I was going to focus more on coarses at some real estate institution.But can you major specifically in real estate at colleges? If so, is it better to just go with that than go to a real estate institution?Does my plan on going to college part time with general ed work? Or do I have to major in real estate AND go to a real estate institution?
Real estate does not require a degree. If that's what you really want to do, don't waste your time getting useless general education degrees and do whatever you have to do to get your license and get with a real estate firm.
Its depends upon you that what you want to become in the future. If you are looking for the Real Estate Business then you have to go for the Real estate institution for better knowledge of the market.
I suggest you go to the junior college to get an AA (while living at home). The AA is your choice. If you wish to take a real estate course as an elective then do so. To begin in real estate sales you'd need $10,000 and a new car. Both are costly and you'd need the money to do that, so you'd have to be working for many years to earn that, so get your 2-year degree first, then transfer that to a senior college or any college or university that would accept your AA. You'd need some technology courses as well, and a law course, economics, marketing would be good also. Remember that being in real estate means you'd have your own business and so over the years going forward be sure to make friends, be responsible, honest and trustworthy, and stay in the same community where you were you grew up because you'd need to be selling real estate to those people you grew up with and their families.
If all you want to do is sell real estate then just take the real estate license courses and you will be done in about 6-18 weeks depending on what state you are in. Remember though that most real estate agents do not continue past the second year. It is very competitive and many quit after not making enough money. Given that you are quite young, going to community college is a good idea as it would give you something else to fall back on should you decide that you want to pursue something else. There also are many occupations like loan officer that support the real estate industry that do require college. Lastly, you should not have to pay alot of money to start a career in real estate. Many community colleges have low cost license courses which would likely be just as good as any high cost private course.