Affiliate FAQs

Q. How can I join ECAOR as an affiliate member?
A. First, you must submit your application(s) to our office for approval along with a copy of your government-issued ID and professional license (if applicable). Primary membership requires a payment of local + state association dues. You also have the option of joining the National Association of REALTORS®, for an additional fee which would include additional benefits (discounts on services, additional options for health insurance plans and the option to receive REALTOR® status to name a few).

Q. By joining the association, does that make me a REALTOR®?
A. No. However, if you were to complete and maintain your Code of Ethics training in addition to obtaining membership, you could be a REALTOR®. Contrary to common beliefs, you do not need to be a licensed real estate agent to be a REALTOR®.

Q. What is a REALTOR®?
A. The term REALTOR® is a legally registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Your membership is three-fold: When you join Etowah-Cherokee Association of REALTORS® (“ECAOR”) you also gain membership in the Alabama Association of REALTORS® (“AAR”) and the National Association of REALTORS® (“NAR”).

Q. What is the REALTOR® Code of Ethics?
A. NAR’s Code of Ethics, adopted in 1913, was one of the first codifications of ethical duties adopted by any business group. The Code ensures that consumers are served by requiring REALTORS® to cooperate with each other in furthering clients’ best interests. All REALTOR® members are required to complete Code of Ethics training every 3 years.

Q. What is included in my membership?
A. Benefits include invitations to networking events, sponsorship opportunities and advertising on ECAOR’s website, access to the members-only Facebook group and many more. For an extensive list of benefits, you may contact the ECAOR office directly.

Q. As an affiliate, will I get access to Valley MLS?
A. Appraisers may have access to Valley MLS upon completion of their Valley MLS application and receipt of Valley MLS dues. ECAOR does not have authority to process Valley MLS payments or applications.

Q. As an affiliate, will I get access to Supra keyboxes?
A. Appraisers, inspectors and pest control companies have the option of obtaining Supra eKeys as a member of ECAOR. This option is subject to Supra application approval and is at the discretion of ECAOR’s Board of Directors.

Q. What are the annual membership fees?
A. Membership fees are paid on an annual basis and are due each year on January 31, and Supra dues are billed annually every July 1. For new members joining ECAOR, dues will be pro-rated based on the month you join.

Q. Can I pay my dues online?
A. Currently, ECAOR does not have an option for online payments. Payments can be made to our office via check or money order.

Q. How can I get involved?
A. Members can get involved by attending membership meetings, serving on committees, contributing to ARPAC, participating in community service events, and more!

Q. Where can I find information about membership meetings?
A. You can view all upcoming events on ECAOR’s Calendar of Events or contact the association directly.

Q. What does primary membership mean?
A. Primary membership is an accounting term indicating that you are paying your National and State dues through that particular REALTOR® association.

Q. What does secondary membership mean?
A. Secondary membership means that you are already paying your state and/or national dues with another local REALTOR® association. Therefore, you only have to pay the local dues with your secondary Association.

Q. How do I find CE class information?
A. You can view all upcoming events on ECAOR’s Calendar of Events or contact the association directly.

Q. How do I register for a CE class hosted by ECAOR Real Estate School?
A. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required. Please contact ECAOR via phone or email to reserve your spot.

Q. Can ECAOR Dues, ARPAC contribution or fees be refunded?
A. No