Benefits of Membership

Board Location and Hours: The board office is located at 32 E. Bacon Street, Hillsdale and is open from 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with board staff to answer your questions and provide services. The Board maintains a conference room for holding board-sponsored events as well as for the use of individual members and member firms.

SWMRIC: All board MLS participants, are members of the Southwestern Michigan Regional Information Center (SWMRIC). SWMRIC serves eleven counties in southwest Michigan and has over 5,000 members. Through SWMRIC, Board members subscribe to the Multiple Listing Service and are kept abreast of important changes in the industry. Two local board members serve as managers, representing Hillsdale County on the SWMRIC Board. Two other representatives serve on the Specifications Committee that oversees software maintenance and programming changes.

Newsletter:
A periodical newsletter keeps members abreast of local, state and national events and important calendar dates, and includes a current roster of all local members and offices.

Multiple Listing Service:
The Multiple Listing Service of the Hillsdale County Board of REALTORS® is managed by SWMRIC with software provided by Flexmls. The service provides immediate computer access to all current listing and sold information. A public web site is available for customers, while the primary site, for REALTORS® only, provides more detailed information. REALTOR® members can access property histories, daily hot sheets, bulletins, prospecting tools, email capabilities, and statistical information.

Education: Educational programs are offered by the Board year round. Continuing Education classes are offered semi-annually, New Member Orientation is offered quarterly, Code of Ethics Training is offered semi-annually, and Lunch-N-Learn meetings are scheduled monthly with guest speakers on various topics of interest to REALTORS®. Most classes are offered free, or with a nominal charge, and are held in the Board Office Conference Room for your convenience.

Supra Keys and Lock Boxes: The Board participates in the Supra Electronic Lock Box program. Individual participation is voluntary, however a majority of members and affiliates use the system, providing safe and convenient property access as well as a record of showings.

REALTOR® Awards: Each year, the Board recognizes REALTORS® who are outstanding in their dedication to the profession, by giving the REALTOR®-of-the-Year; Rookie-of-the-Year; and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Presentations are made at the annual Awards Gala in June.

Membership Meetings: Members meet annually to conduct business and to host special events including REALTOR® Awards Presentations, and Installation of Officers.

Board Web Site: The board web site directs visitors to Hillsdale County agents, offices, and listings as well as a wealth of other information of value to home buyers and sellers. To access the site, go to www. hillsdalecountyboardofrealtors.com.

Grievances and Arbitration: Members of the Board have recourse in Code of Ethics and other disputes through the grievance and arbitration process. Volunteers serve on the Grievance and Professional Standards Committees to help bring disputes to resolution.

MAR and NAR: REALTOR® members of Hillsdale County Board of REALTORS® are also members of the Michigan and National Associations of REALTORS®. This gives them access to the MAR and NAR web sites, and many online resources. Members may also attend the state and national REALTOR® conventions and other conferences and activities sponsored by the MAR and NAR.