News, Announcements & Deadlines


2018 National and International Meetings

April 29 – May 1 – CRE Midyear Meetings, LondonHouse, Chicago

There’s still time to register for The Counselors’ Chicago 2018 Midyear Meetings. The focus is on “Disruptive Forces Impacting Commercial Real Estate.” The program will address current and upcoming disruptors that will affect not only Counselors’ businesses, but those of clients and their businesses. For information about program sessions and speakers, or to register, visit the CRE website.

June 7 – 8 – European Chapter International Conference, Lanterna di Fuksa, Rome, Italy

The fifth International Conference will take place in Rome. With a theme of “European Investment Challenges,” speakers will concentrate on urban and financial challenges that Europe has faced during and since the 2008 financial crises, as well as prevailing investment opportunities.

Program highlights include insight into how Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal have addressed the financial challenges; the impact on real estate investment in Europe; market strategies and best practices; and candid discussion with business and real estate leaders who have first-hand knowledge of the current real estate investment landscape. For more information, click here.

October 21 – 24 – CRE Annual Convention, The Francis Marion, Charleston, S.C.

Counselors will gather in historic Charleston, S.C. for The Counselors of Real Estate’s annual convention on October 21-24. The highly-anticipated event will take place at the Francis Marion hotel.

Among the highlights of the program is a focus on ports – including growth beginning with Charleston’s early days to the thriving port city of today and the importance of understanding the changing logistics industry. Click here for more information about the CRE Annual Convention.

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Introducing The Counselor – Sharing Thought Leadership

The newest CRE publication, The Counselor, was designed for both CRE members and the public–business leaders, Counselors’ clients, those who are interested in potential membership in The Counselors, and the media. It spotlights Counselors’ expert and objective insight and perspectives in executive summary style reviews, analysis and discussion of timely, relevant topics; case studies from the Consulting Corps and the Foundation; in-depth examination of issues appearing on The Counselors’ annual Top Ten List; global perspectives; and profiles of notable member accomplishments.

The inaugural issue featured an article on the implications for real estate of recent U.S. tax legislation, an analysis of cap rates in the European market, and the story of a CRE Consulting Corps assignment which revitalized an economically challenged community.

It will be distributed quarterly, in both electronic and print format, and will be available on the CRE website. All Counselors will receive a copy of each issue in the mail as well as electronically, and may request additional printed copies to share. Others who wish to subscribe may do so here.

Read the current issue here.

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The Counselors Launches New Forum for Members’ Discussions

The Counselors recently launched a private online CRE Member Forum, a confidential discussion platform, exclusively for CRE members. It is accessible on the CRE website. (Members must be logged into the Members section of the website to gain access to the Forum.)

Counselors are now contributing topics to be considered during development of the 2018-2019 CRE Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate list. Once CRE members are logged into the website, they can access the Forum by selecting “CRE Member Forum” from the drop-down menu which will appear beneath their name at the top right side of the page. The Forum will be expanded in the near future to include discussion groups on additional topics and Counselor initiatives.

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Read the Latest Real Estate Issues Articles

The Counselors’ journal, Real Estate Issues (REI) Is now an open access, digital publication on the CRE website. Read the latest articles here.

REI provides frequent and highly relevant content–innovative ideas, novel strategies, and intriguing commentary on all matters relating to real property. These peer-reviewed articles authored by real estate thought leaders will be collected into a print edition at the end of each year, which CRE members will receive via mail. Subscriptions are also free to the public. Click here to subscribe.

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The CRE Foundation Establishes Planned Giving Program

The CRE Foundation recently introduced a Planned Giving Program which provides supporters the opportunity to formally designate The Counselors as part of their overall estate planning. Gifts to this program are often tax deductible (as permitted by law), and can be structured through various options (a guide to the options is included in a new Planned Giving brochure available through the CRE website). For more information about the program, and to download the brochure, click here.

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CRE Chapter News

Upcoming Chapter Events

April 18 – The New York Metropolitan Chapter will host James Nelson and Marsha Clinton of Tri-State Investment Sales, for their State of the Market presentation. The event was postponed from earlier in the year. It was originally scheduled to take place during the severe storms (Nor’easters) that swept through the upper East Coast earlier this spring.

April 19 – The Georgia Chapter will gather at Cherokee Town Club, Atlanta, for lunch and a presentation from John Hunt of MarketNSight.

April 19 & May 17 – The Central & Northern Ohio Chapter will hold their monthly luncheons.

April 24 – The Delaware Valley Chapter will present their annual Real Estate Symposium at Villanova University.

May 9th – The Southwest Chapter will gather for their monthly breakfast.

May 22 – The Delaware Valley Chapter will hear from Adam Lampl of Toll Brothers City Living on the Jewlers’ Row Tower development.

May 23 – The Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter will meet with Dr. John Grounds of LIS Engineering to discuss Flood Plain Development Regulations.

To learn more about these and other chapter events, visit the Chapter & Regional Events page on the CRE website:

Recent Chapter Events

The CRE European Chapter hosted a business seminar in February with the theme of  “Shift of Investment Strategies in Europe: Political Change.” The half-day session drew CREs and guests from 10 Countries.

In March, members of the  CRE European Chapter gathered for lunch in Cannes, France, during the annual MIPIM conference. The event, hosted by CRE Chair Joe Nahas, Jr., who was an invited speaker on the MIPIM program, provided networking opportunities and camaraderie.

The CRE Midwest Chapter met for lunch on February 27 at the Union League Club in Chicago for a highly interactive discussion about major issues for consideration as The Counselors’ develops the annual CRE Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate 2018-19 list. Chapter Vice Chair Bruce Reid, CRE, (at left) served as moderator; four tables of members each proposed a single topic to be considered by the External Affairs Committee. The issues were Societal Leadership (such as the rise of student protests and the #MeToo movement), Interest Rates, Generational Change/Demographics, and Technology Disruption. The final Top Ten Issues will be announced at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors conference in June.

CRE 2018 Chair Meets with CRE Chapters

Since the beginning of the year, 2018 CRE Chair of the Board, Joe Nahas, Jr., has met with members and officers of five CRE Chapters, to discuss Counselor matters, and gain insight from a variety of regional markets.

The Central & Northern Ohio, Cincinnati/Kentucky, European, Southern California, and Northern California chapters hosted the discussions which took place at networking events. Nahas is scheduled to visit several additional Chapters during the course of his year in CRE Leadership.

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Important Deadlines

Mark your calendar for the following important deadlines:

July 1 – Nomination Deadline for The Counselors’ highest honor: the Landauer/White Award. Those nominated may be Counselors of Real Estate or other real estate leaders in business and in their communities. For more information about the Award process and criteria, click here.

July 9 – For those interested in being considered for Membership in The Counselors of Real Estate, the next RFQ submission deadline is July 9, 2018. For more information about the membership process or to download a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) form, click here.

September 1 – Grant application deadline for the Counselors of Real Estate Foundation. Find out how you can make a difference in your community by referring municipal leaders, non-profit directors and school or religious order/church officials to the CRE Foundation. Grant application forms may be obtained on the CRE website. For more information about the Foundation, sample projects funded (and NOT funded), and the grant application form, click here.

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