Welcome! As a new licensee, the amount of information being thrown at you can seem overwhelming! We have developed this area to provide some resources for you as you begin your new career in real estate.
Get Your New Member Application and Member Information packet here
New Member Orientation Class:
This is a required class by the Association for all new members to the REALTOR® Family. This class explains the 3-way agreement and shows you what the Association can do to help you be successful. You have 60 days once you join the Association to take the class. Click Here to Register
License Information: A license cycle is typically 2 years. When you first become licensed, though, it may be shorter - It all depends on when your birthday is. You will have a least one full calendar year plus the number of months until your next birthday. For example, if your birthday is in March:
- and you sign up in February, you have one month and one year before you have to renew again.
- and you sign up in May, you will have 10 months and one year before you will have to renew again.
Renewal will be every two years following your initial license cycle.
Member Information and Benefits
How to get involved and meet other agents: There are many activities that you can attend or be involved in that can help you to widen your network. Most require little, if any, commitment but enable you to meet others in your field. Having a network of contacts can help you to find information when you need it, assist you with transactions, or connect you to potential clients and customers. Information for all events is in your electronic weekly Bulletin the ACAR Update so make to stay in the loop.
MATCH is a program offered the third Thursday of every month beginning at 9:00 am at The Clubhouse Events Center (7311 W. Potomac). It's free to attend and includes a networking and education component.
Young Professionals Network is a group that meets every other month on the second Wednesday. Activities vary depending on interest levels, but include such things as lunches, tours of new developments, and socials. The cost is typically free, although when we meet for lunch, each person buys their own.
Independent Brokers Council is a group that meets every Tuesday morning at the ACAR offices (9550 W. Bethel Court). It is comprised of small brokerages. The meetings have an educational and networking component. Membership is $50 annually.
How to Become a Real Estate Professional: There are numerous educational opportunities available to licensees. To become a real estate professional, it is important to take courses that provide true value to your business. Courses that increase your knowledge of the industry, provide insight into client management, or enable you to do your job better are courses that will ultimately lead you to greater success.
The ACAR Education Committee has worked to develop a "recommended class list" that guides you from first licensing all the way through to your broker's license! You would earn several designations along the way. Click on the road to start your journey!
Things to be Aware of: REALTORS® have a unique profession that can sometimes put them in compromising situations. You are meeting total strangers and taking them to private residences. The biggest thing is to be aware - of your surroundings, of your clients, of your behavior. A little common sense and a few precautions can go a long way. Here are a few resources with tips that can keep you safe!