As a real estate professional, it is time to distinguish yourself from the competition.
REALTOR® membership gives you a competitive advantage! When you become a REALTOR®, you join more than 1,500 members locally and over 1,000,000 members nationally who are dedicated to the real estate profession.
We are pleased that you have chosen to join our organization and become part of the REALTOR® family. We are also eager to get to know you, to support you in your professional endeavors to work towards our mission of improving the success and professionalism of our members. As a member, you will have access to the most current and comprehensive materials available to REALTORS®. NEAR is your association and we encourage you to take full advantage of all your benefits as a member.
Everything we do at NEAR is designed to promote the professionalism and success of our members and protect private property rights for all. We welcome you to ask us questions, get involved, and let us help you on your path to greater prosperity!
What is needed to apply for REALTOR® membership with the Northeast Association of REALTORS®?
Membership Types & Forms
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 encouraged 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®. NEAR’s state association is the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR). A REALTOR® may be a licensed Real Estate Salesperson (or Agent), Broker or Appraiser. REALTORS® belonging to the Northeast Association of REALTORS® must be licensed by the State of Massachusetts.
Types of Membership
REALTORS® (Salespersons or Agents)
Designated REALTORS® Members
Change in Membership Status
Membership Fees & Dues
REALTOR® Application Fee:
DESIGNATED REALTOR® Application Fee:
Applicants are required to attend a six-hour Orientation course, which is offered each month in the training room at NEAR’s Westford office. The Orientation course is mandatory for new applicants per the Bylaws, and registration letters are mailed directly to all new applicants.
Induction: Attendees will be sworn in as REALTORS® at the completion of New Member Orientation.
Assessment Fee: An assessment fee equal to annual dues are applicable to the Designated REALTORS® of non-member licensees —licensees working in a REALTOR® office who choose not to join the Board. A non-member licensee may not use the term “REALTOR®” and will not be considered a member of the local, state, or national association. The fee is assessed annually to the Designated REALTOR® and is not pro-rated.
Reinstatement: Current full year’s dues are payable at time of reinstatement. If a former member has been inactive more than one year, attendance at the Orientation course and new member application with application fee are mandatory prior to reinstatement.
Transferring Associations: Local membership dues are waived when transferring membership from another REALTOR® Board/Association to NEAR and Local/State/and National membership dues for the current year are paid in full to previous association.