RIAR & MLS Membership

Overview

The Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®, one of the largest professional organizations in the state with over 4,600 members in over 800 offices, has been serving Rhode Islanders since 1948. Advocating for Rhode Island’s property owners, the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS® provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information among its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system and the right to own real property.

The Association is one of more than 1,437 local boards and associations that comprise the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing over 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries and who subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics.

Joining RIAR

If you’d like to become a Member of the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®, you must first join your local real estate board. Membership in a local association automatically extends your membership to the state association and the National Association of REALTORS®.

The Designated REALTOR® of a firm has board of choice. Board of choice allows the Designated REALTOR® the choice of which local board to join with primary membership. Whichever local board the Designated REALTOR® has his/her primary membership with is the local board that all licensees’s who hang their license in that office must join as their primary board.

We have 5 local boards in the state of Rhode Island:
To find out more about the local boards of REALTORS® in Rhode Island, click here.

Membership in a local association automatically extends your membership to the National Association of REALTORS® and the State Association of REALTORS®. The dues for the Rhode Island Association are $196.50. The local board fees vary between the boards.

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Joining MLS

The principal/manager of the firm must have a brokers license or Appraisal license and be a REALTOR® member of:

– A Local Board of REALTORS®
– The National Association of REALTORS®, Inc.

When membership dues are paid to your Local Board of REALTORS®, your Local Board will submit a portion of said dues to your State Association, a portion to the National Association and retain a portion of said dues for Local Board operating expenses, etc. Therefore, by paying membership dues to your Local Board of REALTORS®, you have also paid membership dues to your State Association and N.A.R.

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