• Thousands of companies and millions of Americans depend on defined contribution (DC) plans to help them prepare for a secure retirement. The Defined Contribution Real Estate Council (DCREC) was launched in 2012 with the goal of improving long-term savings outcomes for future retirees through the use of direct commercial real estate as an alternative asset class in DC plans.
  • DC Plan Sponsors Continue Growth In Including Real Estate in Their Retirement Plans & an Update on Secure 2.0
    January 25, 2023, on Broadcast Retirement Network (BRN)

    Watch here.
  • 2022 Defined Contribution Survey
    $79.4 Billion In Defined Contribution Capital Now Invested In Private Real Estate.

    Click here for full report.

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Our mission is to promote the inclusion of investments in direct commercial real estate and real estate securities within defined contribution plans in order to improve participant outcomes by furthering education about, advocacy for, and best practices of such investments.


DCREC is the only membership organization dedicated to advocating for the inclusion of direct commercial real estate and real estate securities as an alternative asset class in defined contribution plans to improve participant outcomes. With an advocacy group made up of more than 150 leaders. Collectively, their firms oversee approximately $1.5 trillion in investment assets.


DCREC provides a platform for industry collaboration, establishes best practices, and develops educational resources to advance the use of real estate in defined contribution plans.


Defined contribution plans are increasingly the foundation for the future financial security of millions of Americans. Research shows that real estate as an asset class helps provide better retirement outcomes for many individuals.


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