REALTOR® Member Benefits

Representation

Your GGAR membership automatically extends to the South Carolina REALTORS® (SCR)  and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The combined power of these organizations provides a focal point for you to locate products, services, information and many other tools to aid your business. The National Association of REALTORS®, The Voice for Real Estate®, is the world's largest professional association. The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

REALTOR® Trademark

Those individuals who hold REALTOR® membership are entitled to use the REALTOR® logo in connection with their real estate business.

Professional Standards Training

GGAR offers Professional Standards training to educate members on the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, a strict behavioral code for members of the National Association of REALTORS®.

Ethics, Arbitration, and Mediation

Ethics and arbitration hearings are held locally before the Professional Standards hearing panel. On site mediation of commission disputes is also available.

REALTOR® Store

Conveniently located in the GGAR office, members can purchase books and other real estate related items and promotional materials at discounted prices.

Education and Training

Regularly scheduled continuing education classes for license renewal are available on-site as well as online with discounted prices for GGAR Members. Designation courses, specialized training classes and free seminars are also offered. New Member Orientation and MLS Orientations are held regularly.

Information and Communications

GGAR News is written bi-monthly and is available online. Frequent broadcast emails are sent to keep members informed of pertinent information. Event flyers, registration forms, and other information are available on www.ggar.com.

Administrative Support

A full-time professional staff is available for the Association and the MLS. A conference room and training room are available for member use.

Courthouse Retrieval System

CRS is a web-based application that provides property data for 11 Upstate Counties. PowerTools are tailored searches, property tax record information, sales and mortgage histories, warranty & trust deeds, interactive parcel maps, aerial photos, flood maps, subdivision statistics, census demographics, mapped directions, white pages links, and much more

ZipForm® Plus

zipForm® is the enhanced version of the industry’s leading real estate forms software. This easy-to-use software is designed to increase the real estate professional’s productivity and help complete contracts more efficiently all while reducing risk. Members have free access to GGAR and SCR form libraries, zipForm Plus online, zipForm Mobile, and zipVault.

Networking

GGAR holds bi-monthly Broker Update meetings, quarterly membership luncheons, quarterly REALTOR® networking socials, an annual Lobs, Links, and Lanes event, and the annual RPAC Fundraiser. For Commercial members, GGAR offers bi-monthly Commercial Property Share luncheons, annual Market Forecast, Golf and Sporting Clay Tournaments, seminars of interest, as well as commercial continuing education classes.

Political Advocacy

GGAR actively participates in legislative advocacy. A full time Governmental Affairs Director is on staff to keep members informed on local issues and to represent members at local meetings. Through RPAC, members have a stronger voice on legislation that affects the real estate industry at the local, state and national levels. The GGAR RPAC/Legislative committee is instrumental in this process. Members have an opportunity to contribute to RPAC and meet with legislators at RPAC sponsored functions such as Legislative breakfasts, receptions, and the annual GGAR RPAC Fundraiser.

Community Involvement

GGAR feels very strongly about “giving back” to the community. GGAR works in conjunction with the Greenville County public school system to provide Christmas gifts to needy children through the “Care and Share” program. Since 1996, GGAR has presented scholarships to area high school seniors from the proceeds from the Lobs, Links and Lanes charity event. After much discussion between the Community Service Committee and the general membership, 2012 was the last year these scholarships were presented. The Lobs, Links and Lanes charity event will continue to be held and the proceeds will benefit two local existing charities: The Frazee Dream Center and ReWiGo Ministries. Revitalization Awards are also presented annually to members of the community who have revitalized a property that acted as a catalyst to improve the community.

Top NAR Member Benefits

REALTOR® Brand
REALTOR® Magazine, REALTOR.org, Houselogic.com and REALTORS® Property Resource™
Public Awareness Campaign
Government Advocacy
Specialized Education
Research
REALTOR® Federal Credit Union
REALOR® Benefits Program

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Top SCR and GGAR Member Benefits

Lobbying/Advocacy
Legal Hotline
GGAR/SCR downloadable forms
Education
Monthly Research Reports
Leadership Academy
Mediation Services and Professional Standards Assistance
Discounts and Benefits from SCR Partners

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