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National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Real Property (PLG-104)

Location: 
Various, distance learning format.
Length: 

Varies; self-study format.

Dates: 
January 2008 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the "estate system" and explain its relevancy in determining ownership of property; compare and contrast co-tenancy, joint tenancy, tenancy in common or by the entirety and community property; discuss rights and responsibilities of a landlord and tenant; outline grounds for eviction of a tenant; determine whether a wrongful eviction or other wrongs against a tenant have been committed; outline key points in a real estate sales contract and a deed for real property and general procedures of a real estate closing; apply rules of easements (i.e., rights of owners and non-owners as to property usage to a particular fact pattern); define and apply rules of eminent domain, water rights, etc.; apply rules governing local zoning laws and determine whether a particular client's situation is one in which he/she is likely to receive a sought variance based on the general standards under which local zoning boards operate; and determine when zoning boards' decisions can be appealed to state and federal courts.

Instruction: 

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the concepts and working terminology of real property law and reviews disclosure obligations and regulations affecting brokers, sales people, and owners. Students are introduced to buying, selling, leasing, and investing in real estate. Other topics include: general laws of land ownership and transactions, including rights and interests in land, forms of ownership and methods of title transfer; title examinations and insurance; parties to a real estate transaction; the sales agreement and contract; real estate finance, including appraisals and mortgages; the owner-broker relationship; deeds and indentures; real property descriptions; the closing and settlement process; post-settlement activities; and the process of real estate transaction and necessary documentation. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Real Property Law (1/13) (3/18 revalidation). 

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