About Us

Capitus Online

When we started out in 1959 as the Georgia Institute of Real Estate (GIRE), we began as an informal tutoring program operating out of our founders' home. With hard work and unparalleled expertise, John and Dorothy Correll grew the humble foundations that began at their kitchen table into the most distinguished real estate institution in Georgia.

Acquired by the Atlanta REALTORS® Association in 1980, we now serve the real estate educational needs of more than 16,000 students annually in Metro Atlanta and beyond.

To celebrate nearly 60 years of preparing students with the best real estate education in the state, we took to the drawing board to discover how we could help our clients exceed expectations in the modern real estate industry. And in 2018, GIRE relaunched as Capitus, Georgia's premier academy in online and classroom courses, dedicated to always putting our students ahead of the curve.

Our History

  • Founded

    GIRE grows out from informal tutoring sessions held in John and Dorothy Correll's home on Saturday mornings.

  • Acquisitioned

    GIRE was acquired by the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® in 1980 and has relocated numerous times to accommodate its unparalleled growth. The main campus is located in the Tommie Jackson Building of the Atlanta REALTORS® Center in Sandy Springs.

  • The Tech Era

    GIRE partners with WebToolSet to introduce our first distance learning program, ProStar - CD-ROM based real estate education.

  • Online

    GIRE launches online Salesperson Pre-license and Continuing Ed programs.

  • Today!

    GIRE rebrands as CAPITUS and begins building the most comprehensive and interchangeable online and in-class Salesperson Pre-license program in the state.

Why Us

We Are Real Estate In Georgia

Our mission and passion are simply real estate and Georgia. Because Because the Georgia Institute of Real Estate is a service of the Educational Foundation of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association and the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®, our influence is not only predominant in Atlanta but also across the State.

Our industry recognized instructors, constantly up-dated materials and technology, and readily available helplines help ensure your success in passing the required Georgia state exam. We are here for your success and take your success as the ultimate compliment as to how we conduct the important business of training real estate professionals.

Our mission is simple... Prepare you for a real estate career that empowers you with the tools you need to build your dream business. From getting your license to building your career with advanced education and designations, we'll be your guide as you take control of your future and create the career you've always wanted.

Our Instructor


Karen Loftus


Holds a BS in secondary education from Mansfield University. After moving South, she obtained her real estate license in 1985 and earned her associate broker's license in 1994. Karen is a Certified Residential Appraiser, a licensed instructor for the Georgia Real Estate Commission and teaches sales and broker pre-license classes as well as pre-license appraisal. She has also served as a director for both her local board and GAR since 1991. Karen has chaired and served on many GAR committees including the GRI Board of Governors and was the GRI Dean in 2007. She was selected as the Gwinnett County REALTOR® of the Year in 1995 and was the NAMAR candidate for GAR REALTOR® of the Year in 1995 and 2005. Karen received the GAR President's Award in 2005. She is a graduate of the 2008 GAR Leadership Academy.

contact us

Hours: 9am-5pm EST Mon-Fri

Administrative Questions:
Capitus Real Estate Learning Center

Course Content Questions:
Sales Course: Karen Loftus
Broker Course: Silas Frazier

Technical Questions: