Real Estate Studies Courses at Ashford University

As the industry has undergone seismic shifts in the last decade, these undergraduate real estate courses will examine the economic, legal, and financial factors driving the industry. Through your classes, you will develop a strategic plan for a real estate enterprise, explore the ethical implications of conducting transactions, and learn to analyze neighborhood, community, and market data influencing appraisal valuations. These courses comprise Ashford University’s Bachelor of Arts in Real Estate Studies.


Real Estate Studies Class Descriptions and Credit Information

RES 301 Principles of Real Estate

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course introduces students to the general principles of real estate, to include industry terminology, ethics, deeds, listing and purchase agreements, agency, contracts, and property valuation decisions. Emphasis will also be on factors impacting local and national real estate markets. 

RES 325 Real Estate Practice

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course examines the basic job functions of real estate salespersons and brokers. Property listing, advertising, escrow, sales, and establishing a client base will be covered with practical applications for completing successful transactions. 

RES 327 Real Estate Economics

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course is a study of the foundational economic principles of real estate with an overview of the U.S. capitalist system. Focus will be on land use, markets, cycles and growth patterns, as well as property and income taxation. 

RES 334 Real Estate Finance

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course primarily examines the residential real estate finance markets and their impacts on consumers, but will also cover facets of commercial real estate. Mortgage options and purchase costs will be highlighted with attention to theories of real estate investment. 

RES 345 Legal Aspects of Real Estate

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course is a study of the legal system and its impact on purchase, ownership, sale, and leasing of real estate. Topics to be covered include contracts, wills, zoning, and environmental law, as well as Constitutional issues in real estate. 

RES 429 Property Management

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides the framework for the management and development of inventory of private and commercial real estate properties on a large scale. Included emphases are the roles of the property manager, landlord duties and policies, leases, maintenance, reports, and insurance. 

RES 431 Commercial Real Estate Investment

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course examines investment transactions, asset management, and enterprise management as the core components of commercial real estate investment. Methods for determining the value of commercial properties and the sources of real estate capital are also discussed. 

RES 450 Real Estate Appraisal

Credits
3 Credits
Description

A study of the functions and approaches to appraisal, which include cost, income, and the direct sale comparison approach. The social and economic factors that impact determination of value will be discussed with emphasis on analyzing market data. 

RES 497 Strategic Management of the Real Estate Enterprise

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This capstone course discusses the managerial decision-making and problem-solving processes that determine the failure or success of a real estate enterprise. Strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation and control are key points of comprehensive focus. The course also incorporates program comprehensive demonstrations of knowledge.