At the cornerstone of The Ilumni Institute’s mission is integrity. The use of the CDRE™ mark is one of trust, and is a declaration to the public that an active CDRE™ subscribes to and upholds The Ilumni Institute’s Code of Ethics throughout their real estate dealings in divorce matters. 

The Ilumni Institute’s Code of Ethics incorporates and extends beyond that of the National Association of Realtors. Adherence to the Code is mandatory for all active CDRE™ members. 

Become a CDRE™

What is 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, and real estate experts, with judicial officers as guest speakers.


Licensed Realtor for 3+ Years | Minimum 45 Closings
License in Good Standing | No Disciplinary Actions


Resume | Written Essay | Two Letters of Recommendation
Proof of Production | Screening Interview | Attorney Interview


Anatomy of Divorce | The Landscape of Divorce Finance | Divorce Court 101
The Ethics of CDREs | Communication, Bias & Neutrality | The Divorce Listings Process
Observe Live Proceedings in Family Court | Lunch & Learn with Judicial Officers


Interactive Online Classroom | Learning Labs on Expert Topics | Case Studies
Emphasis on Knowledge and Skill | Divorce Listing Mentorship


Adhere to CDRE Code of Ethics | Complete Six Hours of Annual Continuing Education
Remain in Good Standing | Educate and Serve the Needs of the Family Law Community

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The Ilumni 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 Divorce Real Estate Expert shall:

All active CDREs are bound by the Code of Ethics as set forth above.

  • 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 CDRE’s
  • Teach and educate the family law community
  • Not engage in dual agency in a divorce transaction
  • 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
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