The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® is a professional trade association established in 1924 for licensed real estate practitioners and serves in a federated relationship with the state's 13 Local Realtor® Associations. Membership in the organization is voluntary and consists of both residential and commercial agents and brokers as well as industry affiliates. MAR's membership currently consists of approximately 24,000+ real estate licensees, and only MAR members are authorized to use the trademark term, Realtor®. The state association's headquarters is located in Waltham, MA.
To advance Realtor® professionalism and member success; and be the leading advocate of private property rights and the real estate industry throughout Massachusetts.
Proper Use of the Term "Realtor®"
- As stated in the Associated Press Stylebook, the first "R" in the word "Realtor®" should always be capitalized because it is a trademark term reserved exclusively to make reference to members of a Local Association of Realtors®, as well as the State and National Associations.
How to Identify Our Members
- The term Realtor® is an exclusively registered designation for members of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) which is comprised of some 1,000,000 members in the United States.
- Only those licensed real estate professionals who have joined the NAR, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® and their respective Local Realtor® Association may use the registered trademark term Realtor®.
- Massachusetts Realtors® must adhere to a strict, national Code of Ethics, and currently account for the most active 25 percent of the more than 60,000 brokers and agents licensed to practice real estate in the Commonwealth.
Fair Housing and Home Ownership For All
- On behalf of property owners, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® actively promotes public policy initiatives which preserve private property rights, expand home ownership opportunities, and increase members' ability to successful conduct their business.
- A strong advocate of equal opportunity and housing for all persons, the association also administers educational training, professional standards services, and ethics cases to ensure its members not only understand, but adhere to state and federal laws and the Realtor® Code of Ethics.
Benefits of Realtor® Membership
- Working cooperatively with local Realtor® associations and the National Association of Realtors®, the MAR offers numerous programs and services designed to promote the business interests and career goals of real estate practitioners.
- MAR's educational programs, publications and online news services offer real estate licensees the opportunity to learn new, cutting-edge business skills that will increase their earning potential.
- MAR's legal assistance programs provide brokers with timely advice on legal and ethical matters while reducing one's exposure to liability.
- MAR's government affairs efforts help to advance public policy initiatives that seek to minimize housing expenses and lower agents' business costs.
333 Wyman Street
Waltham, MA 02451
Hours of operation
Monday to Friday
8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Want to Become a Realtor®?
First, You Need to Become a Real Estate Agent
(Already an agent? Great. Click here for how to Become a Realtor®)
Become a Real Estate Agent
Qualify and Certify
- If you are at least 18 years old and have a valid social security number, you are eligible to begin. To begin, you are required to take a 40-hour pre-licensing salesperson class at one of the hundreds of certified real estate schools around the state.
- For a list of authorized schools, visit the Massachusetts Department of Professional Licensure website: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-of-real-estate-brokers-and-salespersons
- You then have to take and pass the real estate licensure examination within two years of completing the pre-licensing class.
- To schedule your exam, please visit the PSI Services LLC website: https://candidate.psiexams.com/index.jsp
- Find a brokerage to work for and you are ready to go!
After You Qualify and Certify
- Start-up Costs
- As a real estate agent, you work on commission, not salary. You need to plan your finances ahead before you get started.
- Affiliate with a Broker
- Once you are a licensed agent, you may buy, sell, lease, or manage real estate on behalf of a broker. Search and interview brokers that could be the right fit for you.
- Find a Mentor
- There’s so much to learn before you become a successful agent. Find an office with other agents who are willing to mentor you on the best practices so you can jump start your career.
A Career Path in Real Estate
- As a real estate professional and business owner, keep in mind the tools and requirements you will need to help your career soar.
- Continuing Education
- Once you’re licensed you will be required to pay a fee for your license and take continuing education courses. You need both of these in order to renew your license every two years.
- MLS Access
- The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a comprehensive online tool that allows agents to list the properties they are selling on behalf of their clients and find properties for buying customers. The MLS charges a monthly fee for access.
