REALTOR® is a trademark of the National Association of REALTORS®. Membership in the Southern Maryland Association is not only open to real estate agents holding an active real estate license who want to take advantage of our many perks but also others who are interested in our perks of membership and getting involved in our growing association (see Affiliate Tab). 
What if I don’t have my license yet? Find out here on how to get started!
Looking to update office or personal info on file with SMAR? Online forms are available here.

Value Proposition

Primary REALTOR® Membership

Involves joining the State and National Associations as well. Primary REALTOR® membership with SMAR typically involves paying all three levels of dues: local, state, and national, according to the proration schedules of each (see schedule below).  The application may be emailed or fax it to 240-254-2107. [download application]

Note: To be eligible for membership, the licensee's broker must hold Primary or Secondary Membership with SMAR. For confirmation of broker membership, please contact SMAR's Membership Director.

Secondary REALTOR® Membership

  • Allows a REALTOR® to join an additional local association within Maryland**. Maryland REALTORS® & NAR dues are paid through the primary association. Any additional local associations you belong to within the state will only bill for local dues. [download application]
  • Out of State REALTOR®- Allows a REALTOR® to join SMAR contingent upon holding a valid Maryland real estate license*. SMAR collects local and state (optional) dues. NAR dues are paid through the primary association. Contact the Membership Director for more information.

If you are a Broker and have opened up a new office, click here for your application.

 

SMAR DUES PRORATION FOR NEW PRIMARY MEMBERS

Membership fees for new members are prorated based on the normal billing cycle of November 1 – October 31. An entire year of REALTOR® dues is billed November 1st of each year.  Note: If you are interested in joining as a Secondary member, please contact the Membership Department directly for your fees via email or 301-274-4406 x 115.

Please note: SMAR collects money for the Maryland REALTORS® (MD) and National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and is automatically distributed to them. The application fee is a one-time fee. No refunds.

 

November
NAR: $240.00 (Nov 2018-Dec 2019)
MD: $210.00 (Nov 2018-Oct 2019)
SMAR: $246.00 (Nov 2018-Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: $931.00
March
NAR: $160.00 (Mar-Dec 2019)
MD: $210.00 (Mar-Oct 2019)
SMAR: $164.00 (Mar-Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: $769.00
July
NAR: $110.00 (July-Dec 2019)
MD: $105.00 (July-Oct 2019)
SMAR: $82.00 (July-Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: $532.00
December
NAR: $230.00 (Nov 2018-Dec 2019)
MD: $210.00 (Nov 2018-Oct 2019)
SMAR: $225.50 (Nov 2018-Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: $900.50
April
NAR: $147.50 (Apr - Dec 2019)
MD: $210.00 (Apr 2019-Oct 2019)
SMAR: $143.50 (Apr 2019-Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: 736
August
NAR: $97.50 (Aug-Dec 2019)
MD: $105.00 (Aug-Oct 2019)
SMAR: $61.50 (Aug-Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: $499.00
January
NAR: $185.00 (Jan-Dec 2019)
MD: $210.00 (Jan-Oct 2019)
SMAR: $205.00 (Jan-Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: $835.00
May
NAR: $135.00 (May-Dec 2019)
MD: $105.00 (May-Oct 2019)
SMAR: $123.00 (May-Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: $598.00
September
NAR: $85.00 (Sept-Dec 2019)
MD: $105.00 (Sept-Oct 2019)
SMAR: $41.00 (Sept-Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: $466.00
February
NAR: $172.50 (Feb-Dec 2019)
MD: $210.00 (Feb-Oct 2019)
SMAR: $184.50 (Feb-Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: $802.00
June
NAR: $122.50 (June-Dec 2019)
MD: $105.00 (June-Oct 2019)
SMAR: $102.50 (June-Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: $565.00
October
NAR: $72.50 (Oct - Dec 2019)
MD: $105.00 (Oct 2019)
SMAR: $20.50 (Oct 2019)
Application Fee: $200.00
RPAC*: $35.00
Total Due: $433.00

 

**NAR’s “Board of Choice” policy allows NAR members to join any local association available in a state you are licensed.

*REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC): A $35 investment to RPAC is included in the total. The $35 investment will appear as a separate line item on the emailed receipt. RPAC is voluntary; it is not a mandatory fee. RPAC is the voice of REALTORS® on Capitol Hill. Since 1969 RPAC has been promoting the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates across the United States. In a recent federal election cycle alone, RPAC contributed over $12 million to pro-REALTOR® candidates to Congress, making it the number one trade association political action committee in the nation. Why has RPAC been successful? Because RPAC is not a charity. RPAC is a business.

