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Supra Keys

The Supra XpressKey™ is designed to be active and ready to open iboxes when you go to use it.
The XpressKEY™ is Supra's easy to use electronic key that integrates seamlessly with the entire Supra iBox family of keyboxes. It features a high quality backlit touchscreen and an intuitive interface. Keyboxes open quickly using infrared communication and GPS coordinates assist with keybox assignment, end of showing notification, and locating a missing key.

Updates occur automatically over a cellular network and there is no need to be in cellular coverage when showing a listing. Real-time showing notices are sent after a keybox is opened. XpressKEY features a long-lasting, user-replaceable battery and charges using a standard universal micro-USB.

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Supra eKey

Use your smartphone or tablet as your lockbox key. The eKEY application uses your phone's wireless communications so you can do business anywhere. Choose from many different Android™, BlackBerry®, and Apple phones and tablets. For a list of devices that were thoroughly tested by Supra and provide the highest possible user experience, click here. Devices not on this list may still be compatible, however, user experience may vary.compatible ekey

Two service levels are available: eKEY Basic for common keybox functions, and eKEY Professional which enhances basic capability with adds business tools such as MLS data stored on your phone (eliminating time consuming over-the-air searches), linking the listings to Google maps, and displaying showing details on your phone.

​eKEY Basic

ekeybasiceKEY Basic turns your phone or tablet into a lockbox key. It also enables you to program iBoxes, change shackle codes, and more.

 

 

eKEY Professional

ekeyprofessionalLike eKEY Basic, eKEY Professional turns your phone or tablet into a lockbox key. It also adds many productivity features to your phone or tablet.

MLS Dues

MLS Dues:

MLS Dues are $96.00 every quarter (every 3 months). We bill a month in advance. Electronic billing is sent to the email address you provided when you joined. You may pay online, mail in a check, come into our office, email/fax in a Credit Card Authorization form, or put a Credit Card on file to be automatically charged every quarter. We do not take cash. We can accept Visa, Mastercard, American-Express, Check or Money order for payment.

Join High Desert Association of REALTORS®

realtor-logoThe H.D.A.R. offers different classes of membership:

 

REALTOR® 2017 MLS PARTICIPANT 2017 UNLICENSED BROKER ASSISTANT 2017
FEE SCHEDULE 2017 AFFILIATE 2017 UNLICENSED AGENT ASSISTANT 2017

 

REALTOR 2018 MLS PARTICIPANT 2018 UNLICENSED BROKER ASSISTANT 2018
FEE SCHEDULE 2018 AFFILIATE 2018 UNLICENSED AGENT ASSISTANT 2018

 

Welcome! We are pleased to have you interested in becoming a member of the High Desert Association of REALTORS®! Below you find a list of applications to join HDAR. While we don't require an appointment to join, we process applications up until 3pm.  Please arrive early so we can start processing your application & explain your benefits. REALTOR® Primary applications MUST be submitted in person. All other applications can be emailed, faxed or mailed into the association. We require a letter of Good Standing from your current board along with your application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Appropriate fees must accompany all applications. Processing can take up to 72 hours. The applicant will recieve an email with the log-in information after proccessing. For hours and contact information, click here.

Click HERE for a Membershp Dues Overview

1. Designated REALTOR®/REALTOR®/REALTOR® SECONDARY

Licensed Broker joining HDAR as the Broker of Record for an REALTOR® office. Salesperson (and Broker Associate) joining HDAR  under a REALTOR® office. REALTOR® or REALTOR®-Salesperson joining HDAR for REALTOR® Secondary benefits and MLS access (holds REALTOR® primary membership concurrently at another REALTOR® Association).

2. MLS-Only Broker/Salesperson/Appraiser

Licensed Broker/Salesperson subscribing to the HDAR Multiple Listing Service. Licensed Appraiser subscribing to the MLS (search access only)mls

3. Affiliate/Affiliate Associate

Individual who works in a real estate "affiliated" business such as Title, Escrow, Lending, Inspection, Staging, ect.

4. Unlicensed Broker Assistant/ Unlicensed Agent Assistant

Application for unlicensed individuals acting as an assistant to a Salesperson or  Broker. This application must be signed by the Broker of Record or an authorized Office Manager AND the member whom you will be assisting.

