About us

License Number # 515.000071

DreamHome Real Estate Academy is a premier real estate education provider offering comprehensive classroom and online Real Estate education programs for professionals seeking real estate pre-licensing training and exam prep.

Our instructors are highly-trained, seasoned real estate experts who are passionate about the industry and that passion carries over into the classroom. We offer enthusiastic top notch Instructors who help our busy adult students stay focused and master the material to ensure exam success.

As Instructors, our jobs are not done until our students have passed the class and the Illinois state exam. With the DreamHome Real Estate Academy you will pass the real estate exam and achieve your professional goals faster and easier because you will have a trusted partner on your educational journey…Us.

Real Estate is fun and exciting career!


Kimberly Gartner

Kim is an entrepreneur first.  The spirit to build and create what doesn’t exist lives inside her and drives her initiative and motivation towards learning new things. Her passion for Real Estate both selling and teaching support her belief that when you love what you do you give it your best.

In 2014 she was licensed in the State of Illinois and began a real estate career for the second time.  In 2017, Kim acquired a Pre-License Instructor’s license and in 2019 she was licensed as a Managing Broker.  In 2021 Kim founded DreamHome Real Estate Academy while maintaining a Top 20% Producer distinction in Sales.

Kim joined Kaplan in December 2021 as a Pre-License Instructor.  In December 2022 she was honored to accept the role as Kaplan’s Real Estate Subject Matter Expert and Illinois ISG Lead Instructor.  Today, Kim leads virtual classrooms partnering with Kaplan utilizing top notch resources and customized learning management systems to provide exemplary real estate education.


If you are thinking of taking classes to become a Realtor, look no further. Kim is an amazing Instructor!! She has a great delivery and her sense of humor makes the class interesting and FUN! I passed the state exam on my first try in March 2020!!! My first year as a Realtor I closed 11 transactions. I attribute my success to everything Kim has taught me. She genuinely cares about all her students, and is there to help them succeed. You will not regret taking her class.

L. Hollingsworth

I am writing to express my gratitude and appreciation to Kim Gartner of Keller Williams Infinity Naperville. In December 2019, I read a post on Facebook where Kim stated that she was a new Real Estate Licensing Instructor and encouraged anyone interested in a Real Estate career to contact her. I sent her a message asking for advice as I was trying to enter the field and had just signed up for my courses at a different school. Immediately she responded and scheduled a meeting with me. She eagerly offered to mentor me and invited me to view a couple of open houses that she was having. She even went above and beyond to help me study for my Real Estate Licensing test by meeting with me daily for an hour or more each session. With her help and constant motivation, I was able to successfully pass the Real Estate Licensing Exam. I am forever grateful for the warmth that she welcomed with me and willingness to pour into me and ensure I have a successful career in Real Estate. I look forward to continuing to cultivate our business relationship and growing in the field of Real Estate.

M. Arrington