Step 1: Become a Licensed Agent

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

Next, you will 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

To acquire the designation of REALTOR®,  you will need to join a Massachusetts Local REALTOR® 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 industry mark symbolizes a commitment to a career in real estate 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

Legal Resources

All MAR Members get FREE access to The Legal Hotline, where a staff of attorneys can provide guidance and information regarding legal and ethical issues in addition to 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 professional designation programs, webinars, and so many other events, conducted throughout the state every year.

Media Relations

MAR works tirelessly on your behalf to remain the leading voice in Massachusetts Real Estate,  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. Over $700,000 has been contributed to disaster relief, housing grants, and educational scholarships in Massachusetts.

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 and gives you access to exclusive benefits.