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, multifamily, wholesaling, or even the academic and theoretical framework behind real estate investment strategies, courses are available to help you learn 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 Academy) and put your newfound knowledge to work to launch or grow your business.


Single-family rentals

Roofstock Academy

What makes it unique?

Roofstock Academy offers options for on-demand lectures , personalized 1:1 coaching, and private community access. 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 $5 billion in investment property acquisitions, Roofstock brings best-in-class insights and methods to Roofstock Academy.

How much does it cost?

Roofstock Academy has 2 programs to choose from according to your goals and learning preferences:

  • Self Study ($39 a month). Everything you need to get started in real estate investing at your own pace, plus access to other exclusive Roofstock Academy events like our book club and members-only Q&A sessions.
  • Workshop ($99 a month). Ramp up quickly and become fully accountable to your investing goals with online courses, 1:1 coaching, and access to our online investor community.

View full program and pricing details, including information about discounted annual pricing.



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 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 multifamily, including special events and personal mentoring.

How much does it cost?

A 5-day training is free, while other training levels vary.

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 investing education.


Commercial real estate investing

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 annual membership is $650.

What else should I know?

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


Real estate finance and development

Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) - Certificate programs 


Who is it for?

If you’re interested in real estate finance or development, these courses are 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 as a developer or private financier or want to hone your skills at analyzing properties, markets, and investment opportunities, these courses offer the focuses you are looking for.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary depending on membership and student status.

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 these certificate programs.


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 depending on whether you pursue a standalone course or 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 toward 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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