Use these resources to develop the understanding of how associations are organized.

Structure, Policies, and Procedures

Organization Assessment Checklist
This comprehensive tool aims to cover all areas of REALTOR® association management. It can be used to document current procedures as well as to guide future planning.

The Answer Book: Association Management and Association Structure  
An introduction to shared services and collaboration; mergers and consolidations; and more

The Answer Book: Understanding the Structure of the REALTOR® Organization
Top-to-bottom explanation on societies and councils; the relationship with government; and the relationship with MLSs. Includes an overview of organizational standards, governing documents, and more.

Shared Services

Shared Services


Merger Procedures & Checklist

Forming Chapters

Chapter Formation

Benefits for Non-REALTOR® Members

Benefits are provided for individuals employed in an executive, administrative, or management capacity by Member boards (state or local), Member board-owned MLSs, Institutes, Societies, or Councils of NAR, and employees of NAR, as well as corporate staff of a franchise who hold membership pursuant to Article III, Section 1(C) 1. (b) of the NAR Constitution

These individuals will be provided a NRDS number on request and shall have access to the benefits below, without payment of dues:

  • Access to
  • Member pricing for NAR convention and events
  • The ability to serve, if appointed, on committees, on the NAR Board of Directors and as Liaisons
  • The ability to hold those NAR designations that expressly allow non-members to earn them (designation fees apply)
  • Receipt of mail and email communications from NAR


Smart Growth Programs

Resources to help you and your association with transportation, land use, schools, open space, or bringing vacant properties back to productive use.