As a member of the REALTORS® Association of Jamaica (RAJ) you have access to benefits which are available only to you. These range from valuable marketing & sales tips to opportunities for effective networking.
RAJ offers everything you will need to succeed. In addition we are affiliated with the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) which is America’s largest trade association, representing over 1 million members, including NAR’s institutes, societies and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
The RAJ works continously to provide our members with the best advatages to support their career. Among these benefits are:
International REALTOR® Membership with the National Assocaition of REALTORS® (NAR)
Benefits of our affiliation membership with NAR
International REALTORS® are listed in the REALTOR® Directory on www.realtor.org. If a prospective buyer wants to find REALTORS® in Jamaica, only the individual International REALTORS® in Jamaica will appear in the search results.
ONLY International REALTORS® are authorized to use the REALTOR® logo and trademark in printed materials, web site, social networks and e-mails.
A sample referral contract form, defining the terms and conditions of an international real estate referral, is at the disposal International REALTORS® ONLY.
This is the flagship event for international REALTORS®. International REALTORS® enjoy a US$100 registration discount, an exclusive cocktail reception and discounts to other VIP events. The Conference & Expo’s international track includes special sessions, country networking hours, an international pavilion, simultaneous interpretation for certain events and warm international hospitality.
The NAR President appoints volunteer members as Liaisons to 60 countries. These President's Liaisons assist and advise REALTORS® worldwide. President's Liaisons work alongside NAR Ambassador Associations, representing local REALTORS® in the USA.
International REALTORS® can join NAR groups on LinkedIn, Twitter and Face book.
HouseLogic is a free source of information and tools that can help homeowners make smart and timely decisions about their home. As an International REALTOR®, you can access the password-protected REALTOR® Content Resource portion of the website, which contains practical articles to share with your clients in print, by e-mail, or as a Facebook or blog post. Much of the content has international application.
Here are some of the other benefits:-
The REALTORS® brand is one of the strongest and the most recognized in the world. As a member of the RAJ, you can proudly wear your REALTORS’® pin, which differentiates you from other agents. It signals that you are a professional who maintains a high level of integrity and strict observance of the Association’s Code of Ethics.
The RAJ offers a first world MLS which is accessible to members only. These listings get maximum marketing exposure and are placed on realtor.com, a known international website. Your listings will have a host of motivated REALTORS working to sell the properties at the best price and in the shortest time. Statistical data as well as the history of the listings are available to assist REALTORS® in meeting the demands of their Clients.
The RAJ is constantly lobbying to ensure that our Members’ interests are protected. Our Association played an active role in the previous reduction in the rates applicable to Transfer Tax & Stamp Duty. While some of these gains have since been reversed, we will continue to lobby Government to ensure that our sector is given the necessary support/incentives to enable us to contribute positively toward Jamaica’s economic growth. We are presently in negotiation with the KSAC/ Ministry of Local Government in respect of REALTORS®’ signs. Our objective is to influence the policy regarding the fee applicable as well as the placement of the signs.
The RAJ is also represented on the Real Estate Board and is an active member of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ). The main objective of these representations is to protect the interests of Realtors® and to benefit all stakeholders in the real estate industry.
REALTORS® benefit from a group health & life plan with Guardian Life Limited at a highly competitive rate. This plan as available to REALTORS®’ staff as well as family. The details of the plan are available at the RAJ.
REALTORS® who have a CUG with Digicel can talk to each other at no cost, based on the agreement between Digicel & RAJ. In addition, they can talk free to all other realtor companies who are members of the user group.
The Association ensures that members are kept on the cutting edge of their profession by arranging timely Forums for discussion/dissemination of information on relevant topics/legislations which will impact our members. Members are able to share their experiences and provide practical solutions to challenges which are being experienced in our industry.
We are the “Voice for Real Estate” in Jamaica and we take that responsibility very seriously. Our mandate therefore is to promote the welfare of our members through all of the available channels.