GAAR and SWMLS rely on volunteers as a vital component to our growth, strength and success. We are currently seeking out members who would be interested in volunteering for various committees at the Association. Not sure which committee you want to get involved with? We have a full list below.

If you are considering being a volunteer for a GAAR or SWMLS Committee, please email getinvolved@gaar.com to get more information.

GAAR Standing Committees

Standing Committees are constituted to perform a continuing function and remain in existence permanently. Standing committees are created by the Bylaws.

Grievance Committee

  • Purpose: To determine if complaints are potential violations of the Code of Ethics or determine if matters are arbitrable.
  • Composition: The Grievance Committee shall consist of at least twelve (12) Members to include a Chair and Vice Chair.
  • Qualifications: Must be a REALTOR® in good standing for the past five (5) years on a consecutive basis with no ethics violations in the three (3) years prior to consideration for Committee Membership. No member may serve concurrently on any combination of the Grievance, Professional Standards, and Mediation Committees. All new members of the Grievance Committee must attend a Professional Standards training session targeted at their responsibilities a minimum of four (4) hours. All Grievance Committee members shall annually attend a training course related to professional standards, such as a class on Code of Ethics, procuring cause, business ethics, professionalism in real estate, mediation, etc. for a minimum of three (3) hours. Appointments must be confirmed by the Board of Directors.
  • Term: Three-year term.

Professional Standards Committee

  • Purpose: To hear ethics complaints and arbitrations.
  • Composition: The Professional Standards Committee shall consist of at least twenty-two (22) members to include a Chair and Vice Chair.
  • Qualifications: Must be a REALTOR® in good standing for the past five (5) years on a consecutive basis with no ethics violations in the three (3) years prior to consideration for Committee Membership. No member may serve concurrently on any combination of the Grievance, Professional Standards, and Mediation Committees. All new members of the Professional Standards Committee must attend a Professional Standards training session targeted at their responsibilities a minimum of four (4) hours. All Professional Standards Committee members shall annually attend a training course related to professional standards, such as a class on Code of Ethics, procuring cause, business ethics professionalism in real estate, mediation, etc. for a minimum of three (3) hours. Appointments must be confirmed by the Board of Directors.
  • Term: Three-year term.

Mediation Committee

  • Purpose: To mediate disputes arising out of real estate transactions.
  • Composition: The Mediation Committee shall consist of at least six (6) members to include a Chair and Vice Chair
  • Qualifications: Must be a REALTOR® in good standing for the past five (5) years on a consecutive basis with no ethics violations in the three (3) years prior to consideration for Committee Membership. No member may serve concurrently on any combination of the Grievance, Professional Standards, and Mediation Committees. All Mediation Committee members will complete a minimum of twenty (20) hours of basic mediation training and complete an apprenticeship program consisting of participation in two mediation conferences as an observer and in four medication conferences as an unpaid co‐mediator with critiques. To maintain active status mediators must annually complete (4) mediations. Mediators may serve as Ombudsman for the Association and appointments must be confirmed by the Board of Directors.
  • Term: Three-year term.

THE REALTOR® FUND of the Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS®

  • Purpose: To coordinate fundraising efforts for the REALTOR® endowment fund and to make recommendations for funding to support the mission and purpose of The REALTOR® Fund.
  • Composition: 8 members, to include a Chair and Vice Chair.
  • Qualifications: Members may be REALTOR® members, affiliate members or community leaders. Members are expected to contribute and/or raise funds to support the endowment fund. Appointments must be confirmed by the Board of Directors.
  • Term: Three-year term.

GAAR AD Hoc Committees

Ad Hoc Committees are formed for a limited period of time to address a specific need. When the work of the ad hoc committee is completed, the committee is dissolved. An ad hoc committee may exist for less than a year or for a year or more depending on the extent of the work assigned to it.

Community Relations Committee

  • Purpose: The Community Relations Committee will be focused on the relationship of the REALTOR® membership with the Community. Specifically, the Community Relations Committee will develop an association wide endeavor to engage the membership as ambassadors for the state and in facilitating a week‐long event promoting the REALTOR® to the community; will be responsible for coordinating with local charities to provide support i.e. the Title 1 APS Homeless Children Program Holiday Dinner and coordination of a Habitat project.
  • Composition: 3‐8 members, which includes a Chair and Vice Chair
  • Qualifications: None
  • Term: One-year term

Golf Tournament Committee

  • Purpose: To coordinate operations and sponsorships for the GAAR Annual Charity Golf Tournament to raise funds for the REALTOR® Fund.
  • Composition: 10‐15 members, which includes a Chair and Vice Chair
  • Qualifications: None
  • Term: One-year term

