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Transform Your Real Estate Business

Get Certified as a Divorce Real Estate Expert

Now accepting applications!

Program Starts Every Month

Taught by

Family Law Faculty

Step-by-Step Business Launch

Mentorship by Seasoned CDREs

Get Certified in  12 Weeks

Stand Out in a Sea

of Realtors with

Elite Distinction

Divorce real estate cases are complex, and it’s not always easy to find the answers you need. Ilumni Institute has created and designed the CDRE® Program to give you those answers — with rigorous education, actionable business development strategies, and a community of fellow students and seasoned CDRE Ambassadors.


When you earn your certification, you’re not only positioning yourself as an expert in divorce real estate. You’re also setting yourself apart from all the other agents in your market. You’ll become the go-to expert among your local family law community — and an incredibly effective listing agent for the divorcing homeowners you serve.

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Why Become a CDRE®? 

Gain Flexibility with an On-demand Certification

You asked and we listened. We now offer the 12-week CDRE program entirely online, and classes start every month. The course is designed so you can complete one robust lesson each week on your own schedule — with no disruption to your business.

Market-Proof Your Business

This certification course is designed to be built as another leg of your real estate business, and it yields amazing results. No matter where interest rates are or any other external factors that impact the economy, divorcing homeowners and the attorneys who represent them will always need an expert.

Get Trained by the Best in the Industry

This program is taught by a faculty of family law attorneys, mediators, certified mortgage professionals, a judge, and Laurel Starks — founder of the certification program and a Court-appointed real estate expert. Learn more about the faculty here. The intensive but rewarding curriculum is a proven path to your mastery of this niche.


Real Estate Agent

Constantly cold calling and networking

Too much competition

Limited skills to handle conflict

Business success relies on market

Certified Divorce

Real Estate Expert

Your business comes to YOU

You are the go-to expert

You are highly trained in mitigating and resolving conflict

Your business is market-proof

Becoming a Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert puts you in a class all your own.

A Message from
Laurel Starks, Founder of the CDRE® Program


What CDREs Are Saying

No need to take our word for how how transformative the CDRE Program is.
Take a look at what these CDREs have to say:

Requirements to Apply

  • U.S. resident

  • Licensed Realtor for 3+ years

  • Minimum 45 closings

  • License in good standing

  • No disciplinary actions

Application Process

  • Three character references

  • Proof of production

  • Short essays

  • Video interview 

How to Apply

We’re now accepting applications for the on-demand course.

Here’s how it works:

1. Fill out this short form and set a phone appointment with an enrollment specialist. 

2. After your call, you'll submit application materials. 

3. Next, you’ll schedule an interview with one of our CDRE coaches.

4. If you’re accepted, you’ll enter the 12-week certification program online.

5. You’re on your way to becoming one of the elite and proud CDREs in the nation!

How to apply
CDRE® Program

$5,000 for 12-week course

The 12-week course includes two phases: An 8-week Learn Phase followed by a 4-week Launch Phase.


The Learn Phase (8 weeks) encompasses:

  • The curriculum that a Realtor needs to become a divorce real estate expert:

    • Where the Realtor fits into the divorce process

    • How and when a house is dealt with in divorce

    • The skills to become a true neutral in a case

    • The ability to problem-solve and develop a strategy in these complex situations

    • How to navigate the listing and when to involve the Court  

  • A weekly lesson taught by our faculty of those walking the walk every day —  family law attorneys and divorce real estate experts, including Laurel Starks

  • A weekly activity where you’ll learn about your local jurisdiction and begin to build your local business

  • Weekly Office hours via Zoom with an attorney faculty and Laurel Starks, so that you can get your questions answered and learn from others’ questions, too

  • A test every Friday to keep your knowledge on its toes!


The Launch Phase (4 weeks) delivers:

  • This is the execution phase, where you’ll be mentored by an experienced CDRE Ambassador to launch your business using our proven model and tools

  • A weekly action plan, taught by Laurel Starks

  • A weekly call with your small cohort led by your CDRE Ambassador

  • A personalized online tracker with all the steps you need to launch 

  • You’ll walk away with:

    • Your handpicked database of family law attorneys, many of whom you will visit during this phase

    • A professional packet that launches your relationships with the family law community

    • Your Ilumni-built email and marketing campaign with a 90-day attorney marketing starter kit


Throughout the course, you’ll also:

  • Sit in on case studies presented by Laurel Starks and our Master Club CDREs

  • Attend our monthly CLE, Raising the Bar, featuring family law topics taught by guest speakers, along with hundreds of family law attorneys throughout the country

  • Attend a virtual field trip to Family Court to listen in on real-time family law cases with our attorneys

  • Attend a special session with a family law judge to learn what role real estate experts play in a courtroom

  • Access our semi-annual live CDRE mastermind event, exclusive to CDREs

  • Plug into our online community 

  • Gain access to the CDRE Intranet


Congratulations! By the end of this 12-week certification course, you are now officially a CDRE®!

Exclusive: Master Club 

A natural extension of your CDRE designation, Master Club is for those agents who want to truly gain ground in the niche with ongoing support.


  • Ongoing education, such as real-life case studies and masterminds

  • Training on how to give Lunch and Learns to family law attorneys and bar associations 

  • Marketing materials and the ability to invite attorneys to the Ilumni-sponsored Raising the Bar series, which offers attorneys MCLE credits


For more information, set up a call with an enrollment specialist.


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