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The Real Estate Program is designed for students planning to enter the real estate profession, current real estate professionals who are advancing their skills to qualify for the real estate sales and broker’s license, and active professionals requiring continuing education for license renewal.

Upon completing the Real Estate certificates and passing the California DRE salesperson or broker exam, students are eligible for positions in real estate sales offices, banks, savings and loan corporations, title companies, escrow companies, appraisal offices, and as independent real estate brokers.

Real Estate Program Options – What does COM Offer?

CLICK on the program award to view costs and required classes for each certificate and degree

Real Estate Certificate of Achievement (18.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):2 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$960.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$800.00
Required Courses (18.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
REAL 115Real Estate Principles3.0
REAL 116Real Estate Practice3.0
REAL 117Legal Aspects of Real Estate3.0
REAL 210Real Estate Finance3.0
REAL 212Real Estate Appraisal I3.0
REAL 215Real Estate Economics3.0
 

Real Estate Appraisal Skills Certificate (9.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):1 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$480.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$300.00
Required Courses (9.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
REAL 115Real Estate Principles3.0
REAL 116Real Estate Practice3.0
REAL 212Real Estate Appraisal I3.0
 

Real Estate Finance Skills Certificate (9.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):1 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$480.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$300.00
Required Courses (9.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
REAL 115Real Estate Principles3.0
REAL 116Real Estate Practice3.0
REAL 210Real Estate Finance3.0
 

Real Estate Law Skills Certificate (9.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):1 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$480.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$300.00
Required Courses (9.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
REAL 115Real Estate Principles3.0
REAL 116Real Estate Practice3.0
REAL 117Legal Aspects of Real Estate3.0
 

Real Estate Property Management Skills Certificate (9.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):1 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$480.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$300.00
Required Courses (9.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
REAL 115Real Estate Principles3.0
REAL 116Real Estate Practice3.0
REAL 218Property Management3.0
 
* These expenses may not reflect your actual cost to attend College of Marin.
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Tuition cost is for in-state tuition, which is currently $46/unit plus additional fees. For out-of-state tuition, see marin.edu/paying-college.
-For information about opportunities for financial aid, please visit marin.edu/financial-aid
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or financial aid and enrollment questions, contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
Some classes may have prerequisites. Please meet with a College of Marin Counselor to plan your education path and determine which classes are necessary for you.

Career Outlook

What work can I get and how much can I earn?

JOB TITLE: Real Estate Agent or Real Estate Broker

  • Annual Earnings: $31,540 to $115,550
  • What They Do: Rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties, such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.

JOB TITLE: Property Manager

  • Annual Earnings: $38,110 to $189,340
  • What They Do: Plan, direct, or coordinate the selling, buying, leasing, or governance activities of commercial, industrial, or residential real estate properties. Includes managers of homeowner and condominium associations, rented or leased housing units, buildings, or land (including rights-of-way).

JOB TITLE: Real Estate Appraiser

  • Annual Earnings: $39,410 to $115,550
  • What They Do: Appraise real property and estimate its fair value. May assess taxes in accordance with prescribed schedules.
To explore these professions in more detail or find out about other growing professions, visit onetonline.org.
Salary ranges reflect 10% to 90% of annual earnings per data sourced from Economic Modeling Specialists International (www.economicmodeling.com); data includes the North Bay Region (Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma) and San Francisco County.
Commercial real estate professional

Key Contacts

Who do I contact if I have questions?

PLAN: Call the Counseling Office at (415) 485-9432

OTHER QUESTIONS: Call COM's Career Programs Dept at (415) 457-8811 x8200

Business Dept. – Real Estate
Main Number – (415) 457-8811 x7610

Real Estate Faculty

  • Robert Borgognoni
  • Jamelia Brown-Carson
  • Corina Rollins

Why Choose College of Marin for Real Estate?

  • Get California Licensed in Real Estate: College of Marin prepares you to become a California-licensed real estate salesperson or broker.
    • After successfully completing three college-level real estate classes (earning you a Skills Certificate) and meeting other requirements by the the state, you will be ready to take the state’s licensing exam and begin a career as a California Real Estate Salesperson. Other requirements apply; see the CALBRE page for salesperson license.
    • After successfully completing a Certificate of Achievement or Associate Degree in Real Estate plus taking additional classes required, and fulfilling other state requirements, you will be ready to take the state’s licensing exam and begin a career as a California Real Estate Broker. For full details and to see all requirements; see the CALBRE page for brokers license.
  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents.
    • Starting here is a terrific and inexpensive way to start your career in real estate.
    • Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
  • Location & Scheduling Convenience: COM has two campuses in Kentfield and Novato. Evening, weekend, and online classes are available for a wide range of scheduling needs.
  • Small Class Size: Most business classes have 20-30 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What else should I know?

How long does it take to earn a certificate in real estate?

You can typically complete the classes for the Certificate of Achievement in 2-3 semesters.

Skills certificates take 1-2 semesters.

To start practicing real estate, you must also pass an examination given by the State of California, Department of Real Estate. For more information, see calbre.ca.gov.

 

 

Are there any pre-requisites?

No, there are no requirements or prerequisites to start. However, good working English is essential.

How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)

See College of Marin Enrollment Services or Apply Online

  • Contact a Counselor today at
    • (415) 485-9432
PLEASE NOTE: This program is subject to change! For the most up-to-date information and to plan an individualized education plan, please see a College of Marin Counselor.
This program is eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). For information about opportunities for financial aid, please contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
Gainful Employment - For more information about College of Marin graduation and completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed our programs, and other important gainful employment information, please visit www1.marin.edu/gainful-employment.