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Real Estate

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Just the Facts

Real Estate. A program that prepares individuals to develop, buy, sell, appraise, and manage real estate. Includes instruction in land use development policy, real estate law, real estate marketing procedures, agency management, brokerage, property inspection and appraisal, real estate investing, leased and rental properties, commercial real estate, and property management.

This program is available in these options:

  • Certificate / Diploma
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree

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Additional Information

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Real estate programs are offered at career or community colleges, universities and private business schools.

These programs often combine co-op opportunities and classes to give students some real-world experience. In many cases, employers will hire an individual and train them to become a licensed realtor.

Real estate programs are often offered in the evenings to better accommodate working people. Most are two years long and award students a diploma. Shorter certificate programs offer quicker entry into the job market.

Some universities also offer bachelor's degrees and even MBA programs. The bachelor's programs usually take between four and five years. However, since most real estate programs incorporate a significant amount of co-op education, students can have up to two years of experience upon graduation.

Norman Miller, director of the real estate program at the University of Cincinnati, explains that the core curriculum of most real estate programs covers "the functional areas of business (accounting, finance, information systems, management, marketing and quantitative analysis) with specialized coursework in real estate."

Basic real estate courses include introduction to real estate, real estate law, finance, valuation, market analysis, investment analysis and property development and management.

Students can choose to specialize. Some of the most popular tracks are residential, commercial and industrial sales; appraisal and consulting; development, brokerage and leasing; and mortgage and construction lending.

All realtors must be licensed. This is done at the state level by the state real estate commission.

Donald Valachi, co-director of the Real Estate Land-Use Institute at California State University at Fullerton, suggests students "should get comfortable with being involved with various groups on campus and taking leadership roles in those groups. Moreover, they should continuously practice their communication and public speaking skills."

David Moore, manager of pre-licensing education at a university, adds that students are often unprepared for the mathematics in their studies. "There is a significant mathematics component involved, because of the mortgage and finance component. Students should focus on mathematics more," he says.

"Basic business skills are the most valuable -- i.e. writing, writing, writing, then presentation skills, analytical practice, research abilities and computer skills," says Miller.

Besides tuition, your major costs will be textbooks. You may also have to get a financial calculator.


Occupational Outlook Handbook
For more information related to this field of study, see: Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents

International Real Estate Directory
Connect with realtors around the world

Many resources are here for those interested in real estate

The Real Estate Library
Libraries are great places for curious minds; this one is no exception!

Real Estate Resources
A list of links from Bankrate.com


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