On the national level, we give our money to those in Congress who both understand and support REALTOR® issues. We look to build the future by putting RPAC dollars in places that will help advance the interests of Real Estate professionals. RPAC is the only political group in the country organized for REALTORS®, run by REALTORS® and exists solely to further issues important to REALTORS®. Think of your RPAC contribution as an investment. The best investment you’ll ever make in your business and yourself. RPAC is your best insurance against poorly designed small business and commercial real estate legislation. If you’re not giving your fair share to RPAC, you’re not doing all you can to better your profession, your business, and yourself.

Why should I contribute to RPAC?
RPAC is the muscle behind NAR. RPAC represents over 400,000 politically active REALTORS® that members of Congress want as their friends. Recent legislative and regulatory successes include:

  • The continued preservation of the mortgage interest deduction
  • Tax relief benefiting the real estate industry
  • Improving federal mortgage programs, allowing more families to join the ranks of homeownership
  • Eliminating burdensome regulations inhibiting environmental quality and healthy real estate markets

How will my contribution be used?
100% of your contribution is used to elect pro-REALTOR® candidates: 70% remains in the state to be used in state and local elections. 30% of your contribution will be forwarded to National RPAC to fund key U.S. House and Senate races. Until your state PAC reaches its RPAC goal, 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116.  After the state PAC reaches its RPAC goal it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.

RPAC is neither a Republican nor a Democrat organization. Your contribution to RPAC is a vote for a pro-REALTOR® Congress, regardless of political party.

Note: RPAC Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS or any of its state or local associations will not favor or disfavor any members because of the amount contributed

Value Proposition

Dues & Fees

Please remember: In addition to collecting the local (SMAR) portion of dues, SMAR is required to collect the Maryland REALTORS® and NAR* dues which are immediately distributed to Maryland REALTORS® and NAR.

There is a separate $125 Annual Subscription fee on the account of SentriLock participants.

 

EXISTING MEMBER DUES BREAKDOWN

Existing Membership Dues 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17
SMAR $246 $246 $246
MR* $210^ $206^ $227
NAR** $185 $155 $155
RPAC*** $35 $35 $35
TOTAL $676 $642 $663

 

^Note: The $25 special assessment for the Maryland REALTORS® Legal & Regulatory Response Fund has been deferred for 2018 and 2019. The 2019 non-deductable portion of dues attributable to lobbying programs is $23.

*Maryland REALTORS®

**National Association of REALTORS®. Compliance with the Tax Reform Act of 1993 requires that the portion of dues attributable to lobbying and political activities at the State and Federal levels of government be considered nondeductible for income tax purposes.  This nondeductible portion is disclosed to members with their dues notice each year. For 2019, with dues at $150 per member, NAR computes 38 percent or $57 to be nondeductible for the member's income tax purposes due to NAR lobbying efforts. Please note that the entire $35 Consumer Advertising Campaign special assessment qualifies as fully deductible. In addition, contributions (including member dues) to NAR are not tax deductible as charitable contributions.  However, they may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Click here for information regarding the NAR dues increase.

***REALTOR Political Action Committee (RPAC) fees are suggested and not mandatory. Typically, managers and brokers are asked to pay $109 while agents are asked to pay $35, but these amounts may be adjusted upwards or downwards when payment is made to SMAR. RPAC performs critical services protecting REALTORS® from harmful legislation while advocating the protection of private property rights and supporting legislation that protects and enhances the real estate industry. If you make a contribution to RPAC, please note the following: Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS or any of its state or local associations will not favor or disfavor any members because of the amount contributed. 70% of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates. Until your state PAC reaches its RPAC goal, 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116. After the state RPAC reaches its RPAC goal it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.

Every REALTOR® member of SMAR belongs to three levels of REALTOR® associations: Local, State, and National - each offering unique services and benefits. Become familiar with and make full use of these benefits to get the most out of your membership!

