Online Real Estate Classes
Mesa Community College
1833 West Southern Ave., BP4, Mesa, AZ 85202
Mesa College REA 281 - Principles of Real Estate Law
Mesa College REA 282 - Real Estate Finance
Mesa College REA 283 - Property Management
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P.O. Box 41750, Mesa, AZ 85274
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Your professor, Nori Muster.
Starting in 1989, I have worked in all aspects of real estate. I managed a distressed apartment community in Tempe and brought it around. I managed the sale of a 10,000 square foot studio in Hollywood, including staging it and hiring a commercial Realtor. I was a Realtor myself for seven years, working in residential resale, teaching, and joining Realtor committees. I've flipped properties, made a commercial lease once, watched people build houses twice, tried my hand as a carpenter's wife, and have served on homeowners boards since 2007. I've been a landlord in Tempe since 1997. I've been a real estate agent in Arizona since 2006, and have taught here at Mesa Community College since 2010.
My credentials to teach are my real estate license, my real estate teachers' license, and my masters of science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Please call on me if you have questions or fall behind. I'm here to help you.
A few words from the instructor . . . November 14, 2015
One way to succeed in college is to get to know your textbooks. When you are looking for an elective to fill out your schedule, go to the bookstore and choose a class based on the books that interest you. Look all over the bookstore, not just in the subjects you usually choose. College is a good place to broaden your interests.
In my classes you will learn how to digest a college textbook. The introductory assignment is to speedread the book, including the table of contents, the index, flipping through the book, and eye-sweeping each page in the book. Then, over the course of the semester, you will look at each chapter and write a page about what you learned. When you read, I want you to speedread, but slow down and thoroughly read things that catch your eye. I am here to help, so contact me if you have any questions about what you read.
My supervisor and the chairperson in the MCC Business Department choose textbooks that meet the school's academic standards. Whenever we update a textbook, they give me a chance to read it, then agree or disagree to the change. The books we have now are of the highest standards, and I consider them pretty darn good. A good textbook covers the subject thoroughly, offers relevant photos, charts, and study guides.
If you fall behind, and nothing else works, put the textbook under your pillow. The books are so large, they will keep you awake until you pay attention to them.
Over the years that I have taught at MCC, I have seen ninety percent of my students finish these classes with a good grade. It's a lot of work, but many students tell me it's just about the right amount of work, since it's online and there are no classroom hours. My past students say they appreciate the opportunity to work on their own, and to acquire valuable study skills. Most of my students are appraisers, real estate agents, and people working toward a degree in business. However, a percentage of my students already have graduate degrees. I've had attorneys, Ph.D.s, and MDs take my classes. They come here to learn, so they also knuckle down and do the assignments.
My classes each count for eighteen hours of Arizona Real Estate Department continuing education, and three units of college credit. College credits from MCC will transfer to ASU or any four-your college, and may provide up to half the units you need for your bachelor's degree. To get started in my classes, sign up at MCC,* buy the textbook,* and speed read it. You will work on your own, turning in the assignments according to the schedule in the syllabus, or (with special permission), on your own schedule. I require that everyone complete the classes by finals week.
If you are enrolled, or want to consider enrolling, please feel free to contact me. My supervisors judge my performance by how many students complete the classes. There is currently room in all the classes, spring and fall semesters. I do not teach over the summer. To find out more about Mesa College, click here.
A word about why I invite my students to call me by my first name. I have a master's degree, but my most important credentials to teach this class are my Arizona real estate license and real estate instructors' license. I've been teaching online at MCC since 2010, and see myself as your fellow real estate agent. In other words, if we ran into each other at a C.E. class somewhere around town, I would expect you to say hi Nori, not hi Professor Muster.
Remember to call on me if you need help in the class. My main responsibility here is to explain how it works and make sure you have what you need to complete the class and get your credits! Click here for contact information.
Professor's thoughts on teaching
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Nov 14, 2015 at 6:22pm
Last week and next week, I'm taking my last two c.e. classes. Last week was an inspiring class by a man who worked in real estate for thirty years. He also started a few other businesses. He is probably now in his seventies, but still follows the markets. The first hour was on market trends—what's selling, and how much. He said it's a normal market, and I agree. We're not experiencing the wild mood swings of the 00s. The second hour he talked about recent updates to escrow and real estate documents. The third hour we went over the laws of fair housing.
I found his class inspiring. It's always great to meet another teacher who loves to teach. I've taught at Mesa College going on six years, and every year I try to make the instructions more simple. Although demanding, doing the classes online makes them more convenient. For those of you who wanted an online class, I hope you find the classes satisfying. For those of you who would prefer to simply sit in a class, I apologize there are no on-campus versions of this class available. There are not enough students to meet the minimum of a regular class. Since no classroom version of this is available, I try to make it as doable as possible.
In all my classes, all you have to do is speed-read the textbook, and give me a page of your notes from each chapter. My supervisor approves this system, and it guarantees our academic integrity for the college. The textbooks are crafted for the college level, and are the best books available. Our department chairperson selects the books. She shares them with the department head, my boss, and he approves them. Then he shares them with me. My main say in the matter is whether or not to change books. I've kept the same REA 281 law textbook because I believe it's relevant and coherent, and since it's been around a few years, it's relatively easy to find used. We updated the REA 282 finance textbook, which was a big improvement, and a no-brainer. The old textbook was more for a financial planner. The new textbook squarely focused on real estate. We still use the original REA 283 property management textbook, as this is a newer class.
In the course of teaching these classes over thirteen semesters now, I have had about five students completed a class weeks and months early. Some of these students were pursuing a series of block classes, each class lasting several weeks. Equally amazing, I have seen about three students cram a class in the last several weeks before finals. As in all good bell curves, most of my students fall closer to the norm (working steadily over eighteen weeks). Sadly, I have had about four students who disappeared after the last day to get a W, and I had to flunk them. I hate doing it, and I discussed each of these cases with my supervisor before assigning that grade. Sometimes we have given students extra time and it has worked out for everyone's benefit. In the beginning, "open enrollment" meant I could have to take on a new student at the end of the semester and carry them into the next semester. Thankfully, the rules changed on open enrollment, so now there's a cut-off time students can join. I also don't teach summer semesters for the same reason. Students tended to sign up for summer (eight weeks) and still take eighteen weeks to complete the classes. This causes software problems for me, having to track students in all various semesters.
The main advantages of the Canvas software are displaying the syllabus, warning you of assignment deadlines, and posting your grades. After that computer failure (admittedly due to operator error), I decided to change all the assignments to pass-fail (complete-incomplete). This is to prove I am not judging your writing. If you turn in all the assignments and pass the final exam, you get an A. The introductions and finals were always pass-fail. The introduction is simple, and the final is either "you get it or you don't get it." If you don't get it, I come back to you to discuss the material, and give you a chance to rework your final until you pass.
Assignment 3 is due at the end of November and your final will be due in the middle of December, during finals week. The final exams in each class cover the essential take-aways on the subject. The final for REA 281 and 282 are to discuss the reasons for the 00s market bubble and crash, and the difference between right and wrong. They say we need to learn from the past or we're doomed to repeat it. I want to make sure my students have a clear grasp of what happened. The final for REA 283 is how to do an eviction, and a review of Fair Housing and the Landlord-Tenant laws.
Here's what I want you to get out of the classes: 1) learn to speed read—I simply throw you in the water, 2) gain confidence conquering a college textbook, 3) find out what interests you in the field, 4) three college credits, 5) an A, and most important, 6) learn good information. Keep these goals in mind as you work on your chapters.
August 9, 2016 / Fall Semester 2016
Hello students - if you have trouble logging into Canvas, you can find textbook information, syllabuses, and information here: http://classes.norimuster.com
Since we're all on our computers, and not in a classroom on campus, I'll keep you updated on how everyone is doing. We will mostly be in contact around the end of each month, when your major assignments are due. This is an open enrollment course, so students can join us up to a few weeks before finals. With more than ten days before the start of the semester we have nine students. In past years, during the market crash, some of my classes had only one or two students. However, as the economy has recovered, so has enrollment in the MCC real estate program. I would like lots of students to join us because it makes the classes more fun. If you call studying a textbook fun. If you need a prerequisite override, contact John Beshk or me. These classes are maybe not for beginners, but if you've been around real estate, most of the concepts we cover will be familiar to you.
Over all, I recommend everybody try to get some TV time with the Olympics over the next few days! School starts soon. - Nori