About the Counselors of Real Estate

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The Counselors of Real Estate, now in its 40th year, is an international group of high profile professionals including members of prominent real estate, financial, legal and accounting firms as well as leaders of government and academia who provide expert, objective advice on real property and land-related matters.

Membership is selective, extended by invitation only on either a self-initiated or sponsored basis. The organization's CRE Designation (the Counselor of Real Estate) is awarded to all members in recognition of superior problem solving ability in various areas of specialization such as litigation support, asset management, workouts, valuation, feasibility studies, acquisitions/dispositions and general analysis.

Networking is the hallmark of The Counselor organization. Throughout the year, educational programs provide Counselors with opportunities, both nationally and locally, to meet with fellow members and professional colleagues to discuss the latest trends affecting commercial real estate. A publications program, highlighted by our award winning professional journal, Real Estate Issues, provides a venue for members to showcase their knowledge of such areas as office buildings, retail centers, hotels/motels, real estate counseling , etc.

What is a real estate counselor?

A counselor is a real estate practitioner whose primary business is providing expert, experienced advisory services to clients for agreed-upon fees. Counseling denotes an activity that is, by its nature, relational. The client relies upon the counselor for skilled and objective aid in the client's real estate needs, implying both trust on the part of the client and trustworthiness on the part of the counselor. The counselor typically has acquired a broad range of experience in the real estate field, possesses technical competency in more than one real estate discipline, and places those competencies at the service of the client. While objective in analysis, the counselor directs his efforts toward the client's best interests through the development of particular strategies, evaluating options available to the client advocacy of the client's interests, and -- where required -- execution of strategy on the client's behalf.

Those designated as Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) have been recognized and esteemed by their peers as persons meeting the above definition in an exemplary fashion. …