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  1. What is a REALTOR®?

  2. What is the Austin Board of REALTORS®?

  3. How does the Austin Board of REALTORS® impact Central Texas?

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  1. Why is a public awareness campaign needed?

  2. How is ABoR promoting homeownership?

  3. What do prospective homeowners need to know?

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  1. What is TREPAC and why must I invest?

  2. Is ABoR a tool for a specific political party or agenda?

  3. Why isn't ABoR more involved in certain issues important to me?

  4. Does the revised Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance apply to contracts with an effective date prior to May 2, 2011?

  5. How do the recent changes to the ECAD Ordinance affect me?

  6. If there is no option period defined in the sales contract, when should audit results be disclosed?

  7. I have a townhouse, am I subject to the ECAD ordinance?

  8. I have a condominium under contract. Does the revised ordinance apply to me?

  9. Where can I access a copy of the ECAD ordinance, so I can comply with the current regulations?

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  1. What is a REALTOR®?

  2. What is the REALTOR® Code of Ethics?

  3. How do I file a complaint if I believe a REALTOR® has violated the Code of Ethics?

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  1. Must I include the name of my firm in an newspaper and/or on my website? What about my broker's name?

  2. Am I required to include my license number in my ads?

  3. How can I e-mail information on my new listing or advertisements to Austin REALTORS®? Can I buy an e-mail list from ABoR?

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  1. Do I have to include the registered trademark (®) whenever I use the term REALTOR®?

  2. May I use the REALTOR® block R logo on my website?

  3. Do you have a larger version of the ABoR member logo?

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  1. What dispute resolution services does ABoR offer?

  2. How do I file a complaint if I believe a REALTOR® has violated the Code of Ethics?

  3. What is the REALTOR® Code of Ethics?

  4. How do I file a Request for Arbitration?

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  1. What is the Austin Board of REALTORS®?

  2. What is a REALTOR®?

  3. What are the membership requirements for joining the Austin Board of REALTORS®?

  4. What does ABoR do for members?

  5. How much must I pay to continue my ABoR membership and MLS subscription services?

  6. Do you offer a payment plan or line of credit?

  7. What discount programs or health insurance plans are available to REALTOR® members?

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  1. What does the ABoR Foundation do?

  2. How can I contribute to the ABoR Foundation?

  3. Are donations to the Foundation tax deductible?

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  1. How do I advertise in ABoR's monthly newsletter, Austin REALTOR®?

  2. How can I e-mail information on my new listing or advertisements to Austin REALTORS®? Can I buy an e-mail list from ABoR?

  3. What is Realty Round Up?

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  1. What is the Austin Board of REALTORS®?

  2. What benefits does ABoR offer its members?

  3. What are the membership requirements for joining the Austin Board of REALTORS®?

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  1. How soon may I access the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)?

  2. Am I required to be a REALTOR® member to get access to the MLS?

  3. How can I get access to the MLS for my assistant?

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  1. Are MLXchange User Guides available?

  2. What products and services are available with my MLS membership?

  3. Are Advanced MLXchange classes available?

  4. ListHub FAQ

  5. General MLS Actris FAQ

  6. Helpful Tips for Keyboard Shortcuts

  7. Advertising IDX FAQ

  8. Basic Function FAQ

  9. Client Relations and CMA FAQ

  10. FAQ for Realist

  11. Quick CMA for Buyers

  12. Glossary of Terms

  13. Identity Sharing Instructions

  14. MLXchange 4.3 Highlights

  15. Listing Manager FAQ

  16. Supra FAQ

  17. For a complete list of SafeMLS Q&A, click here.

  18. For a complete list of Realist Q&A, click here.

  19. For a complete list of Wyldfyre Q&A, click here.

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  1. Do you have a south location?

  2. How do I change my contact information?

  3. What is this charge on my account?

  4. Q.4  For tax purposes, how do I find out how much I paid in fees?

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Q.1 What is a REALTOR®?
A:  
Anyone licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission can conduct real estate transactions in Texas. However, holding a real estate agent's or real estate broker's license does not make someone a REALTOR®. To earn that distinction, a professional must abide by the strict REALTOR® Code of Ethics developed by the National Association of REALTORS®. The Code of Ethics establishes a standard of behavioral expectations that exceeds legal requirements, ensuring REALTORS® honor and respect clients' interests.
Q.2 What is the Austin Board of REALTORS®?
A:  
Founded in 1926, the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) has established a community of cooperative networks among more than 8,000 REALTORS® in Central Texas. ABoR supports the REALTOR® community with outstanding legislative representation, education offerings, industry related products and networking opportunities.

