West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Real Estate Courses

Classes begin August 25, 2014. For more information, please call Admissions at 408-741-2001.

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RLEST 90: Principles of Real Estate (3 units)

This is a fundamental real estate course covering the basic understanding, background, and terminology necessary for advanced study in specialized courses. This course is intended to acquaint the student who has little or no training or experience in real estate with the basic theory of real estate. Its purpose is to enable students to identify, interpret, and solve fundamental problems inherent in the transaction of real property. This course will summarize information required for the State of California real estate license examinations. However, some outside study is advised. This course also applies toward the educational requirements of the California Real Estate Broker’s license examination as an elective.

RLEST 91: Real Estate Practice (3 units)

This introductory course covers the basic understanding, background, and terminology of real estate. This course also summarizes information required for the State of California real estate license examinations. Any student seeking to obtain their California Real Estate Salesperson's or Broker's license must take this class. (Offered online and in person.) Acceptable for California State University credit.

This course introduces students to the fundamental operations of a real estate business and procedures used in a typical real estate transaction. This course also summarizes information required for the State of California real estate license examinations. Any student seeking to obtain their California Real Estate Salesperson's or Broker's license must take this class. (Offered online and in person.) Acceptable for California State University credit.

RLEST 92: Real Estate Economics (3 units)

This course gives students an overview of the unique field of real estate economics, including an examination of how basic economic concepts apply to real estate. Topics include real estate value and pricing, the effect of government controls on the land market, socio-economic factors, financing, and tax issues. This course satisfies part of the educational requirements for obtaining a California Real Estate Salesperson's or Broker's license. Acceptable for California State University credit.

RLEST 93A: Legal Aspects of Real Estate I (3 units)

This course introduces students to legal issues that arise in real estate transactions. Students will learn how to identify, interpret, and solve fundamental legal problems inherent in real estate transactions and in the real estate profession. This course satisfies part of the educational requirements for obtaining a California Real Estate Salesperson's or Broker's license. Acceptable for California State University credit.

RLEST 94A: Real Estate Appraisal I (3 units)

This course provides a general introduction to the theory and practice of appraisal. In addition to covering basic real estate economics, class also addresses the application of various appraisal methods to real world situations, with an emphasis on appraising residential property. This course satisfies part of the educational requirements needed to obtain a California Real Estate Appraiser's license. This course also satisfies part of the educational requirements for obtaining a California Real Estate Salesperson's or Broker's license.

RLEST 96A: Real Estate Investment I (3 units)

This course is designed to acquaint the real estate student with the specific advantages and disadvantages of the various types of real estate investments including apartments, multi-residential, commercial, industrial, professional, recreational, condominiums and special purpose properties, and the effects of inflation, depreciation, taxes, tax-deferred exchanges, real estate cycles, growth patterns, risk and liquidity on the total real estate investment. The student also studies the advantages and disadvantages of investments in related fields of real estate investments including syndications, limited partnerships, the use of leverage, and creative financing such as all inclusive deeds of trusts in maximizing the real estate investment returns. This course applies toward the educational requirements of the California Real Estate Broker’s License examination and can also be applied as an elective for the Real Estate Salesperson License requirements.  Pass/No Pass option

RLEST 99: Property Management (3 units)

This course focuses on successful techniques and practices in the management of income property. Topics covered include acquisition, analysis, legal considerations, marketing techniques, maintenance, records and insurance. This course also satisfies part of the educational requirements for obtaining a California Real Estate Salesperson's or Broker's license. (Online only.) Acceptable for California State University credit.

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