Run for the Zoo Committee

  • Purpose: To coordinate operations and volunteers to the support the Run for the Zoo event.
  • Composition: 10‐15 members, which includes a Chair and Vice Chair
  • Qualifications: None
  • Term: One-year term

Bowl‐a‐Thon Committee

  • Purpose: To coordinate operations and sponsorships for the GAAR Annual Bowl‐a‐Thon to raise funds for the REALTOR® Fund.
  • Composition: 3‐8 members, which includes a Chair and Vice Chair
  • Qualifications: None
  • Term: One-year term

LEAP (Leadership, Education, and Achievement Programs) Committee

  • Purpose: To investigate, recommend and provide resources for programs and processes that grow leadership in the Association and support the professional development and recognition of members. Specifically, the committee plans and develops Broker/Member Forums; creates programs for the professional development of the REALTOR® in conjunction with REALTOR® week; supports the planning and execution of the Leadership Development Program for emerging Association leaders; secures sponsors for the GAAR Awards Gala, and oversees the selection and presentation of GAAR Awards; and helps identify the professional development needs of all members.
  • Composition: 10‐15 members, which includes Chair and Vice Chair
  • Qualifications: None
  • Term: One-year term

Public Policy & RPAC Fundraising Advisory Group

  • Purpose: To participate in public policy development by governmental and regulatory bodies to preserve and protect private property rights and the business environment in which REALTORS® work and to increase awareness of RPAC and to raise funds to meet national goals.
  • Composition: 7‐10 members, which includes the Chair and Vice Chair
  • Qualifications: Members must be able to act in a non‐partisan manner and focus on decisions facing the real estate industry.
  • Term: One-year term

GAAR Networking & Specific Membership Committees

Affiliate Committee

Purpose: To provide a forum that enables Affiliate Members to network and exchange ideas and information, develop programs/processes that provide industry information to REALTOR® members, recruit new affiliates, and create opportunities for developing business partnerships. Expected outcomes of the Committee:

  • Plan and develop 4 Affiliate Forums with Q & A’s on timely topics of interest to real estate professionals.
  • Provide current company marketing materials for distribution at New Member Orientation programs.

Additionally, the Affiliate Committee will work with other GAAR members and committees to sponsor and volunteer, and/or recruit sponsors and volunteers to support special member recognition, charitable, community and/or other types of unique projects and events.

  • Composition: Chair and Co‐Chair, any active Affiliate Member; all Affiliate Members will be notified of meeting
  • Qualifications: Active Affiliate Members of GAAR
  • Term: One-year term for Chair and Co‐Chair

Appraisal Committee

  • Purpose: To provide a forum for appraiser members to interact with other appraiser members of GAAR and share common ideas and information with each other.
  • Composition: A Chair and Vice Chair and any Appraiser Member
  • Qualifications: Chair and Vice Chair should be Appraiser Members
  • Term: One-year term

SWMLS Standing Committees

Policy Committee

  • Purpose: To maintain and update the SWMLS Rules and Regulations and to work with the Compliance Committee to ensure compliance with the Rules and Regulations.
  • Composition: A Chair and Vice Chair with no less than 9 members. The Chair of the committee and the Past Chair are non‐voting members. All other members are voting members. The Vice‐Chair is appointed by the Vice President, and will succeed the Chair when his/her term expires. The committee shall include at least one appraiser and at least two Subscribers or Participants.
  • Qualifications: At least one appraiser and two Subscribers or Participants must have more than five (5) years of experience in the business. All other committee members must have been in the business a minimum of one (1) year.
  • Term: Three year term staggered terms. The Chair, Vice‐Chair and Past‐Chair shall serve for one (1) year terms.
  • Ex‐Officio Members: The President of the SWMLS is an ex‐officio member.

Compliance Committee

  • Purpose: To review alleged violations of the Rules and Regulations and conduct hearings as required and take such action as needed.
  • Composition: A Chair and Vice Chair with no less than 9 members, which shall be representative of the various sizes of offices in the Service and shall consist of both Subscribers and Participants. All members of the committee shall be voting members including the Chair, Vice Chair and the Immediate Past‐Chair, however, the Chair of the committee shall vote only in case of ties. The committee shall include at least one appraiser.
  • Qualifications: All members of the committee shall have at least three (3) years of experience in the real estate business.
  • Term: three-year term, staggered terms. The Chair, Vice‐Chair and Past‐Chair shall serve for one (1) year terms.