ABoR is the local counterpart of the National Association of REALTORS® and the Texas Association of REALTORS®. As an organization of professional business leaders, we work to consistently deliver valuable resources to our members, strengthen our position as one of the nation's premier real estate associations and help facilitate the dream of homeownership for Central Texans.
Q.3 How does the Austin Board of REALTORS® impact Central Texas?
A:  
A non-profit organization with over 8,500 members, ABoR has been serving the needs of both Austin REALTORS® and consumers for over 80 years. In addition to providing first-rate education and certified REALTOR® designations, ABoR also operates the ABoR Foundation, a charitable organization that helps REALTORS® and homeowners in need and provides college scholarships for deserving high school graduates.

ABoR also hosts Austinhomesearch.com, the most trusted resource for people seeking homes in Central Texas. Our website features a comprehensive tool for searching residential listings in the Austin area. Buying a home is one of the most important lifetime investments, and we want to make this process as smooth as possible. By teaming up with a qualified REALTOR®, we know Central Texans can find the home of their dreams.

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Q.1 Why is a public awareness campaign needed?
A:  
The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) discovered a misperception and lack of awareness among consumers about property value in Central Texas. Amidst gloomy national headlines about the housing market, the ABoR Board of Directors set out to present a more accurate depiction of the local housing market.
Q.2 How is ABoR promoting homeownership?
A:  
Our public awareness campaign can be seen and heard on television, radio, billboards, the Internet, in print and more. The goal is to reach Austin-area consumers with the message that the Central Texas housing market is different than other parts of the nation. Click here to see an example of our print advertisement.
Q.3 What do prospective homeowners need to know?
A:  
Prospective homeowners need to know that Austin, Texas is different than other markets. Unlike cities that saw drastic increases in median price over the past two years, Central Texas experienced a steady growth in home appreciation. Even so, the average Central Texas home purchased six years ago appreciated by 20%. Our local population has also grown by at least 30% every 10 years since 1970 and is on track to do the same for the next two decades, indicating a consistent demand for housing.  Low interest rates, ample inventory and federal homeownership incentives make Austin area property an appealing investment.   

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Q.1 What is TREPAC and why must I invest?
A:  
TREPAC is an acronym for Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee. All major associations and industries have political action committees. Elected officials and regulatory bodies are targets of severe lobbying on a daily basis to change public policy. Every legislative or regulatory change has a positive or negative affect on someone or some industry. 

The real estate industry is one most heavily regulated industries in this country; it is essential that REALTORS® as a voluntary organized association be organized and be proactive to advise elected officials and influence public policy in order to protect private property rights, the real estate licensee and the home buyer. A well-intentioned law can have unintended consequences on a REALTOR®. 

Your minimum voluntary investment of $45 is one of the most effective ways to raise funds to support candidates, elected officials and issues that promote the interests of the consumer and the REALTOR®. The $45 investment is on your annual ABoR dues billing and is a voluntary investment. We call it an investment because you are investing in your profession, the principles of private property rights, and a market driven economy. Your investment finances political campaigns of endorsed candidates, advocacy programs and activities that inform the public and the political leadership of who we are and how we are contributing to the community and the economy.
Q.2 Does ABoR support a specific political party or agenda?
A:  
The short answer is no. The Austin Board of REALTORS®, as well as many REALTOR® organizations, is issue oriented and driven. We offer all political parties and candidates the opportunity to promote the REALTOR® agenda. ABoR supports candidates and legislation favorable to REALTORS®, homeowners and the local economy. Partisan politics has no place for an association that exists to support its members in delivering the best products and services for a client to achieve the American dream.
Q.3 Why isn't ABoR more involved in certain issues important to me?
A:  
ABoR, just like the Texas Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®, monitors the political and economic environment for trends and issues that will have an impact on our profession and the home-buying public. We have limited resources and time so we examine issues that will benefit the entire membership and the consumer. The issues we choose usually will have a long-term impact on the profession as well as the consumer.
Q.4 What are the most recent changes to the ECAD ordinance?
A:  
As of May 2, 2011, agents must inform single-family home owners and potential buyers that ECAD audit results must be disclosed no later than three days prior to the end of the option period.
Q.5 If there is no option period, when should ECAD audit results be disclosed?
A:  
If there is no option period, audit results must be disclosed to a potential buyer before the sales contract is executed.
Q.6  Does the ECAD ordinance apply to townhouses?
A:  
Yes. The owner of the townhouse has control of the insulation, HVAC system and weatherization, which are the energy efficiency items the audit addresses.
Q.7  Does the ECAD ordinance apply to condominiums?
A:  
Yes. If the condominium is a stand-alone unit, whether or not it shares a common wall, it is considered a single-family residence because the unit has a separate HVAC system. Condominium structures with one to four units are subject to the single-family requirements as of May 2, 2011; those with five or more units are subject to the multifamily requirements in the ordinance.
Q.8 Where can I get a copy of the ECAD ordinance?
A:  A downloadable copy of the ECAD ordinance is available online.

