Frequently Asked Questions
What do my dues do for me?
Your dues investment consists of one payment for memberships in the National Association of REALTORS®, the New Jersey REALTORS® and the Passaic County Board of REALTORS®. This three-tier membership provides advocacy, representation, a REALTOR® benefits program, Professional Development, Consumer Awareness. We are the largest trade organization in the country! Every dues dollar works to service the REALTOR® membership. Your business success is a huge component of our mission.
Are Dues are pro-rated?
Yes, dues are pro-rated on a monthly basis for new members.
How do I pay my dues?
You may pay your dues online or by mail. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Please never fax dues payments to the Board. It is strongly discouraged. Checks are made payable to the Passaic County Board of REALTORS®
What is the difference between Primary Membership and Secondary Membership?
A Primary Board member is one where the Member pays their local, state and national dues. REALTORS® may be Primary Members with which ever board their Designated REALTOR® is a member (either Primary or Secondary). A Secondary Board Member is a membership where the REALTOR® elects to be a member and pays only local dues. Secondary Member are entitled to the same benefits and services as Primary Members.
When are the REALTOR® dues due?
The REALTOR® Dues are due on January 1st of every year. There is a ten-day grace period before the late fee goes into effect. Dues bills are mailed to the Broker of each office each October.
Where should I get my dues statement?
Your dues statement is sent to your office in the care of the Designated REALTOR® each November. No statements are sent directly to you. They are sent to the office for them to monitor payments.
What is a Non-Member Licensee?
A non-member licensee is an agent within the firm who elects not to become a REALTOR® member. These agents are billed directly to the Designated REALTOR® and are part of their dues responsibility. We accept no payments directly from non-members.
What do I do when I transfer to another office?
PCBOR® will need a confirmation from your new office stating that you have transferred to their firm. This letter should be signed by the Designated REALTOR®.
What are the Benefits of Membership?
Advocacy, Representation, REALTOR® benefits program, Professional Development, Consumer Awareness, Dispute Resolution are just some of the benefits. Every dues dollar works towards the service of our REALTOR® membership. Read more about Benefits HERE.
What is the difference between the Multiple Listing Service and the Association of REALTORS®?
The Association of REALTORS® is the trade organization where by real estate agents elect to become members and become REALTORS® and agree to abide by a strict Code of Ethics. It is the professional service for REALTORS® which provides the tools and resources to conduct their business ethically and fairly. A Multiple Listing Service is a facility for the orderly correlation and dissemination of listing information so participants may better serve their clients, customers and the public. It is a means by which authorized participants make blanket unilateral offers of compensation to other participants.
Who are the Multiple Listing Services in New Jersey?
Cape May County MLS (609) 624-3500
Garden State MLS (973) 898-1900
Hudson County MLS (201) 867-1874
Jersey Shore MLS (732) 244-8111
Middlesex CountyMLS (732) 661-9500
Monmouth / Ocean MLS (732) 918-1340
New Jersey MLS (201) 387-1150
South Jersey Shore Regional MLS (609) 652-8486
TREND (610) 783-4650
How and where can I use the term REALTOR®?
REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may only be used by members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. It should always be CAPTIALIZED and the registered mark following the term. Please see our website for more trademark information, or NARs trademark information may be found HERE.
Can I join the Garden State Multiple Listing Service and obtain a lockbox and keypad?
Yes, as a service to our Members, you may join the GSMLS at the Passaic County Board office. We can also service most keypad and lock box issues for you as well.
Here is our webpage information on Continuing Education, See a complete list of Continuing Education FAQ's HERE.
Orientation and Quadrennial Ethics Training
Do I need to attend Orientation?
New Members are required to attend a new member orientation. These sessions are held monthly and are a membership obligation. Everyone must attend one. New Members may choose a session in the first three offerings after they join the Board.
I already attended Orientation with another Board? Do I need to attend again?
No, you need not attend again. We do require a verification from your former REALTOR® Association that you did complete this requirement. You must send that to us.
What is Quadrennial Ethics Training and am I required to attend?
REALTORS® are required to complete quadrennial ethics training of not less than two hours and thirty minutes of instructional time. This is a membership mandate by the National Association of REALTORS®. Said training must be completed once every four years. New members are required to complete this requirement for the first time in person at new member orientation. Read more about Quadrennial Ethics Requirement HERE. Additionally, each licensee must complete at least two (2) hours, each licensing cycle, in the concentration of ethics. This is pursuant to the New Jersey Continuing Education license law mandate. Please be sure your ethics training complies with both the Quadrennial and Continuing Education requirements. Some ethics courses do not. You may consult with PCBOR® to determine what will qualify for both.
What is the difference between an Ethics Complaint and an Arbitration Complaint?
An ethics complaint is one which alleges a violation under the Code of Ethics. A copy of the code of ethics may be found www.realtor.org. In the event of contractual disputes or specific non-contractual disputes as defined in Article 17 between REALTORS® (principals) associated with different firms, arising out of their relationship as REALTORS®, the REALTORS® shall submit the dispute to arbitration in accordance with the regulations of their Board or Boards rather than litigate the matter.
I am having a commission dispute? What do I do next?
First, you should speak to your Designated REALTOR® with regard to the outstanding issue. Once your Designated REALTOR® is informed they should contact PCBOR® and find out about the options for dispute resolution including Arbitration. Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the closing of the transaction or within180 days after the facts constituting the arbitrable matter could have been known in the exercise of reasonable diligence, whichever is later. Refer to this webpage for filing forms and other information.
What do I do if I have an Ethics complaint against another REALTOR®?
Please refer to our section under REALTOR® Tools, “Before You File a Complaint”.
How do I get involved with the Board?
The REALTOR® organization exists and thrives as a volunteer network of committees and leadership. It is crucial to have our Membership involvement. Each year a committee request is circulated throughout the membership. We encourage you to become involved and apart of the decision making. Committees are assigned annually by the President of the Board. Committee Involvement also earns a credit towards your Circle of Excellence Award. Committee Involvement applications are distributed each Fall.