REALTOR® Benefits

REALTOR® Benefits – Money & Time Savers!

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Being a REALTOR® is a prestigious choice – you’ve set a higher standard in your real estate business conduct than other licensees by agreeing to follow the Code of Ethics. You enjoy the wonderful benefit of having your own local MLS system, free contracts, assessor’s information at your fingertips, but what else? Oh, of course you are offered a wide variety of membership benefits too! We use our collective buying power (over 1 million members strong!) to bring you local, state and national deals to help you save time and money. Here are the latest.


News and Information

E-Mail News & Award Winning Websites: All of the resources you need to be an effective real estate salesperson are at your fingertips.  BerkshireRealtors.org has property information, regulations, resources, critical news and more. You will have access to our FREE services, such as our Internet Data Exchange (IDX) solution which enables you to display MLS property information on your own website in limited format, FREE electronic real estate contracts, and FREE website / e-mail links.  Check your e-mail for OUR e-news notices and the MLS message board for frequent communications.

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Baystate REALTOR® & REALTOR® Magazine.  The Baystate REALTOR® is produced by the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® and will be delivered to your home or office on a monthly basis.  Read articles from our state legal counsel, the board of registration and members throughout our region.  The REALTOR® Magazine is produced by the NAR and delivers practical business knowledge to you each month.

Information Central – The National Association of REALTORS reference desk houses the world’s larges real estate library, hard-to-find books and tapes, customized research and publications.  The dedicated information specialists are on hand to answer your questions by phone or e-mail.   The Virtual Library provides a wealth of specialty pages on the top issues and trends affecting the real estate industry, as well as full-text articles and links to the most informative web sites. You can also save subscription dollars by reading the leading real estate and business magazines and newspapers online for free. NAR Information Central: 1-800-874-6500


Your Bottom Line

Discount Programs and Benefits – Each level of the trade association has made arrangements with vendors to offer REALTORS discounts.  Simply show your card, enter your membership ID number or follow the instructions on the websites to access these great deals.  There are so many deals and more added each day, so keep up-to-date through our e-mail news and websites.


Personal Insurance

The Berkshire County Board of REALTORS offers you the opportunity to obtain Health, Disability, Dental, Long Term Care insurance at reduced group rates.

 

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Health Insurance – Saving on Health insurance include several choices of HMO products including Point of Service plans, Aetna, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, Health New England, BCBS, and Tuffs.

Disability & Business Overhead Insurance – What would happen if you were injured and found yourself unable to show properties? Do you have a safety net?  Disability insurance is a must for any person working in an independent contractor role where their livelihood is on the line.  True North Financial Services can offer information on Individual Disability and Business Overhead coverage offered by Illinois Mutual Insurance Company, at group rates.

Long Term Care Insurance is available to Realtor Members of the Berkshire Board, their spouses, parents, parents-in-law, even if their live out of state.  Worth researching!


Technology Support

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Access to MLS System & Tech Support: We own and operate the regions Multiple Listing Service, featuring properties from Berkshire County and beyond. We offer free one-on-one or group training on the MLS database system and handle all of your technical support inquiries. We will help you navigate your way to computer confidence, regardless of experience level.

The Center for Realtor Technology serves REALTORS® as an industry Advocate, an implementation consultant and a technology resource.  They are the tech ambassadors for us and offer services, research and support at Realtor.org.

Realtor.comAll of your listings are upload at no charge to the number one real estate website online.  It is the official property listing site of the National Association of REALTORS, and others and offers more than 2 million homes to potential buyers.

Internet Data ExchangeEvery Broker has the ability to enhance their public website with a compilation of searchable listings from the MLS. With the permission of a broker-owner and in written agreement with the MLS, any agent many also use this smart frame solution at no charge.  As a listing agent, you are assured that your name and phone number, as well as accurate listing information is consistently displayed and updated on the web. As a buyer’s representative, you can be assured that your clients are able to get information they need directly from your own website.  More information is available online at BerkshireRealtors.com


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Risk Reduction

REALTOR® Education: Start your real estate career off with a full-day orientation program covering a wide variety of business topics and grow your knowledge with our continuing education curriculum. You’ll find fantastic learning opportunities and you will save over $60 per year in program discounts for association members. You can network with your peers while learning critical business concepts at our membership breakfast forums, business meetings, hands-on technology training programs, national training sessions and designation programs. Assistance with scholarships for those at BCC, or anyone seeking a real estate designation or degree is available.

