I just got my real estate license, do I have to join an association of realtors?
This is a common question, you finally got your license, you found a real estate brokerage where you want to work, now what? A real estate licensee is not required to join a board of realtors to sell real estate. The ability to broker or sell real estate is regulated by the state. Once you are licensed, you are legally permitted to sell real estate. A board of realtors is an optional association that is joined after you get a license to access agent tools. When you work under a broker that is a member of a board of realtors, that broker might require that you join so that all agents are a member of the board at the brokerage. However, that is just a company policy, and again, not a legal requirement to sell real estate.
Why should I join a board of realtors if it’s not required?
As mentioned above, your broker may require you to join because they are a member. Many real estate agents join a board of realtors because they see that as the only way to get access to the multiple listing service (MLS), real estate forms, and other professional tools. In some areas, agents are forced to join a board if they want MLS access only and nothing else. Even more, agents find out that they cannot just join a local board, but are required to join a local, state, and national board. It’s an all or nothing proposition with an all or nothing price tag.
What Is The Alternative to Join All Three Board of Realtors?
Some real estate agents see value in the dues they pay to be a member of the local, state, and national associations. However, not all agents have a need or desire to pay for three membership just to access forms and the MLS. These agents can access the tools they need through the Open Organization of Realty Professionals (OORP). Agents don’t need three memberships. Instead, they can be a member of OORP and access professional real estate forms, a national MLS, and a lockbox with national coverage. This gives agents wider geographical coverage and all the professional tools they need from a single source.