How To Join RIAR & MLS

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.


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.