 

Click HERE to view the Fee Schedule

 

Member Benefits

HDAR Member Benefits 

We provide many FREE benefits for our members! Listed below are some very useful Tools and Programs that we hope you take advantage of!

New Agent Success Kit - http://marketing.realtor.com/newagent/highdesert 

Clarus Market Metrics®

Clarus MarketMetrics® generates market and price-point analysis charts and reports derived from MLS data for REALTORS ® to share with their clients. These reports can be invaluable as a prospecting tool, an aid to setting seller expectations, or as a companion set of data to justify a buyer's offer. With ClarusMarketMetrics®, REALTORS ® now have access to the most current, relevant local market data available.

How to Register: Go to: www.ClarusResource.com and click on 'Clarus Market Metrics' and then click 'Register for Account". You will create your own unique Username and password.

Find

A serious data application for serious real estate professionals
FIND is a professional data application that allows MLS Members to access realtor.com® data via a powerful, robust, and intuitive search engine.
• The FIND application gives the real estate professional an unfettered view of the Move data sets
• With FIND's ultra-fast search engine and a powerful natural language processor, the professional can immediately access any of the broad data sets by simply typing in a request.

How to access: log into www.hdaor.com you will see the Find icon on the far right on the icon bar. Once logged into the MLS the Find icon is in the single sign module. findsmall

Listhub

Send your listings to over 500 websites! ListHub allows brokers to take control of their internet marketing by sending their office's listing inventory to real estate search websites, like Yahoo, Zillow, AOL Real Estate, Trulia, Homescape, FrontDoor and many more. Since ListHub is integrated with your MLS, there is NO data entry required.

How to Register: Instructions go to how to videos. If you have questions, visit www.listhub.com  or call 1-877-847-3394 x1

MLS push

The objective of MLS PUSH is to give REALTORS® of the High Desert MLS (HDAR) the ability to generate forms to make an offer while inside of their MLS system. This will save the user time by eliminating duplicate data entry and reducing input errors on their forms. It will also streamline the forms filling process by allowing the user to sign into their MLS and access their C.A.R. member benefit, zipForm® 6.

rDocs™ CMA

With rDocs CMA you can Impress your prospects with professional listing presentations, Get property data & photos directly from your MLS, Create your presentations in a snap with easy-to-use templates, Search easily, view comps on map, seller's net sheet, marketing planner, edit listing, adjustment functions & more. It is the most effective CMA program available.

How to Register: Here is your link to the rDesk CMA log in: vvar.rdesk.com. Use your Email address for the User name, and your ID number for your password.

RPR – Realtors® Property Resource™

RPR, a member benefit of the National Association of REALTORS®, is a national database of assessor, recorder, and mortgage data, MLS content, foreclosure information, demographics, neighborhood data, and more. There are two key differences between RPR and national real estate websites you or your clients may have used.

How to Register: To login to RPR directly, visit www.narrpr.com . On your first visit you'll need to sign up for your account. Enter your last name and NRDS ID number, clicking "sign up." RPR will verify your name and NRDS Number, and then you will go through a four-step wizard, including creating your password.

zipForm® Mobile Web

Mobile access to allow REALTORS® to keep important transaction information readily available. zipForm® Mobile Web Edition is available for the Apple® iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®, BlackBerry®, and Android™(Internet required).

How to Register: From your mobile device, go to www.zipformonline.com. Members can use any browser they want on the mobile devices. Choose "Use CAR Credentials". Enter your username and password to the www.car.org website. Click Login for more help visit: support.zipform.com

ZipForm® Plus

C.A.R. Members are invited to use zipForm® Plus, the evolution of zipForm® 6 Professional, as a free member benefit. The new zipForm® Plus is a web based application which can be used in multiple browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) and does not require Java Plug-ins.

We have received consistent user feedback through a national user group that the zipForm® Plus user interface is intuitive, modern and very easy to use. Nevertheless, we strongly encourage all users to watch the webinar training which will provide an overview of the new user interface, highlight differences between zipForm® 6 Professional and zipForm® Plus, how to move between the two options, and what to expect from the program.

The new zipForm® Plus uses an HTML 5 user interface which allows you the ability to toggle between it and zipForm® 6 Professional until you're comfortable with using this new tool. The exciting new look and array of new features will change the way you create transactions.

  • Powered by HTML 5 technology - No Java Plugin Required
  • Easy and fast
  • Personalize files and emails
  • Full screen form-filling capability
  • Real-time search
  • eSign integration
  • File and organize documents and forms together
  • zipVault document storage integrated with unified transaction list
  • Advanced search capabilities with real time results
  • Feedback link for instant suggestions

How to Register: Visit www.car.org and click on Access zipForm®6. Login with your NRDS, once your membership is confirmed you will be asked to create your own user name and password. For more information on your members benefits go to: http://vvar.com/member-benefits-members-home-menu.html 

Click HERE for more information

Click HERE for User Guide

Dues Overview

2017 Fee Schedule: click here

MLS Dues:

MLS Dues are $96.00 every quarter (every 3 months). We bill a month in advance. Electronic billing is sent to the email address you provided when you joined. You may pay online, mail in a check, come into our office, email/fax in a Credit Card Authorization form, or put a Credit Card on file to be automatically charged every quarter. We do not take cash. We can accept Visa, Mastercard, American-Express, Check or Money order for payment.

REALTOR® Dues:

REALTOR Dues are an Annual Payment. This consists of H.D.A.R. Local Dues, N.A.R. Dues & C.A.R. dues. This Payment is due January 1st of each year.

Supra Dues:

Supra XpressKey (This is an annual payment that is due every August, it is also pro-rated monthly.)

$50.00 Activation Fee $249.76 + tax

$29.95 Insurance Fee Optional

Supra eKey (Premium Service for your Smart Phone, This is a monthly charge) $50.00 Activation Fee + $27.95 + tax
Supra eKey (Basic Service for your Smart Phone, This is a monthly charge) $50.00 Activation Fee + $17.86 + tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supra eKey is an app on any compatible Smart Phone:  For a list of Compatible Smart Phones, Click HERE

 Supra is payable by Check or Credit Card only

Supra iBox BT LE is the box of choice for the High Desert Association of REALTORS®

Sold in our store for $118.00 including tax. 

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Affiliate Dues:

Affiliate Members pay an Annual Payment. The Main Affiliate Dues are $245.00 for a brand new member joining between the months of January-June, $175.00 if they are joining between July-December. Annual Renewal is $175.00 due on January 1st.

Affiliate Associates pay $50.00 annually.

Realtor Dues Formula

"Going by the Book": What Every REALTOR® Should Know About the REALTOR® Dues Formula
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been prepared at the request of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® by its General Counsel, William D. North.

In November 1972, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® amended its Bylaws to establish a combination dues structure. This dues structure or formula consisted of two parts:

First, a flat annual rate of $30.00; plus

Second, a variable annual rate equal to $12.00 times the number of salespersons employed by the REALTOR® or affiliated with him as independent contracts provided such salespersons are not themselves REALTORS® or REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® members of the National Association.

Since its adoption, the combination dues structure applicable to REALTORS® has been the subject of criticism by a small by highly vocal minority of members. While no dues increase can ever be expected to be universally poplar, the criticisms of the REALTOR® combination dues structure have been of particular concern to the National Association for several important reasons:

First, the criticisms do not focus on the legitimate issues posed by any controversy over dues (i.e. amount, need, allocation among members); and

Second, in attacking the REALTOR®'s combination dues structure, the critics have irresponsibly charged that it jeopardizes the independent contractor status of salespersons(which is false), operates as a barrier to Board participation (which is false), and constitutes a form of mandatory membership (which is also false);

Third, these attacks have given great aid and comfort to those opponents of private property rights, in government and without, who want nothing more then to see the National Association, its state associations and its member boards denied the financial resources they require to function effectively.

At various times in the past, the National Association has attempted to clarify the fact that the REALTOR® dues structure not only does not jeopardize the independent contractor status of salespersons but affirmatively was designed to protect it. The National Association has also noted the fact that the REALTOR® dues structure was designed to minimize the barriers to Board participation by adjusting dues more closely to the REALTOR®'s office size. Finally, the National Association has stated repeatedly that the dues structure is not a form of mandatory membership and the over 100,000 salespersons affiliated with REALTORS® who are not REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®s are living proof en mass of the truth of such statement.

The one thing which the National Association has not done to clarify the REALTOR® combination dues structure is to explain in detail precisely how it was developed. The failure to make such explanation has perhaps created the false impression that the structure sprang full born as the arbitrary "brainstorm" of Association leadership.

In point of fact, however, no policy change initiated by the National Association, including even the 14 Point Multiple Listing Policy, was the product of more intensive study and analysis than was the REALTOR® combination dues structure. In developing its dues proposal for submission to the membership in 1972, the National Association went strictly "by the Book" the "Book" being Association Dues Structures: Theory and Practice, published by the American Society of Association Executives in 1969.1

Over 1,500 associations were surveyed in the course of the study and over 200 associations were subjected to intensive interview and investigation. The Book is universally recognized by the leading commentators in trade association law and practice as the authoritative work on the subject of association dues.2

According to the "Book" a proper dues structure must meet certain requirements.

First, it must be flexible. This means that "the dues structure or rate can be fairly easily changed to adapt to the changing conditions within the association or the economy."3

Second, it must be equitable. This means that the dues structure must equate the "benefits received" by the member with his "ability to pay."4

Third, it must permit accurate reporting. This means that the basis of the dues structure must be subject to disclosure and verification.5

Fourth, it must not create any collateral legal problems for the association or its members.

It was with this criteria in mind that the National Association developed its combination dues structure.

1. Flexibility. The combination dues structure provide a system significantly more flexible that the flat rate structure previously in effect. The recognition of sales associates in the computation of REALTOR® dues provide a built in "growth factor" which tends to minimize the need for changes in the rate of dues to keep pace with inflation or expansion of services.

2. Equity. The combination dues structure provided a system significantly more equitable than the flat rate structure. Under the flat rate structure no real consideration was given to the benefits received by a REALTOR® organization or its ability to pay. Thus, the REALTOR® with a hundred salespersons in his organization paid the same dues as the REALTOR® with one salesperson, notwithstanding the fact that the true cost of serving the two organizations was significantly different and the benefits to the REALTOR® with the larger office were many times those received by the REALTOR® with the smaller office.

With the substantial expansion of the programs of the National Association in the area of legislative activity, legal action and member services which occurred in the early 1970's, the National Association was confronted with the choice of seeking a two hundred and fifty percent increase in the flat rate REALTOR® dues or adopting a combination dues structure which, at least in part, would equate dues to REALTOR® office size. In the interest of protecting REALTORS® having less than four employees or independent contractors affiliated with them and representing over seventy percent of the National Association's REALTOR® membership, the combination dues structure was adopted.

3. Accurate Reporting. Once the combination dues structure was elected, it became necessary "going by the Book," to find a "common denominator by which all . . . members could be more or less equally measured."6 Consistent with this objective the National Association considered the various "common denominators" utilized by the other organizations; i.e. sales,7 units of production (listings),8 units of equipment of plans (offices or branches),9 payroll,10 assets,11 and employees (sales employees and independent contractors).12

"Sales" was rejected as a common denominator primarily because REALTORS® are reluctant to reveal sales information and its use would have involved insurmountable and costly administrative problems for the Association.

"Listings" was rejected as a common denominator because of the wide disparity in the value, duration and salability of listings. Moreover, use of listings as a measure of dues would have discriminated against the brokerage function and in favor of the appraisal, management, and counseling functions which do not rely heavily on listing activities.

"Offices or branches" were rejected as the common denominator simply because the number of offices or branches is no necessary indicator of size or ability to pay. Thus, some REALTORS® have a hundred salesmen and brokers operating out of a single office while other REALTORS® may have a hundred salesmen and brokers operating twenty offices or branches.

"Payroll" was rejected as a common denominator for several reasons; problems of administration; problems of computation in an industry of independent contractor commission salesmen, and the lack of necessary payroll information.

"Assets" was rejected as a common denominator primarily because few REALTOR® organizations have any significant asset value apart from furniture and fixtures and a speculative "going concern value." In any event, the asset value of a REALTOR® organization at any point in time is no measure of its size, profitability, or ability to pay.