- Realtor® Dues
- When you choose to join the Association of Realtors® to reap the benefits of one of the largest professional associations in the country, you’ll pay annual dues. Visit the National Association of Realtors® website, realtor.org for more information on the benefits of becoming a Realtor®.
- 24/7 Access
- Real estate professionals need to be reached and accessible at all times to service your clients. It’s advised to have a laptop and/or smart phone with you at all times.
- Business cards are a staple for real estate professionals. They need to look sharp and you should have plenty to pass around wherever you go. Signs designed with your name and company logo on them will be your trademark.
- Professional Appearance
- Dress with confidence. Real estate professionals should invest in clothing that reflects professionalism and success. And while you don’t need an expensive car, it should be in reasonable working condition, clean, and clutter free.
Become a Realtor®
(First, you need to be a Real Estate Agent. If you aren't already an agent, click here!)
Interested in Realtor® Membership?
Membership in the Realtor® organization is a professional distinction that places you among the top 25 percent of all agents licensed to practice real estate in Massachusetts. Anyone with an active real estate license from an approved school may apply for membership, however only those accepted as members may use the registered trademark term Realtor®, an industry mark which symbolizes one’s personal commitment to real estate as a career pursuit and sets you apart from the estimated 75,000 non-member real estate agents and brokers in the Commonwealth.
Why You Should Join the Realtor® Organization
- MAR works tirelessly on your behalf to remain the Voice for Real estate in Massachusetts™ providing monthly housing statistics and opinion editorial on housing related issues to local, state and national media outlets communicating to consumers that Realtors® are the interpreters on current market conditions and private property.
- Your state association along with the National Association of Realtors® annually promotes the value of using a Realtor® through substantial print, radio and television advertising campaigns, additionally providing customizable print advertisements for use by members in local media.
- The Realtor® organization is an influential voice on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill protecting the business interests of it members.
- But for the lobbying efforts by the largest trade organization in the country federal banks have been kept out of real estate and private property owners have been saved from transfer taxes and been able to keep their mortgage interest deduction.
- As a Realtor® you have the opportunity to receive comprehensive training in specialty areas of practice through a number of professional designation programs conducted throughout the state on a yearly basis in addition to a yearly two-day conference and trade show.
- Membership provides access to a free legal hotline for authorized Realtors®, where a staff of attorneys can provide guidance and information regarding legal and ethical issues in addition to members having access to a host of written legal information and FAQs.
- Members are provided the opportunity to complete ethics training in accordance with the Realtor® Code of Ethics and take part in professional standards training through MAR.
- The organization also provides consumer services on behalf of the membership to police the Realtor® trademark and enhance and elevate the profession within the industry.
- MAR provides impartial panels to local association upon request to settle commission disputes and other arbitration hearings necessary amongst members.
- We also can host or participate in interstate arbitrations as deemed necessary.
Quality of Community Life:
- MAR works to put its Realtor® members in a position to be a key resource for the protection and enhancement of the quality of life in Massachusetts through programs that promote activism, civic involvement in public policy issues that impact property rights, home ownership and the ability of members to conduct their business freely.
- Realtors® are given many opportunities through membership to take an active role in supporting our communities through charitable endeavors that better the lives of property owners and efforts to nurture struggling real estate professionals.
- An excess of $200,000 has been contributed in the last 14 years to disaster relief nationwide, housing grants and educational scholarships.
Local Realtor® Associations in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® is comprised of thirteen local associations. When you join a local association as a Realtor®, you automatically become a member of the Massachusetts Association and the National Association of Realtors®. To find a Realtor® office in your area or for further information on making your office a Realtor® office, please contact one of our local associations listed below.
