This option prepares the student for a career in real estate brokerage, real estate valuations, mortgage lending, and related fields. The orientation is academic in nature and emphasis is placed upon analysis rather than description. The field of real estate involves the sale, management and analysis of land and properties. This is one of the largest parts of the economy and offers excellent job opportunities. There are more than five million people in the United States employed in identifiable real estate fields such as title insurance, construction, mortgage banking, property management, real estate appraisals, brokerage and leasing, and real estate development collateral for mortgages and a large amount of financial assets. Real estate professionals are tied to the development of our society in a very direct way and participate in decisions that will shape the way we live for centuries. Work in real estate is personally rewarding, ever-changing and challenging. Real estate jobs tend to be more entrepreneurial and create opportunities to become wealthy if you have the right mix of analytical skills and entrepreneurial drive. One of the exciting things about real estate is that it can be approached from so many different ways. You can be a professional worker projecting and analyzing cash flows from new developments with spreadsheets; an agent in the field with heavy contact with customers on a day to day basis; or an entrepreneurial property owner/manager looking for undervalued real estate buys and strategies for creating value.
Course Catalog ~Finance
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