REALTOR® Dues Dollars at Work (NAR, Maryland REALTORS® & SMAR):

  • Standardized Real Estate Forms reviewed by Legal Council
  • Forms Software (DotLoop Premium - $348 annual value & ZipForms Plus - $199 annual value)
  • MRIS (a Bright MLS) Discount - $288 annual savings
  • Advocacy (monitoring Real Estate Legislative Issues for starters)
  • MAR Legal Hotline - $250 annual value (based on 2 hours of attorney time at $125 per hour)
  • Ombudsman, Mediation & Professional Standards Services
  • REALTORS® Property Resource
  • See below for more!

Click here for the complete perks list

Forms

LockBox

Education

Networking

Ethics

Standardized Forms Lockbox Services Education Networking Ethics Enforcement
Binoculars

Awards

Committee Meeting

Mediation

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National, State & Local
Legislative Monitoring
Awards Committee Service Mediation Services Center for
Financial Wellness

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Conference Icon

Report Icon

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MAR Legal Hotline
800-888-1272
Conferences RPR® - Free Market Stats Free Safety Resources Free Webinars

 

Affiliate membership is only available through a local association. All are welcome as Affiliate members of SMAR – home improvement companies, painters, financial service providers and insurance companies are just a few of the many businesses that benefit from working with our many REALTOR® members. Note: Licensed real estate agents are not eligible for an Affiliate membership.  Please see REALTOR® tab.

SMAR Affiliate members enjoy opportunities to network and build lasting business relationships with the REALTORS® most likely to use or recommend their services, as well as other Affiliates who offer complimentary services.

Affiliate Membership allows you to:

  • Gain access to the more than 1,700 SMAR Realtor® members to market your services.
  • Social Networking at many SMAR social and professional events.
  • Join and participate in most committees.
  • Access to rosters of SMAR membership (provided at no cost)
  • Part of the SMAR Membership Directory & Affiliate Member Directory on SMAR websites
  • The opportunity to purchase lockbox cards (not available to all members)
  • Enjoy discounts on SMAR-sponsored events, such as the Realtor® Fair.
  • Enjoy discounts on SMAR facility rentals.
  • Increase your profile in the local community.
  • Develop long-lasting networks of professional business contacts.
  • Use the SMAR Member Affiliate Logo (member login required)

It’s a competitive market out there. SMAR has about 100 Affiliate members. Chances are, if you’re not a SMAR Affiliate member, your competition is! Click here to download the Affiliate Member Application.

Access to the Lock Box System: Some licensed Affiliate members may also choose to join the Sentrilock Lock Box System. Lockbox participation fees are separate and not included in the proration schedule above. Not all Affiliate members may qualify to join our box system. Affiliate membership with SMAR does not automatically qualify a member for access to the lockbox system.  Contact Kelly Reynolds at 301-274-4406 or via email with inquiries.

Questions? Contact Kelly Reynoldst via email or 301-274-44066

Dues Proration Schedule

Note: The $200 Application Fee is a one-time fee.

November
SMAR: $246
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $481
December
SMAR: $225.50
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $460.50

January
SMAR: $205
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $440

February
SMAR: $184.50
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $419.50
March
SMAR: $164
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $399
April
SMAR: $143.50
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $378.50
May
SMAR: $123
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $358
June
SMAR: $102.50
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $337
July
SMAR: $82
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $317
August
SMAR: $61.50
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $296.50
September
SMAR: $41.00
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $276

October
SMAR: $20.50
App Fee: $200
RPAC*: $35
Total: $255

 

Additional employees may join for a flat rate of $50 per year (no proration) without an application fee.

*A $35 investment to RPAC is included in the total and will appear as a separate charge on the emailed receipt. REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC): Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS® or any of its state or local associations will not favor or disfavor any members because of the amount contributed. 70% of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates. Until your state PAC reaches its RPAC goal, 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116. After the state RPAC reaches its RPAC goal it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.

What are the REALTOR® membership requirements?

  • Must be a licensed real estate agent in Maryland
  • Completion New Member Orientation along with an approved REALTOR® Code of Ethics training class must be completed with 150 days for any newly licensed agent. (Note: This is not required for those rejoining within less than 1 year.)
  • Completion of a minimum of 2.5 hours of approved Code of Ethics training per four year cycle. The current cycle is January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016. Failure to complete the required periodic ethics training shall be considered a violation of a membership duty for which REALTORS® membership shall be suspended until such time as the required training is completed. You may take the online course through NAR at no charge for no CE here or you can it SMAR with CE for a fee. Check out our education schedule here.

