About CRA

Cleveland Realtist Association (CRA)

The Cleveland Realtist Association (CRA) is a local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB). As a local NAREB chapter, CRA embraces the NAREB ideals and mission of “promoting democracy in housing”. CRA brings together minority professionals in the real estate industry to promote the meaningful exchange of ideas about our business and how best to serve our clientele. As an organization, CRA embraces all qualified real estate practitioners who are committed to these ideals and mission. CRA members meet monthly, participate in various community service initiatives and host a variety of engaging events.

As a national organization, NAREB was founded in 1947 on the principle that all citizens have the right to equal housing opportunities, regardless of race, creed, or color. The Cleveland chapter was established shortly thereafter in 1948. Our mission is to serve the unserved and underserved, and develop creative and effective methods of execution.

What is a Realtist?

NAREB members are called “Realtists” and represent all professional disciplines within the real estate industry including residential and commercial real estate agents and brokers, loan officers, mortgage brokers, title companies, appraisers, insurance agents, and developers. Realtists promote the highest standards of professional integrity and follow a strict code of real estate industry ethics.


The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) is a Real Estate Professional trade organization founded in 1947 by twelve chartered African American real estate professionals (one woman and eleven men from seven states across the U.S.). It was formed out of the need to secure the right to equal housing opportunities, regardless of race, creed, or color. It was also an alternative for African-Americans who were excluded from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). For over 60 years, NAREB has participated in meaningful legal challenges and has supported legislative initiatives that ensure the availability of fair and affordable housing for all Americans.

For more information, visit NAREB online at nareb.com.

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