Our Story


ACRE, housed within the UA's Culverhouse College of Commerce, collects, maintains and analyzes the state’s real estate statistics, and is a trusted resource for Alabama real estate research, forecasting, and professional development that includes hosting our annual Alabama Commercial Real Estate Conference & Expo (ACREcon). The relationship between the Center and our industry stakeholders is one of the Center's greatest strengths. Alabama companies and individuals partner with the Center bringing a wealth of resources and experiences, becoming, in effect, extensions of the Center, a network through which our outreach to the Alabama real estate industry is enhanced and enriched.

The Center, established in 1996, proudly acts as an industry liaison for the benefit of our business school students pursuing a career in real estate and is a catalyst for providing interaction with our 1,400+ real estate alumni. UA’s real estate program began "touching lives" over 80 years ago and has experienced explosive enrollment growth since 2000.

Guiding Principles

The Advisory Board of the Alabama Center for Real Estate, with the advice and concurrence of the Dean of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, has adopted the following guiding principles for the Center for Real Estate:

  1. Dissemination and interpretation of new knowledge
    (e.g., laws, regulations, and technology impacting the real estate industry): The Center will aggressively provide education and seminars to industry stakeholders and will establish an industry reputation for leadership.

  2. Real estate forecasting:
    The Center for Real Estate will identify gaps in forecasting and tracking of real estate trends and will establish a credible reputation as a source of real estate forecasts for the region and its sub-markets.

  3. Real estate research:
    Scholarly research, under the auspices of the Center for Real Estate, will be focused on projects with broad and direct impact upon industry stakeholders.

  4. Provision of data resources and publications:
    The Center for Real Estate will ensure that it continually provides high quality, relevant and valuable products and services to its stakeholders in an efficient and effective manner.

  5. Student support:
    The Center for Real Estate will prioritize training of new talent, focused on real estate, and will always utilize its activities as opportunities to train students and to create and place the resources.



Alabama Association of Realtors

The Alabama Association of REALTOR®; (AAR) is the largest statewide organization of real estate professionals.  United by adherence to a Code of Ethics, our members work as real estate professionals in the sale, lease, appraisal and development of residential, rural, and resort properties throughout Alabama.

Alabama Real Estate Commission

The Alabama Real Estate Commission has a long-standing tradition dating back to January 1st of 1928 of serving the public through the licensing and regulating of our licensees. With over thirty-three employees working in areas of accounting, investigation, public relations, information technology, licensing, and education, we ensure excellence in our profession by exhibiting stewardship, service, innovation and integrity in everything we do. The governing leadership of nine commissioners helps build a broad statewide perspective on everything we do. The Commission: Empowering, Connecting and Educating the great people of Alabama in all things Real Estate.

Culverhouse College of Commerce

The mission of the oldest business school in Alabama is to provide its students an education they can use in the business environment of tomorrow.

U.S. News and World Report ranks our undergraduate program in the top three to four percent of public business programs in the nation. Forbes ranks our Manderson Graduate School of Business 31st among the top public MBA programs.

Everything at Culverhouse is strategically designed to develop tomorrow’s professionals: a strong curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, top scholars and researchers, unique learning opportunities, and partnerships with local and 
national companies.

Along with a strong classroom experience, several student and professional organizations and societies offer outstanding outside-the-classroom instruction and opportunities for students to develop the problem-solving, communication and leadership skills demanded by employers of tomorrow.