Provider Name: Gulf South Real Estate Institute, Inc.
Address: 1180 E. Mcneese Street, Suite C Lake Charles, LA 70607
Phone Number: (337) 310-1664

Course Summary

Real Estate 202 - License Law and Rules & Regulations

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Format: Classroom
Hours: 30.00
Price: Varies

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Agency Approval Course Number Expiration
Louisiana Real Estate Commission 0036 12/31/2020


R Patrick Diamond

R. Patrick “Pat” DiamondABR, CDPE, CNHS, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, RCC R Patrick Diamond is a licensed Louisiana real estate Broker, Certified Louisiana Real Estate Instructor, Certified Residential Appraiser and Realtor Emeritus. He is the owner of the Gulf South Real Estate Institute, Inc. located in Lake Charles, LA, which has been in operation since 1987. He was first licensed in 1971 and has been a Broker since 1972. He is also the former owner of RE/MAX Realty Pros, a full-service brokerage firm in Lake Charles, LA. Mr. Diamond attended Vanderbilt University and McNeese State University and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pre-Medicine. He has been an instructor of real estate since 1974. He has also taught Continuing Education classes sponsored by the Louisiana Realtors Association and the Louisiana Real Estate Commission. Mr. Diamond also teaches courses for local Associations of Realtors. His in-depth knowledge of all areas of real estate combined with his personal experience in the field make his classes both fun and interesting. He also co-authored the 90 hour pre-licensing course for the Louisiana Real Estate Commission. Mr. Diamond is a member of the Southwest Louisiana Association of Realtors, the Louisiana Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. He has been President three times and Realtor of the Year two times of the Southwest Louisiana Association of Realtors. He was also President of the Louisiana Realtors in 2001. He holds the ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), CNHS (Certifiede New Home Specialist), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), e-PRO Certification, GRI (Graduate, Realtors Institute) and RCC (Residential Construction Certified) designations. Mr. Diamond resides in Lake Charles with his wife, Barbara, who is also a real estate Broker. They operate as the Diamond Difference Team at RE/MAX Realty Pros.


Tom is a veteran of 40 years in the real estate business with experience as a Salesperson, Broker, Property Manager, Loan Officer, and Real Estate School Instructor and Owner. He began his career in 1980 as a salesperson when interest rates on homes loans were 22%. His degree in management and accounting allowed him to work out financing deals for his clients that allowed them to buy or sell even in a very challenging environment.

Tom brought that can do attitude into all aspects of the real estate business. He earned his GRI designation in 1982 and his CRS designation in 1983 putting him in a class with only 3% of all Realtors. He received his brokers license in 1987 and opened his own property management firm. In 1988 he became a real estate instructor teaching a 60 hour prelicensing course in Virginia. In 1998 he opened his own school in Virginia where over 90% of his students passed the state exam on their first try.

Tom is a native of Westlake, LA, and has also spent some time in Texas where he was both a loan officer and taught real estate classes. In 2003 he moved back to Lake Charles and became a partner and Assistant Director of Gulf South Real Estate Institute, Inc. He is a state certified pre-licensing instructor.

Tom's extensive experience in all phases of real estate and he first hand knowledge of "Common Law" states like Texas and Virginia are a boon to his Louisiana students.


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