Editorial Guidelines


    Feature articles explore practical applications and applied theory addressing the diversified issues encountered in the broad field of real estate. Prospective authors are encouraged to include charts, graphs and photos, when appropriate, to enhance the article. Feature articles should be five to fourteen double-spaced pages in length (about 1,500 to 4,000 words)*. CREs and non-CREs may contribute feature articles.
    Perspective columns are editorials that provide the author’s viewpoint about: (1) a particular real estate practice or issue; (2) a specific counseling assignment; or, (3) a standing or changing industry practice, theory or methodology. Perspective columns should be five to fourteen double-spaced pages in length (about 1,500 to 4,000 words)*. CREs and non-CREs may contribute Perspective articles.
    Resource Reviews are overviews of real estate-related and business-related books, Web sites, and other resources beneficial to counseling practitioners. Reviews should be two to five double-spaced pages in length (about 500 to 1,500 words). CREs and non-CREs may contribute Resource Reviews.
    Case studies are actual counseling assignments that CREs have performed for clients. These studies should include: commentary on the decisions made regarding the approach to the problem, investigation and analysis; commentary as to why the work was needed; appraisal, brokerage, mediation, and related services; and visuals. Case studies should be five to fourteen double-spaced pages in length (about 1,500 to 4,000 words)*.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: all case study submissions must include confirmation of the client’s approval to share the details with a wider audience.

*Please Note: In the event that a topic requires further exploration than 4,000 words, it may be more appropriate to break the article into a series of two, three, or more articles.


Upon publication, The Counselors of Real Estate holds copyright on all original works, which allows the organization to post articles on its Web site and authorize use for classrooms and other reprint requests. The CRE will not refuse any reasonable request from the author for permission to reproduce his/her contributions to the journal.


The CRE will post both a digital copy and a PDF file of each article on its website. These articles are free, and available to the public.


Submit manuscripts via e-mail to REI@cre.org. All information—including abstract, text and notes—should be double-spaced.

  1. Each submission should include a 50- to 100-word abstract, which will appear on the table of contents page if manuscript is accepted, and a brief biographical statement. Contributors should submit computer-created charts/tables in separate files—not embedded in the document containing the text of the article.
  2. Graphics—including tables, charts, illustrations and other images—are considered Figures, and should be numbered consecutively, and submitted in a form suitable for reproduction. All graphics should have titles. Graphics created using Microsoft Office suite or a similar software are acceptable and will be converted to image files for publication.
  3. All notes, citations and explanatory, should be numbered consecutively in the text and placed at the end of the manuscript.
  4. If appropriate, include high-resolution photographs to clarify and enhance the content of the article. Please include with your submission if you would like to reference specific buildings, people, or locations. Photos should be submitted electronically and be no fewer than 1050 pixels wide and no fewer than 700 pixels tall. Ensure you have photo usage permissions prior to submitting.
    • If no images are provided with the submission, The Counselors of Real Estate will supply the author(s) with a selection of stock photography to choose from.
  5. Article title should contain no more than eight to 10 words, including an active verb.
  6. For uniformity and accuracy consistent with The Counselors of Real Estate editorial policy, refer to The Associated Press Stylebook.


Manuscripts deemed appropriate for publication in Real Estate Issues are reviewed by three members of the REI Editorial Board: two board members with expertise in the particular subject matter area and the editor in chief. All reviews are conducted anonymously; that is, without identifying the author to reviewers or vice versa.

The editorial board may reject articles, accept articles outright or accept articles on condition that the author make specific revisions. Editors make every effort to notify the author of the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript at the earliest possible date.

Real Estate Issues does not accept manuscripts that directly and blatantly advertise, publicize or promote the author or author’s firm or products. This policy is not intended to exclude any mention of the author, his/her firm or the activities or either; any such inclusions, however, should be as general as possible, modest in tone and interesting to a large scope of readers. If a product, service or company is featured, it should be informational rather than promotional in nature. Prospective authors also should avoid potential conflicts of interest between the publication of an article and its advertising value.


All authors will be required to sign an Author Agreement Form, which includes certification that the contents of the accepted submission were not produced by or with the use of AI and/or AI assisted technologies.