Membership FAQs

What are the annual membership fees?

The membership fees are paid on an annual basis.  Membership fees are due each year on January 1st. For members joining during the year, fees are prorated monthly. To view the membership fees, click here.

I see that the dues are pro-rated monthly, but there is only a week or so left in the month. Do I still have to pay dues for that month or may I simply submit the pro-rated payment for the next month's dues?

We do not pro-rate daily or weekly. Therefore, you MUST submit the pro-rated dues for the month in which you join. We are unable to “hold” onto applications until the next month.

How Do I Renew My Membership?

The membership year for the HWS Board runs from January 1st to December 31st of each year. Renewal information is distributed via regular first class mail to brokers and via email to individual members one month prior to the due date.  Reminder notices are also sent to each member via email. Membership may be renewed by mailing payment to the Board office or paying online.  If you have any question about your membership with the Board, please contact the Board office at 706.716.1551 or email membership@hwsbor.com.

What is Orientation?

Click here to learn more about Orientation.

If my broker is not a member of the Habersham, White & Stephens County Board of REALTORS®, may I still join?

Agents must hold their primary membership in a REALTOR® association where the company’s principal or managing broker holds membership. Once an agent holds primary membership in a REALTOR® association, they may then join any other REALTOR® association as a secondary member regardless of whether their principal or managing broker is a member or not.

If my broker is not a member of any Board of REALTORS®, may I still join?

The company’s principal broker must hold membership in the Board prior to any other agent joining.

If I hold my primary membership in another local REALTOR® association, may I join HWS even though my broker is not a member of HWS?

Yes, as long as you hold primary membership with a Board of REALTORS® where your principal or managing broker is a member, then you may also join any other local Board as a secondary member without your broker also having to join that secondary Board.

What does primary membership mean?

Primary membership is an accounting term indicating that you are paying your National and State dues through that particular REALTOR® association.

What does secondary membership mean?

Secondary membership means that you are already paying your national and state dues with another local REALTOR® association. Therefore, you only have to pay the local dues with your secondary Board.

Does a secondary member receive fewer benefits than a primary member?

No, secondary members receive the same benefits as a primary member.

What is a REALTOR Emeritus?

A REALTOR Emeritus® is any person who has held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, or a combination of both, for a cumulative period of 40 years in one or more Associations of REALTORS®, is eligible for REALTOR Emeritus® status. Upon approval by the Board of Directors of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, no further payment of dues is necessary to the HWS Board, Georgia Association or the National Association.  For more information, please visit the Membership Types & Fees webpage.

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