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New Member FAQ

New to the business or thinking about becoming a real estate agent? Then you most likely have a few questions. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you don't find the answers you're looking for here, please don't hesitate to contact our Member Services Department at 760.244.8841.

How do I get a real estate license? 

The first step in getting a real estate license is to contact the California Bureau of Real Estate.

If I just passed the real estate test, can I join the Association?

 Yes, you can join our Association if you are currently under a Brokers license. Click HERE for more information.

How much are dues?

The dues you pay are based on your level of membership with our Association (Designated REALTOR®, Non-Designated REALTOR,® or Affiliate). Click HERE to view the Fees

When are the annual dues due?

Yearly membership renewals are due in January of each year.

Who pays REALTOR® Dues: 

All individuals licensed directly or indirectly with a DR are included in the computation. An offsetting credit is given to the DR based on the number of non-principal licensees who hold REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, or Institute Affiliate membership in their own right.

At the 1972 Annual Convention, the National Association of REALTORS® Delegate Body approved what is now commonly referred to as the "NAR Variable Dues Formula" for Designated REALTORS®. The formula was crafted to ensure fairness, by basing member dues on the number of individuals licensed with REALTOR® principals (known as "Designated REALTORS®" or "DRs"). The premise is that every licensee in the firm benefits from the DR's membership in the Association of REALTORS®, and, therefore, the DR's dues should reflect all licensees in the firm – even those who are not REALTORS®.
This Legal Q&A addresses the questions that are frequently asked by DRs when they receive their annual dues billing from their local association.

What is a LFRO office?

A Limited Function Referral Office (LFRO) is a separate entity that sponsors real estate licensees or appraisers whose sole function is to refer prospective clients to a particular broker.  

What is a LFRO Agent?

LFRO agents are licensees that are solely engaged in referring clients and customers and
are not engaged in listing, selling, leasing, renting, managing, counseling, appraising, or
arranging financing for real property and are not participants or subscribers in any MLS.

LFRO agents are exempt from the NAR Variable Dues Formula. The C.A.R.
Board of Directors approved an objective to audit LFRO agents to make sure this
exemption from dues or fees is not being abused.

In an effort to ensure that everyone is playing by the rules, C.A.R. has been conducting
LFRO audits, which include:

LFRO Certification Form audits
zipLogix audit (C.A.R. will compare all active LFROs to the zipLogix database)
MLS audit (C.A.R. will compare all active LFRO agents to the various Multiple Listing Services)

When is new member orientation?

New member orientation is offered once a month, the first thursday of each month. Please contact staff for exact date at 760.244.8841.

we now offer an online mls orientation, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

How do I get a Supra eKey or iBox?

When you join our Association you have the opportunity to purchase a Supra iBox BT LE. You can also have the eKey App put in your phone for a monthly fee. Click HERE for more information

How do I get ZipForms?

To have access to ZipForm, you must be a REALTOR Primary member of the High Desert Association of REALTORS®

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