Monday, March 30, 2020

Helena Association of REALTORS® takes the healthy, safety and welfare of our members, our clients and the public very seriously. 

After reviewing the Governor’s Directive, it has been determined that the real estate industry has been designated as essential.  We have made the following suggestions regarding how to handle showings and other related activities*: 

If you are the listing agent, maintain at your listings a supply of disposable booties (shoe covers), disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer. If you are a buyers agent, keep a supply in your vehicle when showing properties. Meet clients at each showing rather than having them ride in your vehicle.

If your seller clients report any household members experiencing symptoms of illness, have traveled in the past two weeks, or have possibly come into contact with anyone positive for COVID-19, postpone showings until a two-week clear window has passed. Also, request (preferably in writing) that the seller clean and disinfect all areas used by the ill person, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.

For all showings, advise sellers to leave all lights on and interior doors open. Instruct sellers to sanitize surfaces prior to leaving the house, before each showing, before a home inspection, before an appraiser enters the home, and to sanitize again immediately upon returning to the home.

Agents and buyer clients should sanitize hands before entering each home and keep a healthy distance while inside the house. Do not touch light switches, cabinets pulls or doorknobs unless wearing gloves. Do not remove shoes but rather wear booties and take them with you when you leave. Use clean disposable booties and gloves for each home visited. Wash your hands for at least twenty seconds or use hand sanitizer immediately upon leaving the home.

If your buyer clients report any household members experiencing symptoms of illness, have traveled in the past two weeks, or have possibly come into contact with anyone positive for COVID-19, postpone showings until a two-week clear window has passed and specific permission has been granted by the seller. Naturally, unoccupied homes may involve lighter protocol.

Alternatively, offer to do FaceTime showings to limit the number of visitors in a home. Or, produce a listing video to share with prospective buyers. On that note, we recommend postponing open houses or using an alternate virtual platform such as Facebook Live or Zoom.

Express to your clients that their safety and well-being is our number one priority and if they are more comfortable postponing listings or showings, we will support their decision. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. Buyers are eager to capitalize on low interest rates, and sellers want to sell! With vigilance and thoughtfulness, we will soon look forward to resuming a healthy and prosperous real estate season. 

*Please consult reputable resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and implement additional measures you deem prudent or as instructed by your brokerage.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a REALTOR®. There are a number of steps required to become a full REALTOR® member of Helena Association of REALTORS®, or any other local association.

First you will need to become a licensed real estate agent or broker through the State of Montana. The Board of Realty Regulation can provide more information regarding licensure. The BRR’s website is:

Next you will need to join a member office. The Broker/Owner will send HAR a letter indicating that you will be joining the firm.

HAR has annual dues, which also include payments to the Montana and National Associations of REALTORS®. Dues are prorated throughout the year for new members who join. Call the HAR office for an estimate of what you will owe to join now.

Once you have a license and have joined a local real estate office, there is a variety of paperwork to be filled out, both by you and your broker. After we have processed these documents, you will be required to take NAR’s Code of Ethics training, which can be completed on-line. Ethics training will be renewed on a two-year basis throughout a REALTOR’s® career.

The final steps to becoming a full REALTOR® member are attending the HAR New Member Orientation, which is held quarterly or more often. It takes about 3 hours. And finally, you will need formal approval from the HAR Board of Directors and the REALTOR® Oath will be administered. At that point you will be a full REALTOR® member.

Please feel free to contact the HAR/MLS office with any questions you may have. 

Steps to Becoming a REALTOR®

  • Find a broker
    • As a new salesperson in the State of Montana, you must start out under a supervising broker
  • Get your license
    • The Montana Board of Realty Regulation is the entity that issues licenses
  • Contact the Helena Association of REALTORS®
    • Staff will send you and your broker an e-mail with the REALTOR® Application, a questionnaire to fill out with the broker, the prorated dues amount for the date you join, and all the other requirements for membership
  • Pay your dues
  • Take NAR’s online Code of Ethics training course, and pass the test

Once you have completed the above steps, you may be eligible to be a provisional REALTOR® member. As a provisional member, you will be able to access the Montana Regional MLS. Please keep in mind that the MLS is a separate corporation with different staff than HAR, and the process for getting new members set up with access can take up to three days.

The final steps are:

  • Attend New REALTOR® Orientation at the HAR Office
  • Be formally approved by the HAR Board of Directors

For more information, please contact HAR or call 406-449-3835.

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