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Q.1 What is a REALTOR®?
A:  
Anyone licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission can conduct real estate transactions in Texas. However, holding a real estate agent's or real estate broker's license does not make someone a REALTOR®. To earn that distinction, a professional must abide by the strict REALTOR® Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics establishes a standard of behavioral expectations that exceeds legal requirements, ensuring REALTORS® honor and respect clients' interests.
Q.2 What is the REALTOR® Code of Ethics?
A:  
First established in 1913, the REALTOR® Code of Ethics establishes time-honored and baseline principles that come from the collective experiences of REALTORS®. Those principles can be loosely defined as:
  • Loyalty to clients;
  • Fiduciary (legal) duty to clients;
  • Cooperation with competitors;
  • Truthfulness in statements and advertising; and
  • non-interference in exclusive relationships that other REALTORS® have with their clients.
Q.3 How do I file a complaint if I believe a REALTOR® has violated the Code of Ethics?
A:  
Many difficulties between real estate professionals (whether REALTORS® or not) result from misunderstanding, miscommunication or lack of adequate communication. If you have a problem with a real estate professional, you may want to speak with them or with a principal broker in the firm. Open, constructive discussion often resolves questions or differences, eliminating the need for further action.

If you still feel you have a grievance, you many want to consider filing an ethics complaint. An ethics complaint must be filed within 180 days from the time a complainant knew (or reasonably should have known) that potentially unethical conduct took place. Complaints must cite one or more articles of the Code of Ethics that may have been violated. Your complaint should include a narrative description of the circumstances that lead you to believe the Code of Ethics may have been violated. Click here to access an Ethics Complaints Form.

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Q.1 Must I include the name of my firm in a newspaper and/or on my website? What about my broker's name?
A:  
NAR's Code of Ethics requires that the name of the firm be included in advertisements of listed properties. Furthermore, TREC rules prohibit an advertisement which in any way implies that a salesperson is the person responsible for the operation of a real estate brokerage. The broker's name should also be included in any advertisement to avoid violating this rule.
Q.2 Am I required to include my license number in my ads?
A:  
According to the Texas Real Estate License Act, a licensee must identify himself as a real estate broker or salesperson in any advertisement the licensee publishes. Use of the term REALTOR® by REALTOR® members is sufficient to identify oneself as a broker or salesperson.
Q.3 How can I e-mail information on my new listing or advertisements to Austin REALTORS®? Can I buy an e-mail list from ABoR?
A:  
ABoR does not provide member e-mail addresses. In light of the FTC's CAN-SPAM Act, we advise members to be very cautious in sending out mass e-mails. For more information on the CAN-SPAM Act, visit the FTC's website.

Every week, ABoR receives feedback from frustrated members who are overwhelmed with junk e-mail. By distributing unsolicited messages, you could be encouraging other agents to block your e-mail address. This can create far-reaching problems for your business. Once an agent has blocked your address, any messages you send to him or her will automatically be moved to a junk e-mail folder or deleted. The breakdown in agent-to-agent communication can be devastating, particularly since many REALTORS® prefer to communicate electronically.

Although e-mail can be a powerful tool, improper use turns it into a destructive force. When sending e-mails, ABoR advises that you limit your messages to agents who have expressed an interest in receiving your mailings.

