Becoming A REALTOR® Member
Becoming An Affiliate Member
Sentrilock is the electronic keybox system used by FCAR. You can sign up for Sentrilock at the FCAR office. The Sentrilock Card is warranted as long as you have your card. Sentrilock will invoice you each March for the next year. Agents that terminate their membership with FCAR must return the Sentrilock Card and card reader to the Board Office. If the card is lost, it can be replaced at the FCAR office for a small fee according to the particular circumstance. Go to Sentrilock website.
MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc) is the regional multiple listing service. FCAR is a shareholder in MRIS, and members of shareholder associations receive reduced rates.
- visit www.mris.com
FCAR maintains an active Continuing Education Program. Members receive classes at a discounted rate and class schedules are designed to ensure all members can meet the state’s continuing education requirements. Additional non-CE classes are offered through the FCAR Informed Professional Series which focuses on technology, business trends, and sale and marketing.
Through several committees, FCAR gives back to our local community. Our Community Service Committee holds fundraisers throughout the year and disburses proceeds to local charitable organizations, through the REALTORS® Charitable Fund.
FCAR’s Affordable Housing Committee works with the Frederick Community Action Agency to help teach homebuyer education classes. In addition, the Affordable Housing Committee works to ensure members and their clients and customers are kept abreast of programs offering down payment and closing costs assistance to homebuyers.
- Additional information on programs to assist homebuyers: www.mdhomeprograms.com.
The Equal Opportunity Committee reaches out to local schools to participate in the Maryland Association of REALTORS® Fair Housing Poster contest. The Equal Opportunity has also created Project Access to build wheelchair accessible ramps for local homeowners in need.
On an annual basis, the American Home Month Committee rounds up volunteers and sponsors to improve the exterior of a local homeowner’s property. These projects can include landscaping, roofing, siding, painting, and many other related types of work.
- See our Facebook Page for more FCAR Community Outreach.
Online Newsletter – The Voice
The FCAR online newsletter is emailed to all FCAR members on a weekly basis. The newsletter is just one communication vehicle for keeping you informed of local, state and national issues affecting your business. The newsletter is also used to inform you about upcoming FCAR events.
- Read our current articles and sign up at the top of the page.
Membership Meetings and Trade Show
The Membership Committee schedules regular membership meetings with informative guest speakers. These meetings are also opportunities for REALTORS® and Affiliates to network and for all members to learn more about FCAR programs and services. FCAR also holds an annual trade show. The trade show is a themed event and a fun way to network and check out new industry products and services. Read more about FCAR events throughout the year on our
REALTOR® Supply Store:
FCAR maintains a supply of sign riders, brochure boxes, flyer stands, and related marketing material. Our merchandise selection changes from time to time so stop by and take a look. If you have an idea for a new product, please just let us know.
Legislative and RPAC
The Legislative Committee meets during the Maryland General Assembly session to review bills. The committee makes recommendations to the Maryland Association of REALTORS® based on the possible impact bills would have on the local real estate market. The REALTOR® Political Action Committee raises funds to support REALTOR®-friendly candidates. RPAC contributions are split among national, state and local candidates.
- Click here for more information on RPAC.
Contracts and Forms
Template forms are offered through Zipform, an automated software package. Zipform is included in the cost of the FCAR membership fees. The Model Forms Committee maintains and updates local forms. MAR maintains a library of state forms that are also included in the Frederick Zipform library.
- To register for ZipForm, go to https://www.zipform.com/ecommerce/dues/duesorder.aspx.
- Once you have registered for ZipForm, you can easily login at www.zipformonline.com.
The Annual Awards Celebration recognizes outstanding members of our association. Our volunteers make us who we are and we are proud of the way our members represent our industry.
Additional Member Benefits
- For more information on REALTOR® benefits.
If you already belong to another REALTOR® association and wish to join as a secondary member, you do NOT pay the application fee. You pay only the FCAR local dues. See also a list of dues and fees for secondary members, and for becoming an affiliate member:
Online Pre-Licensing Classes
The CE Shop offers online classes for Real Estate licensing in Maryland. The CE Shop has designed a brand new online learning platform, LEAP, to deliver your pre-licensing course that brings the best of the classroom environment with the convenience of online delivery. The pre-licensing course offers everything you need to complete the course, take the Maryland state exam and get your license. Click Here to see the details. The CE Shop is an FCAR Affiliate, signing up for education through the CE Shop provides support for FCAR.
The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) has the following requirements:
REALTOR® Emeritus Status
Any person who has held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, or a combination of both, for a cumulative period of 40 years in one or more Associations of REALTORS® is eligible for REALTOR® Emeritus status. Upon approval by the Board of Directors of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, no further payment of dues is necessary to the National Association by the Member Association of which the REALTOR® Emeritus is a member.
The dues waiver does not take effect until the following ‘dues season’. In addition, REALTOR® Emeritus members are exempt from the Quadrennial Ethics Training requirement. Waiver of dues by the local Association and/or State Association is at the discretion of those entities.
A standard certification form (provided by NAR) is necessary to begin the approval process for a REALTOR® Emeritus candidate, which is to be filled out by the local Association. If you’re interested in applying for REALTOR® Emeritus status, please contact FCAR at 301.663.0757 to initiate the process, since applications must be submitted online by the local association.
At the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, the Delegate Body approved an amendment to Article III, Section 9 of the NAR Constitution, which outlines REALTOR® Emeritus eligibility. Beginning with applications filed in 2015, in addition to the forty (40) years of membership, a REALTOR® Emeritus candidate member must also have completed at least one (1) year of service at the National Association level. However, for applications filed through 2019, the one (1) year service requirement may also be met through service at the state or local level. This provision will sunset at the end of 2019.
The new REALTOR® Emeritus eligibility criteria shall be implemented as follows:
In addition to the required forty (40) years of REALTOR® membership:
- Applications submitted in the years 2015 through 2019 will require proof of one (1) year of service* at the local, state, or National Association level.
- Applications submitted in 2020 and beyond will require proof of one (1) year of service* at the National Association level.
* “Service” is defined as serving as an officer, director, committee member, federal political coordinator, President’s liaison or regional coordinator to a country with which NAR holds a reciprocal agreement.