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American Bar Association

The American Bar Association is the world’s largest voluntary professional organization, with nearly 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. It is committed to doing what only a national association of attorneys can do: serving our members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world.

ALTA – American Land Title Association

With headquarters in Washington, D.C., The American Land Title Association® is the national trade association and voice of the abstract and title insurance industry. ALTA® members search, review and insure land titles to protect home buyers and mortgage lenders who invest in real estate. Nearly all title insurance companies hold ALTA® membership, in addition to abstracters and title agents. Nearly 3,000 title agents, abstracters, and title insurance companies are active members, ranging from small, one-county operations, to large national title insurers.

American Legal & Financial Network – ALFN®

The American Legal & Financial Network (ALFN) is a national network of legal and residential mortgage banking professionals and leads the industry as a provider of strategic and timely education. The largest national organization of its kind, the ALFN offers members of the residential mortgage banking community high quality educational and training resources.

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

AWEA is a national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry - one of the world's fastest growing energy industries. In addition, AWEA represents hundreds of wind energy advocates from around the world.

Association of Corporate Counsel

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives.

Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association

Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association (COHBA) is a not-for-profit, professional organization that exists to promote the home building industry and its members by connecting the dots between builders, developers, associates and home buyers. Since it's inception in 1943, COHBA has become Oklahoma's strongest home building association affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders.

Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute

The CCIM Institute was established in 1954 to give commercial real estate practitioners a previously unrealized opportunity to further their business practices through focused education and networking opportunities.

Today, with the addition of advanced technology tools, CCIM is the global leader in commercial and investment real estate education and services. And the coveted CCIM designation, recognized as a hallmark of professional competency, affords members an undisputed competitive advantage.

Commercial Real Estate Finance Council

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. Our Members participate in industry initiatives, take part in Committee-level processes, debate the issues, and influence the global debate within commercial real estate finance.

Commercial Real Estate Women

CREW Houston was founded in 1996 to further professional women in the commercial real estate industry. With over 200 highly motivated members employed in diversified fields of business, all segments of the commercial real estate sector are represented in each discipline necessary to close a transaction.

Consumer Bankers Association – CBA

The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) is the trade association for today's leaders in retail banking - banking services geared toward consumers and small businesses. The nation's largest financial institutions, as well as many regional banks, are CBA corporate members, collectively holding two-thirds of the industry's total assets. CBA’s mission is to preserve and promote the retail banking industry as it strives to fulfill the financial needs of the American consumer and small business.

Employee Relocation Council

Worldwide ERC® is the workforce mobility association for professionals who oversee, manage, or support U.S. domestic and international employee transfer. The organization was founded in 1964 to help members overcome the challenges of workforce mobility.

Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City

The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City is the voice of the housing industry and the source for housing information for the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. For more than 67 years, the organization has been working to support the home building industry and the home buyers who keep the industry strong.

Independent Energy Producers Association

The Independent Energy Producers Association is California's oldest and leading trade association representing both the interests of developers and operators of independent energy facilities and independent power marketers. IEP has been active in representing the interests of the industry before California's regulatory commissions and the legislature since 1982. IEP's primary goals are to safeguard the interests of operating independent energy projects, and ensure that California remains a healthy market for development in the independent energy industry.

International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate

The International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate (AECRE) is a not-for-profit association that provides its members with a senior-level network of executives and attorneys who share professional concerns in the field of corporate real estate. AECRE has a unique membership profile consisting of corporate real estate executives, in-house corporate real estate counsel, outside real estate counsel, and executives in real estate services with ten to over thirty years of experience.

International Council of Shopping Centers

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 55,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.

Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association – MMLA

Since 1929, the MMLA has provided the real estate finance industry access to the Legislature and state regulatory agencies to help produce and maintain the type of legislation and regulatory climate that permits lenders to fully meet the real estate financing needs of Michigan residents.


MISMO®, the leading technology standards development body for the residential and commercial real estate finance industries, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mortgage Bankers Association. The MISMO standards are grounded in an open process to develop, promote and maintain voluntary electronic commerce procedures and standards that allow mortgage lenders, investors in real estate and mortgages, servicers, industry vendors, borrowers and other parties to exchange real estate finance-related information and eMortgages more securely, efficiently and economically.

