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Diploma in Property Valuation


The Real Estate sector is one of the vital sectors in Palestine especially because of its role in the economy in raising the individuals’ income and being a main part of the national income, in addition to its role in providing the needed buildings for housing and for economic activities. The official statistics show that the high demand of the apartments has reached to 25 thousand housing unit annually. Also the housing units that need to be rebuilt in Gaza after the last war of 2021 was estimated to reach 140 thousand housing unit. Despite the growing that is happening in the real estate sector in Palestine, the gap between demand and supply is still great, and according to statistics published from Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics there is a clear increasing on real estate with a rate of 10% annually. This in turn increased the real estate prices not only in the main cities, but also in the lands and areas far away from the overpopulation areas.

During COVID pandemic, the real estate sector was affected clearly and the prices was changing during the last year, and this caused trust issues between buyers and sellers because of the many closings that happened and the not so clear economic situation in the world and in Palestine in specific. Thus many owners refused the direct installment and preferred selling through the banks, in addition to the credit facilitates that many banks gave to the different categories of the society during the pandemic.

From this came the need for a diploma in Property Valuation in Arab American University in order to meet and fulfill the needs of the real estate market and provide the market with efficient and experienced people in selling, buying, managing and pricing the lands and properties. This program also aims to provide the labor market with experienced and skilled graduates who are able to manage the real estates and organize them and put basics and standards for buying and selling. When the commercial movement, the economic activities and the overpopulation increase, then the demand for shops, apartment buildings and lands will increase as well, and so this program is a main factor in raising investment awareness in the real estate sector in Palestine.



  • This program aims to provide the real estate market with efficient and qualified people who are able to give prices and appraisals in buildings lands in Palestine, and have skills in organizing and managing the selling and buying contracts in the local market.
  • To graduate staff who are capable to contribute in putting laws to control the real estate prices and studying the reasons behind the changes in prices that are caused by the change in the number of workers, the higher prices in lands and the places where the real estate is located.
  • To provide the local market, the consulting, construction and brokerage firms with experienced and efficient people who have good knowledge in planning and managing the lands and establishments from the beginning of the project until the end.
  • To provide experienced staff who are capable to estimate the start-up and operating costs of housing projects.



  1. To be capable to understand and analyze the property and real estate law in Palestine, in addition to studying the Palestinian land settlement law.
  2. Capability to understand the nature of work behavior in the Palestinian real estate market and to analyze and explain the reasons of land and real estate price changes in Palestine.
  3. Understand the factors affecting the development of the establishment sector in Palestine by studying the expenses and revenues of this sector.
  4. Capability to use and explain the modern ways of the financial analysis of the real estate sector such as: analyzing the returns and risks of investing in this sector, in addition to preparing the estimated budgets for real estate development.
  5. Study the social, environment, economic and legal factors that affect the developing of real estate.
  6. Capability to use the modern technological ways in pricing and evaluating the real estates and lands.


Careers of the Graduates

Graduates of this program are expected to be qualified to work in different fields in the real estate and lands sectors such as:

  • Palestinian Land Authority and the Land Settlement Authority (14 centers all over the West Bank).
  •  Palestine Capital Market Authority (Mortgage Financing).
  • Licensed Property Valuation.
  • Mortgage Financing Firms, such as Palestinian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. (PMHC).
  • The real estate consulting firms.
  • Local government companies and cities planning bodies.
  • Engineering offices for building and establishments.
  • Specialized offices in selling and buying real estate.