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Q.1 Do I have to include the registered trademark (®) whenever I use the term REALTOR®?
A:  
Yes. To protect the exclusiveness and integrity of these marks, you have an obligation under the Trademark Protection Program to notify the public of the marks' special meaning by your proper use of them. The marks are valuable assets, but will remain valuable only as long as they continue to distinguish members of NAR from nonmembers. Most news media will not use all caps or registration symbols in news or feature articles. However, all advertisements should be submitted and printed with all caps and the registration symbol. For more information on how to properly use the REALTOR® marks, click here.
Q.2 May I use the REALTOR® block R logo on my website?
A:  
You can certainly use the REALTOR® block R logo on your website to indicate your membership in the National Association of REALTORS®. However, the REALTOR® logo should not be used as hypertext links on a website as such uses can suggest an endorsement or recommendation of the linked site by your association. The only exception would be to establish a link to the National Association's website, Realtor.com.
Q.3 Do you have a larger version of the ABoR member logo?
A:  
The ABoR member logo may be reduced or enlarged proportionately; however, it may not be used as the primary logo and may not be more than 20% of the area on which it is placed. The version available on Abor.com is suitable for most purposes. ABoR reserves the right to approve usage of the logo. Should you have questions regarding the file format available, contact the ABoR's Marketing and Communications Department.

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Q.1 What dispute resolution services does ABoR offer?
A:  An Ombudsman is a volunteer TAR Professional Standards member who listens to your concerns, ascertains the desired outcome, explains possible avenues for resolution and answers general questions. They do not adjudicate, give legal advice or evaluate the situation. This service is available at any time prior to a formal complaint being filed.


Contact TAR at 800.873.9155 and ask to speak to a staff member in the Professional Standards Department or go to the website, www.TexasRealEstate.com, click on Find a Texas REALTOR, then scroll down to The Complaint Process.

Q.2 How do I file a complaint if I believe a REALTOR® has violated the Code of Ethics?
A:  
Many difficulties between real estate professionals (whether REALTORS® or not) result from misunderstanding, miscommunication or lack of adequate communication. If you have a problem with a real estate professional, you may want to speak with them or with a principal broker in the firm. Open, constructive discussion often resolves questions or differences, eliminating the need for further action.

If you still feel you have a grievance, you may want to consider filing an ethics complaint. An ethics complaint must be filed within 180 days from the time a complainant knew (or reasonably should have known) that potentially unethical conduct took place. Complaints must cite one or more articles of the Code of Ethics that may have been violated. Your complaint should include a narrative description of the circumstances that lead you to believe the Code of Ethics may have been violated. Click here to access information about the process or contact TAR at 800.873.9155 and ask to speak to a staff member in the Professional Standards Department.

Q.3 What is the REALTOR® Code of Ethics?
A:  
First established in 1913, the REALTOR® Code of Ethics establishes time-honored and baseline principles that come from the collective experiences of REALTORS®. Those principles can be loosely defined as:
  • Loyalty to clients;
  • Fiduciary (legal) duty to clients;
  • Cooperation with competitors;
  • Truthfulness in statements and advertising; and
  • Non-interference in exclusive relationships that other REALTORS® have with their clients.

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If a legal dispute arises between members or between members and their clients, TAR offers an arbitration option that can be used in resolving complaints by members and the public. These mediation services are a valuable alternative to costly litigation. File your request for Arbitration by downloading the forms located on the Professional Standards page in the “Arbitration Requests” box. Send your requests to TAR at P.O. Box 2246, Austin, TX 78768. To speak to a TAR representative, call 512-480-8200.


Q.1 What is the Austin Board of REALTORS®?
A:  
Founded in 1926, the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) has established a community of cooperative networks among more than 8,500 REALTORS® in Central Texas. ABoR supports the REALTOR® community with outstanding legislative representation, education offerings, industry related products and networking opportunities.

ABoR is the local counterpart of the National Association of REALTORS® and the Texas Association of REALTORS®. As an organization of professional business leaders, we work to consistently deliver valuable resources to our members, strengthen our position as one of the nation's premier real estate associations and help facilitate the dream of homeownership for Central Texans.
Q.2 What is a REALTOR®?
A:  
Anyone licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission can conduct real estate transactions in Texas. However, holding a real estate agent's or real estate broker's license does not make someone a REALTOR®. To earn that distinction, a professional must abide by the strict REALTOR® Code of Ethics developed by the National Association of REALTORS®. The Code of Ethics establishes a standard of behavioral expectations that exceeds legal requirements, ensuring REALTORS® honor and respect clients' interests.
Q.3 What are the membership requirements for joining the Austin Board of REALTORS®?
A:
ABoR offers four membership levels:

REALTOR® Membership
Individuals who hold an active real estate license and are active in the real estate profession and its recognized branches are eligible for REALTOR® membership. Individuals must be employed by or affiliated as an independent contractor with a Designated REALTOR® who has an office that is open to the public for the conduct of real estate or appraisal business.

