How to Become a Member of MAR

Step 1: Become a Licensed Agent

FIRST: If you are at least 18 years old and have a valid social security number, you are eligible to qualify and will need to take a 40-hour pre-licensing salesperson class at one of the hundreds of certified real estate schools around the state. Visit the Massachusetts Department of Professional Licensure website for a list of schools.

NEXT: You’ll need to take and pass the real estate licensure examination within two years of completing the pre-licensing class. To schedule your exam, visit the PSI Services LLC website.

Step 2: Join a Local Association

In order to have the designation of REALTOR®,  you need to join a Massachusetts Local Association. Membership in a Local Association automatically extends your membership to the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.

Anyone with an active real estate license from an approved school may apply for membership, however, only those accepted as members may use the registered trademark term REALTOR®. This is an industry mark that symbolizes one’s personal commitment to real estate as a career and sets you apart from the estimated 75,000 non-member real estate agents and brokers in the Commonwealth.

Do you have a primary local association membership in another state and want to join MAR as a secondary?

Benefits of Joining the REALTOR® Organization


Membership provides access to a free legal hotline for authorized REALTORS®, where a staff of attorneys can provide guidance and information regarding legal and ethical issues in addition to members having access to a host of written legal information and FAQs.

Public Awareness

Your state association along with the National Association of REALTORS® annually promotes the value of using a REALTOR® through substantial digital, radio, and television advertising campaigns, often providing customizable ads for use by members in local media.

Legislative Victories

The REALTOR® organization is an influential voice on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill protecting the business interests of its members.

Ethics Enforcement

Members are provided the opportunity to complete ethics training in accordance with the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and take part in professional standards training through MAR.

Commission Disputes

MAR provides impartial panels to local associations upon request to settle commission disputes and participates in other arbitration hearings. We also can host or participate in interstate arbitrations as deemed necessary.

Quality of Community Life

MAR works to put its REALTOR® members in a position to be a key resource for the protection and enhancement of the quality of life in Massachusetts through programs that promote activism, civic involvement in public policy issues that impact property rights, homeownership, and the ability of members to conduct their business freely.


As a REALTOR®, you have the opportunity to receive comprehensive training in specialty areas of practice through a number of professional designation programs conducted throughout the state every year in addition to a yearly two-day conference and trade show.

Media Relations

MAR works tirelessly on your behalf to remain the Voice for Real estate in Massachusetts™ providing monthly housing statistics and opinion editorial on housing-related issues to local, state, and national media outlets communicating to consumers that REALTORS® are the interpreters on current market conditions and private property.

Community Outreach

REALTORS® are given many opportunities through membership to take an active role in supporting our communities through charitable endeavors that better the lives of property owners and efforts to nurture struggling real estate professionals. An excess of $600,000 has been contributed in the last 14 years to disaster relief nationwide, housing grants, and educational scholarships.

Membership in the REALTOR® organization is a professional distinction that places you among the top 25% of all agents licensed to practice real estate in Massachusetts.