Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Member FAQ

Membership to PRO/CPRO is voluntary and based on the membership of the broker that you are affiliated with. When your broker joined PRO/CPRO, they agreed that every licensee who affiliates with him/her will also join PRO/CPRO. If as an affiliated licensee you decide not to be a member, your broker’s dues obligation will be increased to reflect the addition of a non-member licensee. Refer to the PRO/CPRO bylaws, Article X Section 3B

Log in here.

You will be asked to login using your NRDS number and MLS password. Updates can be made to your nickname, mailing address, email address, web page, phone number, languages spoken, and real estate specialty.

Allow two days for processing.

Brokers:

Brokers Office Information Change Form. This form must be signed by broker and faxed to membership at 727-231-8060 or email to membership@tampabayrealtor.com. Name change must show on the DBPR website www.myfloridalicense.com. This must be the office license on record with CPRO/PRO. Allow two business days for processing.

Affiliate Business Partners:

Affiliate Business Partners do not need to notify DBPR. Please contact Kim Simmons, Vice President of Communications & Affiliate Relations.

Update must be completed on the DBPR website www.myfloridalicense.com. Please have outgoing and incoming broker send an email to membership@tampabayrealtor.com stating what changes they are requesting for the office and if the outgoing broker is remaining a member. If they are remaining a member state what office. If the new broker is not a member of our organization please call 1-727-347-7655 option 2 to get further instructions on joining.

Please email your certificate to education@tampabayrealtor.com to verify your designation. This information will be added to our searchable membership directory

Agent must be removed from the office by the broker on the DBPR website www.myfloridalicense.com. You must be registered on the DBPR website. Once the agent has been removed, please email us a request to remove the agent to membership@tampabayrealtor.com. If the agent has a Supra key please have them call PRO/CPRO for instructions.

Contact DBPR.

You can also verify your license expiration date on your card or search your license on www.myfloridalicense.com. PRO/CPRO does not track this information.

Your new broker must make your license active with their office in the DBPR. Verify at www.myfloridalicense.com.

Fill out the online transfer form and allow two business days for processing. Please review information on link pertaining to listing transfers.

If you have active listings, Stellar MLS will not transfer them. Visit our MLS Listing Transfers page for instructions, fees, and transfer form.

Protecting our marks and brands is the responsibility of all of us, because it benefits all of us. We must ensure the public can distinguish REALTOR® members from non-members. This protection starts with consistent, proper usage.

Visit our Logos & Trademarks page for pertinent guidelines, links, and files.

Dues FAQ

To pay Dues invoice log in here. We accept all major credit cards. We also accept checks through telecheck (personal checks only).

MLS fees are billed by Stellar MLS and paid through their website. To pay MLS fees visit Stellar MLS

We have a page for that! Visit our What’s Due Now page for information on MLS and(NAR/FR/PRO/CPRO dues.
Local, state and national dues are due December 1st and become delinquent on December 31st.

Membership to PRO/CPRO is voluntary and based on the membership of the broker that you are affiliated with. When your broker joined PRO/CPRO, they agreed that every licensee who affiliates with him/her will also join PRO/CPRO. If as an affiliated licensee you decide not to be a member, your broker’s dues obligation will be increased to reflect the addition of a non-member licensee. Refer to the PRO/CPRO bylaws, Article X Section 3B

Please note that if your broker has membership at more than one board you do have “Board of Choice”. This means you can join PRO/CPRO or whatever board your broker has membership at.

The dues invoice includes the annual dues for the Pinellas REALTOR® Organization & Central Pasco REALTOR® Organization, Florida Realtors®, and the National Association of REALTORS®. Please review your invoice for the current fees. In addition, there is the opportunity to make a contribution to the PRO Foundation and RPAC. These are voluntary fees but you must change the contribution amount to zero to opt out.
We are currently developing a monthly billing program. Information will be available when ready.
PRO/CRPO’s online payment center accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards.
The online payment center accepts checks. Go on to the online payment center, select the invoices you want to pay, click on “Choose Payment Options” and you can choose either “Credit Card” or “TeleCheck” as your payment option. Follow the instructions for using the TeleCheck option.
The driver’s license information is used for security purposes. It is used to verify your identity and to protect you from check fraud. PRO/CPRO does not retain any of your checking account information in its system. Each time you use the TeleCheck option, you will need to reenter all of your account information.
No. PRO/CPRO is not set-up to receive online payment from your bank. You can make online payments through PRO/CPRO’s online payment center.

2021 billing disclosures:

To comply with applicable tax rules and regulations and to comply with USPS second class postage permit requirements for Florida Realtor® and NAR’s Realtor® magazines, it is necessary for Associations/Boards to include the following disclosures on their 2020 Member Dues Billings: With state dues at $146 per member, Florida Realtors® computes 34% or $50 to be nondeductible for the member’s income tax purposes due to Florida Realtors® lobbying efforts. Please note that $30 assessment is a mandatory, non-pro-ratable fee for the advocacy fund. With national dues at $150 per member, National Association of Realtors® computes 38% or $57 to be nondeductible for the member’s income tax purposes due to NAR lobbying efforts. Please note that the entire $35 Consumer Advertising Campaign special assessment qualifies as fully deductible. With local dues at $178, PRO/CPRO computes 5.6% or $10 to be nondeductible for the member’s income tax purposes due to PRO/CPRO lobbying efforts.

Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. 70% of each contribution is allocated to your state or local PAC efforts to support state and local political candidates; 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116. 30% Contributions received from corporate entities shall be forwarded to the National Association of Realtors Political Advocacy Fund.

PINELLAS REALTOR® FOUNDATION’S REGISTRATION NUMBER IS CH19201. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Payments to the Association/Board of Realtors® are not deductible as charitable contributions. Such payments may, however, be deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Dues include a $4.50 allocation to Florida Realtor® Magazine and a $4.00 allocation to NAR’s Realtor® Magazine.

RPAC FAQ

PACs have been around since 1944, when the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) formed the first one to raise money for the re-election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A Political Action Committee (PAC) is a popular term for a political committee organized by like-minded people for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates. The PAC’s money must come from voluntary investments from members rather than the member’s dues treasury. PACs represent business, labor or ideological interests. PACs can give $5,000 to a candidate committee per election (primary, general, run-off or special). They can also give up to $15,000 annually to any national party committee, and $5,000 annually to any other PAC. PACs may receive up to $5,000 from any one individual. With the goal to establish the real estate community as a concerned, involved, and powerful political constituency, RPAC is the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Raised through voluntary investments of PRO/CPRO members, RPAC funds are used for member education and political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels.
RPAC is the muscle behind NAR. RPAC represents over 400,000 politically active REALTORS® that members of Congress want as their friends. Recent legislative and regulatory successes include: The continued preservation of the mortgage interest deduction. Tax relief benefiting the real estate industry. Improving federal mortgage programs, allowing more families to join the ranks of homeownership. Eliminating burdensome regulations inhibiting environmental quality and healthy real estate markets. How will my investment be used? 100% of your investment is used to elect pro-REALTOR® candidates: 70% remains in the state to be used in state and local elections. 30% of your investment will be forwarded to National RPAC to fund key U.S. House and Senate races. Until your state PAC reaches its RPAC goal 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a; after the state PAC reaches its RPAC goal it may elect to retain your entire investment for use in supporting state and local candidates. RPAC is neither a Republican nor a Democratic organization. Your investment to RPAC is a vote for a pro-REALTOR® Congress, regardless of political party.

Visit the 2019 Advocacy Success page at realtorparty.realtor to browse an organized list of RPAC victory highlights.

The dollar goal of the National RPAC, set by the National Trustees, is $15 per year per NAR member. At least $4.50 of that goes to the National RPAC. This goal is called a “fair share.” To ensure that all states contribute their fair share to the RPAC effort, a states’ annual goal is determined by the number of members in that state based on the November 30 membership report. The National RPAC accounting year runs from January 1 to December 31.
According to federal election law, RPAC can solicit only individual members — i.e., non-corporate members of NAR and their families. The term “members” means all individuals who currently satisfy the requirements for membership in any one of the local, state, and/or the National Association and regularly pay dues. Executive, administrative and management personnel of the local, state and/or national associations are also considered under the NAR constitution to be members of the association and are solicitable even though they may not pay association dues.
No. Investments used for political purposes are not tax deductible on your federal income taxes.
Under the cooperative agreements in effect between the National RPAC and the state association’s Political Action Committees, the responsibility for making contributions to federal candidates is assigned to the national RPAC, while state association’s Political Action Committees decide which state and local candidates to support.
No. Under federal election law, the earmarking of contributions is illegal.
The National Trustees’ policy is to act only on requests sent from state associations and signed off on by the state trustees. Once the national trustees receive these requests, they have four options: Amend, Approve, Deny or Defer.
  1. Recommendations from State RPAC Trustees
  2. NAR congressional voting records and analyses of incumbent members of Congress
  3. Campaign intelligence reports provided by the NAR political and legislative staff.
No. The National RPAC Trustees’ policy is to only contribute to one candidate in any given election. However, the use of In-State Reception funds and D.C. Reception Funds does not necessarily count as a dual contribution if a challenger is supported by the National RPAC. Again, these are relationship-building monies.

The National RPAC maintains voluntary cooperative agreements with the state association’s Political Action Committees. States retain 70% of the money they collect for the support of state and local candidates and send 30% to the national RPAC for use in supporting federal candidates. Until your state PAC reaches its RPAC goal 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a; after the state PAC reaches its RPAC goal it may elect to retain your entire investment for use in supporting state and local candidates.

Hard money has many restrictions on how it is raised and spent and must be fully reported to the Federal Election Commission. Hard money is raised from individuals, who can contribute up to $1,000 directly to a federal candidate per election and $5,000 to a Political Action Committee, like RPAC, per year. RPAC can contribute $5,000 to a federal candidate per election. RPAC can only accept money from individuals. Soft money is raised from corporations, unions and individuals. Federal candidates cannot accept soft money. Soft money is raised by party organizations, unions, corporations and associations. There are no limitations on the amount of soft money a corporation or individual can contribute, nor any limitation on the amount of soft money an organization can spend. Unlike RPAC, NAR can accept corporate contributions, which can then be used to communicate with our membership about a candidate through opportunity races or used for issue advocacy.

For more information about RPAC, visit nar.realtor/rpac by the National Association of REALTORS®.

You can also access additional information from Florida REALTORS® at floridarealtors.org/advocacy.

You can also contact us by email: jfarrell@tampabayrealtor.com

Most information for the RPAC FAQs above were provided by the National Association of REALTORS®