Concentration: Real Estate


Real Estate

Do you have the desire to become a Real Estate entrepreneur?  Do you like meeting people?  Helping people?  Do you feel that marketing, selling, communication are your strong points?  Would you like to be a property investor or flip homes?  Then maybe Real Estate is the career for you. 

The LBCC Real Estate program offers 2 stackable certificates of completion:  the Real Estate Salesperson certificate, which offers the required college-level courses for the California Real Estate Salesperson License and the Real Estate Broker certificate, which offers the additional required college-level courses for the California Real Estate Broker License.  Once you have completed these courses and passed the California DRE Salesperson and/or Broker exams you will be prepared to be on your way to the career of your choice. 


Real estate occupations are generally listed in the top occupations in Los Angeles and Orange counties, with jobs such as commercial and residential real estate sales agents, association/property managers, appraisers, brokers and leasing consultants.

Degrees & Certificates

The Real Estate Certificates of Accomplishment consist of the courses required by the California Department of Real Estate for the Real Estate Salesperson License and the Real Estate Broker License.  For more detailed information, visit The California Department of Real Estate.

Business (AA + Cert) Curriculum Guide

Certificate of Accomplishment, Business: Real Estate Salesperson

Plan Code: 4115 – The courses listed in the Real Estate Salesperson Certificate of Accomplishment will qualify and prepare a student to take the written examination for a Real Estate Salesperson license. Upon successfully passing the examination, a license will be approved by the CalBRE. This license is required to conduct real estate activities while under the supervision of a licensed broker. For additional information regarding the Real Estate Salesperson license, please visit DRE website.

Certificate of Accomplishment, business: Real Estate Broker

Plan Code: 4154 – The courses listed in the Real Estate Broker certificate of accomplishment, coupled with a minimum of 2 years full-time licensed salesperson experience, will qualify and prepare a student to take the written examination for a Real Estate license. Upon successfully passing the examination, a license will be approved by the CalBRE. For additional information regarding the Real Estate Salesperson license, please visit DRE website.

Course Offerings

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Course Name   Fall   Winter Spring Summer

Introduction to Accounting

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LAW 20
Property Law

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Real Estate Economics 

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Real Estate Principles

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Real Estate Practice

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Real Estate Appraisal

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Real Estate Finance 

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REAL 253
Property Management

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Course Descriptions

IN OUR OWN WORDS – Course reflection written by LBCC faculties to provide students insight about our Business classes.


Introductory Accounting is the class to take if you want to increase your chances of being successful in ACCTG 1A or want to understand the principles of financial accounting without the added difficulty of debits & credits or journals & ledgers. The course is designed for the General Business major. Whether you are the business owner or a manager in a business, your ability to interpret financial information is critical to success.

The course covers most of the topics found in ACCTG 1A but in an increase/decrease format that a businessperson can understand more easily. Though the depth of coverage of some topics is a little deeper in ACCTG 1A, the level and pace is perfect for the General Business major.

If you are considering getting an Associate Degree or Certificate in Business Administration, ACCTG 200A is a core requirement.  


Boom or Bust! Gain the skills to predict patterns in real estate prices, as well as supply and demand.  Apply real estate economics to the art of investing and flipping houses.  This course covers trends and factors affecting the valuation of real estate, real estate cycles and business and economic fluctuations, the nature and classifications of real estate, the development of property, construction and subdivisions, and residential/real-property market trends.

This course is a required course for persons seeking a California Real Estate Broker license and may also be used as an elective for those seeking a California Real Estate Salesperson license. 


Information is power and the Real Estate Principles class provides that information to help our students understand what is needed when buying or selling real estate.  How?  This course covers the basic laws and principles of California real estate and provides background and terminology for homeowners, landlords, tenants, and those preparing for advanced study in specialized real estate courses.

Additionally, students will develop an understanding of what it will take to become a successful sales agent while helping clients realize the American Dream. This course is one of three courses required for the California Real Estate Salesperson license and is an elective course for a California Real Estate Broker license.


Sign this, initial that, don’t worry – everything will be fine…….Fine for whom – you or me? Wouldn’t it be great to know what you are signing and to be able to thoroughly understand and complete the Purchase Contracts and Disclosures necessary to purchase or sell real estate?  Wouldn’t it be great to have confidence in your real estate professional’s knowledge and integrity?

This course is one of the required courses for an individual seeking a Real Estate Salesperson license or a Real Estate Broker license, and covers practices in real estate sales and brokerage, including prospecting, listing, advertising, financing, sales techniques, escrow, and ethics.


This course covers principles and procedures of single-family, residential appraisal and report-writing.  Successful completion is required for a California Real Estate Broker’s license, satisfies up to 54 hours of the 150 hours required for a California Trainee or Residential Appraisal license, and can be used as an elective for a California Real Estate Salesperson’s license.  The course also provides 51 hours of continuing education credit for the California Appraisal license renewal. 


Show Me the Money! Real Estate, especially investing, is all about finding the money.  Learn where to find it and how to qualify for real estate financing. This course is an introduction and analysis of real estate financing and lending policies. The course also introduces students to problems that may arise in the areas of financing residential, apartment, commercial and special purpose properties. The methods of financing properties are emphasized.


This Property Management course is an elective course for both the California Real Estate Salesperson license and the California Real Estate Broker license.  This course is a practical approach to the principles and practices of managing apartments and other income properties. Topics include leasing, owner and manager objectives, management plans, landlord-tenant law, evictions, prohibited discrimination, property maintenance; management office administration, and human relations.

Information is power and this Property Management class will provide a student with insights into why the real estate investment markets behaves as they do, improving their opportunities for success and financial security.


Do the Department of Business Administration & Economics faculty have real-world business experience? 

Yes, nearly every member of our faculty has a strong professional background in their concentration.  

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work Study information.

Who are the Career & Technical Education (CTE) counselors?

Schools/Program Counselor Location
Career & Technical Education Alicia Andujo LAC
Career & Technical Education Lorraine Blouin LAC
Career & Technical Education Laura Garcia LAC
Career & Technical Education Diana Ogimachi LAC
Career & Technical Education Robert Olmos PCC
Career & Technical Education Tom To PCC

Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

What is the difference between a transfer degree (AA-T/AS-T) and a traditional AA/AS degree?

  • The traditional AA-Business degree has been designed for those who are in pursuit of an Associate degree with a stronger and more immediate career focus, such as securing a job opportunity or a job promotion.  Since most of the courses on this degree are transferable to a baccalaureate granting institution, you will still have the opportunity to complete your bachelors degree when the time is more appropriate.  This degree offers 5 distinct career paths – accounting, general business, international business, management and marketing. 
  • The CSU transfer degree has been developed as a fast-track degree for transfer into the CSU system.  The course requirements for the transfer degree have been developed as a collaborative effort by Community College and CSU faculty and this degree will help you to create a clear path from LBCC to a CSU campus, once you have met the stated requirements, which can be found in the Curriculum Guide section.  We offer both an AS-T in Business Administration and an AA-T in Economics. 

What is the difference between a certificate of achievement and a certificate of accomplishment? 

  • Completion of a Certificate of Achievement can be an end in itself or can, after completing the necessary GE requirements, lead to the attainment of one of our Associate degrees.   
  • The Certificates of Accomplishment are lower unit certifications (usually 9-12 units) which are tied to a specific skillset and are generally used as stepping stones on the path to obtain a Certificate of Achievement and eventually to an Associate degree.  They can also be instrumental in career advancement. 

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Visit Admissions & Records for more details.

How to transfer and lookup comparable course listings.

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more transfer information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.