If you like marketing, working with people and negotiating, then a real estate sales career is a great choice! Not only can this career provide you with a flexible work schedule and unlimited earning potential, it will also give you the opportunity to help others in the process.

All Michigan real estate professionals are licensed by the state. To get your license, you must first complete the required education and pass the licensing examination.

Once you get your license, then it’s time to become a REALTOR® by joining the DAR.

The term REALTOR® is not a generic one. It is a trademarked term denoting that a member subscribes to a strict Code of Ethics enforced by the Michigan REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®.

Membership in the DAR also includes a large contingent of Affiliate members, whose businesses have interests in real estate and who are supportive of the Association and its REALTOR® members.

Membership in the entire organization (at the local, state and national level) is required to become a REALTOR® member.Become a REALTOR®, join DAR. There are also several DAR member firms that offer in-house real estate pre-license courses.


Established in 1915, the Michigan Realtors® is an integrated advocacy and communications force for the real estate professionals of our State. We are the recognized public policy and legal advocate for private property rights, as well as the acknowledged leading resource for professional development, knowledge exchange, and wide-ranging business services.

Our over 30,000 members understand clearly that the most successful Realtors® in Michigan value the benefits of membership in our association. We welcome your connection to us.


Who Is a Member of the National Association of REALTORS®?

Membership in a local association of REALTORS® automatically extends your membership to the state association and national association. If you’re not a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, but you’d like to become one, you must first join a local real estate association such as Detroit Association of Realtors (DAR).

Members of NAR belong to one or more of some 1,400+ local associations (also called boards) and 54 state and territorial associations of REALTORS®.

Find and Join a Local REALTOR® Association

Find local associations of REALTORS® in your area by browsing NAR’s list of local and state associations or by checking an online directory like Dex (link is external) or (link is external). You can also send us an email with your name, address, company name, phone and/or fax numbers and we will respond with some local associations in your area. Then contact your local association of REALTORS® regarding membership.

As a member, you are the voice for NAR — it is your association and it exists to help you increase your business opportunities.

Additional Membership Information

The principals of a real estate firm must first join a REALTOR® association before any non-principal can join. Principals are defined as: sole proprietors; partners in a partnership; corporate officers or majority shareholders of a corporation; or branch office managers acting on behalf of the principal.

Once the principal(s) decide to join the REALTOR® association, then all agents, brokers and appraisers that are licensed or affiliated with him or her have the option of also joining as members of the association.

Each REALTOR® firm appoints one of its principals as a “designated REALTOR®” for the firm. If any agents, brokers, or appraisers affiliated with the firm choose not to be REALTORS®, then the “designated REALTOR®” would be assessed a non-member assessment by the association for each non-member.

If any principal who otherwise qualifies for REALTOR® membership decides not to join the REALTOR® association, then none of the individuals affiliated with the firm can be REALTOR® members of the association.

The principal(s) have what is called “board of choice,” which means he or she can decide which REALTOR® association(s) in the state where the office is located (or contiguous to that state) to join. See a complete list of REALTOR® associations here.

Licensees affiliated with a REALTOR® firm may choose as their primary association any association in the state (or a state contiguous to that state) where the firm maintains a “designated REALTOR®.”

If you are going to work for a REALTOR®, please do not hesitate to contact NAR for additional information. NAR can look up your broker’s name and office and see if he or she is a member of the REALTOR® association. If your broker is a member, we can refer you to the local REALTOR® association he/she belongs to.

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