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About Us - The Academy of Real Estate

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

Louise McNeill

Louise McNeill

Louise McNeill is the Director and Chief Instructor at North Idaho Real Estate Academy. A Certified Real Estate Instructor for Idaho and Washington, she moved to the USA in 2001 and made her home first in Florida and then the Pacific Northwest. She says she is much happier living the dream in Coeur d’Alene instead of dealing with the back-to-back hurricanes she experienced in Florida. A native of Great Britain she attended Leeds University and gained an Honors Degree in modern languages before embarking on a career with the British Army where she worked in several different and challenging jobs, many of which she says she cannot talk about!!

A true Customer Service Professional, Louise firmly believes in the philosophy “People Buy from People”. Establishing trust and going the extra mile for customers, clients and students alike is her goal. Her several careers have required more than 50 moves, including living in France, Spain, and Germany so she has firsthand experience of the joys and heartaches of relocations.

Louise has been a Reviewing Broker and a Designated Broker and owned a real estate brokerage for several years and established and instructed at Real Estate Schools in Florida and Idaho; she brings a wealth of experience as well as her great British sense of humor to every class and situation.

At North Idaho Real Estate Academy, she is concentrating on making available all the classes required to qualify for state licensure, keeping those licenses current, and adding other classes for those who wish to have a broader knowledge of all matters pertaining to Real Estate.

Louise is certified to teach Real Estate Courses both in the classroom and remotely, via Zoom.

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.

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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