Legislative and Legal Initiatives
Legislative and Regulatory Lobbying Campaigns—Your voice is heard at all levels of government: local, state, and national. NAR protects the real estate industry from cumbersome legislation and undue regulation, and advocates legislative and regulatory changes that enhance your ability to conduct business. At the national level, the Government Affairs Group analyzes federal issues and promotes NAR's policy objectives through Congress and the regulatory agencies. The group develops issue advocacy campaigns on all legislative and regulatory matters in the following areas: housing, environment, business issues, residential and commercial finance, and taxation. NAR has helped ensure that the mortgage interest deduction will remain in the U.S. tax code. Additionally, NAR's efforts are augmented by similar initiatives carried out by state and local Realtor® associations.
REALTORS® Political Action Committee—The REALTORS® Political Action Committee encourages individual participation in the political process to ensure the REALTOR® viewpoint on industry issues is heard at all levels of government. Support is supplied to federal candidates at the local, state and national levels through various NAR and REALTORS® Political Action Committee programs that encourage volunteerism in campaigns, educate voters on issues important to home ownership and real estate, support candidates for elected office and write, call and visit elected officials.
Legal Updates—You reap the benefits of NAR's legal advocacy efforts. Through the Legal Action Committee, NAR provides financial support to legal cases that will establish a favorable precedent for real estate brokerage, or which preserve the rights to own, use, and transfer real property. Additionally, NAR participates in real estate-related lawsuits by filing amicus curiae briefs in precedent-setting cases. The Letter of the Law newsletter online.
Information Services & Business Products
REALTOR.org—Instantly access information you as a real estate professional need to excel, including up-to-date analyses of real estate-related legislative events, comprehensive legal information, and key marketing tips. REALTOR.org is emerging as NAR's primary communication vehicle for reaching members, state and local associations, the media, and those interested in the real estate industry at large.
REALTOR® magazine —The official magazine of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and the business tool for real estate professionals provides you with the latest news affecting the real estate industry, insightful articles on how to succeed in today's rapidly changing business climate, educational material, REALTOR® profiles and more!
NAR Library—NAR offers thousands of digital journals, books, audios, and videos of interest to the REALTOR® community in the world's largest real estate library. NAR members can borrow up to three electronic books, digital audios, and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection. Up to three books, tapes, CDs, and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days for a nominal fee.
NAR's Information Central—Information Central offers a single point of contact for individuals and organizations to communicate with NAR and provides customer service, library services, and membership services including customized research, association archival requests, and NRDS information.
REALTOR Benefits®—Take advantage of the vast group-buying strength of the Association to receive discounts and added values on business products and services.
REALTOR.org Store—A wide selection of products are available to help you increase your sales productivity, manage your business, and enhance your image as a real estate professional.
Real Estate Industry Research—Reports and publications from NAR's Research Department provide information ranging from market trends and insights to targeting prospective home buyers and sellers. Increase your market knowledge and enhance your marketing skills with NAR's research tools!
Professional Standards and Development
Professional Code of Ethics—NAR's Code of Ethics distinguishes you from non-members. Your dedication to the nationally recognized Code of Ethics continues to assure the public of REALTOR® professionalism, integrity, and competence.
NAR Business Specialties and Institutes, Societies, and Councils—Join in a unique community of specialists. Whatever your specialty, there is a section, professional affiliate, or program at NAR to aid you in perfecting your skills. Education and certification in these specializations enable members to receive professional designations, marking them as highly qualified specialists to business associates and the public.
National Business Meetings and Trade Shows—NAR hosts several business meetings around the country each year, giving you an opportunity to serve on committees, learn, and network. The largest is the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, which provides excellent networking opportunities that can result in lasting, lucrative business contacts. This spectacular event draws more than 20,000 REALTORS® and guests each year! It features a wide variety of education sessions for the experienced practitioner, informative legislative and economic updates, forums on timely industry topics, and an expansive trade expo showcasing state-of-the-art products and services.