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How to Join

Welcome! Membership applications are available to individuals who wish to join the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR), the Cape Cod & Islands Multiple Listing Service (CCIMLS), or both.

If you are interested learning how to join the Martha's Vineyard Multiple Listing Service (MVMLS) click here. Please note this is a separate membership from CCIMLS and requires a different application.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at 508-957-4300 or support@cciaor.com.

Requirements to Join

Requirements to Join Cape Cod and Islands Association of REALTORS®:

  • Hold an active MA salesperson, broker, or appraiser license;
  • Hold your license under a broker who is a Designated REALTOR® or be the Broker-in-Charge of your own firm;
  • If you were previously a REALTOR® member, a letter of good standing from your primary/past Association;
  • Upon acceptance of your application, you will be granted provisional REALTOR® membership and will be afforded 120 days to attend New Member Orientation and complete Code of Ethics training;
  • Click here for an overview of New Member Requirements when you join CCIAOR.

Requirements to Join Cape Cod and Islands Multiple Listing Service:

  • Hold an active MA salesperson, broker or appraiser license;
  • Be a REALTOR® in good standing. If you are not a member with CCIAOR, you will have to provide a letter of good standing from your local REALTOR® association (where you pay annual dues);
  • Your Designated REALTOR® (Broker-In-Charge) must join CCIMLS as your firm’s Participant. Additionally, all active real estate licensees at your office location must also join CCIMLS as Subscribers or must be approved as fee waived licensees;
  • Upon acceptance of your application, you will need to complete a required online training on the rules and regulations of CCIMLS prior to accessing the MLS suite of tools.

Membership Applications

Designated REALTORS®/Responsible Brokers, Corporate Offices and Individual Appraisers

Please carefully review the following information prior to completing your Responsible Member and Office Application.

This application is for sole proprietors, licensed real estate appraisers, corporate officers, or branch office managers acting on behalf of the firm principal(s) who are seeking company membership with the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® and/or the Multiple Listing Service.

Click Here to Access the Responsible Member and Office Application

Supplemental documents required to upload to the online application (please be sure to have them saved to your computer prior to filling out the application):

  • Copy of your Massachusetts salesperson, broker or appraiser license;
  • Copy of your MA RE Business License if operating as a Corporation or LLC. Or if operating as a sole proprietor under any name other than your own, a copy of the DBA from the town where your business is located;
  • If applying for MLS only membership, secondary REALTOR® membership or transferring from another Association, include a letter of good standing from your primary/past REALTOR® Association;
  • If applicable, a completed Subscriber Fee Waiver for Licensees affiliated with your firm who are waiving their access to CCIMLS.

If you are currently an active REALTOR® member of CCIAOR and you are planning to open your own office or brokerage, please contact our Membership Department to obtain a REALTOR® to Designated REALTOR® Application: support@cciaor.com.

New Licensees, REALTORS® and Administrators Affiliated with an Active Office Member of CCIAOR/CCIMLS

Please carefully review the following information prior to completing your Agent Membership Application.

For licensed individuals affiliated with a Designated REALTOR® who are seeking membership with the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® and/or the Multiple Listing Service.

Click Here to Access the Agent Member Application

Supplemental documents required to upload to the online application (please be sure to have them saved to your computer prior to filling out the application):

  • Copy of your Massachusetts salesperson, broker or appraiser license
  • New Agent Affiliation Form submitted and signed by your broker or office manager confirming you have joined the office (this is not the application, but must accompany it). This form is for us to confirm with your office/broker that you are an agent of theirs.
  • If applying for MLS only membership, secondary REALTOR® membership or transferring from another Association, include a letter of good standing from your primary/past REALTOR® Association.

Real Estate offices that are current members with the Cape & Islands Multiple Listing Service have the ability to create administrative accounts for their office. For more information about MLS Administrative accounts and to access the application, please click here.

Membership Fees & Policies FAQs

If you have additional questions about membership, please contact us at support@cciaor.com.

To join the Cape Cod & Islands Multiple Listing Service, the following are the application fees:

  • New Responsible Member and Office: $500
  • This is reduced to $250 if you have been a member for at least three years
  • For each New Subscriber (agent or broker affiliated with a broker): $250

To join the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®, the application fee is $100, and is waived if you are also joining the MLS.

MLS Fees are billed quarterly. For CCIAOR REALTOR® members, the quarterly fee is $81. For REALTORS® of other associations, the quarterly fee is $87.

For 2021, the annual cost of membership is $576.00. When you join CCIAOR and become a REALTOR®, you are also joining the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Your annual membership dues of $576 are paid to CCIAOR but are split between all three levels ($230 to CCIAOR, $161 to MAR and $185 to NAR).

For new members, membership costs are prorated depending on the month you join. New members who only wish to join CCIAOR will also have to pay a $100 application fee.

New members who wish to join both CCIAOR and the Cape and Islands MLS (CCIMLS) will need to pay a $250 application fee and $81 a quarter for MLS access in addition to the membership dues outlined above.

