Benefits of Being a Member of MLBOR, NCAR, and NAR
Mountain Lakes Board of REALTORS®:
We offer services to our members that enhance their proficiency, profitability, and professionalism.
MLBOR is one of the first associations in the region to institute NAR’s strict new Code of Ethics recommendations—requiring our members to refresh their code of ethics training every two years. By offering ethics courses free to our members in our offices four times a year, we set high expectations for our members and ensure they provide their clientele with the best possible experience possible.
However, if complaints regarding possible violations of the NAR code of ethics or MLBOR bylaws are raised, we offer our members legally binding dispute resolution mediation and arbitration services to settle business disputes between members. We also offer members and buyers/sellers the opportunity to address complaints in an unbiased and uniform manner through our ombudsperson and mediation services in the hopes of avoiding arbitration.
MLBOR offers many networking opportunities, from monthly luncheons to community involvement events. Membership luncheons are offered 7 to 10 months of the year and offer members a chance to interact with other local real estate professionals, local officials and municipal leaders who impact or promote real estate and development, and our business affiliate members. We also try to find educational, political, and inspirational speakers to attend each luncheon to help teach you and get you thinking.
Once a year, we offer an affiliate expo— for our banking and all other affiliates—that allows them to keep you informed of all the services they offer you as a real estate professional. And of course there is the annual Christmas/awards banquet where we not only induct our new leadership but celebrate all the hard work our members have accomplished throughout the year.
You also have a chance to network not only with your fellow real estate professionals but with the public at-large through involvement in our committees. Whether you want to help plan the education offerings or work with the MLS, we have plenty of choices available to you. Involvement in committee work really gets you involved in the inner-workings of the board. However, personal community involvement opportunities exist as well. Pursue your interests by joining a committee to help plan and shape the activities that go on at MLBOR. Your involvement in our community by volunteering and supporting its endeavors will help our community become one of the best places to live in our region.
The MLBOR MLS is more than just listings; it is also a tax info/parcel mapping system. Syndication is provided through Listhub for maximum internet exposure for your listings. And as a member you have the ability to view all listings entered in MLBOR’s MLS, which means more property to show and sell and more agents and buyers looking at your properties.
As an extra benefit, MLBOR also offers a state-of-the-art lockbox and key system like Ekey through Supra. And leasing your lockbox key through MLBOR allows access to North East Georgia Board of REALTORS® listings, too.
Because RPAC protects all of us against harmful legislation, we encourage all our members to get involved in government affairs, whether it is local, state, or national political advocacy. Our MLBOR board members keeps pace with what is going on locally, state side and even at the nation level and ensures that the voice of REALTORS® is being heard. RPAC is the number one trade association political action committee in the nation and raises money through contributions to elect candidates who understand and support your business.
The MLBOR office uses e-communication to broadcast emails designed to keep you up-to-date on meetings, educational courses, luncheons, and other essential information. We also offer e-billing and invoicing, both convenient and eco-friendly, through our MLS system. Our Web-site provides our members with access to our membership bylaws, policies and procedures, MLS rules and regulations, affiliate member roster, calendars, educational opportunities, ethics course information, and more.
Furthermore, our Web site services and Facebook page is always available to our members to help promote not only their individual but collective good works in the community and as REALTORS® at-large.
North Carolina Association of REALTORS®:
NCAR is the state’s oldest and largest association with 42,000 members from 66 local boards and associations. It offers numerous benefits to its members such as access to contract forms, educational opportunities, and legal counsel.
zipForms software is available for download from the NCAR Web site. It comes in desktop or web versions and the contract forms are jointly approved by NCAR and the NC Bar Association. All fees for use are included in your NCAR dues.
Also included in your NCAR dues is access to NCAR Legal, which provides support to members by responding to requests for assistance with legal counsel. Members have direct access to a qualified real estate attorney who can offer information on real estate law and related matters.
NCAR also offers unique savings on products and services they use the most through the REALTOR® Partner Program—from home improvements to cell phones to insurance, there’s something for everyone.
Members are further encouraged to attend NCAR’s annual convention and trade expo where they will find a variety of continuing education classes and networking events. Education is also offered though the Realtor Institute, NCAR professional standards workshops, and sponsored designation courses.
And their exclusive Web site access to members provides real estate professionals with up-to-date information on legal issues, sales and marketing trends, technology tools, and member news, that helps real estate professionals increase their business.
National Association of REALTORS®:
Membership in NAR provides the real estate professional with the exclusive right to use the title, trademark and logo of the REALTOR®—an invaluable brand name. As the largest trade association in the nation, with more than one million members, NAR’s public awareness campaign creates a positive REALTOR® image with consumers. The REALTOR® brand is one of the strongest and most recognized in the world.
NAR’s Code of Ethics policy also assures the public of honesty, fairness, competence, and professionalism. They ensure the public that this is what sets you apart as a REALTOR®, and not just another “licensee.”
NAR’s commitment to excellence also ensures that your listings are posted free on www.realtor.com, the most visited and trusted home buyer website there is. Other benefits include discounts from their partners that can help you save money on the things you use the most from Lowe’s, entertainment book, major rental car services, FedEx, Dell, Sprint, Xerox, REALTOR® Core Health Insurance, eNeighborhoods and more. Many times these benefits can even be flowed down to your clients.
Their REALTOR® Magazine and e-Publications are free to members and with over twenty-five email publications to choose from, you always have access to the latest trends, technology, sales and marketing, and industry news, including real estate law through the Letter of the Law newsletter. All are designed to help you make smart business decisions.
Advocacy is also high on NAR’s list of commitment of excellence to its members. NAR works closely with Congress to benefit realtors, the industry, and consumers. By advocating for issues important to realtors and owners of real property, they ensure you always have a voice in government affairs.
The NAR Web site is also home to the world’s largest real estate library which is readily available to you anytime, anywhere. Comprehensive, up-to-date research reports are always available. And Right tools, Right now (www.realtor.org/righttools) contains cutting edge products and resources at cost (or free) to members only. Do the consumers you work with have questions on mortgages, home inspections, taxes, or insurance that you struggle to answer? Then you will find access to the NAR library of customizable “Handouts for Consumers” invaluable as you will now be able to provide your customers with accurate information on a wide range of issues.