The best real estate investing courses you'll find online

If you’ve been toying with the idea of real estate investing -- or even if you’ve made some moves to start up your own business -- you may have done some research to learn some of the basics. 

You probably have a favorite podcast, a favorite book or blog, and a favorite investment guru. But in order to launch and grow a serious real estate investment business -- one that will sustain you financially for the long haul -- you’ll need to get serious about educating yourself.

Whether you are interested in single family homes, multi-family, wholesaling, or even the academic and theoretical framework behind real estate investment strategies, courses are available to help you learn about REI in a systematic way.

And whether you’re looking for casual, a la carte classes that you can dip in and out of or you want to pursue a certificate, designation, or other formal program, there’s a real estate course or curriculum for you.

We’ve put together a variety of resources here based on advice from experienced real estate investors. These are the programs that have the depth and real-world, practical impact you’re looking for.

Check them out (including Roofstock’s own SFR Mastery Program) and put your newfound knowledge to work to launch or grow your business.



Single family REI

Roofstock Academy


Who is it for?

Whether you are a new investor or an experienced investor seeking more information on scaling your SFR investment portfolio, the Roofstock Mastery Program helps you build and scale your real estate investing business.

What makes it unique?

The Roofstock Mastery Program blends a robust on-demand lecture curriculum with personalized 1 on 1 coaching and a private member-coaches forum community. Roofstock offers not just analytical and strategic information but also emphasizes operational, management, scaling, and exit strategies in order to create a robust plan for every stage of the real estate investment lifecycle. With more than $4 billion in investment property acquisitions, Roofstock brings best-in-class insights and methods to this educational package.

How much does it cost?

The initial program is a one time cost is $1,249 (or 12 monthly payments of $119), but includes thousands of dollars in ongoing coaching and development beyond the initial curriculum.

What else should I know?

Roofstock provides a 5-year money back guarantee as well as a $2,500 credit towards your Roofstock rental property purchases, allowing you to get up and running in real life. You also get perks on the website, such as the ability to export.




Multi-family REI

Brad Sumrok - Apartment Investor Mastery


Who is it for?

For everyone from beginners to experienced investors, Brad Sumrok offers a variety of courses geared toward various levels of expertise. While most of his courses are online, he also offers in-person Mastermind experiences.

What makes it unique?

Many of Sumrok’s courses are affordable yet they offer a great deal of information and depth. In addition, he offers many ways to continue your education as you gain more experience in multi-family, including special events and personal mentoring.

How much does it cost?

An introductory course starts at $98 while live training events run a few hundred. 

What else should I know?

Sumrok has a good reputation among experienced investors for providing the basics without skimping on the details that can help you be successful. His balance of simplicity and depth make him a well-respected figure in REI education.



Commercial REI

Certified Commercial Investment Member - Coursework and Designation


Who is it for?

The CCIM designation is available for a variety of players in the commercial investment realm. Current designees include:

  • Brokers
  • Leasing professionals
  • Investment counselors
  • Asset managers
  • Appraisers
  • Corporate real estate executives
  • Property managers
  • Developers
  • Institutional investors
  • Commercial lenders
  • Portfolio managers (loan servicing)
  • Attorneys
  • Bankers
  • Other allied professionals

What makes it unique?

CCIM offers a variety of standalone courses as well as a commercial investment designation program, allowing you to build your expertise over time or pursue a dedicated course of study. CCIM designees include investors and the professional service providers who work with them, allowing you to network as you learn.

How much does it cost?

Costs vary depending on a number of factors, including whether you choose an instructed classroom experience or an online, self-paced one. In addition, there is a significant discount for members. Prices also vary depending on whether you are taking a few a la carte classes or are pursuing your full designation. 

In order to obtain the full designation, you will eventually have to join as a member, so you may as well join up front in order to receive the member discount for coursework. The current cost for an Institute member seeking designation within a one-year period is $7,885.

What else should I know?

CCIM offers some scholarships to help defray the cost of education. In addition, they offer a number of reasonably priced classes through their Ward Center for Real Estate Studies.


Wholesale REI

Sean Terry - Flip2Freedom Academy


Who is it for?

Sean Terry promotes the Flip2Freedom Academy as an answer for those who are seeking to get into real estate investment but don’t yet have the capital or the credit to launch a full-scale real estate investment business. 

What makes it unique?

Flip2Freedom Academy provides not only informational and instructional content but also mentoring and community support. The initial eight-week course includes information on scaling, so the focus really is on getting you launched as well as on ongoing growth.

How much does it cost?

The standard cost is $997 but you can sometimes get half-off deals for $498.50 or multi-month payment plans.

What else should I know?

Terry provides additional events and coaching services as well as his courses and ongoing content. These may be valuable post-launch as you look for opportunities to continue growing your wholesale business.



Real Estate Finance

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) - Certificate of Advanced Study in Real Estate Finance


Who is it for?

If you’re interested in real estate finance in particular, this course is for you. Whether you are an NAIOP member or not, you can still apply for this certificate program.

What makes it unique?

Whether you are interested in working primarily in REI as a private financier or want to hone your skills at analyzing properties, markets, and investment opportunities, this course offers the finance focus you are looking for. It is especially useful if you are interested in becoming a commercial developer or manager as there are a number of elective courses focused on various aspects of these topics.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary depending on membership status from $3,255 - $4,130.

What else should I know?

If you decide to pursue an undergraduate or graduate program at a university, you can receive educational credits for coursework through NAIOP. Check with your current school in order to find out what credit, if any, you might be able to transfer from this certificate program.


University Extension Courses

Various Universities - Harvard, Rice, University of Georgia


Who is it for?

Many universities offer extension courses and programs focused on various aspects of real estate finance and investment. Prerequisites vary, but many of these courses are open to anyone.

What makes it unique?

If you are looking for a combination of theoretical and practical education, a university program can be a good choice. In addition, many universities offer both in-person classes and online learning, allowing you to suit your educational experience to your schedule.

In addition, there is an undeniable caché to a university-based program, and a highly regarded institution of higher learning can help to burnish your resume and your reputation. Depending on the program, you may find that affiliation with a university opens up opportunities for networking on campus or through university-sponsored events and activities.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary from a couple of hundred for a standalone course to several thousand for a certificate program. You’ll also find that some are part of the continuing education department, while others are credit-producing courses that provide academic hours towards your degree.

What else should I know?

Explore a variety of programs to determine which one is the right fit for you. If you are just looking for some introductory strategies, a short standalone course may be all that you need. If you are looking for a more in-depth education, you may want to consider a professional certificate or degree program.


Wrapping Up

Whatever your background and expertise level, there’s a real estate investment course or program for you.

With a variety of curriculum options for every type of investment and every area of the industry, you’re able to pursue and develop your interests both at the beginning of your career and as you grow. 


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This article, and the Roofstock Blog in general, is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is not investment, tax, financial planning, legal, or real estate advice. Roofstock is not your advisor or agent. Please consult your own experts for advice in these areas. Although Roofstock provides information it believes to be accurate, Roofstock makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy or completeness of the information contained on this blog.
Christy Murdock Edgar


Christy Murdock Edgar

Nationally-recognized real estate writer Christy Murdock Edgar creates content for some of the biggest names in real estate and REI and consults and coaches on content marketing strategies for clients all over the US. She is a current faculty member with Florida Realtors and leads workshops and training events for brokerages both online and onsite nationwide. In addition, as Inman’s Marketing Mastermind, she writes about the latest thinking in marketing, content, and technology built specifically for the real estate industry.

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