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The Carolinas Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate


The Carolinas Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) was founded in 1982 by seven commercial real estate professionals looking to build camaraderie and enhance networking among individuals with a similar integrity and commitment to the commercial real estate industry.  Since then, this exclusive, invitation-only group has grown to include more than 40 members located predominantly throughout the Carolinas. 

CREs are known for their uncompromising commitment to the highest ethical standards and their thoughtful analysis and problem-solving skills related to real estate. CRE members come from all facets of commercial real estate. The Carolinas Chapter membership possesses a wide-ranging expertise that includes valuation, law, brokerage, asset management, development, investment, lending, corporate real estate and economic and fiscal impact studies. Members include service providers, capital sources, property owners and managers, academics, and public officials.







Those designated a “Counselor of Real Estate” are prominent real estate practitioners recognized for their expertise, experience, and ethics in providing advice that influences real estate decisions. 

The CRE designation is awarded to those individuals who are invited by their peers into the membership of The Counselors of Real Estate, and who fulfill the entry requirements of the organization.

Candidates may also independently apply for membership if they have the requisite combination of talent and experience in the real estate industry. 

A stringent selection process ensures that individuals awarded the “CRE” credential have attained the highest levels of expertise and achievement in their real estate specialty, particularly in the provision of sophisticated advice and high-level problem solving.Visit the CRE website to see the application and read about the application process. To learn more about the CRE designation or how to become a member, contact chapter President Geoffrey Curme.



We are CREative Thinkers


For nearly 10 years, the Carolinas Chapter sponsored the CREative Thinkers Awards, which honored individuals for their creative thinking across all professions that touch commercial real estate. Award recipients often exhibited out-of-the box thinking that viewed obstacles and risks as opportunities, or they made decisions that shifted conventional thinking in a way that produced a local, regional or global impact. Winners include a range of professionals, such as developers, architects, public officials and employees, and non-profits supporting gravely ill children.  Learn more about past winners and their accomplishments here

In addition, the Carolinas Chapter has sponsored various meetings and luncheons where emerging issues are discussed. Past topics include the importance of Edge Cities and the emergence of the 24-hour City.

The Carolinas Chapter also works closely with the national CRE organization through the Consulting Corps to provide commercial real estate expertise to advance the common good. 

The national CRE group has 1,100 members worldwide and a vibrant, international presence reflecting 20 countries. Learn about the national organization here

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Our chapter members are experts in their respective fields and boast years of dedicated service to their profession. Collectively, their expertise touches all facets of real estate.