CREIA began in the mid 1980's in Asheville, North Carolina. The association  is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(6) trade association. With around 300 members, CREIA is the largest real estate investors association in Western North Carolina. Members come from a wide range of backgrounds but with a common interest in real estate investing. The Association’s success depends upon the members and the dedication of its volunteers.

CREIA’s Philosophy, Purpose & Goals

Philosophy: CREIA is a membership association of investors who adhere to the philosophy that real estate is an excellent investment for our times and actively pursue their individual investment goals using creative real estate methods. CREIA holds to the philosophy that today’s investors can achieve their purposes and objectives with income producing real estate, so long as prudence and professional practice form the basis of their investments.

Purpose: The purpose of the Association is to further the goals of real estate investors, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information relating to the purchase, sale, lease or other hypothecation of or investment in real property and to do all things which shall be legal for a nonprofit association to do in this state or any state in which it does business.

The Association is educational and motivational; that is, it teaches members of the Association the principles of good practice in creative real estate investing and motivates them to implement these principles profitably and with professional skill.

Our mission: Our is to promote the common good through private-sector real estate investing that results in safe and affordable shelter for everyone and the businesses that provide jobs for them.

We will accomplish this Mission in three ways:

First, by encouraging and enhancing personal skills and real estate investment that results in financial independence for any citizen who wants and will work for it;

Second, by providing education and training to help investors learn and perfect their real estate investment and management skills; and

Third, by supporting public policy that encourages thrift and private property ownership and rights of use.

Adopted by the Board of Directors, August 21, 2000

General Guidelines: CREIA upholds 6 fundamental guidelines of professional practice in regard to real estate investing and any such educational activity designed to foster improvement in such investing:

  1. People come first.
  2. Self-reliance and creative problem-solving are central to successful investing.
  3. Real estate investing must proceed on the basis of a comprehensive, step-by-step program.
  4. Every aspect of the investment process must reflect excellence and professionalism.
  5. Active continuing education in support of the investment process is necessary for success.
  6. Investors must maintain an affirmative and positive approach to their investment activity.

CREIA Organizational Structure

CREIA is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors, made up of members of the Association, annually elected by the membership. The main purpose of the Board of Directors is to direct the Association, maintaining the goals and objectives as the governing body. The board, a highly active and organized group with committees of additional volunteers, maintains the Vision and Mission of the Association.

The Carolina Real Estate Investors Association (CREIA) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to enhancing its members' knowledge of how to analyze, buy, finance, manage and sell real estate investment property, and to providing opportunities to its members to network and share experiences with other real estate investors. The Association does not itself invest or provide investment, legal or tax advice.  

Contact Us

Carolinas Real Estate Investors Association
  • (828) 338-9658
  • P.O. Box 615
  • Asheville, NC 28802

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