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Real Estate Degree/ Broker Certificate (SOC CODE: 41-9021.00)

Job Description Overview

Operate real estate office, or work for commercial real estate firm, overseeing real estate transactions. Other duties usually include selling real estate or renting properties and arranging loans.

Related Careers

  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Real Estate Sales Agents
  • Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
  • Appraisers, Real Estate
  • Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
  • Assessors
  • Loan Officers
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Lawyers
  • Financial Examiners

Sample Job Duties

  • Sell, for a fee, real estate owned by others.
  • Obtain agreements from property owners to place properties for sale with real estate firms.
  • Act as an intermediary in negotiations between buyers and sellers over property prices and settlement details and during the closing of sales.
  • Supervise agents who handle real estate transactions.
  • Generate lists of properties for sale, their locations, descriptions, and available financing options, using computers.
  • Manage or operate real estate offices, handling associated business details.
  • Compare a property with similar properties that have recently sold to determine its competitive market price.
  • Maintain knowledge of real estate law, local economies, fair housing laws, types of available mortgages, financing options, and government programs.
  • Monitor fulfillment of purchase contract terms to ensure that they are handled in a timely manner.
  • Check work completed by loan officers, attorneys, or other professionals to ensure that it is performed properly.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Real Estate: AS Degree

      Business Division
      Degree S0512

      This program prepares students for employment following graduation. Students wishing a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses. The requirements for a degree in real estate include the eight classes needed prior to applying to take the Real Estate Broker License Exam as well as several additional classes designed to strengthen the skills needed to succeed in a career in real estate.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      BUSR 50Real Estate Principles3
      BUSR 51Legal Aspects of Real Estate3
      BUSR 52Real Estate Practice3
      or BUSR 52D Real Estate Practice Work Experience
      BUSR 53Real Estate Finance3
      BUSR 55Real Estate Economics3
      BUSR 81Appraisal: Principles and Procedures3.5
      CISB 15Microcomputer Applications3.5
      Group A
      Choose two, three, or four courses from the following:6-12
      BUSR 57
      Income Tax Aspects of Real Estate Investments
      BUSR 59
      Real Estate Property Management
      BUSR 60
      Real Estate Investment Planning
      BUSR 62
      Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
      BUSR 76
      Escrow Procedures I
      Group B
      Choose zero, one, or two courses from the following:0-10
      BUSA 7
      Principles of Accounting - Financial
      BUSA 11
      Fundamentals of Accounting
      BUSA 72
      Bookkeeping - Accounting
      BUSL 18
      Business Law
      or BUSL 18H
      Business Law - Honors
      BUSM 20
      Principles of Business
      BUSM 60
      Human Relations in Business
      BUSM 66
      Small Business Management
      BUSO 5
      Business English
      BUSO 25
      Business Communications
      BUSO 26
      Oral Communications for Business
      BUSS 35
      Professional Selling
      BUSS 36
      Principles of Marketing
      PSYC 1A
      Introduction to Psychology
      or PSYC 1AH
      Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      Total Units28-44

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      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Real Estate: Broker Certificate

      Business Division
      Certificate L0352

      Prior to taking the California Real Estate Broker’s License Exam, the applicant must have completed five (5) required courses:  BUSR 51, BUSR 52, BUSR 53, BUSR 81 and either BUSR 55 or BUSA 11. In addition, the applicant must take three (3) additional courses approved by the California Department of Real Estate: BUSR 50BUSR 57, BUSR 59, BUSR 60, BUSR 62, BUSR 76, BUSL 18, PLGL 40, BUSR 55 if not taken in the mandatory category above or BUSA 11 if not taken in the mandatory category above for a total of eight (8) courses. The Real Estate Broker Certificate contains all eight courses necessary to satisfy the educational requirements to take the California Real Estate Broker Examination.

      Required Courses

      BUSR 51Legal Aspects of Real Estate3
      BUSR 52Real Estate Practice3
      BUSR 53Real Estate Finance3
      Choose one from the following:3-3.5
      BUSR 55
      Real Estate Economics
      BUSR 81
      Appraisal: Principles and Procedures
      BUSA 11
      Fundamentals of Accounting
      Choose three courses from the following:9
      BUSL 18
      Business Law
      or BUSL 18H
      Business Law - Honors
      BUSR 50
      Real Estate Principles
      BUSR 57
      Income Tax Aspects of Real Estate Investments
      BUSR 59
      Real Estate Property Management
      BUSR 60
      Real Estate Investment Planning
      BUSR 62
      Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
      BUSR 76
      Escrow Procedures I
      PLGL 40
      Landlord-Tenant Law
      Choose any of the following courses if not taken above:
      BUSA 11
      Fundamentals of Accounting
      BUSR 55
      Real Estate Economics
      Total Units21-21.5

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      Guided Pathway of Study

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