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Membership Application (REALTOR®)
Qualification for Membership: I acknowledge and agree that I will attend the required Orientation Class within two consecutive Orientation Classes from the date the application is submitted to the Athens Area Association of REALTORS®, Inc. All dues and fees paid will be forfeited if failure to attend this Orientation. Failure to meet this requirement may result in having my membership terminated. If elected to membership, I agree to abide by the Code of Ethics of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, which includes the duty to arbitrate (or to mediate if required by the association) and the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of the above named Association, the State Association and the National Association. Further, if required, I agree to satisfactorily complete a reasonable and non-discriminatory written examination on such Code, Constitutions, Bylaws and Rules and Regulations. I also understand membership brings certain privileges and obligations that require compliance. Membership is final only upon approval by the Board of Directors and may be revoked should completion of any membership requirement(s), such as orientation, not be completed within the timeframe established in the association’s bylaws. I further understand that I will be required to complete periodic Code of Ethics training as specified in the association’s bylaws as a continued condition of membership..
I hereby apply for REALTOR® Membership in the Athens Area Association of REALTORS® and/or MLS Membership in the Classic MLS of the Athens Area Association of REALTORS®.
If you are now or have been a REALTOR® member before, please provide the information below.
If not, or if you have a branch office,
please provide that address:
1 Article IV, Section 2, of the NAR Bylaws prohibits Member Boards from knowingly granting REALTOR® or
REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® membership to any applicant who has an unfulfilled sanction pending which was
imposed by another association of REALTORS® for violation of the Code of Ethics. (Adopted 1/01)
(Membership application fee & dues are payable to: Athens Area Association of REALTORS® or AAAR).
I understand that my dues will be returned to me in the event of non-election and that the application fee is nonrefundable.
NOTE: Applicant acknowledges that if accepted as a member and he/she subsequently resigns from the Association or otherwise causes membership to terminate with an ethics complaint pending, the Board of Directors may condition renewal of membership upon applicant’s certification that he/she will submit to the pending ethics proceeding and will abide by the decision of the hearing panel. If applicant resigns or otherwise causes membership to terminate, the duty to submit to arbitration continues in effect even after membership lapses or is terminated, provided the dispute arose while applicant was a REALTOR®. I hereby certify that the foregoing information furnished by me is true and correct, and I agree that failure to provide complete and accurate information as requested, or any misstatement of fact, shall be grounds for revocation of my membership if granted. I further agree that, if accepted for membership in the Association, I shall pay the fees and dues as from time to time established. NOTE: Payments to the Athens Area Association of REALTORS® are not deductible as charitable contributions. Such payments may, however, be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. No refunds. By signing below, I consent that the REALTOR® Associations (local, state, national) and their subsidiaries, if any (e.g., MLS, Foundation) may contact me at the specified address, telephone numbers, fax numbers, email address or other means of communication available. This consent applies to changes in contact information that may be provided by me to the Association(s) in the future. This consent recognizes that certain state and federal laws may place limits on communications that I am waiving to receive all communications as part of my membership.
I agree as a condition of participation in the MLS to abide by all relevant bylaws, rules and other obligations of participation, including payment of fees. I confirm that I currently, and will on a continual and ongoing basis in the operation of my real estate business activities, actively endeavor to list real property of the type filed with the MLS and/or accept offers of cooperation and compensation made by other Participants through the MLS. I agree that I must continue to engage in such activities during my participation in the MLS. I acknowledge that failure to abide by these conditions of participation on an ongoing basis may result in potential suspension or termination of MLS participatory rights after a hearing in accordance with the established procedures of the MLS.
For Licensees affiliated with a Brokerage that is a participant in more than one MLS and has a subscription to another MLS in which the Broker participates, a Licensee may be granted a Subscription Fee Waiver upon agreement to the terms as set forth below. Applying for a Subscription Fee Waiver requires the signature of the Subscriber/Licensee and the Broker Participant affiliated with the Subscriber/Licensee. Subscription Fee Waivers are valid for one year and must be renewed.
While on Subscription Fee Waiver from Classic MLS, a Fee-Waived Subscriber/Licensee shall not:
(a) Have access or use of Classic MLS and its affiliated services (i.e. CRS Data).
(b) Use Classic MLS data on an IDX or VOW website identified as the Fee-Waived Subscriber’s site or page.
(c) Use Classic MLS data in an automated valuation product or tool in any product or service identified as coming from the Fee-Waived Subscriber. Any violation of these terms by the Fee-Waived Subscriber/Licensee shall result in the immediate revocation of the Subscription Fee Waiver and the Fee-Waived Subscriber/Licensee shall be activated as a Subscriber, charged the Classic MLS application fee, annual Classic MLS dues (if applicable), and charged for all monthly fees back to the date of this Subscription Fee Waiver. In addition, the Fee-Waived Subscriber/Licensee of the Brokerage and the Broker Participant shall be subject to a fine of $2,500.00 per occurrence for unauthorized use of the Classic MLS and possible suspension or termination of participant’s rights and access to the Classic MLS service. When Classic MLS revokes a Subscription Fee Waiver, the Fee-Waived Subscriber/Licensee may not apply for a new Subscription Fee Waiver until one year after the date of revocation of the prior Subscription Fee Waiver.
I,____________________ (Broker Participant) subscribe to____________________ MLS service(s) in addition to the Classic MLS.
I agree that____________________ (Printed Name of Individual Licensee) will not access or use Classic MLS in any way as described above, either individually or through another Classic MLS Subscriber. I understand that if this Licensee is found to be in violation of this Subscription Fee Waiver, I, as the Participant Broker, will be in violation of the Classic MLS Rules and Regulations and I will be assessed all applicable quarterly fees back to the date of this Subscription Fee Waiver in addition to a fine of $2,500.00 per occurrence for unauthorized use of the Classic MLS. I am aware that the Classic MLS may employ automated detection systems to track log-ins and determine access sharing. If payment of all fees and fines are not paid within thirty (30) days of the due date, all Classic MLS benefits to the Broker Participant will be discontinued until paid in full.
Broker Participant’s Signature:____________________________ Date:____________________
Broker Participant’s Printed Name:_______________________________
I,____________________ (Broker Participant) subscribe to____________________ MLS service(s) in addition to the Classic MLS. I agree that____________________ (Printed Name of Individual Licensee) will not access or use Classic MLS in any way as described above, either individually or through another Classic MLS Subscriber. I understand that if this Licensee is found to be in violation of this Subscription Fee Waiver, I, as the Participant Broker, will be in violation of the Classic MLS Rules and Regulations and I will be assessed all applicable quarterly fees back to the date of this Subscription Fee Waiver in addition to a fine of $2,500.00 per occurrence for unauthorized use of the Classic MLS. I am aware that the Classic MLS may employ automated detection systems to track log-ins and determine access sharing. If payment of all fees and fines are not paid within thirty (30) days of the due date, all Classic MLS benefits to the Broker Participant will be discontinued until paid in full.