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The Class

I teach real estate investment at Santa Barbara City College (Real Estate Investment FIN 204 — 61449). It is the only such course in the Tri-Counties.

For a thousand years wealth and financial independence have been achieved in one of three ways: business, banking and finance, and real estate.

Most colleges have an abundance of courses in business, finance, and banking. Few teach real estate, yet it remains one of the greatest paths to wealth for people seeing financial independence. Neither UCSB nor CSU Channel Islands nor Westmont offer any courses in real estate investment. Cal Poly offers only one 4-hour lecture on the subject.

It starts on January 17, 2016. It will be held once a week on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:05. SBCC is on the semester system and the course ends on May 9. It is a 3-unit college credit course. My classroom is located on the beautiful West Campus where there is plenty of parking in the evenings.

If you are interested in becoming financially independent, you should take my course.

Why real estate? Unlike the Warren Buffets and Bill Gates of the world you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do well with real estate. Real estate investing is something everyone can do and become successful. All you need are the right tools and that’s what the course is all about. I am not teaching students to become real estate tycoons but rather to be successful people who invest in real estate. As I tell my students, this is a get rich slowly class.

Why me? I’ve been at this business for 40 years as a real estate lawyer, investor, financier, developer, and manager so I have a pretty good idea of what it’s about. This is not a course about real estate theory. I have a lot of practical experience and I teach students stuff that isn’t in the book.

The tools I teach work. And to prove it, I regularly bring in successful real estate investors to talk about what they do and how they did it. I have found that all of them use the tools and methods I teach. They all are inspiring in their own way by demonstrating their rise from modest means to financial success.

My students tell me that it is a lot of fun, and, often, one of the best classes they’ve had in college.

I love teaching. To me it is a privilege. My students are a mixture of typical college undergraduates as well as a large contingent of members of our community and they are all eager to learn the business of real estate investing to better their lives. If I can give them a bit of a head start it is all worthwhile. And, I get to teach at the nation’s No. 1 community college.

If you would like to join us act soon. You can apply online, or call 730-4450. Once you enroll, search for “FIN 204” or the CRN number, 61449.

I hope to see you there.