Real Estate

Job Description

Real estate agents represent buyers and sellers of commercial, residential and other properties. These professionals must be knowledgeable about local neighborhoods and property laws. Real estate agents may also need marketing skills to promote themselves and their properties. They may also be required to do research when pricing a property or negotiating an offer. Real estate agents may work evenings and weekends, depending on their client’s schedule. While some time is spent in the office, many hours are spent hosting open houses or prospecting for clients. Real estate agents often work for brokers and may interact with lawyers, accountants and financiers during the selling process.

Employment Outlook

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL), the 2016 average hourly wage for Real Estate Sales Agents was $24.33 per hour. For more information see the link for the Connecticut Department of Labor website below:
CT Labor Market Information

Admissions Requirements

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the Principles and Practices of Real Estate course, and, as a Credit-Free program, admission to the college is not required.

Program Description

This required course for real estate licensing provides clear explanations of modern real estate practices and a working knowledge of real estate in Connecticut. Property owners, buyers, sellers, and anyone interested in pursuing real estate careers or operations will find this course beneficial and rewarding. 

Time Commitment

The schedules of this course vary depending on which class a student is registered for.

The first option meets for a total of 16 sessions; Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The second option meets for 14 sessions; a Wednesday and Saturday combination.

The Principles and Practices of Real Estate course is scheduled between 64 and 68 classroom hours. Students enrolled in the Principles and Practices of Real Estate course must attend at least 60 hours and pass the course with a score of 70 or higher in order to sit for the State exam.

Payment Information

Course Fee: $485
Textbooks: approximately $120
Exam Fee: approximately $80

Payment is due in full at the time of registration.

Easy Ways to Register
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More Information

For more information about upcoming Real Estate courses, please see the “Real Estate” section of the latest Credit-Free Catalog or contact the Continuing Education Program Coordinator.

Manchester Community College
Credit-Free Programs, Continuing Education
Stephen Campiglio
Program Coordinator of Personal & Professional Development & Community Programs

Additional MCC Real Estate Course Offerings

MCC periodically offers a variety of Continuing Education courses with credits approved for maintaining licensure for salespeople and brokers, we well as courses of interest to people who may want to buy and sell houses, become a landlord, or flip properties.

  • CT Real Estate Legal Review and Update
  • Due Diligence for Real Estate Professionals
  • Foreclosure and Bankruptcy
  • Buying Foreclosed Property
  • Current Laws in Condominium Law
  • Basic Title Searching
  • Fair Housing Laws for Real Estate Agents and Brokers
  • Mortgage Loan Documentation

Note: Real estate salespersons and brokers must fulfill educational requirements to qualify for State of Connecticut mandated exams. The educational requirements for Connecticut are as follows:

Real Estate Salesperson (total of 60 hours)

  • Principles and Practices of Real Estate (60 hours)

Real Estate Broker (total of 120 hours)

  • Real Estate Principles and Practices (60 hours)
  • Real Estate  Legal Compliance (15 hours)
  • Real Estate Brokerage Principles and Practices (15 hours)
  • Two 15-hour electives (30 hours) … or 20 real estate transactions in the previous five years (a “real estate transaction” defined as a legal transfer of real property or execution of a lease agreement).

All of the real estate courses offered at MCC for licensure and continuing education have been filed with and approved by the State of Connecticut Real Estate Commission. All MCC courses meet or exceed the minimum requirements as outlined by the State of Connecticut.

For more information on the State of Connecticut Real Estate Commission, please visit the Department of Consumer Affairs website: