Real Estate

Building a Bold Profession in Real Estate

There’s a certain type of person that tends to gravitate toward careers in Real Estate. They’re independent and outgoing, combining an “all-business” mindset with a knack for building customer relationships. Most importantly, they’re detail-oriented and prepared.

Irvine Valley College’s Real Estate department combines business principles with market-relevant skills and training to prepare grads for in-demand careers as agents, brokers, property managers, assessors, and more. The curriculum also provides professional learning opportunities for career professionals. 

IVC’s three degree and certificate options represent streamlined pathways to a steady career in a future-proof field. While demand for real estate professionals tends to run parallel to broader economic trends, it’s an industry that remains critical even when markets begin to struggle. Real estate agents are among the occupations expected to expand by 10% or more by 2026, both earning “Bright Outlook” status from occupational data application O-Net Online. 

IVC’s Real Estate program covers all aspects of theory and practice, featuring courses in principles, practice, finance, legal aspects, escrow, appraisal, and other facets of the Real Estate industry. The coursework, taught by expert faculty with real-word experience in the field, prepares students to sit for the California real estate salesperson and/or broker's examinations, and provides a basis for real estate, property management, and finance-related careers. (Please see the California Department of Real Estate for additional information on real estate license requirements.)

The Real Estate program at Irvine Valley College is proud to offer online, evening and weekend courses to fit the busy schedules of our working students. 

Ready to launch a Future BUILT career in Real Estate? It all starts at Irvine Valley College!

What You Need to Know

What Degrees and Certificates Are Available to Me?
IVC offers a variety of program types to help build your future-proof career! 

Associate in Science Degrees
These two-year college degrees are designed for students who want to gain in-depth understanding of a particular field in order to enter a specific profession or to prepare for further education at a technical or trade school, or a 4-year college or university.

IVC Offers an AS in:
Real Estate

Certificates of Achievement
Certificates of Achievement are state-approved certificates that acknowledge workplace competencies and job readiness in a particular field. In many cases, the courses that comprise a certificate of achievement are the same as those required for an associate degree, minus the General Education courses.

IVC Offers a COA in:
Real Estate Broker
Real Estate Sales
Real Estate Success

Certificates of Proficiency
Certificates of Proficiency acknowledge basic workplace abilities and are designed for students who want to enter the workforce quickly or upgrade their job skills. These certificates have a total credit requirement of less than 18 units and are designed and approved by local business leaders in order to make them as practical as possible. 

IVC Offers a COP in:
Real Estate Sales

Make sure your class schedule is built for success. Visit the course catalog to see what classes you need to earn your degree or certificate in Real Estate.

Irvine Valley College is proud to provide our communities with affordable, accessible Career Education opportunities. Click for details on program costs and fees for the Real Estate department.

Financial Aid, Scholarships & Grants

Want to learn how financial aid, scholarships and grants can make college more affordable? IVC’s Financial Aid Office has all the information you need!

School of Business Sciences
Department Offices: 949-451-5310

Rick Boone, MBA, EdD
Program Director, Real Estate
Assistant Professor, Real Estate and Business 

Bennet Tchaikovsky, JD, CPA
School Chair / Associate Professor, Business Sciences 
Faculty Website

Traci Fahimi
Dean, Business Sciences
(949) 451-5204

IVC Real Estate graduates are building successful futures in careers like these, and more! Here are some in-demand job titles and their average yearly salaries.

Real Estate Brokers = $51,802 
Real Estate Sales Agents = $48,346 
Real Estate Assessors = $72,230 
Property/Real Estate/Community Association Manager = $62,074 
Loan Officer = $61,094 
Title Examiners = $53,203 

Average Salary In This Field

Average Salary In This Field

$48,346 to
Per Year

Potential Careers

Potential Careers

Loan Officer
Title Examiner
Real Estate Broker

Have Questions? Talk To A Counselor!

You’ve made an independent choice to boost your life and career through Career Education at IVC… but you’re not alone! Talk to a counselor for information on getting started, planning your career pathway, and more!

Our Students Love Us!

“I’m at CSUF now and I think [IVC] prepared me a lot for the business program here. I also just finished my third interview with Northwestern Mutual to land a financial advisor internship. I have a good feeling about it!”
- Jake Miknuk, IVC Alum
“Your classes were not only very informative, but also very fun. The in-class assignments were always very interesting, because we had to deal with controversial subjects that really made us think. [They] really changed my perspective on how the world works.”
- Carlos Barros, IVC Student
“I enjoyed being involved on campus and making connections with the campus community. I would encourage any future students to engage on campus in any and every way they can.”
- Danielle Richmond, IVC Student