99 West Street
2nd Floor, Suite 200
Fax: (413) 448-2852
North Central MA Association of Realtors®
40 Summer Street
Realtors® Commercial Alliance of Massachusetts
Greater Boston Association of Realtors®
1 Center Plaza
Fax: (617) 338-2600
Greater Newburyport Realtors®
143 State Street
Fax: (978) 462-2839
North Shore Association of Realtors®
398 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Tel: (978) 232-9410
Fax: (978) 232-9414
Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors®
22 Mid-Tech Drive
Fax: (508) 771-0067
Realtor® Association of the Pioneer Valley
221 Industry Avenue
Fax: (413) 731-7125
South Shore Realtors®
48 Schoosett Street
Pembroke, MA 02359
Tel: (781) 826-5139
Fax: (781) 826-0329
Realtors® Association of Southeastern MA
651 Orchard Street, 1st Floor
Fax: (508) 993-4386
Northeast Association of Realtors®
6 Lyberty Way
Fax: (978) 577-6156
Realtor® Association of Central MA, Inc.
492 Washington St
Fax: (508) 832-6620
MAR Charitable Foundation
The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® Charitable Foundation has awarded more than $415,679 in grants to victims of natural disasters, financial assistance to Massachusetts-based non-profit organizations, home buyer counseling, shelter and emergency care services to persons transitioning from temporary to permanent housing.
Major Contribution Initiatives
The MAR Charitable Foundation awards grants to 501c3 organizations that Realtor® members work with to help those in need throughout Massachusetts.
Disaster Relief Grants:
The MAR Charitable Foundation shall consider making grants for the temporary relief of victims of disasters caused by weather, fires, or other similar large-scale events as determined by the Trustees. Grant awards are made only to 501c3 organizations and not to individuals.
How to Apply for A Welcome Home License Plate:
Until the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) adds the Welcome Home Plate to the RMV website this is how apply for a plate:
1. Contact your auto insurance carrier, explain you are applying for a charity license plate, and ask them to email you a Registration and Title Application.
2. Take the Registration and Title Application and your current auto registration form to the nearest full service RMV Service Center and tell them you want to purchase a Welcome Home charity license plate.
3. In addition to the $40 dollars extra every two years you will need to pay a one-time $20 plate transfer fee.
4. If you have any problems while at the RMV Service Center ask the representative to call the Special Plate Department at 857-368-8031.
Where the money goes from purchasing a welcome home license plate?
The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS (R) Charitable Foundation uses the funds from the WELCOME HOME license plate for grants to Massachusetts 501c3 non profit charities that focus on housing, hunger, homelessness, and disaster relief in Massachusetts. Since the foundation was established, more than $470,179 thousand dollars has been awarded to charitable organizations across the commonwealth.
Thank you for supporting the Welcome Home License Plate program.
Find a Realtor®
The Realtor® Difference
Buying a home is the biggest investment most people will ever make, but not all real estate agents are equal. Both real estate agents and Realtors® are licensed to help consumers buy and sell residential or commercial property. However, Realtors® are highly trained and adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and standards of practice. Find out how the experience and training of a Realtor® can help you get into your dream home.
Some Benefits of Using a Realtor®
- A Realtor® is a client advocate, the market expert and the negotiating tiger all wrapped up into one independent contractor.
- Realtors® stay on top of rapidly changing market dynamics and pass along their expertise to their clients.
- A Realtor® is an unbiased voice of reason, offering an objective perspective during transactions.
The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® recommends searching for the Realtor® who can help you find your dream home on realtor.com, the official property and agent search of the National Association of Realtors®.
2020 MAR Executive Committee
South Shore Region
Cape Cod Region
Melody Skye Roloff
Kate Lanagan MacGregor
MAR Professional Staff
MAR Staff Professionals provide expertise to fulfill the goals and objectives of the Association. They act as liaisons to member committees to produce programs and services on behalf of the entire membership.
Legal & Government Affairs
Justin Davidson, Esq.
General Counsel &
Director of Government
Legislative & Regulatory
Government Affairs &
Member Services & Education
Engagement & Marketing
Member Services Manager
Senior Marketing &
Finance & Administration
Director of Finance &