Membership in the local, state, and national associations of REALTORS® means you have access to a vast array of benefits. Below, you'll find answers to some of the frequently asked questions about REALTOR® membership. Be sure to explore all of VARealtor.com, Realtor.org, and your local association's websites to make sure you're taking full advantage of your REALTOR® membership.
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What's in it for you? Plenty...
But we don't expect you to believe us until you take a good look at what the Virginia Association of REALTORS® family can offer you. Obtaining your real estate license took time, intelligence, commitment and was your first step on your journey toward a successful career in real estate.
Why stop there? It only makes sense for you to continue building on what you've worked so hard to achieve.
Did you know the term Realtor® is a registered mark of the National Association of REALTORS® and can only be used by members of the Realtor® organization? All three levels of the Realtor® organization - local, state and national - are here to help you succeed as a real estate professional. Just as you serve your clients, the Realtor® organization exists to support its members. Nowhere else can you join a premier trade association that truly represents the interests of the real estate professional.
The Virginia Realtor® advantage...
As your business advocate, VAR's job is to help make your business successful, through the services and information you need, like...
Your voice is heard by Virginia's legislators through lobbying efforts that encourage laws that protect private property rights, limit government intrusion, and maintain an open marketplace, thus enhancing your ability to do business successfully.
We work to reduce your potential risk through programs like the popular Legal Hotline, legal action fund, professional standards training, continually updated standard forms, and representation of Realtors® at the Real Estate Board and Appraiser Board.
Education and Professional Development
VAR can help you achieve your career goals. Our user-friendly modular format for the Realtor® Institute (GRI) program allows members to study for the GRI designation in one-day classes. Our annual Legislative & Education Conference (Get Active) and Annual Convention (The Real Show) offer tremendous continuing education opportunities, networking, emerging issues forums, and other benefits.
Communications and Information
Through communications and marketing, VAR works to inform and educate members and the general public about real estate-related issues. This includes statewide media relations, market research, compilation of home sales statistics, and member communications through Commonwealth magazine, Commonwealth Online, Capitol Connections, and more.
Members specializing in appraisal, property management, relocation, and commercial sales can take advantage of VAR's four Specialty Groups. Each provides services tailored to your specialty, including education, legislation involvement, and networking opportunities.