Designated REALTOR® Membership
A sole proprietor, partner or corporate officer who holds an active Texas broker's license and is active in the real estate profession is eligible for Designated REALTOR® membership. Individuals must have no record of official sanctions involving unprofessional conduct, and no recent or pending bankruptcy.

Affiliate Membership
An individual engaged in business allied to real estate, but who does not hold an active real estate license is eligible for Affiliate membership. Affiliate members have interests in real estate related information, are in sympathy with the objectives of ABoR and may benefit from ABoR activities. The first person from a firm joins as a Corporate Affiliate, and other staff within that firm may then join as Individual Affiliates. Corporate affiliate status includes membership in the Austin Board of REALTORS® and Texas Association of REALTORS®. Individual affiliate status provides membership in the Austin Board of REALTORS® only.

REALTOR® Assistant Membership
REALTOR® assistants who do not hold an active real estate license or an appraiser license may access the MLS by completing a REALTOR® Assistant Application. REALTOR® assistants must be sponsored by a Designated REALTOR®. Click here for details on membership costs.

Q.4  What does ABoR do for members?
A:  
ABoR provides members with valuable political representation to help ensure the rights of REALTORS® and private property owners are protected. In addition, ABoR provides members the tools to stay connected and resources to expand their real estate knowledge. Learn more.
Q.5  How much must I pay to continue my ABoR membership and MLS subscription services?
A:  
Practicing real estate is an expensive investment due to the technology costs involved. Pricing may vary depending on when you join and which services you select. Excluding application fees, the typical REALTOR® spends about $1,200 each year in REALTOR® dues and MLS fees. These fees include dues paid to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR).
Q.6  Do you offer a payment plan or line of credit?
A:  
Unfortunately, ABoR does not offer a payment plan or line of credit.
Q.7  What discount programs or health insurance plans are available to REALTOR® members?
A:  
The Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) have business partners that offer discounts to REALTOR® members.

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Q.1 What does the ABoR Foundation do?
A:  
The ABoR Foundation provides annual college scholarships to qualified students of deserving background, promotes research in the field of real estate, conducts projects of a charitable nature and helps fellow REALTORS® and their families in the event of catastrophe.
Q.2 How can I contribute to the ABoR Foundation?
A:  
As a charitable organization, the ABoR Foundation depends on donations from persons who share its goals and visions. A number of giving options are available:
  • Individual donations
  • Memorial giving
  • Endorsements and planned estate giving
  • Life estates
  • Life Insurance
  • Non-cash asset donations
For more information on how to give or to make a contribution, contact the Austin Board of REALTORS® Foundation at 512-454-7636 or 10900 Stonelake Blvd., Suite A-100, Austin, Texas 78759-5826.
Q.3 Are donations to the Foundation tax deductible?
A:  
Yes. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all contributions to the Foundation are fully deductible as charitable contributions on federal income tax returns. The Foundation's federal tax identification number is 74-1959433 and the state charter number is 00424750-01.

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Q.1 How do I advertise in ABoR's bi-monthly newsletter, Austin REALTOR®?
A:  
Camera-ready display ads can be submitted to ABoR by the 15th of each month. Click here to view pricing. Classified ads are free and are only available to ABoR members. Submit your ad of 30 words or less to Marketing.
Q.2 How can I e-mail information on my new listing or advertisements to Austin REALTORS®? Can I buy an e-mail list from ABoR?
A:  
ABoR does not provide member e-mail addresses. In light of the FTC's CAN-SPAM Act, we advise members to be very cautious in sending out mass e-mails. For more information on the CAN-SPAM Act, visit the FTC's website.

Every week, ABoR receives feedback from frustrated members who are overwhelmed with junk e-mail. By distributing unsolicited messages, you could be encouraging other agents to block your e-mail address. This can create far-reaching problems for your business. Once an agent has blocked your address, any messages you send to him or her will automatically be moved to a junk e-mail folder or deleted. The breakdown in agent to agent communication can be devastating, particularly since many REALTORS® prefer to communicate electronically.

Although e-mail can be a powerful tool, improper use turns it into a destructive force. When sending e-mails, ABoR advises that you limit your messages to agents who have expressed an interest in receiving your mailings.
Q.3 What is Realty Round Up?
A:  
Realty Round Up is ABoR's annual trade show. With an average attendance of 2,000 Austin area REALTORS®, the trade show is the largest real estate related show in Central Texas. The day-long show held every fall features over 150 exhibitors and seminars on industry topics.

