Any business that is involved in real estate likely has a state trade
association (at least in the larger states). In California, for
example, there are a number of Realtor® associations, apartment
associations, building owners and managers associations, associations
of mortgage brokers, real estate inspection associations, and real estate
appraisal associations — to name a few.
The purpose of the state real estate associations is to serve their
membership in developing and promoting programs and services that
will enhance the members' freedom and ability to conduct their
businesses successfully with integrity and competency, and through
collective action, to promote the preservation of real property rights.
By far the largest real estate association in most states is each state's
Association of Realtors®, a state-level version of the National
Association of Realtors®. These state associations offer similar
benefits to the NAR as well as a chance for Realtors® to network with
other Realtors® in their area.
Common benefits offered by the state associations include:
Real estate political action committees offer financial support to
state and local officials who support Realtors®' goals.
Legislative advocacy works to extend policies at the state and local
levels that will benefit real estate professionals.
Professional development and educational opportunities allow
Realtors® to pursue ongoing education, learn about new laws, and
engage in other business development activities.
Legal services help Realtors® understand the basic legal
principles of real estate law. Many associations also have legal
funds to help their members in litigation.
State real estate associations bring Realtors® together to share
information through newsletters, conferences, and websites.
Just as the national association does, many state real estate
associations engage public awareness campaigns to inform people about
Realtors® and their work.
Members of state real estate associations are often eligible for
discounts on a wide variety of business products and services.
The state associations often provide industry research and targeted
market data to their members, which allows those Realtors® to better
serve their clients.
Listed below are names, phone numbers, and convenient links to each state
Realtor® Association in the United States.