The only one of the various common denominators cited "by the Book" which seemed an equitable and practicable dues base was "sales employees and independent contractors." According "to the Book," "dues structures based on the number of employees (independent contractors) or members are used by a variety of associations, but are probably most logically used in labor intensive industries and federations (associations whose members are other associations)."13 Real estate brokerage, appraisal, management, and counseling is one of the most labor intensive industries in existence.14

But the "common denominator" of sales employees and independent contractors had other characteristics which argued strongly for its adoption as the measure of REALTOR® dues;

First, information concerning the number of salespersons was more readily available and verifiable than other types of information (sales, assets, payroll) and hence was apt to produce greater accuracy with fewer problems of collection.

Second, utilization of sales employees and independent contractors would more fairly cause the dues paid by the REALTOR® to reflect the benefits conferred by the activities of the National Association, as well as the State Associations and Member Boards, since such activities inure to the benefit of salespersons as well as brokers, and

Third, utilization of sales employees and independent contractors would, more than any other common denominator, cause REALTORS® engaged in appraisals, management, and counseling to bear their fair share of the costs of the Association.

The one problem recognized in using sales employees and independent contractors as the common denominator, and one also recognized "by the Book," was that all such employees and independent contractors did not have the same rate of productivity.15 Hence, the dues burden was bound to fall most heavily on the REALTOR® having the least efficient and productive sales force. The National Association elected to proceed notwithstanding this problem for several reasons.

First, and foremost, there was no entirely satisfactory solution to it. Any effort to equate dues with salesperson productivity necessarily required the Association to resolve all of the problems encountered in a dues formula based on sales (reporting, verification, etc.) compounded by the number of sales employees and independent contractors.

Second, the amount of the dues payable by the REALTOR® in respect of each salesperson was deemed so nominal ($12.00 per year) as to be reasonable even in the case of the most marginal salesperson.16

Third, the REALTOR® had it entirely within his power to minimize the dues burden by enhancing the efficiency and productivity of his organization.

4. Collateral Legal Problems. Certain collateral legal problems were critical considerations in the development of the REALTOR® combination dues structure.

The first problem involved the Association's concern with antitrust compliance. In January of 1972 the National Association had adopted its 14 Point Multiple Listing Policy and had commenced nationwide implementation of that Policy. As a result of several suits by the Department of Justice against Boards of REALTORS®, the National Association was particularly sensitive to any dues structure requiring the exchange or disclosure of information which might be used in anti-competitive ways. On the basis of careful and comprehensive research, it was concluded that the number of salespersons affiliated with a REALTOR® was not such information as could be used anti-competitively and hence provided a reasonable and legally safe basis for the assessment of dues.

The second problem involved the Association's traditional concern with the protection and preservation of the independent contractor relationship between broker and salesperson.

At the same time the dues structure was under consideration in 1972, the National Association leadership determined to recommend to the membership the acceptance of salesperson as REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® members of the National Association, its state associations and member boards. Having made this determination, it was necessary to determine the dues structure applicable to REALTOR-ASSOCIATEs as well as that applicable to REALTORS®.

The dues structure of the REALTOR® having been established as $30.00 plus an amount equal to $12.00 times the number of salespersons employed by or affiliated with him, it became apparent that the REALTOR® organization whose salespersons were also REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®s would contribute more to the support of the National Association than the REALTOR® organization which was less dedicated. This result was perceived to be counterproductive and a serious potential source of member dissatisfaction.

Initially, it was suggested that this inequity could be readily cured if the dues paid by the REALTOR® were deemed to entitle any salesperson affiliated with him to REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® membership in the National Association. This solution was quickly abandoned, however, when it was pointed out that such an arrangement would probably be viewed by the Internal Revenue Service as payment of the salespersons membership dues and hence an act inconsistent with the independent contractor status of the salesperson.

The alternative solution adopted was to establish REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues as $12.00 per year and exclude from the calculation of REALTOR® dues any salesperson who elected to become a REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®. By this arrangement the independent contractor status remained unaffected and the salesperson retained the right to join or not join the National Association.

CONCLUSION

The REALTOR® and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues structure was approved by over 75% of the members of the National Association. Few amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws of the National Association have received greater membership support. Few amendments have been the subject of more general and comprehensive discussion and debate prior to adoption.

