CREN is all of this:
As a member of CREN you will receive a comprehensive offering of benefits such as:
Attendance at various informational, educational and social events;
Efforts by CREN to promote the benefit and value of using a CREN member;
Easy to use commercial information exchange (CIE);
Integrated public records information for several counties;
Integrated transaction management program;
Gateway to www.SeeBuildings.com (local portal);
Gateway to www.CommercialSource.com (national portal);
Participation in an email listserv for CREN Members;
Monthly networking luncheons;
Annual CREN member and sponsor directory;
Annual CREN networking and sponsor appreciation event; and,
CREN Features a Commercial Information Exchange
A primary feature of CREN is a password protected internet-based commercial real estate information exchange (CIE) created specifically for the use of Commercial REALTORS® throughout the Illinois Capital area. A CIE is different from an MLS in that it is not intended to be used for the purpose of making offers of compensation. The CIE is easy to navigate and enables multiple property categories to be submitted and updated with ease. CREN Users may submit information on property for sale, lease, or exchange for multiple property types.
Robust Library of Commercial Contracts
CREN members have access to CAAR's robust library of commercial forms and contracts including, but not limited to: Commercial & Industrial Purchase Contract; Buyer Inspection Addendum; Commercial Letter of Intent to Purchase; Exclusive Right to Sell - Commercial; Exculsive Right to Lease - Commercial; and, Residential Income Real Estate.
CREN Offers Online Transaction Management
CREN Users can also monitor all aspects of a real estate transaction in an easy to understand, easy to use manner. CREN Users are provided the ability to create, monitor and edit the tasks, events and contracts pertaining to each of their transactions. The Transaction Desk service is fully customizable to meet the unique needs of CREN Users who can maintain their transaction the way they want to. The TransactionDesk service includes integrated interactive contracts and forms through the use of Instanet Forms as the interactive on-line document manager.
Interactive Online Document Management
Any contract or form can be auto-populated from CIE listing data, tax-roll data and/or previously populated transactions and forms. Forms can be sent between parties and interactively negotiated and tracked on-line. A full audit trail of all changes and modifications are kept for each contract and form created in the service. Forms can be emailed in read-only or editable format. As soon as the recipient receives a contract emailed through the TransactionDesk service the owner is sent an email notifying them the time and date that the contract was opened, any modifications made if sent editable and if the contract was printed. CREN Users maintain full control of contracts sent abroad. Contracts and forms can be digitally signed, authenticated and protected by the US Postal Service's Electronic Postmark technology. Contracts can be sent via internet fax to clients for signing then digitally signed and distributed to both parties when approved.
Gateway for Investors and the Business Community
The CREN CIE serves as a gateway for commercial property listings to CREN's public facing website located at www.SeeBuildings.com as well as the National Association of REALTORS® public facing website located at www.CommercialSource.com. Both SeeBuildings.com and CommercialSource.com provide commercial members comprehensive exposure to investors and the business community for all their commercial property listings.
In 2008, CREN was among the very first commercial structures in the country to receive the RCA Commercial Services Accreditation conferred by the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance (RCA), the commercial division of the National Association of REALTORS®.