Government and the
REALTORS® Party Action Committee (RPAC)
Members of the Government/RPAC committee keep abreast of political matters on local, state, and national levels. The committee attends meetings to consider endorsements of those political candidates who best represent the interest of private property owners. RPAC encourages members to invest in funds to finance national, state, and local candidates and real estate related issues. A silent auction is one way the RPAC committee enjoys raising contributions.
Have an expertise you would enjoy sharing? Serving on various committees and task forces are a great way to become involved. Valued input is needed from all members. If serving on the Board of Directors sounds appealing, after you have been a member for one year you are eligible to run for office.
Our WCAR Annual General Membership meeting is held every October. Traditionally we have a mini-expo involving our Affiliate Members. This gives us a chance to say thank you for their support and generosity when sponsoring events and educational opportunities.
The Annual WCAR Golf Outing is usually scheduled for June. This is a fun day to network with your fellow REALTORS®, enjoy a round of golf, get a great meal, win some door prizes, or get that hole-in-one and win amazing prizes. One year we had a member win a trip to Hawaii!
WCAR sponsors continuing educational classes with state credits for licensing renewal throughout the year. As topics emerge regarding the real estate industry, WCAR holds special educational classes as needed. Recent classes covered short sales, foreclosures, buyer agency, and professional standards.
New members are required to complete an online code of ethics training class. Every four years all members are required to complete a similar class for compliance with the National Association of REALTORS® requirements for membership. WCAR offers numerous opportunities to complete this requirement including online, classroom, and broker certification of completion of a group study.
WCAR encourages members to take advantage of the numerous online webinars available for travel-free education.
It’s easy to keep in touch with the WCAR when you receive a weekly Friday morning email newsletter. Comments are appreciated on the WCAR website postings or send a quick email or engage staff in a live chat. The WCAR Member Portal is your site where, after registering, you are able to sign up and pay online for events and classes, communicate with fellow members, and contact staff, committees, and leadership.
Multiple Listing Services (MLS)
The WCAR’s MLS is a valuable component of a greater database called SWMRIC. This encompasses association MLS’s in the western, central, and southern portions of Michigan. This service allows you to not only search for available listings, but also view aerial maps, compose market share and comparable reports, view statistics and trends, and easily schedule showings using the eSchedule function.
Ziplogix® is a bundle of services offered to all members accessible through SWMRIC. All the forms and documents you need to complete your real estate transaction are available in the Zipforms6 segment of Ziplogix. Easy data population of your forms is accomplished by MLS Connect. Have your documents signed, sealed, and delivered with the Digital Ink portion of Ziplogix. Finally, safely store your documents in ZipVault.
The Realtors Property Resource™ (RPR™) is a massive online property data project, which contains information on more than 117 million properties across the country. In addition to the records and information found in RPR, you’ll find 1.7 million listings from numerous MLSs throughout Michigan and the rest of the country.
One monthly fee includes the SWMRIC MLS, Ziplogix, and RPR.
Available to all members of the WCAR, the SUPRA electronic lockbox service is available for an additional $16 per month, invoiced quarterly in advance. This includes keyboxes. You have your choice of an ActiveKey, which is a digital keypad, or eKey, an App for your smartphone. A $75 processing fee is required when you sign up.