Welcome to the Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS® organization! If you are a newly licensed agent and have decided which firm you are going to hang your license with, below are the steps to join our Board:
If an agent is under you with the commission, those agents need to be a member with an Association you’re a member of, whether it’s Primary or Secondary. If not, you are invoiced non-member dues on behalf of the agent that does not join the Association. This is a NAR requirement. Below is a snippet from NAR’s Policy and while is states that joining is optional, that’s only if BIC’s want to pay non-member dues on behalf of their agent.
· Once the principal(s) decide to join the REALTOR® association, then all agents, brokers and appraisers that are licensed or affiliated with him or her have the option of also joining as members of the association.
· Each REALTOR® firm appoints one of its principals as a “designated REALTOR®” for the firm. If any agents, brokers, or appraisers affiliated with the firm choose not to be REALTORS®, then the “designated REALTOR®” would be assessed a non-member assessment by the association for each non-member.
- BIC Completes Board Member Add/Change form. This form is also used for BICs to remove agents from their roster.
- LOTSAR Adds member to our database and sends a Dues invoice to the member.
- New member completes the REALTOR® Application.
- After the member has paid their Dues invoice, a Letter of Good Standing is sent to CanopyMLS. New member and BIC also copied on this email.
- CanopyMLS adds member to MLS.
- New member attends LOTSAR New Member Orientation within 30 days.
- BIC completes LOTSAR BOARD MEMBER ADD/CHANGE FORM. The application will not be processed until LOTSAR can confirm the license number and affiliation of your new agent. To avoid delays in confirming this, please attach the Broker Affiliation documents from NCREC.
If you are bringing in/creating a new firm, not in our system, please also complete the Firm Add/Change Form.
- LOTSAR will send an invoice for New Member Dues to the agent and their BIC, via email. The agent should watch for an email from email@example.com. An agent can either pay the invoice online (preferred) or call 828-255-8505 and accounting will take the payment over the phone. Payment will be collected for your initial orientation fee of $250.00 and annual dues of $747.00. Annual dues could be prorated. If so they reduce by approximately $57.67 each month starting in February. Your initiation fee covers your required attendance at our Orientation Class and the Contracts Class.
- The agent should fill out our REALTOR® membership application. Upon receipt, LOTSAR will call Agent to schedule a New Member appointment with our membership department to schedule New Member Orientation and review member benefits. The Orientation must be taken within 30 days to avoid membership termination and MLS disconnection.
- When the member has paid LOTSAR dues, a Letter of Good Standing will be sent to the agent, BIC, and CanopyMLS. CanopyMLS will then start the process to add new agents to the MLS system. This will be done thru the MLS Staff in Charlotte, so please contact them for MLS questions. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org.