The CRE or The Counselors of Real Estate is the membership organization established exclusively for real estate advisors who provide intelligent, unbiased, and trusted advice for a client or employer. Founded in 1953, the organization serves 1,100 members worldwide, all who hold the "CRE" credential. CREs are linked to one another by their commitment to integrity, competence, community, trust, and service; and they adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice.
The purpose of the organization is to serve as an information resource and to provide its members with opportunities for professional development, knowledge sharing, and networking, all grounded in a culture of camaraderie.
Please visit the National CRE website at CRE.org.
Membership in the organization is awarded by invitation only through peer, employer and client review. To be considered for membership, applicants demonstrate that:
Counseling is a unique real estate specialty. It is not considered a specific discipline with a defined body of knowledge, such as brokerage, management, or appraisal.
Rather, real estate counseling is a processÑone that requires technical competency, thoughtful analysis, and critical inquiry, all of which are directed toward achieving the best results for a client or employer. A Counselor of Real Estate serves as the link between defining the problem and devising a solution of measurable economic value. Essential to the counseling process is the trust and confidence that prevails in the CRE-client or CRE-employer relationship.
No matter the property type, real estate decision makers call upon the Counselor's in-depth knowledge for a breadth of services:
The CRE credential is awarded only to those individuals who are invited by their peers into the membership of The Counselors of Real Estate.
A prestigious credential, it serves as an identity and bond in the real estate marketplace.
It declares individual professional achievement in the real estate counseling profession.
It acknowledges an advisor's status as one of the most trusted professionals in the field of real estate.
It demonstrates peer recognition of outstanding intelligence, integrity, and judgment in real estate.
The CRE Consulting Corps provides real estate analysis and action plans for municipalities, not-for-profits, government entities, public/private developers, and owners of real property.
As a public service program, the CRE Consulting Corps is designed to provide access to the highest level of expertise in designing effective strategies for sound real estate solutions. Each Consulting Corps project is conducted by a team of volunteer members of The Counselors of Real Estate. The team is comprised of CREs who are selected because their experience and skill sets meet the specific needs of the client. The CRE Consulting Corps specializes in understanding your organization's specific situation and creating a realistic, feasible, and achievable road map for solving virtually any messy, complicated real estate problem your organization may face:
Prior to a projected panel visit, please complete an "Application for CRE Consulting Corps Assistance," which provides a summary of the real estate problem for review by the Consulting Corps Steering Committee.
1. You and the Consulting Corps Chairman will discuss and agree on the scope of the assignment and upon an engagement fee, which will be outlined in a formal engagement letter.
2. To prepare the Consulting Corps team in advance of their on-site work, we will look to you to provide additional resource materials as needed. These could include maps, market information, and other relevant materials.
3. Approximately 30 days prior to the arrival of the panel, the Consulting Corps Chairman, with your assistance, will identify and invite resource people (usually between 10 - 30 individuals) to be interviewed by the Consulting Corps team. These interviewees need to represent a cross-section of the community and provide a wide range of insights relating to the real estate problem, including but not limited to planners, developers, advocates, politicians, tenants, or brokers.
4. A project typically last 5 - 6 days. Upon arrival, we ask that you provide a briefing session to the Consulting Corps team. This would include an overview of the real estate problem being addressed and a site visit.
5. After reviewing extensive materials, meeting with you, surveying the site, and interviewing the resource individuals, the Consulting Corps team members convene for extensive deliberations on your real estate problem. Pooling their sophisticated experience, talent, and skills, members of the Consulting Corps team then create a strategic plan of action that will guide your way to a real estate solution.
6. At the conclusion of the Consulting Corps team members' work, you will meet with the team for a report on their final recommendations.