NORTHWEST LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, Inc.
By becoming a member of NWLAR, REALTORS® receive membership in the Louisiana REALTORS® Association and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). With its 1 million plus members, NAR is the largest trade association in North America.
RIGHT TO USE THE TERM "REALTOR®"
As a member of our local Association you are entitled to use the term "REALTOR®" which is a trademark term owned by the National Association of REALTORS®.
The REALTOR® logo is a protected and registered trademark of the National Association of REALTORS® and tells public that individual adheres to a strict Code of Ethics and its standards of professionalism, integrity and competence. CODE OF ETHICS
Each REALTOR® member of the Board is sworn to a strict Code of Ethics and the Board Office is charged with its enforcement. Complaints of alleged unethical conduct on the part of a member may be filed by other members or the public. PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
Through the Grievance and Professional Standards Committee, Complaints of alleged unethical conduct and Arbitration requests are processed according to the standards set forth by the National Association of REALTORS®. By providing Hearing Panels and Arbitrators, members and the public are ensured of due process. Specialized training is required and provided by the local Board. WEBSITE
The Board's website www.nwlar.org provides both public and member side. (The member side is private and only NWLAR members may access it.) The site provides forms, event and education calendars, FAQ, news and information, links to government and real estate sites, industry statistics, etc. Zipforms and Centralized Showing System access are available on the private side.
A large variety of education courses, including courses for designations and continuing education, are offered by the local Board each year.
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
Provides new REALTORS® information about the benefits of membership in the local, state and national associations; and REALTOR® obligations under the Code of Ethics, and concerning Fair Housing and Anti-Trust.
Specialized courses are offered by the National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliates to REALTORS® aspiring for a professional designation. These designations include ABR, ALC, ARM, CCIM, CPM, CRA, CRB, CRE, CREA, CRRS, CRS, EPRO, GAA, GRI, MAI, MRA, RAA, SIOR, SRA, SRES.
The Board's Forms Committee reviews current forms, develops new forms and ensures that all forms are in compliance with State law and the Rules & Regulations of the Louisiana Real Estate Commission. All forms are available on the Board's website.
Zipforms is a powerful, standard form-generating program that employs timesaving, state-of-the-art data management features and is provided to NWLAR members via the Board's website. Zipforms allows real estate forms to be completed professionally on line-- data is stored, reused and auto-populated among several contracts. Transactions may be emailed to clients. With an ever increasing number of forms required for each real estate transaction, work as a REALTOR® becomes faster, easier, more economical and professional using Zipforms.
COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT DIVISION
The Northwest Louisiana Commercial Investment Division, LLC was organized to enhance the professional development of those engaged in commercial-investment real estate. Events are offered by our local CID for networking-- these include luncheons, educational seminars, a Trends Conference held every two years. Our CID also is one of the three CIDs in Louisiana represented on the LACDB (Louisiana Commercial Database) Board of Managers.
MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE
M.L.S., Inc. offers MLS Participants and Users a state-of-the-art computer system to place listings. Through an interface, MLS data on active listings is provided to REALTOR.com and to THE TIMES, which provides maximum exposure to the listings.
CENTRALIZED SHOWING SYSTEM
CSS is a service provided to MLS users. The service provides a single telephone number for REALTORS® to call when scheduling their showing appointments and is available 8am-8pm Monday through Saturday and 8am-6pm on Sundays.
A wide array of items designed especially for the REALTOR® are available at reasonable prices through the local REALTOR® Store.
Large assortment of books, video and audio tapes available for members to check out. The library of the National Association of REALTORS® is the largest concentration of real estate material in the country library and library privileges are available to all members.
The Issues Mobilization Committee and the local PAC monitors legislation in Caddo and Bossier Parishes, the State of Louisiana, and on the national level. Their watchful eyes safeguard the private property ownership rights of our members and the general public. LA REALTORS® provides details on issues impacting REALTORS® and annually schedules a briefing at the Legislative Outreach held in Shreveport which allows members the opportunity to visit with area Legislators and to hear what issues will be on the 2005 legislative agenda.
The Northwest Louisiana REALTORS® Political Action Committee (NWLARPAC) is a collective voice in government. The local PAC is involved in the support of candidates for election to office in the parish, local and municipal units of government and support of issues affecting free enterprise and private property ownership rights in the State of Louisiana. On the national level, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee is the largest PAC in the country.
Opportunities for networking are available through meetings and activities offered by the local Board, State and National Associations.
The Program Committee plans and facilitates the General Membership meetings which are held on a quarterly basis.
Functions are planned each year, including the Annual Fish Fry and Installation of Officers. Other events have been golf tournaments, participating in REALTOR® Day at the State Capitol, trade shows, etc.
Through the National Association of REALTORS®, the Louisiana REALTORS®, and the local Board, a long list of alliances has been established which allows discounts to members.
All REALTOR® and Affiliate members are urged to participate on NWLAR committees.