Real estate is the most valuable asset most people will ever own, yet many real estate agents receive inadequate training in how to avoid potential legal problems related to its sale and/or purchase. Doing an honest job for clients and staying out of litigation is important! This 45-hour course is designed to provide a basic introduction to contract law and what makes a real estate contract valid. Class also provides an overview of disclosure laws and what real estate agents should and should not reveal; how to handle ethical problems and laws regarding racial discrimination and “steering”; potential problems to be on the watch for; and how to use negotiation as a means to avoid conflict. The course fulfills a basic real estate course requirement for a California Real Estate License, but is also suitable for anyone seeking insight before making a real estate purchase. Materials fee covers the cost of textbook that will be distributed at first class meeting. For subsequent classes, you are expected to read each required chapter(s) PRIOR to the class meeting, to assist you in understanding the materials presented in class.