1 – HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
In order to join SMDRA as a REALTOR® or Affiliate Member, you will need to fill out and send in an application. Please visit the ‘Become A Member‘ page.
After completing your office transfer with DORA and once your new license information is finalized, you can fill out the ‘Update your Office Information‘ form online, or call the office at 303-797-3700.
A Letter of Good Standing confirms your membership status for other associations and/or MLS’s. The letter confirms you have met the requirements of REALTOR® membership.
In order to join another REALTOR® association as a secondary, you will need to submit a Letter of Good Standing from your primary board. You can submit a request for a letter by calling SMDRA at 303-797-3700 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to log in to your account, please click on the ‘Forgot Your Password” and your password will be emailed to the email address on file. If you are still unable to log in, please call the SMDRA office at 303-797-3700.
All dues are non-refundable once remitted and all Payment Plan Installments will continue in accordance with the plan selected regardless of license or membership status.
Per the SMDRA bylaws:
“Primary and secondary REALTOR® Members. An individual is a primary member if the Association pays state and National dues based on such Member. An individual is a secondary Member if state and National dues are remitted through another Association. One of the principals in a real estate firm must be a Designated REALTOR® member of the Association in order for licensees affiliated with the firm to select the Association as their “primary” Association.”
Brokers joining as designated REALTORS® for Primary SMDRA members pay no additional fees.
If you are in a real estate related industry and would benefit from marketing to and networking with REALTORS® (and you do NOT have an active real estate license) – you can join as an Affiliate Business Partner.
The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies – Division of Real Estate controls your license to practice real estate. They set the requirements for passing the real estate exam, when your license is renewed, and when it is activated and inactivated. They conduct random audits to ensure real estate agents are meeting their continuing education requirements. When you change offices, you will need to notify DORA to update your license.
The South Metro Denver REALTOR® Association covers your REALTOR® Membership. When you join a local Association, you also join the state (Colorado Association of REALTORS® – CAR), and the national (National Association of REALTORS® – NAR). SMDRA collects your local, state, and national dues and in return provides education services and member benefits.
The local MLS (multiple listing service) is REcolorado. You will need to join the MLS to gain access to local listings. They also provide MLS related education and member benefits.
THINGS TO REMEMBER!
In order to maintain your real estate license, you need to complete 24 hours of continuing education (CE) over your three-year license period. Twelve of those hours must be three distinct versions of the Annual Commission Update. The other twelve can be any classes with CE credit. If a class has CE credit, you will always receive a certificate to keep for your records.
To maintain your REALTOR® membership, you will need to complete an NAR Ethics Update course during NAR’s pre-determined 2-year cycle. SMDRA offers the NAR Ethics Class once a month, free for SMDRA members.
If you take the Ethics class somewhere other than SMDRA*, or online, you will need to provide a certificate to the association to prove you have taken the class. Failure to complete this class can result in suspension or termination of your REALTOR® membership.
*SMDRA will only accept Ethics classes taken with a REALTOR® association, online through the NAR website, or the CE Shop or VanED online education partners. You will need to provide the certificate received through these institutions to SMDRA.
The NAR Ethics Update class is also worth CE credit, and can be used to meet your license continuing education requirements.
*You are responsible for keeping track of your CE certificates, and for providing them to DORA if you are audited. SMDRA can provide certificates for any classes you have taken with us, but we cannot provide records for any classes taken at your office, online, or elsewhere. Neither SMDRA nor DORA will alert you if you do not have enough CE credits to renew your license.
We suggest keeping a physical and digital copy of all CE certificates for at least 4 years.
SMDRA staff do not practice real estate, or hold real estate licenses. We cannot answer any contracts, forms, or business practice related questions.
If in doubt, ask your broker- but if you need more help, your association membership provides you with access to the following: