Member Benefits It is simply part of human nature to occasionally ask “What’s in it for me?” Here is just a sampling of what’s in it for you as far as membership in the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® is concerned.
MLS: The BCAR MLS is more than just listings; it is also a statistical reporting system (TRENDS) and a tax info/parcel mapping system (Realist). Syndication is provided through Listhub for maximum internet exposure for your listings. Mobile access to the MLS and a mobile app designed exclusively for buyers is included. Sure, it’s a large part of why you joined, but it isn’t the only thing we have to offer. With this in mind, however, we do have to remember what a valuable tool it is and how lost we would be without it.
Regional MLS: The ability to view all listings entered in the North Carolina Regional MLS.
SUPRA: A state-of-the-art lock box and key system. Leasing your lock box key through BCAR allows access to not only BCAR listings but Wilmington listings, too!
Networking Opportunities: It’s where you head to meet and greet. We also try to find Educational, Political and Inspirational speakers to teach you, get you thinking, and make you laugh. The annual Affiliate Trade Show is a huge event each fall – meet the BCAR Affiliate members, sample great food and there’s MANY chances to win door prizes – ALL FREE TO MEMBERS!
Continuing Education: We’re offering more courses than ever because we know how much education means to you. Continuing Education courses are offered at discount prices for members and MANY times during the year. Seminars and “How to” sessions are offered frequently and usually at no cost to you!
Committees: Go ahead, get involved! 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 Association. Your knowledge and expertise are a value to your Association and your fellow members.
Dispute Resolution: Whether it is a violation of the Code of Ethics or commissions, we are here to help!
Governmental Affairs: Our Governmental Affairs Director keeps pace with what is going on locally, state wide and even at the national level and ensures that the voice of REALTORS® is being heard! RPAC (REALTORS® Political Action Committee) is the #1 trade association political action committee in the Nation and raises money through contributions to elect candidates who understand and support YOUR interests!
E Communication: Broadcast emails designed to keep you up to date on meetings, educational courses, luncheons, and other essential information. E-Billing and invoicing, both convenient and eco-friendly. BCAR Facebook group page, is updated daily!
Member’s Only Web Site: Sign up for a class or event, pay your bills, view and print your past bills, read the Policy Manual, check out the BCAR Financials, and MUCH MORE – for member’s only though!
Web Site: Here you can find our By-Laws, Policies & Procedures, MLS Rules & Regulations, Affiliate Member Roster, Calendars, Course Information, Online Membership Forms and more. Plus there are links to other sites that are important to your business.
MLS Training: These FREE, informative, beginner and advanced classes are available to all on every aspect of the MLS.
Professional Staff: Always here to help you get to where you need to be.
REALTOR® Store: Stocked with reasonably priced signs, riders, flyer boxes, and more.
Notary Services: FREE to members!
At the STATE LEVEL: www.NCREALTORS.org
Contract Forms: zipForms software available in desktop or web versions to access contract forms jointly approved by NCAR and the NC Bar Association that we all know and love. All fees included in your NCAR dues. Why not use them? Savings: Offered on products and services through the REALTOR® Partner Program members will receive discounts on products and services they use the most, from home improvements to cell phones to insurance. There’s something for everyone. Convention: Annual state convention for networking, education and fun. Education: REALTOR® Institute, professional standards workshops, and designation courses. Influence: The state’s oldest and largest association with 42,000 members from 66 local boards and associations.
REALTOR®: The right to use title, trademark and logo provides benefits from value of the brand. It’s also the largest trade association in the nation.
Web: Your listings posted free on www.REALTOR.com, the most visited home buyer website there is.
Code of Ethics: Assures the public of honesty, fairness, competence and professionalism. This is what sets you apart as a REALTOR®. REALTOR® Magazine and e-Publications: The magazine is free to members ($56 value) and over 25 email publications to choose from.
REALTOR® Benefits: From Lowe’s, Entertainment Book, major rental car services, FedEx, Dell, Sprint, Xerox and more.
Image: Public Awareness Campaign creates a positive REALTOR® image with consumers.
Resources: Latest industry news and a wide array of invaluable resources available online at www.REALTOR.org. This site is also home to the world’s largest real estate library which is readily available to you anytime, anywhere. Right Tools Right Now contains cutting edge products and resources at cost (or free) to members only.
Law News: Subscription to Letter of the Law newsletter.
Influence: The largest professional trade association with more than ONE MILLION members strong.
Advocacy: With US government on issues important to REALTORS® and owners of real property.