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Commercial Real Estate Finance Council
900 7th Street, NW, Suite 820
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-448-0850

CRE Finance Council (CREFC) is a trade association dedicated to promoting the strength and liquidity of commercial real estate finance worldwide. CREFC acts as a legislative and regulatory advocate, plays a vital role in setting market standards and provides education for market participants in this key sector of the global economy. Members of CRE Finance Council are active participants in the process to effect change within the commercial real estate finance industry. Members participate in industry initiatives, take part in Committee-level processes, debate the issues, and influence the global debate within commercial real estate finance.


Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers
430 North Michgan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 800-621-8738

Established in 1968, the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB Council) is a not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, and sets the industry standard for innovative brokerage management resources, tools and learning opportunities. For over 40 years, the Council has continued to be the guiding light for those organizations endeavoring to increase profitability, productivity, and performance. The CRB Council provides the tools its members need to reinforce their professional development and sharpen their competitive advantage. It provides flexible solutions for their individual and business needs; information on new trends and business strategies to improve individual and company performance, innovative best practices to achieve quicker success; practical and proven tools and ideas; blended learning options for a new generation of brokerage leadership.


Council of Residential Specialists
430 North Michgan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 800-462-8841

The Council of Residential Specialists is a professional network of nearly 33,000 residential real estate professionals from across the country and around the globe, all with one common goal in mind…success. CRS members are committed to achieving success in helping their clients and customers complete a home sale or purchase. They are also dedicated to succeed in their careers, which is demonstrated by the rigorous education and training that CRS Designees receive. The Council of Residential Specialists provides agents with the tools, resources and strategies they need to help them guide buyers and sellers through the residential sales process.


Institute of Real Estate Management
430 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 800-837-0706

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) is an international community of real estate managers across all property types dedicated to ethical business practices and maximizing the value of investment real estate. An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, IREM has been a trusted source for knowledge, advocacy and networking for the real estate management community for more than 77 years. IREM is the only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors and has 80 U.S. chapters, 13 international chapters, and several other partnerships around the globe. Worldwide membership includes nearly 18,000 individual members and over 535 corporate members. IREM promotes ethical real estate management practices through its credentialed membership programs, including the Certified Property Manager® (CPM®) designation, the Accredited Residential Manager® (ARM®) certification, the Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) certification, and the Accredited Management Organization® (AMO®) accreditation. These esteemed credentials certify competence and professionalism for those engaged in real estate management. IREM also offers CPM® Candidate, Associate, Student, and Academic memberships. All members are bound by the strictly enforced IREM® Code of Professional Ethics.


Mortgage Bankers Association
1717 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-557-2700

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry, an industry that employs more than 280,000 people in virtually every community in the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., MBA invests in communities across the nation by ensuring the continued strength of the nation's residential and commercial real estate markets; expanding homeownership and extending access to affordable housing to all Americans and supporting financial literacy efforts. We have over 2,400 member companies, including all elements of real estate finance: mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, thrifts, life insurance companies and others in the mortgage lending field.

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