The purpose of this review of the development of the REALTOR® - combination dues structure and the REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® dues structure is not intended as an apologia but rather as a reminder that:

The National Association is supported primarily by the dues it receives from its members;

The programs the National Association undertakes and the costs of those programs are determined by its members;

The dues structure of the National Association adopted in 1972 was specifically designed to ease the dues burden of REALTORS® having small offices and to better equate the dues obligation with the benefits received by its members based on the size of the member's office.

By every measure of "Theory and Practice," by every experience and example of other associations, and by every criteria perceived by the most skilled analysts of association dues structures, the National Association "went by the Book."

1 American Society of Association Executives, Association Dues Structure: Theory and Practice, Washington, D.C. (1969)
2 Webster, The Law of Associations, American Society of Association Executives (1971)
3 ASAE, Association Dues Structure: Theory and Practice 2 (1968)
4 Id at 4, 5
5 Id at 6, 7
6 Id at 5.
7 Id at 11-14.
8 Id at 15, 16.
9 Id at 16-17.
10 Id at 20-22.
11 Id at 22.
12 Id at 18-20.
13 Id at p. 18.
14 In this connection, the National Association followed the dues structure of an association of insurance agents cited in the Book which used as its dues base the number of licensees per office. The rationale cited by that Association (in a substantially analogous industry for using the licensee as the measure of dues liability was that the "licensee is the 'sales or production man factor in an insurance agency'
15 Id at 19.
16 The $12.00 dues figure represents two-tenths of one percent (.2%) of the average cost incurred by a REALTOR® in respect of each sales employee and sales associate. According to a survey conducted in 1972 by the Department of Research of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® in respect of the Costs of a Salesman's Desk, the average expense incurred by a REALTOR® in respect of each salesperson is $6,000.00. Such expenses include advertising ($1,200.00), operating expenses ($1,100.00), support and clerical staff ($900.00), housing ($700.00) and communications ($400.00). The National Association of Real Estate Board's Department of Research, Cost of a Salesman's Desk, Washington, D.C. 1972.

Limited Function Referral Office (LFRO) Policy

December 2014

In 2002, a work group of the Finance Committee was formed at the direction of the NAR Treasurer to consider several issues and questions about NAR's dues collection policies. The work group recommended there be a waiver of dues for licensees in a referral organization owned and operated by a REALTOR® which is solely engaged in referring clients or customers to the REALTOR®'s brokerage company and which is NOT engaged in listing, selling, leasing, managing, or appraising real property.

This proposal was considered by the Finance, the Membership Policy & Board Jurisdiction, and the Association Executives Committees, and was endorsed by all three committees. The proposal was then considered and adopted by the NAR Board of Directors at the 2002 Annual Convention. Enabling amendments to the NAR Bylaws and to the Model Board Bylaws were approved at the 2003 Midyear Meetings. These amendments created a narrow exception to the long-standing policy that REALTORS® (principals) are responsible under the dues formula for all licensees in all real estate firms in which the REALTOR® is a principal.

The current policy exempts from the Designated REALTOR®'s dues obligation "referral licensees" in a separate entity, but does not exempt them if they are licensed with the REALTOR®'s brokerage firm. An "entity" is a separate, legally recognized business and includes all possible structures for a business permitted under state law. The rationale for requiring that referral licensees be associated with a separate entity was to avoid placing an unnecessary administrative burden on associations by requiring them to determine which licensees in a REALTOR®'s brokerage company would qualify for the referral exemption. By requiring that non-active licensees be affiliated with a separate entity only generating referrals, the fundamental principles of the dues formula and dues collection policy were preserved and maintained.

Following are key points related to NAR's Limited Function Referral Office (LFRO) Policy:

For a REALTOR® (principal) to be exempt from paying size formula dues based on referral licensees, the licenses must be held by an entity separate from the REALTOR®'s brokerage firm, and all referrals must be made to the REALTOR's brokerage firm on a substantially exclusive basis. The same REALTOR® can be a principal in both firms. An "entity" is a separate, legally recognized business and includes all possible structures for a business permitted under state law.

The exemption for licensees in LFRO's requires the licensees not be engaged to any degree in listing, selling, leasing, renting, managing, counseling, or appraising real property.

