Real Estate Transactions

Real Estate Transactions


Welcome to LawShelf’s course on real estate transactions. In this course, we’ll discuss the purchase and financing of real estate, due diligence in real estate transactions, property ownership and rights and the unique challenges associated with common property ownership. No prior knowledge of real estate law is required to complete this course.

For decades, owning one’s own home has been essential to “the American Dream.” Since the 1950s, the percentage of American homeowners has increased dramatically for many reasons, including the growth of suburbs, population increases, low interest rates and more accessible financing.  

Real estate is a historically stable investment, providing investors with consistent returns and stability unmatched by most securities. While a stock’s price may fall to zero, a parcel of real estate almost never loses all its value. Additionally, homeownership offers tax advantages, such as the ability to claim tax deductions on mortgage interest and property taxes.

This course’s goal is to provide you with an understanding and knowledge of the most important and most frequently-encountered issues in real estate acquisition and ownership. We’ll ensure that you overlook no major detail during the purchasing or selling process and comprehend the benefits and advantages attendant to home ownership.


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Once you complete the course by passing the final exam, you will be awarded a digital badge to display as evidence of your training and accomplishment.

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You retain access the modules and take the final exam as long as you are a subscriber to LawShelf.

Introduction to Real Estate Transactions-Module 1 of 5

Financing Real Estate Transactions-Module 2 of 5

Real Estate Purchase Due Diligence-Module 3 of 5

Real Estate Ownership & Property Rights-Module 4 of 5

Common Interest Property Ownership-Module 5 of 5

Final Exam only needs to be taken by those seeking to earn the Digital Badge credentials for this course.