The single largest business transaction entered into by most people is the sale or purchase of a home or other real estate. Consequently, people often seek the professional opinions and assistance of real estate salespersons, brokers, and appraisers. These professionals are familiar with the various forms of financing available in any given market. They keep abreast of actions taken by their county or city planners and become familiar with the zoning laws, tax laws, real estate and contract law in order to better serve their clients. Real estate agents and brokers are not limited to selling real estate, for they can also manage or develop property.
The Business-Real Estate program is designed to provide the student with the comprehensive knowledge needed to enter into or invest in the real estate industry. Given its progressively challenging course curriculum, students often start with Real Estate Principles. This is a state-mandated course for those testing for a real estate salesperson's license. From there an "investor" student might pursue the more difficult Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Law, or the Real Estate Appraisal courses.
The eight certificate programs provide a structured approach to the course work. For instance, the Advanced Business Real Estate Certificate includes all the courses and electives necessary to take the state's Real Estate Broker's examination.
The Business-Escrow program provides the student with the training necessary for the escrow industry. The student is introduced to the basic principles of escrow before moving to the more advanced case studies and practices within the industry. The Escrow certificate program includes three courses in escrow and also acquaints the student with real estate agent skills. Additionally, business courses in accounting, law, human relations, math, and investments complete the program and help give the student an appreciation and understanding of the business community and the responsibilities within the escrow industry.
Career opportunities: banking, developer, escrow officer, escrow secretary, loan broker/salesman, property manager, real estate appraiser, real estate broker, real estate lawyer, real estate salesperson, real estate secretary, securities broker, title insurance representative.
The escrow officer is a highly trained individual whose knowledge of real estate transfer for private businesses and estate settlement procedures is essential for the operation of an escrow office.