Membership FAQs

What are the annual membership fees?

The membership fees are paid on an annual basis and are due each year on October 1st. For members joining during the year, fees are prorated monthly. To view the membership fees, click here.

I see that the dues are pro-rated monthly, but there is only a week or so left in the month. Do I still have to pay dues for that month or may I simply submit the pro-rated payment for the next month’s dues?

We do not pro-rate daily or weekly. Therefore, you MUST submit the pro-rated dues for the month in which you join. We are unable to "hold" onto applications until the next month.

What is Orientation?

Click here to learn more about Orientation.

If my broker is not a member of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association (ARA), may I still join?

Agents must hold their primary membership in a REALTOR® association where the company's principal or managing broker holds membership. Once an agent holds primary membership in a REALTOR® association, they may then join any other REALTOR® association as a secondary member regardless of whether their principal or managing broker is a member or not.

If my broker is not a member of any REALTOR® Association, may I still join?

The company’s principal broker must hold membership in the Association prior to any other agent joining.

If I hold my primary membership in another local REALTOR® association, may I join ARA even though my broker is not a member of ARA?

Yes, as long as you hold primary membership with a REALTOR® Association where your principal or managing broker is a member, then you may also join any other local Association as a secondary member without your broker also having to join that secondary Association.

What does primary membership mean?

Primary membership is an accounting term indicating that you are paying your National and State dues through that particular REALTOR® association.

What does secondary membership mean?

Secondary membership means that you are already paying your national and state dues with another local REALTOR® association. Therefore, you only have to pay the local dues with your secondary Association.

Does a secondary member receive fewer benefits than a primary member?

No, secondary members receive the same benefits as a primary member.

What is a REALTOR Emeritus?

A REALTOR Emeritus® is any person who has held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, or a combination of both, for a cumulative period of 40 years in one or more Associations of REALTORS®, is eligible for REALTOR Emeritus® status. Upon approval by the Board of Directors of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, no further payment of dues is necessary to the Atlanta Association, Georgia Association or the National Association.  For more information, please visit the Membership Types & Fees webpage.

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