult education. She completed her doctorate in educational leadership in 1994. Her doctoral research was on the effect of ethics instruction on the moral reasoning of real estate students.

Deborah has been a real estate licensee for over 30 years and owned her own brokerage firm. She is also a licensed instructor in North and South Carolina, New York, and nine other states. In addition to holding a GRI and CRS designation, Deborah is a DREI (Distinguished Real Estate Instructor), one of approximately 120 such teachers in the U.S. She has also been a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The prestigious Josephson Institute of Ethics has certified Deborah as an ethics trainer as well. She is also the editor of the Real Estate Educators Association (REEA) Journal and the recipient of the NC Educator of the Year (2001) and Best Single Education Program (2004) awards.

An internationally-recognized speaker, Deborah is also the award-winning author of many articles and educational programs as well as 18 books.

Nikki Nau
Subject Matter Expert - Environmental Science

Nikki Nau has a degree in Environmental Science, and has owned and operated an organic agriculture business. She is currently a managing partner at Open Air Concepts, a Minnesota family business that specializes in green remodeling and renovation in the Twin Cities.

Nikki publishes an e-newsletter that features eco-friendly real estate practices, and she has lectured on the importance of environmentally friendly practices. She has worked for the Nature Conservancy, which is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Nikki’s passion is to preserve and protect our natural resources, and to help people live in healthy, sustainable homes and workplaces.

Tomi Nelson
Subject Matter Expert - Real Estate Teams

Tomi Nelson has been involved in the real estate industry since 1983. After selling real estate full time in both Illinois and Wisconsin, she managed a real estate company in Green Bay, Wisconsin for several years, implementing a training program for newly licensed agents. Tomi became a real estate instructor for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2007 and opened her own real estate school in 2008. She is an active member of the Northeast Wisconsin Realtors Association (RANW), where she serves on the Professional Standards Committee as an instructor of Ethics and Professional Standards for new member orientation. In 2011, Tomi was the recipient of the RANW’s Excellence in Professionalism award.

Larry Stoller
Subject Matter Expert - Economics

Larry Stoller is a nationally recognized lecturer on topics relating to economics, residential and commercial real estate, and real estate finance. He has held a real estate broker license since 1972, and was twice president and founding director of the Minnesota Association of Mortgage Brokers.

Over the last 35 years, Mr. Stoller has been an owner, consultant, and trainer in residential and commercial real estate, land development, construction, title insurance, mortgage finance, and real estate brokerage.

Larry Stoller’s articles and interviews have appeared in national publications and trade journals, including Real Estate Today, Forbes, Corporate Report, Wall Street Journal, Real Estate Finance Today, Mortgage Originator Magazine, and numerous newspapers.

Carmel Streater
Subject Matter Expert - Diversity Practices

Carmel Streater received her Ph.D. in Vocational (Adult) Education from Louisiana State University. She has been a real estate instructor since 1985, beginning her career as an instructor in the large regional real estate brokerage where she worked as a broker and trainer. A thirty plus years veteran of listing and selling real estate, Dr. Streater is known for her ability to communicate information and techniques that can be used by her students to increase their profits while conducting their business in a lawful, ethical and professional manner. She specializes in train-the-trainer and fair housing courses, but also teaches a variety of other real estate topics.

Hollis Willeford
Subject Matter Expert - House Architecture

Hollis Willeford has merged his experience as a licensed real estate professional with research on historical American housing architecture and design to show how present-day home styles owe their heritage to the preferences of early immigrants, the challenges of the climates they settled in, and available building resources. Mr. Willeford uses the skills he has honed as a journalist and editor to give life and meaningful patterns to the diverse sources and evolution of American home design.

Ruth Tice
Subject Matter Expert - Staging

Ruth began working in the home design field in the 1970s, creating and marketing textiles for home decoration. She has used her design skills as a licensed real estate sales person since 1986, helping builders, developers, and individual home owners prepare and stage their properties for sale.

Ruth has been nationally recognized for her quality client service. Her primary focus as a listing agent has been to help homeowners make use of their existing furnishings in ways that will increase the marketability of their properties. 
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