As a member of the Golden Isles Association of REALTORS®, you have access to a variety of benefits on a local, state, and national level. Use the navigation below to learn more about each.
Slow Computer? Printing Issues? Browser headaches? Smartphone questions? The Tech Helpline has got you covered. Maximize your time, optimize productivity, and reduce costs with this exclusive Golden Isles REALTOR® benefit. Before going to an expensive, computer repair vendor, give them a call at (888) 804-8224. Tech Helpline service comes at no additional cost to you because it is included in your Golden Isles Association of REALTORS® membership.
You will receive your personalized Member Discount Card when you attend New Member Orientation. Use the QR Code on the back to access a number of local discounts and offers from a wide variety of restaurants and vendors from around the Golden Isles. If you know of a vendor that would like to participate in the Discount Vendor Program, have them fill out this online form. Follow the link below to view the full (and ever-growing) list of benefits.
Your state dues gives you access to the GAR Forms, and your local dues sets you up a portal with Forms-R-Us to digitally access the GAR Forms. Use this software to manage transactions, fill out and save forms, and even send for a digital signature. You will receive a login and password when you first apply to the Golden Isles Association of REALTORS®.
The Georgia Real Estate Commission requires that you maintain an active license with yearly Continuing Education hours, and as a service to all of our members, we provide countless opportunities for affordable in-class education and training led by the best educators around the country at our state-of-the-art Training Center. We also provide a complete online resource at competitive prices for those interested in a more independent experience. Check out the Events Calendar to see what's on the horizon.
Several months out of the year, our members will convene on a Friday for lunch or breakfast at any number of locations around the Golden Isles such as The King & Prince Resort and Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island and the Brunswick Country Club in Brunswick. We invite a special guest speaker to provide an entertaining and informative program including CEOs of major industries, elected officials, and even the local high school band to entertain us at Christmas. Your entry is paid for by your local dues, and guest tickets are $25. Visit our Events Calendar to see what's coming up next!
Awards & Recognition
Golden Isles REALTORS® and Affiliates are invited and encouraged to attend the Annual Awards & Circle of Excellence Banquet. The Circle of Excellence committee recognizes outstanding yearly production by agents meeting specific transaction criteria, and exceptional Association, industry and community involvement by a handful of REALTORS® and Affiliates is acknowledged by the Awards Committee. Follow the links below to learn more about REALTOR® and Affiliate awards and what it takes to join the distinguished Circle of Excellence.
One day out of the year, we host a variety of events to celebrate our members and allow them an opportunity to relax and network without a strict dress code. Past REALTOR® Days have consisted of golf and tennis tournaments, beach and park outings, and there's always a party at the end of the day for everyone to reconvene and dance (or sing) the night away!
Georgia REALTORS® Political Action Committee is heavily represented at the State Capitol during legislative sessions, promoting the interests of REALTORS® and their clients. Legislation is analyzed by GAR to determine any potential impact on the real estate industry, private property rights and free enterprise. Policy positions are determined by GAR's State and Local Government Affairs Committee. Follow the link below to learn why GARPAC is vital to REALTORS® and why you should invest.
GAR Professional Standards process provides mediation of disputes, establishes protocol for pursuing ethics violations, and conducts ethics and arbitration hearings all over the state. You can follow the link below to learn more about how to join the Professional Standards committee and attend required training, what steps are needed before filing an Ethics complaint or Arbitration, and what the benefits are to pursuing mediation.
The Legal Helpline was established in 2015 to assist Georgia REALTORS® with their questions on Ethics and Arbitration, License Law, and GAR Contract Forms. Additionally, members may inquire about basic real estate-related legal questions that do not require extensive research. Follow the link below to learn more and access the Legal Helpline.
This scholarship assists persons in the real estate field who are seeking to obtain a related designation such as the GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute), CPM (Certified Property Manager), CAE (Certified Association Executive), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager) and the many other designations in real estate related fields. The GAR College Scholarships scholarship is a $1,000 undergraduate college scholarship for students majoring in a real estate or related degree. One new scholarship recipient will be selected for each school year. Once awarded, the scholarship is renewable for up to three times for a maximum of four scholarships.
In addition to numerous local discounts from vendors in and around the Golden Isles, the Georgia REALTORS® provides an extensive list of additional member discounts from state and national corporations.
The Georgia Association of REALTORS®’ (GAR) Disaster Relief Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was established to assist Georgia REALTORS® who have lost their home, their office, their ability to pay for their home and/or their livelihood through a natural disaster. Since 2008, more than $100,000 has been distributed to REALTORS® across the state who met the criteria for fund disbursement.
The National Association of REALTORS® advocates every day on behalf of the nation's 1.3 million REALTORS® and 75 million property owners. NAR is widely considered one of the most effective advocacy organizations in the country. NAR works for you by advocating for federal, state, and local policy initiatives that strengthen the ability of Americans to own, buy, and sell real property.
The REALTOR® Party is a powerful alliance of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations working to advance public policies and candidates that build strong communities, protect property interests and promote a vibrant business environment.
NAR provides an interactive data and marketing benefit that allows you to search for properties all over the country (including the Golden Isles), run comparable analyses, and create clear and concise reports for your clients, and all of this made available to you at no additional cost. Follow the link below and create a your account today.
NAR is providing a valuable member benefit to REALTORS® nationwide and has chosen zipLogix™ as the official real estate forms software provider to deliver this comprehensive transaction platform. The benefit includes transaction management system, unlimited document storage, and much more. Click the link below to learn more and register your account.
Designed with you in mind, the REALTOR Benefits® Program is your official member benefits resource, bringing you savings and unique offers on products and services just for REALTORS®.
Customer Relationship Manager | SentriLock
My experience with GIAR has been nothing short of amazing! Everyone there is always professional, pleasant, and eager to assist. Their team is incredibly forward thinking which is essential in this industry. I can say with confidence that GIAR really cares about their members and goes above and beyond to provide them with the necessary tools and information to be successful! SentriLock is proud to have GIAR as a partner.
CEO and President | United Way of Coastal Georgia, Inc.
The GIAR Training Center is a valuable resource for our community. When United Way of Coastal Georgia was seeking a meeting space, we had a long list of needs: adequate space for a large Board, access to current meeting technology, centralized and accessible location, and professional staff to assist. GIAR met all our needs and the staff exceeded our expectations. We value our partnership with GIAR!
GA State Senator | Affiliate at The Ligon Firm, P.C.
As an Affiliate member, I and the members of The Ligon Firm, P.C. are proud to be part of the Golden Isles Association of REALTORS® and to benefit from its excellent programs and resources. We especially value the welcoming and cooperative attitudes of the members and their enthusiasm for what they do.