Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to belong to a local association?

Yes. Once your broker or the principal decides to join the REALTOR® association, then all agents, associate brokers and appraisers that are licensed or affiliated with him or her have the option of also joining as members of the Association.

What's the difference between a REALTOR® and a real estate agent?

The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that can only be used by members of the National Association of REALTORS®. Upon joining a local association, you will have the exclusive use of the term REALTOR®.

Do I have to pay Maryland REALTORS® & NAR dues?

Yes. When you join PGCAR, you will also pay dues to the National and Maryland Associations.

Can I join PGCAR as a secondary member?

Yes. REALTORS® and Designated REALTORS® may choose to belong to PGCAR as secondary members to access member benefits such as education programs, events, forms and more. Depending on their membership status, they may pay local dues only. A letter of good standing from the REALTORS® primary Association is required.

Can I pay my dues in installments?

Not technically. PGCAR collects dues for the local, state and national associations and is responsible for dispersing the monies to the proper organizations by a certain date. For this reason, we require payment in full upon joining.

Can I pay my SentriLock® fee through PGCAR?

PGCAR handles your initial application and fee for SentriLock® when your new key is set-up. Each year following, your payment must be made directly to SentriLock® through their website.

How do I sign up for the MLS?

PGCAR recommends that you sign up for Bright MLS after your PGCAR membership has been processed. As a PGCAR member, you'll receive an MLS discount. Contact Bright directly at 1.844.552.7444 or join online at once your PGCAR membership has been approved and processed.

What is RPAC and do I have to contribute?

RPAC (REALTORS® Political Action Committee) ensures that your interests are represented when laws, ordinances and regulations are being considered. Through the voluntary monetary contributions of REALTORS®, RPAC supports the campaigns of candidates whose point of view, decisions and stances are compatible with those of REALTORS® and property owners. RPAC is a voluntary contribution and is not required for membership at PGCAR.

How do I get started?

Visit, call 301-306-7900 or email Member Services Supervisor Craig Barton at New members are also required to complete a New Member Orientation within 90 days of application submission.

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