Pay online by logging into your member account smar.realtor

Dues Notification Timeline for 2018-19 Dues
***Pay by Nov 13th and be entered to win 1 of 5 $25 Wawa gift cards***

Note: All notifications are sent to members who have NOT paid their dues. If you think you receive a notice in error, please contact SMAR's Billing Department at 301-274-4406 or via email to verify your payment status. Thank you.

Important Dates for UNPAID Dues:

  • Dec 2nd - a $35 late fee is added to the balance due
  • Jan 2nd – an additional $35 late fee is added to the balance due
  • Feb 2nd – REALTOR® Membership is terminated. Access to SentriLock and SMAR Forms is cut off. Once membership is terminated, there is a $200 application fee to rejoin plus all outstanding REALTOR® fees. There is also a $50 reactivation fee for SentriLock cards.
    • Certified letter to Brokers – non-member licensees fee due in 30 days (non-payment office membership will be terminated) 

When are dues billed? Annually on November 1st


Do I get a paper bill? No. Electronic invoices are available after logging in at SMAR.REALTOR and select the “My Transactions” tab. Click on “Pay Open Orders.”


How am I notified? Emails notifications are sent weekly to those with outstanding dues. If you receive an email and you think you have paid, please contact SMAR immediately at via email or 301-274-4406. Text messages are also incorporated in the notification process. To update contact information, login to SMAR.REALTOR and click on “My Information” or send an email to the Membership Director.


Does SMAR save my credit card information and automatically charge me each year for dues? No. SMAR does NOT save credit card information.


SMAR collects at least $641 in dues. Does SMAR retain all of that? No. SMAR only retains SMAR dues, which is $246 for the 2018-19 dues year. The balance is transferred to the Maryland REALTORS® & NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) immediately when paid online.


Are payment plans accepted? Unfortunately not. As stated above, dues to Maryland REALTORS® & NAR are transferred immediately. 


Is SentriLock included in the dues bill? No. SentriLock is a separate fee and there is a separate order/invoice on your member account if you participate in SentriLock. You access it the same way you would your dues bill.


What happens if I don’t pay my dues by December 1st? A $35 late fee is added on December 2nd.


What happens if I don’t pay my dues by January 1st? An additional $35 late fee is added on January 2nd.


What happens if I don’t pay my dues by February 1st? REALTOR® Membership is terminated on February 2nd. Access to SentriLock and SMAR Forms is cut off. Once membership is terminated, there is a $200 application fee to rejoin plus all outstanding REALTOR® fees. There is also a $50 reactivation fee for SentriLock cards.

 

REALTOR® Emeritus Members

Carl Baldus, Baldus Real Estate, Inc. La Plata, MD, approved for Emeritus status November 2011.

Bonnie Baldus Grier, Baldus Real Estate Inc. La Plata, MD, approved for Emeritus status November 2017.

Jan Barnes, Century 21 New Millennium, Inc. California, MD, approved for Emeritus status May 2017.

Frederick "Fred" Davis, Broker of Weller-Davis Real Estate and Swan Point, Inc., approved for Emeritus status November 2008.

Betty Drury, B & B Realty Mechanicsville, MD,approved for Emeritus status May 2012.

Francis L. Jenkins, F.L. Jenkins, Realty Waldorf, MD, approved for Emeritus status May 2012.

Ronald "Ron" Leonard,  Leonard Realty, Inc. California, MD, approved for Emeritus status May 2012.

Fred Pumphrey, RE/MAX 100 White Plains, MD, approved for Emeritus status May 2015.

C. Michele Rockhill, Long & Foster Real Estate Prince Frederick, MD, approved for Emeritus status May 2017.

Joseph B Waters, J B Waters & Associates Prince Frederick, MD, approved for Emeritus status November 2011.


Background Information

In 1981, the National Association of REALTORS® established the REALTOR® Emeritus program to recognize those who have held membership in the National Association of REALTORS® for a cumulative period of 40 years.

Any person who has held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR® or REALTOR ASSOCIATE® or a combination of both for a cumulative period of 40 years in one or more Associations of REALTORS®, is eligible for Emeritus status.

There is an application process. Contact your Local Association Executive for more information and to start the application process.

Dues - Members with emeritus status no longer need to pay dues to the National Association of REALTORS® or the Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® in order to maintain their membership. Beginning with the 2016 dues invoicing, there will be a 50 year member requirement before MAR will recognize Emeritus status and waive dues for any newly qualified member.