The Washington Center for Real Estate Research (WCRER) is a key provider of real estate research and data across the State of Washington. The Center is primarily funded by the State, hence its central role in the provision of quality and robust data and market reports. Among its core activities are the Quarterly Washington State Housing Market Report and the semi-annual Apartment Market Survey for the State Department of Licensing. The Center is active across a range of other research projects and works closely with stakeholders both across the University of Washington with the public and private sectors.

The WCRER was established by the State Legislature under RCW 18.85.741, which states:

The purpose of a real estate research center in Washington State is to provide credible research, value-added information, education services and project-oriented research to real estate licensees, real estate consumers, real estate service providers, institutional customers, public agencies, and communities in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest region.

The center was initially housed at Washington State University with the mission to provide a bridge between academic study and research on real estate topics and the professional real estate industry. It served that mission at WSU until moving to the University of Washington in 2012.