Formerly known as
North Idaho Real Estate Academy

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About The Academy of Real Estate

The Academy of Real Estate (formerly known as North Idaho Real Estate Academy) has excelled in providing Real Estate Instruction for aspiring and successful agents since 2005.

In response to requests for more diverse courses and to highlight our wider course offerings, the school was renamed The Academy of Real Estate in 2023.

Our Instructors have a wealth of real estate experience that they use to help students successfully navigate the continuously changing world of real estate.

Meet Our Instructors

Todd Kavanagh

Todd Kavanagh

Todd Kavanagh graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication in 1994. During his time at the University, he gained valuable customer service experience with United Parcel Service. Subsequently, he went on to market sales and personal development courses for Dale Carnegie Training, one of the premier Professional Development companies in the U.S. After 27 years in Southern California, he permanently relocated to North Idaho in 1998. Following in his Father’s footsteps as a real estate broker, Todd became actively licensed with Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty in November 2001.

During his 20-year career with Coldwell Banker, Todd earned his Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI) designation in 2012 and has since become an Associate Broker in both Idaho & Washington. He specializes in helping buyers and sellers of new and existing residential neighborhood homes, residential properties on acreage and vacant land. As a Certified Pre-License Instructor, Todd’s goal is to pass on his experience from hundreds of closed real estate transactions to the next generation of licensees!

Steve Taggart

Steve Taggart

Currently an attorney in Idaho Falls, Steve was a designated broker of a large office for a decade and teaches new agent, broker and continuing education courses. He holds a law degree from the University of Utah and practices in both state and federal courts in the areas of bankruptcy, real estate and commercial law.

Karene Garlich Loman

Karene Loman

Karene, a seasoned real estate professional with two decades of experience, is a true industry luminary.  With an unwavering commitment to excellence and an impressive track record, Karene has earned a well-deserved reputation as a trusted expert in the field.

Throughout Karene’s illustrious career, she has navigated the ever-evolving real estate landscape with finesse, helping countless clients achieve their property goals. Her extensive knowledge of the market, keen negotiation skills, and a deep understanding of the intricacies of real estate transactions have consistently delivered outstanding results.

As a 20-year veteran, Karene has weathered market fluctuations, adapting strategies to optimize outcomes for buyers and sellers alike. Her dedication to client satisfaction is unparalleled, evidenced by a loyal clientele who often return for repeat transactions and refer friends and family.

She is also known for her unwavering commitment to excellence and integrity as well as dedication to professional development as Chair of the Professional Development Committee and as a licensed Real Estate Instructor in both Washington and Idaho where she teaches, coaches, and mentors agents through her real estate school, Soar Training. Outside of real estate, Karene has consistently supported local charities and initiatives, recognizing the importance of giving back to the neighborhoods she serves.

Karene is a proud alumni of Eastern Washington University where she earned a master’s degree in Public Relations and Organizational Communications and is also a proud supporter of Gonzaga University where she has completed courses towards a PhD in Leadership Studies.

Why The Academy of Real Estate?

The Academy of Real Estate (formerly known as North Idaho Real Estate Academy) has excelled in providing Real Estate Instruction for aspiring and successful agents since 2005.

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