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

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

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      BUSR 50Real Estate Principles3
      BUSR 51Legal Aspects of Real Estate3
      BUSR 52Real Estate Practice3
      BUSR 53Real Estate Finance3
      BUSR 55Real Estate Economics3
      or BUSA 11 Fundamentals of Accounting
      BUSR 81Appraisal: Principles and Procedures3.5
      CISB 15Microcomputer Applications3.5
      Required Electives
      Choose three of the following9
      BUSR 59
      Real Estate Property Management
      BUSR 60
      Real Estate Investment Planning
      BUSR 62
      Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
      BUSR 76
      Escrow Procedures I
      BUSR 40
      Landlord-Tenant Law
      BUSL 18
      Business Law
      BUSL 18H
      Business Law - Honors
      Total Units31

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    • 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 core courses and three (3) additional elective 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

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      BUSR 51Legal Aspects of Real Estate3
      BUSR 52Real Estate Practice3
      BUSR 53Real Estate Finance3
      BUSR 81Appraisal: Principles and Procedures3.5
      BUSA 11Fundamentals of Accounting3
      or BUSR 55 Real Estate Economics
      Choose three courses from the following:9
      BUSR 50
      Real Estate Principles
      BUSR 59
      Real Estate Property Management
      BUSR 60
      Real Estate Investment Planning
      BUSR 62
      Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending
      BUSR 76
      Escrow Procedures I
      BUSR 40
      Landlord-Tenant Law
      BUSL 18
      Business Law
      or BUSL 18H
      Business Law - Honors
      Total Units24.5

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