FAQ Becoming a Member
Frequently asked questions on becoming a member of the Pen-Mar Regional Association of REALTORS®
1. What are the Requirements for Membership?
All member companies are responsible to have all new licensees and appraisal certificate holders with their firm complete and submit a membership application along with the applicable dues/fees within 15 days of affiliation. The applicable dues/fees that need to be submitted with the application are:
- $250 application fee
- Pro-rated Association dues
If a real estate licensee or appraisal certificate holder associated with a member company does not wish to become a REALTOR®, the Designated REALTOR® will be responsible for paying an assessment fee for the real estate licensee or appraisal certificate holder in the amount of PMRAR local dues, State Dues and NAR Dues with the exception of the Public Image Fee.
Within 60 days a new REALTOR® member applicant must do the following to fulfill PMRAR membership requirements:
- Have completed the new member application form and paid all applicable dues & fees
- Attended New Member Orientation
- Complete NAR Code of Ethics Course Online
2. How much time do I have to complete new member orientation?
New member orientation are typically held every month from 8:30 - 11:00 AM. You have 60 days to complete new member orientation. Please call Pen-Mar at the office 301-797-4480 for the orientation schedule.
If a new applicant fails to complete new member orientation within the 60 day requirement, a reinstatement fee of $125 will be assessed.
3. When do I receive my NRDS Number?
A National REALTOR® Database System (NRDS) number will be issued upon fulfillment of all membership requirements. An email and letter will be sent once application and dues are paid.
4. I'm a Certified Appraiser, what kind of membership do I apply for?
A certified appraiser would apply for Affiliate membership and follow all of the membership requirements.
5. What is the difference between a REALTOR® and a Designated REALTOR®?
REALTOR® members hold an associate broker, salesperson's real estate license or appraisal certificate. Designated REALTORS® hold a broker's license and are often the person listed as the broker of record with the State Real Estate Commission. In an appraisal office, the "DR" is the certificate holder in charge or responsible for that appraisal office.
6. What is the process if I was a former REALTOR® member within the past year?
Any licensee returning after less than one year will be charged a $125 application fee and any related dues owed. If more than a year the lincsee shall pay as if a new member.
7. What is the Membership process if I am a REALTOR® member in another association of REALTORS®?
In order for you to become a primary member of PMRAR your Designated REALTOR® needs to be a primary or secondary member of PMRAR.
8. What are PAR, MR and NAR?
"PAR" is the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®. Their website is www.parealtor.org
"MR" is the Maryland Association of REALTORS® . Thier website is www.mdrealtor.org
9. How do I become a secondary member?
To become a secondary member of PMRAR you will need a letter of Good Standing from your Primary board.
An application fee of $250.00 and then the prorated amount for local dues.
10. If my Broker is a member, do I have to join?
First, you would need to check with your broker and/or office manager to see if your office/franchise policy requires it. Some offices and franchises require that licensees affiliated with them join as REALTOR® members. If you do not join as a REALTOR® member, you would be considered a non-member salesperson.
As a non-member salesperson, the Designated REALTOR® will be responsible for paying an assessment fee for the real estate licensee and appraisal certificate holder in the amount of PMRAR local dues, State Dues and NAR Dues with the exception of the Public Image Fee.
11. What is a non-member salesperson?
The Broker or Designated REALTOR® is responsible to pay an assessment equal to dues. Non-members would not fill out a membership application nor attend the New Member Orientation course. They would not be allowed to use the term "REALTOR®" or use the "R" logo on any of their correspondence, signs, business cards, etc.
12. When are annual membership dues payable?
Membership dues are emailed to all members by the first week in September and are payable by the first business day in January of each year. If they are not paid in full by the first business day in January, you will be charged a $50 late fee. An additional $25 late fee will be assessed if dues are not paid by February 1st. If the license remains active and dues are not paid before February 1st , the licensee automatically becomes a non-member salesperson as described above. Payment by the Designated REALTOR® of associated salesperson fees are required and unappealable.
13. What are the dues amount for 2020?
Please check our dues schedule or contact the Association for this information.
14. How do I become an Affiliate member of Pen-Mar?
Please complete our Affiliate Application and contact the Association.
15. What MLS system does Pen-Mar use?
16. Can secretaries for an office or unlicensed assistants access the MLS?
17. How do I get a lockbox key card?
Real Estate Licensees, appraisal certificate holders and Pen-Mar members are eligible to apply for lockbox key card access. The applicant needs to complete a Key Lease Authorization form and agree to abide by the Lockbox Rules and Regs.
The applicant needs to pay the prorated lockbox fees. Prior to receiving a lockbox. The fees for lockbox access are the following: One time issuance fee of $50 and $125 annual fee.
18. Is there a replacement fee for CE certificates?
Yes, there is a $10.00 fee for replacement CE certificates.