Becoming a member of a real estate association has several quantifiable benefits. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re established and are ready to better serve your clients, a real estate association can make a big impact on your bottom line. Let’s take a look at the four main benefits of joining.
Networking within the Field
There are many factors that combine to make an exceptional realtor, and one of them is who you know. When you join a real estate association, you’ll have access to members only information and events. You can meet others in your area and throughout Canada who’ve been where you are and can help you in a variety of ways. You may also find realtors who specialize in a particular type of real estate and are looking for realtors like you to refer their clients to when they have different needs.
Representation of Your Interests
A real estate association has a much larger voice than an individual does. They can represent the needs of realtors to the federal government and other agencies when it comes to proposed legislation. While an individual can petition their government, organize around a particular issue, and try to influence the outcome, the reality is that a real estate association has a much more powerful voice. As a member of such an association, you’ll have a voice in how, when, and why the association involves itself in critical issues that affect your day to day business.
Earn the Trust of Your Clients by Joining an Association
A real estate association provides national standards of professionalism and ethics for its members. Everyone who maintains good standing in said real estate association can be proud that they’ve met considerable requirements, and can encourage their clients to look into these requirements. When a person has a choice between a realtor who hasn’t joined and been approved by a real estate association, and one who has, many will choose the one who has.
Get the Latest, Most Accurate Information and Analysis
The right real estate association will do more than simply collect dues from its members. It will also stay informed on the most relevant information on economic issues that affect the real estate market. Why search through piles of articles and analysis when you can simply turn to a real estate association that exists solely to do it for you?
As you can see, there are many important reasons that it pays to become a member of a real estate association. From the ability to add another line to your resume, to the expertise and analysis you’ll have access to, a realtor can benefit greatly from membership. If you are interested in joining, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) offers a comprehensive real estate college for continuing education and professional development.