Designated REALTORS® operating a referral firm are required, at least annually, to identify in writing all licensees in the referral firm. Access a sample LFRO certification form. Language added in 2015 to NAR's Model Bylaws for Local Member Boards may be adopted by local associations to require that its Designated REALTOR® members notify the association within three (3) days of any change in status of licensees in a referral firm.

The exemption for a referral licensee is automatically revoked upon the individual engaging in activities requiring a real estate license other than making referrals. Upon revocation of the dues exemption, the license may be placed with the REALTOR®'s brokerage firm, or the licensee may sever his relationship with the firm. In the event the license is placed with the REALTOR®'s (principal's) brokerage firm, the dues obligation of the Designated REALTOR® increases to reflect the additional nonmember licensee. (See Article X, Section 2, Model Board Bylaws concerning proration).
Following are relevant provisions of Article X, Section 2, of the NAR Model Board Bylaws concerning LFRO's.

Associations have the ability and are encouraged to track LFRO licensees in the NRDS system with Member Type L (LFRO).

Questions concerning the LFRO policy may be addressed to NAR's Board Policy & Programs staff at 312-329-8399, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note: The foregoing is intended only to explain NAR policy related to referral companies and is not intended to address the requirements of state license law.

Section 2. Dues The annual dues of members shall be as follows.

(a) REALTOR® Members. The annual dues of each designated REALTOR® member shall be in such amount as established annually by the board of directors, plus an additional amount to be established annually by the board of directors times the number of real estate salespersons and licensed or certified appraisers who (1) are employed by or affiliated as independent contractors, or who are otherwise directly or indirectly licensed with such REALTOR® member, and (2) are not REALTOR® members of any association in the state or a state contiguous thereto or Institute Affiliate members of the association. In calculating the dues payable to the association by a designated REALTOR® member, non-member licensees as defined in (1) and (2) of this paragraph shall not be included in the computation of dues if the designated REALTOR® has paid dues based on said non-member licensees in another association in the state or a state contiguous thereto, provided the designated REALTOR® notifies the association in writing of the identity of the association to which dues have been remitted. In the case of a designated REALTOR® member in a firm, partnership, or corporation whose business activity is substantially all commercial, any assessments for non-member licensees shall be limited to licensees affiliated with the designated REALTOR® (as defined in (1) and (2) of this paragraph) in the office where the designated REALTOR® holds membership, and any other offices of the firm located within the jurisdiction of this association. (Amended 1/05)

(1) For the purpose of this section, a REALTOR® member of a Member Board shall be held to be any member who has a place or places of business within the state or a state contiguous thereto and who, as a principal, partner, corporate officer, or branch office manager of a real estate firm, partnership, or corporation, is actively engaged in the real estate profession as defined in Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. An individual shall be deemed to be licensed with a REALTOR® if the license of the individual is held by the REALTOR®, or by any broker who is licensed with the REALTOR®, or by any entity in which the REALTOR® has a direct or indirect ownership interest and which is engaged in other aspects of the real estate business (except as provided for in Section 2(a)(1) hereof) provided that such licensee is not otherwise included in the computation of dues payable by the principal, partner, corporate officer, or branch office manager of the entity.

A REALTOR® with a direct or indirect ownership interest in an entity engaged exclusively in soliciting and/or referring clients and customers to the REALTOR® for consideration on a substantially exclusive basis shall annually file with the association on a form approved by the association a list of the licensees affiliated with that entity and shall certify that all of the licensees affiliated with the entity are solely engaged in referring clients and customers and are not engaged in listing, selling, leasing, renting, managing, counseling, or appraising real property. The individuals disclosed on such form shall not be deemed to be licensed with the REALTOR® filing the form for purposes of this section and shall not be included in calculating the annual dues of the designated REALTOR®. Designated REALTORS® shall notify the association within three (3) days of any change in status of licensees in a referral firm.

The exemption for any licensee included on the certification form shall automatically be revoked upon the individual being engaged in real estate licensed activities (listing, selling, leasing, renting, managing, counseling, or appraising real property) other than referrals, and dues for the current fiscal year shall be payable.

Membership dues shall be prorated for any licensee included on a certification form submitted to the association who during the same calendar year applies for REALTOR® or REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® membership in the association. However, membership dues shall not be prorated if the licensee held REALTOR® or REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® membership during the preceding calendar year. (Amended 11/09)

 

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