Our 2016 annual dues billing is close! The following FAQ (frequently asked questions) should help you understand all you’ll need to know for the upcoming event. If you have any questions that aren’t here please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Q. Will there be an increase in the dues for 2016?
A. Yes. The Georgia Association of REALTORS® has voted to increase their annual dues from $73.00 to $98.00, an increase of $25.00 annually. GAR offers a wide variety of benefits to members including access to the GAR Forms and Contracts, the new Legal Hotline, discounts and much more. Their last increase was in 2008. In order for GAR to continue offering members valuable benefits that make a direct and positive impact on their business, this increase was a necessity. The total dues will be $425.00 or $460.00 with an RPAC investment.
Q. Why should I join the Cherokee Association of REALTORS®?
A. Becoming a REALTOR® allows you membership to one of the largest and most recognized trade organizations in business. It shows the public that you adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and practice at a higher standard of professionalism. You have access to an array of networking opportunities, resources, tools and education not available to real estate licensees. As Cherokee REALTORS® we are proactively involved in our local communities through Habitat for Humanity, MUST Ministries, Cherokee County Schools, Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Shop with a Cop, and more.
Q. When will the 2016 annual dues billing begin?
A. September 1st, 2015
Q. How will I receive my invoice?
A. Invoices will be emailed to each individual member. If you do not receive your email, first check your junk/spam folder. If you don’t find it there please contact the CAOR office.
Q. How long do I have to pay my 2016 dues?
A. 2016 invoices are due on October 1st and considered later after October 31st.
Q. Is there a late fee if I pay after October 31st?
A. Yes. There is a $50.00 late fee applied to unpaid invoices after October 31st.
Q. Will there be a payment plan for my 2016 dues?
A. Yes. You may elect to pay your dues in four monthly installments. There is a $20.00 processing fee applied to the payment plan.
Q. What is the “Suggested RPAC Investment” on my invoice?
A. RPAC is the REALTOR® Political Action Committee. Members may elect to make an RPAC investment with their dues billing each year. RPAC funds go directly to political candidates who support REALTORS®, homeownership and private property rights. We like to think of RPAC as an “insurance policy” for our industry!
Q. Why do you invoice so early for the 2016 dues?
A. We collect our annual dues in advance so that our finance committee can prepare an operating budget for the upcoming year. We prepare our budget based on the number of renewing members.
Q. When does my membership expire?
A. Your membership expires on December 31st of each year.
Q. The information on my invoice is incorrect. Who do I contact to make corrections?
A. You may contact Karen Cunningham, Association Executive at 770-591-0004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. I’m thinking of placing my license in referral or going inactive. Can I get a refund?
A. As long as you request the refund no later than December 31st, 2015 you may get a refund of your 2016 dues. As of January 1st, 2016 NO Refunds are given. No exceptions.