Transforming Neighborhoods: Help Your Community Solve a Challenging Real Estate ProblemA

Transforming Neighborhoods Information Webinar  View the recording Passcode: gEG53+*w and slides to learn more about NAR’s partnership with the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) Consulting Corps to help state and local REALTOR® associations take the lead in addressing commercial disinvestment, housing gaps, brownfield reuse and natural disaster redevelopment, and other real estate challenges. The session provided an overview of the program and application process, as well as insight from past participants.


Today’s neighborhoods—challenged by declining housing stock and affordability, natural disasters and commercial disinvestment – need comprehensive, expert and action-oriented solutions.

Through Transforming Neighborhoods, the National Association of REALTORS® is pleased to collaborate with The Counselors of Real Estate® (CRE) Consulting Corps to provide analysis, strategies and actionable recommendations to solve today’s top-of-mind real estate issues in partnership with local REALTOR® associations and key public and private stakeholders.

About our Partner

Established in 1953, The Counselors of Real Estate® (CRE), an affiliate of NAR, is an international consortium of credentialed real estate problem solvers who provide expert advice on complex real property and land-related matters.  The CRE® Consulting Corps, a public service initiative created by The Counselors of Real Estate®, provides municipalities, local REALTOR® Associations, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions and government entities answers to real estate problems which ultimately enhance the performance of a property or series of properties.

About the Services

The Counselors of Real Estate® (CRE) Consulting Corps will provide analysis, strategies and actionable recommendations to solve a wide range of today’s most pressing real estate challenges, such as addressing housing gaps, igniting residential and commercial redevelopment, and rebuilding after a natural disaster. The project must be referred by a local REALTOR® associations in collaboration with key public and private stakeholders, and recommendations will incorporate market realities, financial structuring, development options, and portfolio assistance.

While each engagement is tailored to the needs identified by the local REALTOR® association applicant, it is important to note three critical points:

  • Each engagement requires active participation and support of the local REALTOR® Association;
  • Each engagement requires the active participation and support of local governmental staff and officials;
  • Observations and recommendations offered will be based on the CRE® Consulting Corps’ independent, unbiased assessment of what it perceives is needed given the unique challenges facing the particular community.

Application Requirements and Selection Process

The 2023 application period for Transforming Neighborhoods opened on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023 and closed on Friday, February 17th, 2023. All REALTOR association applicants will be notified by Friday, March 17th, 2023.  The application process for 2024 will open on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024.

CRE Consulting Corps Projects with Local REALTOR Associations

CRE® Consulting Corps: Action Steps to Increase Spokane’s Housing Supply on behalf of the Spokane Association of REALTORS®
Including innovative and proven housing solutions from similar cities across the country, the report provides an unbiased, objective review of relevant demographic and housing data, examination of barriers to development, best practices, and implementable solutions to increase housing options that will meet the full range of the city’s housing needs.

CRE® Consulting Corps: Rebuilding Paradise on behalf of the Paradise Association of REALTORS®
Recommendations focus on immediate action steps, within the next three to five years,  to rebuild Paradise’s housing stock and commercial properties and services that were lost in the wildfire.

Final Report
Commercial Connections