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Q.1 What is the Austin Board of REALTORS®?
A:  
Founded in 1926, the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) has established a community of cooperative networks among more than 8,500 REALTORS® in Central Texas. ABoR supports the REALTOR® community with outstanding legislative representation, education offerings, industry related products and networking opportunities.

ABoR is the local counterpart of the National Association of REALTORS® and the Texas Association of REALTORS®. As an organization of professional business leaders, we work to consistently deliver valuable resources to our members, strengthen our position as one of the nation's premier real estate associations and help facilitate the dream of homeownership for Central Texans.
Q.2 What benefits does ABoR offer its members?
A:  
Thousands of individuals look to the Austin Board of REALTORS® as a provider of premier resources of for real estate professionals in Central Texas. REALTORS® gain valuable industry insights from our outstanding educational programs, publications and websites. Surrounded by progress, ABoR also continues to keep members exposed to the most current developments in the real estate industry, including new technologies and timely legislative efforts. For complete details on member benefits, click here.
Q.3 What are the membership requirements for joining the Austin Board of REALTORS®?
A:  
ABoR offers four membership levels:

REALTOR® Membership
Individuals who hold an active real estate license and are active in the real estate profession and its recognized branches are eligible for REALTOR® membership. Individuals must be employed by or affiliated as an independent contractor with a Designated REALTOR® who has an office that is open to the public for the conduct of real estate or appraisal business.

Designated REALTOR® Membership
A sole proprietor, partner or corporate officer who holds an active Texas broker's license and is active in the real estate profession is eligible for Designated REALTOR® membership. Individuals must have no record of official sanctions involving unprofessional conduct, and no recent or pending bankruptcy.

Affiliate Membership
An individual engaged in business allied to real estate, but who does not hold an active real estate license is eligible for Affiliate membership. Affiliate members have interests in real estate related information, are in sympathy with the objectives of ABoR and may benefit from ABoR activities. The first person from a firm joins as a Corporate Affiliate, and other staff within that firm may then join as Individual Affiliates. Corporate affiliate status includes membership in the Austin Board of REALTORS® and Texas Association of REALTORS®. Individual affiliate status provides membership in the Austin Board of REALTORS® only.

REALTOR® Assistant Membership
REALTOR® assistants who do not hold an active real estate license or an appraiser license may access the MLS by completing a REALTOR® Assistant Application. REALTOR® assistants must be sponsored by a Designated REALTOR®. Click here for details on membership costs.

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Q.1 How soon may I access the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)?
A:  
You will have full access to the MLS within two hours after you agree to its Terms and Conditions of Use. You may do so prior to taking your required classes by logging into the “My Account” section of Abor.com and reviewing the terms found on the main page of your account.
Q.2 Am I required to be a REALTOR® member to get access to the MLS?
A:  
Individuals who hold active real estate or appraisal licenses and are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) may participate in the Austin Central Texas Realty Information Service (ACTRIS) MLS if their sponsoring broker also subscribes to the MLS.
Q.3 How can I get access to the MLS for my assistant?
A:  
REALTOR® assistants who do not hold an active real estate license or an appraiser license may access the MLS by completing a REALTOR® Assistant Application. REALTOR® assistants must be sponsored by a Designated REALTOR®.

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Q.1 Are MLXchange User Guides available?
A:  
Yes, you can go to the Help button on MLXchange for a PDF copy of the User Guide. You may also purchase one from ABoR for $5.
Q.2 What products and services are available with my MLS membership?
A:  
ABoR offers several products and services at no extra cost to ACTRIS members. For a complete list and descriptions of the free products and services, as well as all of our third-party vendors, click here.
Q.3  Are Advanced MLXchange classes available?
A:  
Yes. The MLXchange Intro or New Member Class must be taken before you may register for an Advanced MLXchange class.

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Q.1 Do you have a south location?
A:  
ABoR has partnered with several neighboring REALTOR® associations to offer agents in those areas access to our MLS tools. Our partners include: Bastrop County Board of REALTORS® and Williamson County Association of REALTORS®. We also invite you to take advantage of our online tools.
Q.2 How do I change my contact information?
A:  
You may change your personal contact information online at any time. Changes will be reflected immediately. Click My Account to access your information.
Q.3 What is this charge on my account?
A:  
Find out what specific charges have been made to your account by visiting Abor.com and logging in to "My Account." Click on "View and Pay Invoices" and click on invoice numbers to see details.
Q.4 For tax purposes, how do I find out how much I paid in fees?
A:  
Simply log in to the "My Account" section of Abor.com and click on "View and Pay Invoices" to view payment records.

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