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors Legal Hotline – Need to talk to an attorney fast?  Don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars per hour for quick questions?  The MAR Legal hotline is a service available to every broker-owner at no charge.  The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Legal Hotline offers Designated REALTORS®, office managers, and other authorized callers access to staff attorneys who can assist members with questions about current state and federal laws and regulations, permissible business practices, and important court rulings affecting real estate practitioners.

To take advantage of the Legal Hotline service, members must first complete and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the MAR Legal Department.  Call 1-800-370 Legal.

Professional Standards: Time tested and honored standards of conduct are recognized and upheld throughout the membership. At the Berkshire Board, we answer a wide range of questions and concerns and guarantee due process and complete confidentiality in dispute resolution processes. In addition to administration of the Code of Ethics, we also offer mediation, the arbitration of monetary disagreements and the Homebuyer/seller Dispute Resolution System.


Public Relations

Award Winning Community Service : Our REALTOR® Community Service program brings a positive image to Berkshire REALTORS® and in 2005 our membership raised funds and contributed services in excess of $30,000. Our members work together to give back to our community and find a rewarding and powerful way to contribute to those in need.


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Double MVP rewards Available for REALTORS This Month!

Normally, you have to give something to get something – this time NAR member benefits is giving you something and then, giving you something else.  Check out NAR’s online real estate library between November 16th and November 30th and download up to 6 FREE eBooks through the NAR Library.  NAR will then send you a

REALTOR Property Resource (RPR) online Workshops

Have you tried out REALTOR Property Resource?  REALTORS Property Resource (RPR) is designed to help REALTORS achieve professional success by providing them with an unparalleled platform of dynamic data and persuasive reports that help attract, retain and lead clients to the closing table.  If you haven’t utilized the program, or are new to its features, start

Speaking of Taxes…

Did you know that as a member of NAR you have access to discounts for both QuickBooks® Self-Employed + TurboTax®.  You can get discounts on either program or both! Manage your business with an App!   To get started: selfemployed.intuit.com/NAR QuickBooks Self-Employed Benefit:  50% off retail price for the first 12 months TurboTax Benefit: TurboTax Deluxe: annual

Friday is Massachusetts zipLogix Training Day

zipLogix is a free, digital signature service provided to REALTORS by the National Association of REALTORS as a member benefit.  Massachusetts zipLogix Digital Ink® and zipTMS™ Training is being offered the next four Fridays in December.  To view the zipLogix training calendar, please click here.  In addition to the Massachusetts training, there are other general

Be Part of the NAR Member Value Plus Reward Program to Receive a Reward

Hurry – this current offer expires on July 15th!! The National Association of REALTORS is offering a Member Value Plus Reward, valid through July 15th.  2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the REALTOR brand, and NAR is dedicating this Centennial to its members.  REALTORS are devoted to their communities, service and going the extra mile,

New NAR Realtor Promotion: Get Realtor®

The National Association of REALTORS has rolled out a new consumer outreach campaign:  Get Realtor®. The campaign brands the value of a REALTOR® to consumers and targets the up-and-coming generations of home buyers, sellers, owners and investors.  The campaign goal is to brand awareness of REALTORS®, especially among millennials and today’s hyper-tech-savvy consumer. As a

Getting to Know RPR: Realtor Property Resource

WHAT IS RPR? Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®), is an innovative benefit included in your NAR membership.  It delivers on-the-go access to an all-encompassing real estate platform, available exclusively to REALTORS®, and offered at no additional cost. Easily accessed through desktop, iOS and Android devices, RPR offers residential and commercial agents, brokers, and appraisers with data

5 Realtor Property Resource (RPR) Report Customizations You May Not Be Using

You know that each client has specific needs and interests when it comes to buying or selling a home. Some clients want the complete backstory to a property, while other clients may simply want the basics on a neighborhood. RPR allows REALTORS® to tailor each report according to these client expectations, starting with these five