Stand Out in a Sea of Realtors® with Elite Distinction

Divorce real estate cases are complex, and it’s not always easy to find the answers you need. Ilumni Institute has created and designed the CDRE™ Program to give you those answers — with rigorous education, actionable business development strategies, and a community of fellow students and seasoned CDRE Ambassadors.

 When you earn your certification, you’re not only positioning yourself as an expert in divorce real estate. You’re also setting yourself apart from all the other agents in your market. You’ll become the go-to expert among your local family law community — and an incredibly effective listing agent for the divorcing homeowners you serve.

Become a CDRE™

A Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE™) is a Realtor® who has passed The Ilumni Institute’s rigorous certification program. This program is application-only, and is taught by a faculty of family law attorneys, mediators, certified mortgage professionals, real estate experts, and a judge.


U.S. resident | Active member of NAR
Licensed Realtor for 3+ years | Minimum 45 closings
License in good standing | No disciplinary actions


Three character references | Proof of production
Short essays | Screening interview
Video interview with an attorney


8-week Learn Phase followed by a 4-week Launch Phase

The Learn Phase (8 weeks) teaches the curriculum a Realtor
® needs to become a divorce real estate expert:

  • Where the Realtor fits into the divorce process
  • How and when a house is dealt with in divorce
  • The skills to become a true neutral in a case
  • The ability to problem-solve and develop a strategy in these complex situations
  • How to navigate the listing and when to involve the Court 

The Launch Phase (4 weeks) is the execution phase, where you’ll be mentored by an experienced CDRE Ambassador to launch your business using our proven model and tools.

You’ll walk away with:

  • Your handpicked database of family law attorneys
  • A professional packet that launches your relationships with the family law community
  • Your Ilumni-built email and marketing campaign with a 90-day attorney marketing starter kit

Throughout the course, you’ll also:

  • Sit in on case studies 
  • Attend our monthly CLE, Raising the Bar, 
  • Attend a virtual field trip to Family Court 
  • Attend a special session with a family law judge

The CDRE Code of Ethics

While The ilumni Institute’s Code of Ethics establishes obligations that may be higher than those mandated by law, in any instance where the Code of Ethics and the law conflict, the obligations of the law must take precedence.

The Certified Divorce Real Estate Expertshall:

  • Maintain an active real estate license
  • Have no disciplinary actions against their real estate license
  • Adhere to the National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics at all times
  • Be an active member with the National Association of Realtors
  • Be respectful and collaborative with your fellow CDREs and Ilumni Institute
  • Teach and educate the family law community
  • Not represent both a seller and a buyer in a divorce listing, aka “double ending”
  • Maintain an arm’s length distance between clients, buyers, escrow and cooperative agents in a divorce transaction
  • Have no vested interest in the purchase of divorce properties for personal use
  • Not represent one party in another transaction without the other party’s consent
  • Not allow the sale to be more important than the family’s best interest
  • Not receive nor give referral fees, or “kickbacks” for attorney referrals
  • Not take a listing outside of one’s scope of expertise
  • Maintain clients’ confidentiality from the general public
  •  Adhere to the Culture and Values of the Ilumni Institute