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How To Become A Real Estate Agent
NEFAR Objectives
NEFAR Membership | Joining

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How To Become A Real Estate Agent

Q) What is required for me to obtain a real estate license?

A) Real estate licensing in Florida is conducted by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). All information regarding requirements for obtaining a real estate license is available via their website: www.MyFloridaLicense.com

Q) Are there schools I can attend to take pre-licensing real estate courses?

A) Yes. Online pre-licensing courses are available on this site - visit the Education section and click on the Online Education icon. Other pre-licensing course providers are:

1) Florida Real Estate Institute / (904) 269-2555 / www.myfrei.com
2) Maximum Success, Inc. / (904) 89108589 / www.realestateclassesflorida.com
3) IFREC / (888) 647-7277 / www.ifrec.com

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NEFAR Objectives

Q) What are NEFAR's objectives:


A) The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) exists to:

  • Unite those engaged in the recognized branches of the real estate profession for the purpose of exerting a beneficial influence upon the profession and related interests.
  • Promote and maintain high standards of conduct in the real estate profession as expressed in the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Realtors.
  • Provide a unified medium for real estate owners and those engaged in the real estate profession whereby their interests may be safeguarded and advanced.
  • Further the interests of home and other real property ownership.
  • Unite those engaged in the real estate profession with the Florida Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, thereby furthering their own objectives throughout the state and nation, obtaining the benefits and privileges of membership therein.
  • Designate, for the benefit of the public, individuals authorized to use the terms "Realtor" and "Realtors" as licensed, prescribed and controlled by the National Association of Realtors.

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NEFAR Membership | Joining

Q) Who can become members of NEFAR?

A) Individuals who qualify under the following membership classifications and are in sympathy with the objectives (listed above) of the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors:

Membership Classifications
Note: membership in NEFAR consists of individual members only; there is no company membership category.

1) Realtor (primary
2) Realtor (secondary)
3) Institute Affiliate
4) Affiliate (primary)
5) Affiliate (secondary)
6) Administrative Member

Realtor Membership
Realtor members, whether primary or secondary, shall be: 1) Individuals duly licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, who as Sole Proprietors, Principals, Partners, Corporate Officers or Branch Office Managers, are engaged actively in the real estate profession including buying, selling, exchanging, renting or leasing, managing, appraising for others for compensation, counseling, or financing, building, developing or subdividing real estate and who maintain or are associated with an established real estate office in the State of Florida or a state contiguous thereto. All persons who are partners in a partnership or all officers in a corporation who are actively engaged in the real estate profession within the State of Florida or a state contiguous thereto shall, if qualified, be Realtor Members only, and each is required to hold Realtor Membership in a board or association of Realtors within the State of Florida or a state contiguous thereto Unless otherwise qualified for Institute Affiliate Membership as described herein; 2) Individuals who are engaged in the real estate profession other than as sole proprietors, principals, partners corporate officers or branch office managers but who are in positions of management control and who have a valid and current Broker-associates license issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and meet the qualifications set out in Article V of the Association Bylaws; 3) Individuals who are engaged in the real estate profession other than sole proprietors, principals, partners, corporate officers, or branch office managers or as individuals in positions of management control and are licensed with a Designated Realtor member as an employee or independent contractor and meet the qualifications set out in Article V, including payment of dues in the amount paid by Realtor members. Only Realtor members have voting privileges. All officers of a corporation and all partners in a partnership who are actively engaged in the real estate business shall individually become Realtor members of the Association. This is officially interpreted to mean the following: A Realtor member with full voting privileges is: 1) Licensed and has an active Broker's license issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and who complies with the requirements and standards set forth in the Association Bylaws; ) Further, all officers of a corporation, and all partners in a partnership who are actively engaged in the real estate business shall individually become Realtor members of the Association; 3) Any individual holding a Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation license as a Broker-associate, State Registered, Licensed, or Certified Appraiser who also has on file at all times with the Association, a signed, written recommendation and permission of the Realtor member of the Association with whom the Broker-associate is associated to apply for Realtor member status and provided the Broker-associate meets all qualifications shall assume all the responsibilities of Realtor membership and enjoy all the benefits of Realtor membership.

Primary and Secondary Memberships
Realtors: Realtors can hold membership in multiple Realtor associations. Primary Realtor membership occurs when a Realtor joins a local Realtor association and, through that association, pays the local (NEFAR or other), the state (FAR or other), and the national (NAR) Realtor association dues. If that Realtor joins another local Realtor association, they hold secondary Realtor status with the subsequent local association and must pay only those local Realtor association dues (since state and national dues have already been paid via their membership through their primary association). A principal in a real estate firm must be a Designated Realtor member of NEFAR for licensees affiliated with that firm to select NEFAR as their primary Association. Note: secondary membership does not refer to any reduction of NEFAR benefits or services. NEFAR's secondary Realtor and affiliate/business partner members are fully entitled to all of the membership rights and privileges as primary members.
Affiliates/Business Partners: Primary affiliate membership with NEFAR refers to the membership of the anchor individual within a non-Realtor firm who joins NEFAR. Secondary affiliate members are any subsequent individuals of the same affiliate firm who join NEFAR. Example: Jane Doe of Jane Doe Title is the first individual in her firm to join NEFAR and becomes Jane Doe Title's primary affiliate member. When any subsequent persons from Jane Doe Title join NEFAR, they become secondary affiliates. Dues for secondary affiliates are less that that charged to the primary affiliate.

Designated Realtor Members
Each firm (or office in the case of firms with multiple office locations) shall designate in writing one Realtor Member who shall be responsible for all duties and obligations of Membership including the obligation to arbitrate pursuant to the Code of Ethics and the payment of association dues as established in these Bylaws. The Designated Realtor must be a Sole Proprietor, Principal, Partner, Corporate Officer, or Branch Office Manager who has a Broker-associates or Sales-associates license if there is no other Designated Realtor member and who is acting on behalf of the firm's principal(s), and must meet all qualifications for Realtor membership established.

All Designated Realtors are required to report to the Association all new licensees within 45 days of affiliation with them. If after 45 days the new licensee has not joined the Association, the Designated Realtor will be notified (either by telephone or letter) and if the dues or a change of status (RE 2050-1) form terminating the licensee has not reached the Association office within 15 days after notification, the Designated Realtor will automatically be fined $100 per unreported licensee, and a notice will be sent informing the Designated Realtor of the fine. If all fines and outstanding dues are not paid by the Designated Realtor or a change of status form (RE 2050-1) has not been received within 10 days of the date of notification of the fine, the Designated Realtor's membership shall be suspended for a period of 90 days, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.

Institute Affiliate Membership
Each application for Affiliate membership is subject to approval by the Board of Directors. Affiliate membership shall be issued to individuals. The Association does not recognize company membership. Affiliate Members shall be real estate owners or other individuals who, while not engaged in the real estate profession as defined above, nevertheless have interests requiring information concerning real estate and are in sympathy with the objectives of the Association. Affiliate membership is classified by Primary membership and Secondary membership.
Primary Affiliate Membership: Shall be held by an officer of a company or branch office of a company, by a non-officer who is the only Association member from a particular company or branch office.
Secondary Membership: Shall be held by persons of a company or branch office who are Association members in addition to the Primary member.

Primary Affiliate Membership is transferable as long as it is the person assuming the duties/position of the original Primary Member within their company or branch office. However, the person who assumes the primary membership must be approved by the Board of Directors. Secondary membership is not transferable.

Q) How do I join NEFAR?

A) Downloadable application packets, including instructions for completion and dues structures, are available here.