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FAQs Of Becoming A Member

What are the Requirements for Membership?

All member companies are responsible to have all new licensees and appraisal certificate holders with their firm complete and submit a membership application along with the applicable dues/fees within 15 days of affiliation. The applicable dues/fees that need to be submitted with the application are:
• $500 application fee
• Pro-rated Association dues
• Pro-rated MLS fees
If a real estate licensee or appraisal certificate holder associated with a member company does not wish to become a REALTOR®, the Designated REALTOR® will be responsible for paying an assessment fee for the real estate licensee or appraisal certificate holder in the amount of RAYAC local dues, PAR Dues and NAR Dues with the exception of the Public Image Fee.
Within 90 days a new REALTOR® member applicant must do the following to fulfill RAYAC membership requirements:
• Complete the new member application form and pay all applicable dues & fees
• Attend New Member Orientation
All member companies are responsible to have all new licensees and appraisal certificate holders with their firm complete and submit a membership application within 15 days of affiliation. The application fee must accompany the completed membership application. Upon application, RAYAC will invoice the applicant the pro-rated dues.

How much time do I have to complete new member orientation?

New member orientation is typically held every second Friday from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM. You have 90 days to complete all three modules of new member orientation. Please email or call Stephanie Kennedy at the RAYAC office 717-843-7891 for the orientation schedule.

If a new applicant fails to complete New Member Orientation within the 90 day requirement, a new application fee of $500 fee will be assessed.

When do I receive my NRDS Number?

A National REALTOR® Database System (NRDS) number will be issued upon RAYAC receiving a completed new member application and all applicable fees.

I'm a Certified Appraiser, what kind of membership do I apply for?

A certified appraiser would apply for Designated REALTOR® membership and follow all of the REALTOR® membership requirements. If the certified appraiser is associated with an office with a Designated REALTOR® they would apply for REALTOR® membership.

What is the difference between a REALTOR® and a Designated REALTOR®?

REALTOR® members hold an associate broker, salesperson’s real estate license or appraisal certificate. Designated REALTORS® hold a broker’s license and are often the person listed as the broker of record with the State Real Estate Commission. In an appraisal office, the “DR” is the certificate holder in charge or responsible for that appraisal office.

What is the process if I was a former REALTOR® member within the past year?

Any licensee returning after less than one year will be charged a $250 application fee and will not need to attend new member orientation.

7. What is the Membership process if I am a REALTOR® member in another association of REALTORS®?

Any licensee who is currently a member of another REALTOR® Association and would like to change their primary membership to RAYAC, needs to pay a $25 application fee and the prorated dues for both RAYAC and PAR (unless they already paid PAR’s annual dues through your current local association). You will not be required to take new member orientation.
In order for you to become a primary member of RAYAC your Designated REALTOR® needs to be a primary or secondary member of RAYAC.

What are PAR and NAR?

“PAR” is the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®. Their website is www.parealtor.org. “NAR” is the National Association of REALTORS®. Their websites are www.nar.realtor and www.realtor.com. As a REALTOR® member of RAYAC, you are also a member of PAR and NAR.

How do I become a secondary member?

Secondary members hold primary membership with another local Association of REALTORS®. Secondary members would not pay national (NAR) or state (PAR) dues twice. If their primary membership isn’t with an Association within Pennsylvania, they would have the option to join PAR.
To become a secondary member of RAYAC you will need to pay a $25 application fee and the prorated portion of RAYAC /local dues. You do not need to attend new member orientation.

If my Broker is a member do I have to join?

First, you would need to check with your broker and/or office manager to see if your office/franchise policy requires it. Some offices and franchises require that licensees affiliated with them join as REALTOR® members. If you do not join as a REALTOR® member, you would be considered a non-member salesperson.
As a non-member salesperson, the Designated REALTOR® will be responsible for paying a an assessment fee for the real estate licensee and appraisal certificate holder in the amount of RAYAC local dues, PAR Dues and NAR Dues with the exception of the Public Image Fee.

What is a non-member salesperson?

The Broker or Designated REALTOR® is responsible to pay an assessment equal to dues for any licensee in their office who does not become a REALTOR® member. Non-members would not fill out a membership application nor attend the New Member Orientation course. They would not be allowed to use the term “REALTOR®” or use the “R” logo on any of their correspondence, signs, business cards, etc.

When are annual membership dues payable?

Membership dues are emailed to all members by the first business day in December, and are payable by the first business day in January of each year. If they are not paid in full by the first business day in January, you will be charged a $50 late fee. An additional $50 late fee will be assessed if dues are not paid by January 15th. If the license remains active and dues are not paid before February 1st, the licensee automatically becomes a non-member salesperson as described above. Payment by the Designated REALTOR® of associated salesperson fees are required and not applicable.

What are the dues amount for 2017?

RAYAC Dues: $225.00
PAR Dues: $130.00 (for a new member, PAR also assesses an initial $100 application fee)
NAR Dues: $120.00
NAR Public Image Campaign: $35.00
New members will be charged a prorated portion of dues. Please contact the RAYAC office for the prorated fees.

How do I become an Affiliate member of RAYAC?

Affiliate membership is designed for real estate related businesses. Current affiliate members range from lenders and abstracting companies to home inspectors and engineers.
In order to become an affiliate member you need to pay a $50 application fee and a prorated portion of RAYAC’s annual $225 dues. You do not need to attend new member orientation as an affiliate member.

If my Broker is a member do I have to join?

First, you would need to check with your broker and/or office manager to see if your office/franchise policy requires it. Some offices and franchises require that licensees affiliated with them join as REALTOR® members. If you do not join as a REALTOR® member, you would be considered a non-member salesperson.

As a non-member salesperson, the Designated REALTOR will be responsible for paying a an assessment fee for the real estate licensee and appraisal certificate holder in the amount of RAYAC local dues, PAR Dues and NAR Dues with the exception of the Public Image Fee.

How do I become an Affiliate member of RAYAC?

Affiliate membership is designed for real estate related businesses. Current affiliate members range from lenders and abstracting companies to home inspectors and engineers.

In order to become an affiliate member you need to pay a $50 application fee and a prorated portion of RAYAC’s annual $225 dues. You do not need to attend new member orientation as an affiliate member.