Joining The Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® is easy, and an excellent choice for those wanting to make a career in real estate in our area.
To join GBRAR first make sure that you've gotten you license to practice real estate in Louisiana. More information about obtaining a Louisiana real estate license is available from the Louisiana Real Estate Commission.
Come in to the GRBRAR offices, located at 14101 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810, and complete the membership application form.
You will be asked for membership fees and dues, prorated to the month in which you received your license. You can get an estimate of your fees and dues on our website. Again, this is only an estimate. Please contact Debra Bonfanti for a customized quote.
Before becoming a member you will need to complete our two part Orientation class, which consists of Indoctrination and Structural Measurement.
There are many great reasons to become a member of the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS®.
These include, but are not limited to:
There are several steps you must complete before joining the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS®.
The checklist below can help make sure you're ready to fill out your GBRAR application.
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must have have obtained a high school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED).
- You must show proof of successful completion of ninety (90) hours of real estate education in courses approved by the LREC.
- You must comply with all application procedures required by the LREC. This includes the submission of a criminal background history.
- You must pass the real estate salesperson licensing examination.
- You must be sponsored by a licensed real estate broker who is a member of GBRAR and provide proof of errors and omissions insurance prior to license issuance.
New to the business or thinking about becoming a real estate agent? Then you most likely have a few questions. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you don't find the answers you're looking for here, please don't hesitate to contact our Member Services Department.
How do I get a real estate license?
The first step in getting a real estate license is to contact the Louisiana Real Estate Commission.
If I just passed the real estate test, can I join the Association?
Yes, you can join our Association if you are currently sponsored by a broker who is a member.
How much are dues?
The dues you pay are based on your level of membership with our Association (Designated REALTOR®, REALTOR,® or Affiliate). The current fees are posted on our site.
When are the annual dues due?
Yearly membership renewals are due in December of each year.
When are MLS fees due?
It depends on how you pay for your MLS. Annual payments are due in July, or you can choose to have the amount broken into quarterly drafts from a credit or debit card you put on file.
What is a LFRO office?
A Limited Function Referral Office (LFRO) is a separate entity that sponsors real estate licensees or appraisers whose sole function is to refer prospective clients to a particular broker.
When is new member orientation?
New member orientation is now online for your convenience. Contact the Member Services Department to get started.
How do I get a keycard/or keybox?
When you join our Association you have access to the Supra lock box system. Please note that your key card lease with our lock box provider is renewable on August of each year. You can also have this service in your Iphone, Blackberry or Android. You can also purchase electronic lock boxes in our REALTOR® Store.
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