In May 2014 the National Association of REALTORS® adopted a new organizational alignment program highlighted by a new set of operational and organizational standards intended to raise the bar for REALTOR® associations and ensure high-quality service for REALTORS® at the national, state and local levels.

REALTOR® associations must certify compliance with the standards by June 30, 2015—and by June 30 of each subsequent year—or be subject to revocation of their charter.

The requirements that fall into six categories:

      1. Code of Ethics
      2. Advocacy
      3. Consumer Outreach
      4. Unification Efforts and Support of the REALTOR® Organization
      5. Technology
      6. Financial Solvency

This website is designed to acquaint you with the new standards. It originally offered guidance about the reporting and compliance processes, and offered assistance and facilitation services to those associations and MLSs that would benefit from unbiased outside guidance. That was when I was a certified NAR Facilitator for Association merger activities. I have since joined the REALTORS Property Resource subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS and no longer practice as a consultant.

We advise you to read and understand the most frequently asked questions. NAR has prepared a list, with answers, and they update it regularly as more questions are asked. Click <here> to see the latest version.

Also, here are links to the most recent information we have available (as of 4/28/16):

Core Standards Enhancements – 2016

The Association Executives Committee considered enhancements to the NAR Organizational Alignment Core Standards recommended by an AEC work group during the Legislative Meetings in Washington, D.C. in May 2016. The work group met earlier this year to determine if enhancements to the policy or the process should be recommended. The report and recommendations were approved by the AEC, the Executive Committee and the NAR Board of Directors. Changes to Core Standards will be implemented effective with the third cycle, beginning July 1, 2016.

Core Standards Changes
Among other changes, for the compliance cycle starting July 1, 2016, associations must do the following:

  • Engage in at least two activities per year that demonstrate how the association is the “Voice for Real Estate” in its market, and at least two activities demonstrating the association’s investment in the community.
  • Require six hours of professional development for volunteers who carry out responsibilities that would otherwise be handled by paid staff.
  • Offer, promote, or provide at least one professional development opportunity for members every year.
  • Annually certify that they have conducted an activity promoting REALTOR® safety.
  • Provide resources for or access to leadership development education or training for their elected REALTOR® leaders, and document those resources.
  • Include a voluntary political action committee or political advocacy fund contribution on their dues statements, unless prohibited by law.

The board decided to transition to a calendar-year compliance cycle for the standards. As a result, the next compliance cycle will last 18 months, from July 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2017. Watch for a complete list of updates at REALTOR.org’s Core Standards page.

The recommendations are on Realtor.org. 

Terry Penza’s Core Standards Update




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