A “HOT” REAL ESTATE MARKET NEEDS MORE SOPHISTICATED PROFESSIONALS

Baruch’s Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute Offers a Wide Range of Programs

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              New York, NY, March 29, 2006-- To function effectively in today’s booming real estate market, brokers, financier and developers need more knowledge and sophistication than ever before, according to Barry Hersh, Associate Director of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute.  “Last year there were 30,000 brokers chasing 10,000 real estate transactions,” Hersh notes. “To compete, you’d better know what you’re doing.”

              The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College offers real estate certificate programs covering every facet of the profession: general real estate; brokerage and marketing; property management; finance and investment; real estate development, sustainability and high-performance buildings, real estate and urban planning; community development; an appraisals.  Courses are taught by experienced professionals and are designed to meet licensing requirements and advance real estate careers.

              The Certificate Program in Appraisal is given in conjunction with the New York Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, and courses are credited toward the MAI designation..

              Barry Hersh, academic coordinator of the Certificate Programs, points out that enrollment is particularly strong in specializations such as appraisal and community development, as real estate professionals and those aspiring to break into the field, are currently “seeking knowledge that goes well beyond the basics necessary to obtain a sales license.”

              The Baruch Certificate in Real Estate comprises nine required courses and seven electives chosen to reflect a student’s particular interests and orientation.  Total class time is approximately 300 hours, and total cost is $4,950 plus a $50 application fee. Those wishing to sample individual courses without entering a certificate program may do so.  Costs range from $295 for the 48-hour Salesperson’s Pre-Licensure course to $495-$595 for Appraisal courses.

              An Open House and Education Evening for prospective students will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at 137 E. 22nd Street, in the 2nd floor Marble Lounge, Room 206, from 5:30 to 7 pm.

Contact: Zane Berzins, News and Public Information Director, (646) 660-6113, zane_berzins@baruch.cuny.edu