REALTOR® Emeritus Award Process FAQs

At any time, members can email emeritus@nar.realtor or call 800-874-6500 and listen for the Emeritus prompt.

Application Process

How do I apply for REALTOR® Emeritus status with NAR?

Contact your local board/association of REALTORS® to begin the application process. The local board/association will submit an online application to NAR on your behalf. They may ask you to provide information regarding your membership to see if you qualify. Also see Eligibility below.

If I didn't apply for NAR’s REALTOR® Emeritus status when I was initially eligible will I get a refund for the dues I paid during those years?

The status is a completely voluntary award, and is not automatically granted. Many members apply several years after they become eligible, however, there is no provision for receiving a refund for dues already paid. Your local board and state association, where the majority of your dues are allocated, may have more leeway in what they are able to do for you. We can only recommend that you explain your circumstances to them, and ask if they are able to make an accommodation.

Benefits of REALTOR® Emeritus Status

What are the benefits of having the REALTOR® Emeritus status?

REALTOR® Emeritus members do not pay dues to the National Association and are exempt from the NAR mandated Code of Ethics Training requirement.

Does having the REALTOR® Emeritus status waive the mandatory education for real estate licensure?

The REALTOR® Emeritus status does not affect the mandatory State licensing continuing education requirements.

Is there a logo for REALTOR® Emeritus?

There is no REALTOR® Emeritus logo available. REALTOR® Emeritus is considered a “status” not a Designation.

Does my REALTOR® Emeritus status follow me were ever I go?

Yes.

Deadlines for Application

What is the deadline for the REALTOR® Emeritus application?

  • April 2nd is the deadline for application submissions for award approvals in May. The application process for this deadline opens every Jan 15th.
  • Oct 2nd is the deadline for application submissions for award approvals in November. The application process for this deadline opens every June 15th.

What happens if I missed the application deadline?

If an application was submitted after the deadline it will be reviewed for the next round of approvals. Once approved, the local board will be contacted by NAR's Finance team within a few weeks after the Board of Directors meeting. Certificates (emailed to boards via PDF) and lapel pins are mailed to the boards within a few weeks after each meeting.

Committees

How do I get on a National Committee?

Information about serving on a National Committee is available here

The first step is to create an Expertise Profile.

You will simply need to use your nar.realtor login credentials in order to set it up. If you are unsure what your login credentials might be, you can contact our Member Support team to help reset your password. They can be reached at 800-874-6500 Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CT.

How can I find out if I served on a National Committee?

You can find out if you served on a National Committee here (member log-in required).

Who would I contact if I have committee related question?

Please contact Victoria Peterson vpeterson@nar.realtor if you have questions about NAR's committees.

Dues

What portion of the dues are waived for REALTOR® Emeritus members?

NAR’s REALTOR® Emeritus status will waive the NAR portion of your board dues. The dues waiver does not take effect until the following dues season. Local and state associations have their own criteria as to when they recognize a REALTOR® Emeritus member for waivers for their own dues, and it is up to your local board’s discretion. For a waiver of local and state dues you will need to converse with them.

If I join another association as a “Secondary” member are my dues waived?

Your REALTOR® emeritus status stay’s with you, it is up to the secondary board to what dues or fees they may charge for membership.

How do I make sure that the REALTOR® Emeritus members in my board will not be invoiced for NAR dues?

In order for the member to be backed out of the NAR dues count, the POE of the board will need to update the member record in NRDS by changing the field Dues Waived National to Yes. Please make this change before you begin your next dues billing so the NRDS record is correct.

Once approved for status with NAR, will local and state dues be waived?

NAR’s REALTOR® Emeritus status will waive the NAR portion of your board dues. The dues waiver does not take effect until the following dues season. Local and state associations have their own criteria as to when they recognize a REALTOR® Emeritus member for waivers for their own dues, and it is up to your local board’s discretion. For a waiver of local and state dues you will need to converse with them.

Eligibility

What do I need to do to be eligible for REALTOR® Emeritus status?

The status eligibility requirements are:

  • Forty (40) or more years of REALTOR® or REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® (or a combination of both) membership.
  • One (1) year of service* at the National Association level.

* “Service” is defined as serving as a NAR officer, director, committee member, Federal Political Coordinator, Global Ambassador, or Global Coordinator to a country with which NAR holds a reciprocal agreement.