MBA - Mortgage Bankers Association

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is a national association representing the real estate finance industry. 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

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

The National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees ("NABT") is a nonprofit association formed in 1982 to address the needs of chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees and to promote the effectiveness of the bankruptcy system as a whole.

Membership in NABT is open to chapter 7 trustees and their staff, judges, employees of the Office of the U.S. Trustee, and associated professionals and businesses. Our associate members include attorneys, accountants, auctioneers, appraisers, insurance agents, software providers and bankers.

NAHB – National Association of Home Builders

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a trade association that helps promote policies that make housing a national priority. Since 1942, NAHB has been serving its members, the housing industry, and the public at large.

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties

Since 1967, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has become the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 15,000+ members and provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities through a powerful North American network.

National Association of Real Estate Investments Trusts

NAREIT®, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts®, is the worldwide representative voice for REITs and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets. NAREIT's members are REITs and other businesses throughout the world that own, operate, and finance income-producing real estate, as well as those firms and individuals who advise, study, and service those businesses.

NAR – National Association of REALTORS®

The National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.2 million residential and commercial REALTORS®, who are brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors and others engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry. Members belong to one or more of some 1,400 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS®. They are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

National Multi-Housing Council

Based in Washington, DC, NMHC is a national association representing the interests of the larger and most prominent apartment firms in the U.S. NMHC's members are the principal officers of firms engaged in all aspects of the apartment industry, including ownership, development, management, and financing.

NREIA - National Real Estate Investors Association

The National Real Estate Investors Association is a trade association made up of local associations or investment clubs throughout the United States. They represent local investor associations, property owner associations, apartment associations, and landlord associations on a national scale.

Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association – OMBA

Since 1914, the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association (OMBA) has been the State association representing the real estate finance industry, an industry that employs people in virtually every community in Oklahoma. OMBA invests in communities across the State by ensuring the continued strength of the State’s residential and commercial real estate markets; expanding homeownership and extending access to affordable housing to all Oklahomans.

Open Door Institute

The Open Door Institute is an organization committed to building connections between those who buy, sell, and manage residential and commercial real estate, while promoting consumer education nationwide. A truly inclusive network, the Open Door Institute is focused on setting industry standards for all real estate professionals conducting business in the real estate industry: brokers, agents, investors, title specialists, maintenance professionals, and more.

PRIA – Property Records Industry Association

The Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) works with the government and businesses to address issues of common concern in the world of property transactions. PRIA was created based on the concept of “round table” discussions, where participants from all industry segments come together as equals to openly discuss issues relevant to the property records industry and, through frank discussions leading to consensus, develop best practices and standards for the industry.

Real Estate Valuation Advocacy Association – REVAA

The Real Estate Valuation Advocacy Association (REVAA) is a trade association committed to promoting the real estate valuation industry, maintaining high ethical standards and providing professional development.

Real Estate Services Providers Council

The Real Estate Services Providers Council, Inc. (RESPRO®) is a national non-profit trade association that unites providers from across the home buying and financing industry towards one common goal: A business and regulatory environment that better enables all of our members to efficiently offer affiliated services through subsidiaries, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships.

Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS

The SOCIETY OF INDUSTRIAL AND OFFICE REALTORS® is the leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association. With more than 3,000 members in more than 630 cities in 29 countries, SIOR represents today's most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists.

Texas Mortgage Bankers Association

Founded in 1917, the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association has provided industry leadership, legislative advocacy and education to its members. As the oldest and largest statewide MBA, its mission is to advance Texas mortgage banking and serve the mutual interest of their members, who support Texas’ annual $100+ billion mortgage market.

Urban Land Institute

ULI, the Urban Land Institute, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. Founded in 1936, the Institute now has members in 95 countries worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service.

USFN - America’s Mortgage Banking Attorneys USFN®

America’s Mortgage Banking Attorneys, is a resource network serving the mortgage industry. Formerly known as the U.S. Foreclosure Network®, it is the oldest and largest not-for-profit association of mortgage banking law firms and trustee companies in the nation.