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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Eugene, Ryan here also in Southern Cal.  What part of So Cal are you in?

So out here in T.O. we can join any board we want.  I joined the local one "Conejo Simi Moorpark Assoc. of Realtors" though I'm probably going to switch to SRAR "San Fernando Board" because their dues are about a third (or less) of the local board and they provide printing and emailing services that mine don't.

The boards out here do not give you an option on CAR or NAR.  They force you to join, probably so they can say "we're 100% Realtors" at some point in their marketing (not that the average Joe has the foggiest idea what that means).  The fee is tacked on to your annual dues.  You get a good benefit from CAR (Zipforms) and almost no benefit from NAR.  They can't even fight to protect your livlihood without the DOJ coming down on them.  If I could get away with not paying them, I would.  IN A HEARTBEAT!!

Mar 27, 2016 04:19 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

When you hang your license with the broker he will tell you which board to join.

It is mandatory on all like it or not in CA. On cannot even write a contract w/o being a member of the state. Blank forms are illegal these days.

On top there is lockbox fee and rental. There is desk fee, insurance fee at each brokerage. Expect to sell a home or two to break it even....

90% agents do "zero" sale first year and many drop out of the industry. High maintenance cost. 

Mar 27, 2016 03:52 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Typically, your location will determine options for board membership.  You pay the fee at the local level and it is allocated to the local board, California and NAR.  

Mar 27, 2016 03:47 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I echo what Michael Jacobs and Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA  said. Join the local board that makes sense for where you are located and will do business

Mar 27, 2016 01:20 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I think, you have to join NAR, CAR in order to join a local board and MLS. NAR, CAR, and a local dues come in one bill once/year, and you have to pay MLS twice per year. Do not forget Supra( every month), your insurance( depends on your broker).

Mar 27, 2016 05:14 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another Californian here, and I agree with Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA 

Mar 27, 2016 05:12 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Once you're a member of the local Realtor association you are than a member of the state and national associations as well. Separate fees, but you pay it all to the local board (that runs the local MLS) and they pass the appropriate fees to NAR & CAR.

Mar 27, 2016 03:36 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Eugene y In my State, if the broker is a member all agents have to join the Association. Membership is automatic, but you do have to pay the separate fees.

Mar 28, 2016 12:19 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Looks like you've made some CA connections.

Mar 27, 2016 11:48 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

The otehrs have answered this question.

Mar 27, 2016 10:21 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Your broker will provide the information you need.

Mar 27, 2016 09:53 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Your sponsoring broker can provide the information!

Mar 27, 2016 08:55 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Looks like a key you received several good suggestions, Eugene y 

Mar 27, 2016 07:26 AM
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Spends what part of SoCal you are in San Diego has a couple options.  SDAR seems to be the largest 

Mar 27, 2016 07:17 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

You are wise to be wondering about "fees" before becoming an agent.  Most agents go into the business with rose colored glasses regarding the amount of money to be made... not the reality of the expenses.  

Mar 27, 2016 07:02 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I'm from MA and I belong  to the NAR, MAR and Greater Boston Real Estate Board.... and I have for 38 years....

Mar 27, 2016 05:55 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You pay for each one but at one place and time...

Mar 27, 2016 05:40 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It varies by region.  Typically membership in the local board will also include your state and national memberships.

Mar 27, 2016 04:55 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

State Board membership is required and your broker will tell you what they require as far as other memberships.

Mar 27, 2016 04:53 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

It probably depends on what your board requires. If you do not join NAR you can not use the REALTOR® logo.

Mar 27, 2016 03:37 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping agents live an exceptional life!

I am not in California, but my broker gave me this advice when I got started. I'm sure someone here will be able to help you!

Mar 27, 2016 03:35 AM