Join the Chicago Association of REALTORS®

The Broker in your new office determines whether or not they wish to hold membership in the REALTOR® Association. When he/she elects to hold membership, you are also required to have REALTOR® membership . We do not mandate membership, however, should you elect not to join, your broker will be assessed a fee for having a non-REALTOR® licensee in his/her office. We suggest you speak directly with your Broker about REALTOR® membership.

REALTOR® membership is three-tiered. Members also belong to their state REALTOR® Association and to the National Association of REALTORS®. C.A.R.’s state association is the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR). A REALTOR® may be a licensed Real Estate Salesperson (or Agent), Broker or Appraiser. REALTORS® belonging to the Chicago Association of REALTORS® must be licensed by the State of Illinois.

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CAR Member Benefits

TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP

REALTORS® (OR AGENTS)

A licensed Real Estate Salesperson wishing to join C.A.R. must be sponsored by a member of C.A.R.. An agent cannot join C.A.R. unless their sponsoring broker belongs to C.A.R.. An agent wishing to join C.A.R. must submit a completed “REALTOR®” new member application signed by their managing broker along with a copy of their license (or 45 day permit sponsor card) and full payment of all applicable fees. If their sponsoring broker participates in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), an agent is expected to participate unless a waiver is granted by C.A.R.. For an MLS waiver to be granted, the agent’s managing broker must submit an MLS waiver request form to C.A.R.. An agent cannot participate in MLS unless their sponsoring broker is a participant of MLS. View and print Primary Member application.

BROKERS

A licensed Real Estate Broker wishing to join C.A.R. must submit a completed “Broker” new member application along with a copy of their license and full payment of all applicable fees. A broker may be self-sponsored or they may be the managing broker of a licensed office. If their firm has a name different from their own, they must also submit a copy of their office’s license or DBA/articles of incorporation from the Secretary of State’s office. If the broker wishes to participate in MLS, they must submit an MLS participation agreement along with their application.A licensed Real Estate Broker who is not the managing broker of their sponsoring office has the same membership conditions as an agent (see above) and is considered an agent for membership purposes. View and print Designated REALTORS® Member application.

SECONDARY MEMBERS

Secondary members are REALTORS® whose primary membership is held with another local REALTOR® association. NAR and IAR membership dues are paid through their primary association and all that is paid to C.A.R. are C.A.R. membership dues and MLS fees (if applicable). If their primary association is in a different state, they will also pay IAR dues to C.A.R.. C.A.R. will waive our initiation fees and any portion of NAR and IAR dues the member has already paid pending accompaniment of a letter of good standing from their primary board along with their application. View and print Secondary Member application.

AFFILIATE MEMBERS

Affiliate membership is comprised of people involved in a business related to real estate but who are not a licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Broker or Appraiser. They may not join NAR and become a REALTOR® but they may join CAR as an affiliate member. The above named licensees may not join as affiliate members but must join CAR as a REALTOR®. View and print Affiliate Member application.

APPRAISERS

A licensed Real Estate Appraiser wishing to join C.A.R. must submit a completed “Appraiser” new member application along with a copy of their license and full payment of all applicable fees.If the appraiser wishes to participate in MLS, they must submit an MLS participation agreement along with their application. A licensed Real Estate Appraiser who wishes to join C.A.R., as a member of an existing member office rather than independently, must submit a completed agent’s new member application (see above) signed by the responsible member of their office along with a copy of their license and full payment of all applicable fees. View and print Appraiser Member application.

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