Existing for more than 5 decades, Armbrust Real Estate Institute (AREI) was the first state-approved and privately owned Colorado Real Estate School. This Institute was founded in 1962 by Betty Armbrust, and now her descendant Patrick Armbrust is the School Director.

Trough his work, Patrick is expanding the original courses of real estate brokerage into appraisal and mortgage.


LocationAREI has five locations and it offers not only regular classes but also courses that are available on evenings and on weekends. Its adaptability to the different needs, potentials, and schedules of its students is not the only thing that this Institute separates from the other real estate schools. It is also the various programs, internships, connections, and opportunities people in AREI are given. The classes are held in Greenwood Village, Colorado Springs, Denver, Aurora and Littleton.


This school offers a large selection of real estate licensing courses as well as designation and appraisal courses: The program also includes courses required by the Colorado Real Estate Commission (CREC) for the Broker pre-license programs. We have all the courses required by the State Appraisal Board to qualify for Registered, Licensed, and Certified Residential Appraiser programs. Armbrust Real Estate Institute has joined the RealtyU® Network of real estate schools and colleges in June of 2002.


Patrick Armbrust, the school director and descendant of its founder, has both Colorado Real Estate Sales Associate license and Broker Associate license. He is also a past Senior Residential Appraiser (SRA). His other certificates are Certified Appraiser and Independent Real Estate Broker in Florida; and Colorado Certified Residential Appraiser. Patrick Armbrust is the first instructor in Colorado that earned the National Appraisal Qualifications Board Certified Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Instructor designation.


Betty Armbrust has earned numerous awards including:

  • Being a Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI).
  • Past president of the Denver Board of REALTORS®.
  • Past president of the Colorado Real Estate Educators Association,
  • Past president of the National Real Estate Educators Association (REEA).
  • Voted “REALTOR® of the Year” in 2000 by the Denver Board of REALTORS®.
  • Awarded the “National Real Estate Educator of the Year”, the “Colorado Real Estate Educator of the Year” and she is a three-time recipient of the “Merrie Medina Teaching Award” granted by the Colorado Association of REALTORS®.