A Letter of Good Standing should come from the membership department of your Primary REALTOR® Board/Association. This will certify that you have paid your local, state and national dues through that Association, will include your NRDS #, as well as state that you have no pending ethics violations against your REALTOR® status.

Please note that this letter DOES NOT come from another MLS office OR the State Board of Registration.

All new members of CCIAOR are required to complete several requirements within the first months of their membership in order to stay in good standing. If you do not meet these requirements within the allotted time frame, your membership will be suspended until the requirements are fulfilled. If you have any questions about your new member requirements, please contact Danielle Smith.

Click Here for New REALTOR® Member Requirements

Click Here for New Designated REALTOR® Requirements

No. You must be a REALTOR® (either with the Cape and Islands Association or another REALTOR® Association) to join the Cape Cod & Islands MLS.

If you wish to join the MLS, you must become a REALTOR and you are required to complete the Code of Ethics course as well as either New Member Orientation or the Designated REALTOR® Broker Orientation depending on your membership category. In addition, you will need to take the Code of Ethics every 3 years to maintain your membership.

If you wish to join the MLS, you must become a REALTOR® and you are required to attend both Code of Ethics and New Member Orientation. In addition, you will need to take the Code of Ethics every 3 years to maintain your membership. The National Association of REALTORS® offers a Code of Ethics course specifically for appraisers that can be completed online.

Secondary REALTOR® membership with CCIAOR means that you have primary REALTOR® membership with another local board/association and your state and national dues are paid through them. Some individuals will choose to have their primary REALTOR® membership with one board and secondary REALTOR® membership at other boards so they can receive the benefits of membership from each local board.

Individuals who hold secondary REALTOR® membership with CCIAOR receive the same benefits as individuals who hold primary membership with CCIAOR.

Your primary board is responsible for tracking your new member requirements as well as your Code of Ethics requirement. There are no additional requirements when you join CCIAOR as a secondary REALTOR® member. However, you may find it helpful and informative to attend our New Member Orientation to learn about the benefits and services we offer.

CCIAOR powers the REALTOR® brand by enhancing professionalism and advocating for the Real Estate industry across the region. Learn more about our many member benefits by clicking here.

CCIMLS provides participants the option of a waiver of fees, dues, and charges for certain licensees or licensed or certified appraisers affiliated with the participants as described in the CCIMLS Rules and Regulations – Section 6.6 Subscriber Fee Waivers (“Fee Waiver Policy”).

  • Licensees affiliated with a CCIMLS participant must either be a subscriber of CCIMLS or must be a waived licensee.
  • For all licensees affiliated with a CCIMLS participant whom choose to waive their access and use of CCIMLS and its services, the following would apply:
  • Any fee-waived licensee must be a subscriber in another multiple listing service or must exclusively work with rentals;
  • Fee waived licensees are prohibited from using this MLS’s systems, databases, etc. This does not include accessing listing information of the licensee’s own broker or of other brokers through the participant’s IDX site or elsewhere. It does include accessing such information on the participant’s VOW (which is for consumers’ personal use);
  • Fee waived licensees are prohibited from being a listing agent on an active or pending property listing in CCIMLS;
  • Fee waived licensees are prohibited from use of any data feed from this MLS, except one that includes listings only of the licensee’s broker;
  • Fee waived licensees are prohibited from using this MLS’s data on an IDX or VOW website identified as the fee-waived subscriber’s site or page;
  • Fee waived licensees are prohibited from using this MLS’s data in an automated valuation product or tool in any product or service identified as coming from the fee-waived subscriber;
  • Fee waived licensees are prohibited from attending an MLS Tour, training, or utilizing any other product, service or benefit of the Multiple Listing Service.
  • For a licensee to be eligible for a fee waiver, the CCIMLS Subscriber Fee Waiver Application must be completed by the firm’s participant (broker-in-charge) and be approved administratively by CCIMLS staff.

No. However, per the National Association of REALTORS® DR Dues Formula, the Designated REALTOR® (DR) of a firm is responsible for a dues assessment equal to the number of individuals licensed with that DR. In other words, all active real estate licensees working under a DR must also be REALTORS® (and pay dues) or the DR is required to pay a non-member assessment per licensee which is equivalent to the cost of REALTOR® membership. Note that all active licensees, including licensed assistants, are included in the DR Dues Formula. The only exception to the NAR DR Dues Formula is for agents who are Licensed for Referral Only Companies and qualified Mortgage Loan Originators. Please refer to the DR Dues Formula FAQ for more information.

Affiliate Membership

Our Affiliate Program is a unique way to market your business to over 2,500 of the leading real estate professionals on Cape Cod and the Islands, and their clients with sponsorship opportunities. This membership type is an essential part of the real estate community and the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®. They are businesses and individuals that offer services and products of value to homeowners to REALTORS® that call Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket home.

Click here to learn more about CCIAOR's Affiliate Program.