SEMAR Membership Benefits
What Do I Get for My Dues?
First and foremost, the local association exists to promote the real estate industry and provide cost-effective services to its members that will enable them to succeed in the business of listing and selling real estate. The three-way agreement between the local, state and national associations provides you with these basic services to promote your career and the real estate industry:
Legislative advocacy - coordination of legislative and regulatory policy issues at all levels, calls to action to affect legislation, discussions with legislators to help shape policy, etc. As the largest trade association in the nation, the impact is extraordinary. At the state level, your advocates kept your commissions from being taxed, to mention one benefit! Brokers have access to the MAR legal hotline, to answer broker questions and inform you of changes in Commerce regulations; NAR participation in legal cases of significance to the real estate profession.
Public advocacy - providing a voice for the industry to inform and influence. Local community involvement projects help enhance the REALTOR® image and show a commitment to equal housing opportunities, safe city environments, and thriving neighborhoods.
Ethics - enforcement of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice which separate REALTORS® from other real estate service providers. The statewide system allows for fair hearings and unbiased peer judgment. Mediation services help with commission disputes. The NAR requirement to attend an ethics class once every four years supports the nation-wide belief in the principles of the Code, and raises professional standards under which all members do business.
This single issue separates all REALTORS® from other licensees.
Communication vehicles - all keep you informed and up-to-date on what’s happening in your profession. We attempt to reach all members via weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, e-mail, websites, and member networking events.
Trademark protection - ensures the appropriate use and legal safeguards of the term REALTOR®, logo, and other association trademarks.
Promotion - programs promote to the general public the use of the valuable services REALTORS® provide. Local, state and national efforts support a positive image.
Governance and administration - professional staff at all levels to provide policy and direction, listen to member concerns, and implement strategic plan decisions.
Networking opportunities - association activities, meetings, events, and conventions provide opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with other professionals. Education courses keep you up to date with industry changes and technology.
What do you get for your dues? The assurance that you are not alone! You have an entire network of professional real estate services dedicated to enhancing your career and your level of professionalism.
Be proud to be a REALTOR®!