The Houston Real Estate Council is an industry advocacy organization created to address public policies and regulatory issues affecting the real estate investment and development community. The Council is deeply involved in a wide range of issues impacting the ownership and development of real estate property.
HREC is composed of five industry Councils: office, industrial, retail, multi-family and single family residential. These Councils cover the broad types of private land use in our community. Many of Houston’s leading and most active real estate development and investment companies are active members. Senior representatives from these member firms take an active role in the organization.
HREC members’ activities cover the entire Houston metropolitan region. Created in the early 1990’s during an attempt by the City of Houston to adopt zoning, the Council’s scope of interest has since broadened significantly. As such, the Council is involved in the regulatory processes of the state, county and city agencies which regulate the real estate industry. Members have served on every major City task force and committee, that has been created to address a wide range of issues, including (but certainly not limited to) building codes, transportation, drainage and flooding, parking, landscaping and street trees, water supply, planning, environmental issues and land use controls. The Council continuously monitors and acts on matters that affect the property rights of real estate owners and developers, including City, County and State government related issues.
Unlike other industry organizations HREC is a real estate developer’s organization. There are no associate members or service providers. Members must be a recognized developer and/or investor in commercial real estate or residential development. This membership policy gives the Council an advantage in dealing with public officials. They know when interacting with members of the HREC, they are dealing directly with the developers who are impacted economically by the policy or action being considered.