20 Benefits of our REALTOR® Membership

There are Many Reasons to Join CCR

Here are a few of our favorites

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Use of the term REALTOR®.The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that can be used only by members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. As a member of CCR you can use the term REALTOR® on any of your signs, stationery, advertising, etc.

Legislative & Political Affairs

CCR monitors County, State & Federal legislation to provide members with current information on pending and newly enacted legislation and laws pertaining to real estate. Lobbying efforts supported by RPAC on the membership’s behalf, help to protect the housing industry from over regulation and can actually increase your annual income potential by protecting your real estate business interests. CCR enjoys a good relationship with local and state legislators.

State Wide and Regional Forms

CCR has adopted and makes available the State Wide Contract of Sale and participated in the Regional Forms Committee which develops model forms and addenda that are reviewed by legal counsel and provided for use by the membership.

Recognition & Awards

CCR pays tribute to those members who achieve various levels of production in addition to recognizing members for their outstanding REALTOR® and community service.

RPAC.REALTORS®

Political Action Committee provides a legal means by which REALTORS® band together for the purpose of political action. Through voluntary contributions by members, RPAC supports candidates who promote housing and real estate issues on the Local, State, and National levels. RPAC defends our industry against destructive legislation like the 2000 Septic Legislation, which if passed, would have had a crippling effect on the Real Estate Industry in Carroll County.

REALTOR® Store

Located in the CCR office, members may purchase signs, contracts/forms, books, electronic lock boxes, keypads, and various real estate related specialty items.

Professional Standards

Part of CCR’s Mission Statement is to promote and maintain high ethical standards of conduct within the real estate profession for the protection and benefit of the public and our membership screens and processes ethics complaints from members and the public. CCR also offers Arbitration and Mediation facilities for REALTORS® to resolve business disputes.

Communication

CCR has various networks in place to get the word out to the membership on new legislation, education, upcoming events, etc. through the REALTOR® Newsletter, General Membership Meetings, Broker/Office Manager/Designated Office Coordinator Network, and Broadcast Email Updates.

Multiple Listing and Information Services

CCR participates and provides access to state of the art on-line Multiple Listing and Information Services as a stockholder of MRIS.

Leadership Opportunities

Through the Association’s Leadership structure, CCR provides members with a chance to become involved in the policy-making decisions that mold and drive the Association and the real estate industry. Participation in Association Leadership provides a multitude of personal and professional growth opportunities. Development of your leadership skills enhance your REALTOR® image, it heightens your knowledge of the industry and builds confidence and business contacts.

Community Relations

Through various committees, CCR is involved in community activities which provide members with the opportunity to be involved and give back to the community from which they derive their livelihood.

Library

Videos, audio tapes, and equipment are available to members for loan.

Education

CCR provides members with opportunities for professional growth through educational programs. Numerous opportunities exist for members to fulfill the educational requirements of the Maryland Real Estate Commission. CCR members will receive FREE continuing education classes taken through CCR – this is a $150 value for the average member who needs 15 hours to renew their license. (NAR designation courses such as GRI, ABR, CRS, etc. and online CE classes would be excluded).

Networking Opportunities

CCR holds a quarterly general membership meeting to update members on current issues, receive committee reports, introduce new members, recognize individual achievements and provide members with an opportunity to network with fellow REALTORS® and affiliates. Networking is an invaluable tool in the real estate business and offers opportunities to turn social contacts into business relationships that may lead to a referral or sale.

In-House Computer Training

CCR provides members with a local convenient on-line computer training facility. MRIS’s knowledgeable instructors keep members up to date on the latest available information services and technology.

Equal Opportunity in Housing

CCR participates in promoting a public commitment to Fair Housing. CCR provides the Fair Housing handbook, poster and window logo free to new broker members.

Membership Directory/Day Planner

CCR compiles and publishes an annual membership roster in a Day Planner format for convenient quick reference to your fellow REALTORS® and Affiliates.

CCR Headquarters.

The Association Office serves as a focal point where REALTORS® gather, discuss, plan and implement programs designed to inform and educate members and to favorably promote the real estate industry.

Courteous & Helpful Staff

CCR employs courteous, helpful staff to carry out the daily operation of the Association. Staff is available to assist members with answers to questions, address members concerns and to work closely with leadership to accomplish the mission and goals of the Association.

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