At BAR, we know you have a lot of choices.
We want to provide you with the most cost-effective avenue to
GALMLS, the association-owned Multiple Listing Service, prides itself on the lowest MLS fees in the state. Although our fees are incredibly low, we offer a full suite of built-in services which include: Cloud CMA, Homesnap (your mobile MLS), Transaction Desk (integrated auto-populated forms direct from the listing data), tax data, Showing Time (a convenient means to automatically set showing appointments with clients), and much, much more! In addition, for a low monthly fee we offer an electronic lockbox/key system to easily and efficiently secure your client's property while allowing your customers, and the customers of other agents, showing access to your listings.
We encourage you to leverage your dues with affordable post licensing classes, continuing education (CE) courses, and MLS training- some of which is certified for CE.
Our professional development services include a leadership academy as well as NAR designations and certifications. It is a proven fact that those
members who seek out designations earn significantly more than their peers. Recent data from NAR indicates that the median income of a REALTOR
without a designation is $33,500 while those REALTORS with just one designation have a median income of $61,100- that's a difference of $27,600
per year! That's is more than a quarter of a million dollars extra in income within 10 years of business- well worth the average designation
cost of $399.
Committee involvement & networking. Want referral business, collaborative and leadership skills, a place to leverage your creative, legal, and marketing talent? Participating in the association is the fastest way to grow your business!
Visit our resources tab to see a full list of all the resources that our offered by BAR, the state association AAR, and the national association NAR.
In addition to the legal help desk, BAR and AAR offer legally reviewed contracts and forms as a free service.
Be in the know! With comprehensive neighborhood reports provided by your NAR benefit, RPR, you can instantly become the neighborhood expert in the area of your customer's choice. The state association also provides rich data regarding statewide marketing trends along with legislative updates to keep you in compliance.
We help keep you profitable, from ensuring your signs aren't thrown out by local cities, to helping elect and keep in office, REALTOR-friendly candidates. We analyze local legislation, rules and ordinances throughout the three counties we serve, ensuring your rights and private property rights are protected. On a national level, we visit our legislators and communicate with them often to ensure flood insurance, the mortgage interest deduction, homeowner credits and fight against large down payment requirements and a sales tax on your commissions. At the 9% sales tax rate in Alabama that is a hefty amount of your commission. We fight regularly and consistently to preserve your earnings!
Industry news. In addition to the NAR Realtor magazine, AAR publications, BAR offers a weekly President's Note, a weekly MLS newsletter, a monthly local industry/market newsletter and a quarterly magazine. We will keep you informed and in the money.
Need a flyer holder, sign, safety items, or coffee mug? Stop into our REALTOR Store to grab whatever you may need. All that and local merchant discounts too! Save on everything from moving services for your customers, printing and even local catering! We constantly strive to bring you value; download our member benefits catalogue.