If I leave my local board to join another, or if I join another local board as a Secondary member, will I be able to keep my REALTOR® Emeritus status?

You will keep your status.

Does serving on a committee with an Institute affiliate (WCR, IREM) count towards the National service requirement?

No, it does not count.

What if I qualified for REALTOR® Emeritus status but an application was not submitted?

Contact your local board of REALTORS® to begin the application process. The local board will submit an online application to NAR on your behalf. They may ask you to provide information regarding your membership. The REALTOR® Emeritus status is a completely voluntary award, and is not automatically granted. There is no provision for receiving a refund for dues already paid.

For those members who would have qualified (1979 or earlier join years) but failed to be submitted before 2020 we will make an exception and allow you to submit their online application only if they’ve served on a local committee. This will waive their National portion of their 2021 dues. It is up to the state and local boards discretion to also waive your portion of dues.

Pin Replacement

How can I order a replacement REALTOR® Emeritus lapel pin?

To order a replacement pin, please follow the payment instructions provided below.

Access the secure NAR Member Support Payments portal:

  • Under Type of Service, please select REALTOR® Emeritus Replacement Pins.
  • Under Payment Information, for Total Payment, please enter $35.00 for each replacement lapel pin.

Note: Credit card payments processed through NAR’s Ecommerce portal will appear on your statement as either “National Association of REALTORS®” or “REALTOR® Association / MLS.”

Past Recipients

Where can I view the list of past REALTOR® Emeritus recipients?

Members:

Board Staff:

  • See the Insights Hub on the main NRDS menu for a detailed count.

Emeritus:

This dashboard allows you to search and display the approved Realtor Emeritus members that are active in NRDS. You can select the list by any State association as well as by any Local association. You can also search by a particular Member Name or Member ID. Additional filters include Meeting Approved and Year Approved.

If you choose a particular State or Local association you can also see statistics such as number and number by association.

The display list includes the Member ID, Member Name, Association, Year Approved etc., and you can also download that list as a csv.

A great use of the list if for you to extract the list by your association before dues billing so you know which of your active REALTOR® members have had their National dues waived. Please note the NAR dues waiver begins the year after approval so for members approved in 2020 for example would start their NAR dues waiver for billing year 2021.

Proof of Membership

How can I find proof of my membership?

Unfortunately, NAR has limited access to individual member records. NAR has digitized membership rosters dating back to 1962 however, they only recorded *principal/managing brokers* until the late 1980s. We often have to look for other ways to prove membership for agents in those earlier years if they were not the principal broker.

Additional sources that may help provide proof of membership include:

  • First date of the applicant’s licensure;
  • Name of the applicant’s first broker;
  • Newspaper article, plaque;
  • If the applicant’s first managing broker belonged to the local association say in 1979, then it’s safe to assume that the applicant also would have belonged to that association when they first became licensed. An affidavit would be helpful if no other proof is found;
  • We also go by what’s listed as the Join Year in a member’s NRDS record. This entry can only be updated by the current local association of REALTORS®.

History of the REALTOR® Emeritus Program

  • The REALTOR® Emeritus Program was established in 1974, “to recognize the loyalty and service to the National Association of those REALTORS® having been members for 50 years”.
  • A change in 2004 reduced the longevity requirement from 50 years of REALTOR® Membership to 40 years.

As part of the NAR Membership Structures Review done in 2012, it was recommended that a work group be established to consider changes in the program. The group was composed of REALTOR® members and local association executives and they decided it was in the long-term interests of the association to keep the program’s original intent to annually recognize a few meritorious individuals. The group recommended adding to the 40-year requirement an additional requirement of volunteer service to the national organization.

  • The group decided it was in the long-term interests of the association to keep the program’s original intent to annually recognize a few meritorious individuals by adding to the 40-year requirement an additional requirement of volunteer service to the national organization, either as a member of a national committee or as a Federal Political Coordinator.

At the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, the Delegate Body approved the group’s recommendations, amending Article III, Section 9 of the NAR Constitution, which outlines eligibility. Beginning with applications filed in 2015, in addition to the forty (40) years of membership, a candidate member must also have completed at least one (1) year of service at the National Association level. A temporary measure was also adopted, allowing the one (1) year service requirement to also be met through service at the state or local level. However, this provision was sunset at the end of 2019.

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