The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) was founded in 1924 and is the parent organization of the 16 local REALTOR® Associations in Massachusetts. It is part of the nation's largest trade and professional organization, the National Association of REALTORS®, established in 1908. The REALTOR® organization is a voluntary association whose members must adhere to a strict code of ethics
The term REALTOR® is an exclusively registered designation for members of the National Association of REALTORS®
(NAR) which is comprised of some 1,000,000 members in the United States. Only those licensed real estate professionals who have joined the NAR, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® and their respective local REALTOR® association may use the registered trademark term REALTOR®. Massachusetts REALTORS® must adhere to a strict, national Code of Ethics, and currently account for the most active 25 percent of the more than 60,000 brokers and agents licensed to practice real estate in the Commonwealth.
On behalf of property owners, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® actively promotes public policy initiatives which preserve private property rights, expand home ownership opportunities, and increase members' ability to successful conduct their business. A strong advocate of equal opportunity and housing for all persons, the association also administers educational training, professional standards services, and ethics cases to ensure its members not only understand, but adhere to state and federal laws and the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.
The MAR exists to provide an environment that positions the REALTOR® as the primary source for real estate services, promotes a positive professional image of the REALTOR®, and advocates preservation and enhancement of the rights to own, use and transfer real property.
Working cooperatively with local REALTOR® associations and the National Association of REALTORS®, the MAR offers numerous programs and services designed to promote the business interests and career goals of real estate practitioners. MAR's educational programs, publications and online news services offer real estate licensees the opportunity to learn new, cutting-edge business skills that will increase their earning potential. The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS'® legal assistance programs provide brokers with timely advice on legal and ethical matters while reducing one's exposure to liability. Additionally, the MAR's government affairs efforts help to advance public policy initiatives that seek to minimize housing expenses and lower agents' business costs.
Where to Find Us
The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® is headquartered at 60 Hickory Drive, 4th Floor, Waltham, MA 02451. The 16 local Boards
have separate headquarters in various locations across the state. The phone number at the MAR headquarters is: 781-890-3700 or toll free at 800-725-6272.
As stated in the Associated Press Stylebook, the first "R" in the word "REALTOR®" should always be capitalized because it is a trademark term reserved exclusively to make reference to members of a local association of REALTORS®, as well as the State and National Associations.