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The Organization · Real Estate Counseling · The CRE Designation · Why Choose a Counselor · Why Be a Counselor?

The Counselors of Real Estate was established exclusively for real estate professionals who provide advice, counsel or guidance which significantly affects real estate decisions, without personal bias or conflict of interest.

Founded in 1953, the organization serves approximately 1,000 members worldwide, all of whom 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 be a community of expertise, talent, collegiality and camaraderie among practitioners recognized as leaders in real estate or real estate related counseling and advisory services.

Membership in the organization is awarded by invitation only through peer, employer and client review. Although one must be invited to join the organization, it is not necessary to be invited to apply. To be considered for membership, applicants demonstrate that they meet the requirements shown under MEMBERSHIP: ELIGIBILITY and QUALIFICATIONS.



When founded in 1953, The Counselors of Real Estate was originally known as The American Society of Real Estate Counselors (ASREC).

“The Counselors of Real Estate ®” owns numerous trademark registrations, including registrations of the “CRE” credential. These registrations cover both the exclusive right of our members to use the CRE credential to indicate membership in the association as well as the provision of networking, consultation, provision of business and financial information and educational services and publications, all relating to real estate.”

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