New to the business or thinking about becoming a real estate agent? Then you most likely have a few questions. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for here, contact our office at 406-585-0033.
HOW DO I GET A REAL ESTATE LICENSE?
The first step in getting a real estate license is to contact the Montana Board of Realty Regulation (BRR). Visit the MT Dept. of Labor & Industry website to find out more about the process.
IF I JUST PASSED THE REAL ESTATE EXAM, CAN I JOIN THE ASSOCIATION AND/OR THE MLS?
Yes, you can join the Gallatin Association of REALTORS® (GAR) and/or the Big Sky Country Multiple Listing Service (BSC MLS) if you are currently sponsored by a Broker and have documents supporting proof of sponsorship. In addition, your sponsorship documents should have also been sent to BRR, or the BRR website should show you hold an active license with your sponsor.
HOW MUCH ARE DUES?
The dues you pay are based on your level of membership with our Association (Primary member, Secondary member, MLS-Only, and Affiliate), and the date you join during the fiscal calendars for GAR, MAR, and NAR. Visit the Dues Overview page to learn more.
WHEN ARE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES, DUE?
FLocal dues for GAR are invoiced on or around September 1st and due by September 31st. The Dues Overview page will tell you more about GAR's fiscal calendar compared to that of the state and NAR.
WHEN IS NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION?
New Member Orientation for REALTORS® is held on the first Monday of every other month. You will be enrolled for the next available class after you have submitted all the necessary membership paperwork and paid all required association dues and/or MLS fees.
New REALTORS® joining GAR are required to attend both the GAR orientation (9am to 10:30am) and the MLS orientation (10:30am to 1:00pm).
New REALTORS® who have association membership with another local association are only required to attend the MLS orientation.
This is not a credited course. This is mandatory to remain a member of the association and the MLS. If a new member misses orientation their membership will be suspended.
HOW DO I GET A KEYCARD OR LOCK BOX?
Only licensed Building Inspectors and REALTORS® who belong to the association and/or the MLS may subscribe to the Supra lockbox system. When you become a member, you have the opportunity to join Supra. The "key" portion of your membership is billed through Supra directly.
New member fee = $50.00
Two Service levels available to choose from - "Basic" = $8.95/month; "Professional" = $15.95/month
Lockboxes can be purchased from the association for $130.00 each. ALL SALES ARE FINAL - NO RETURNS FOR LOCKBOXES ARE ACCEPTED.
HOW DO I GET ACCESS TO ZIP FORM AND/OR TRANSACTION DESK?
When you join the Montana Association of REALTORS® (MAR) you gain access to all forms-related services. Neither the Gallatin Association of REALTORS® or the Big Sky Country MLS have anything to do with Zip Form, Transaction Desk, or Authentisign. All member-related issues start with your Primary association, technical issues need to be addressed with these forms companies directly.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED IN GAR & MLS COMMITTEES?
We treasure our committee volunteers and we encourage you to get involved in any way possible. Every year around October/November we release a Call to Committee Service notice to the members seeking committee volunteers for a variety of open positions. Be watching for these notifications, we would love to have you join!