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Congratulations on your choice to become a member of the Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® (GAAR). Only real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) can call themselves REALTORS® and have access to Southwest MLS, Inc. (SWMLS), the most trusted source for local real estate data available.

All REALTORS® adhere to NAR’s strict Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. That’s why all real estate licensees are NOT the same. Your Reputation, and the reputation of the profession as a whole, is important to the people who are buying and selling real estate.

You are joining with some 3,000 REALTORS® locally and over 1 million nation-wide. These REALTORS® are dedicated to serving America’s property owners at the local, state and national levels. Your Reach allows the profession as a whole to impact policy makers regarding private property rights.

Your success is important to us. The leadership and staff of GAAR are part of a powerful team working with and for you to keep you Relevant to the consumer. Your Relationship and trust in us and your fellow REALTORS® makes working in the marketplace smoother and more predictable.

Just as the real estate profession is ever-changing, so too, is the Association. Reinvention – a culture of openness and innovation is key in our service to you.

We are happy to serve on your team!

Enjoy the benefits and take advantage of the tools we have to offer to make your career a success!

GAAR Membership

Steps to become a member

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The next step in this process is to complete the Application Form. When finished, e-mail the completed form or fax it to 505-842-0448.

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Once submitted, we will email you with the final paperwork and further instructions. All requests are processed in the order they are received. 

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Now you are ready to attend orientation. You will need to attend a day of orientation within your first sixty (60) days of activating your membership.

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Now you are ready to participate fully. Hurray! We'll send you a quick little recap of some things to keep in mind as you get started.

Other considerations when joining GAAR

GAAR/SWMLS New Applicant Fees (PDF)
Lockbox Information

Download Member Application (PDF)

If you have any questions, please contact GAAR Membership at 505-842-1433, option, Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm.

(GAAR Bylaws)

SWMLS Membership

The Southwest Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (SWMLS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of GAAR, and is dedicated to providing a reliable, cooperative, credible real estate database of listing and sales information using the most current technology.

Please see the SWMLS Bylaws below regarding the eligibility for MLS membership:

SWMLS Bylaws state:

Any REALTOR® of this or any other Board who is a principal, partner, corporate officer, or branch office manager acting on behalf of a principal, without further qualification, except as otherwise stipulated in the SWMLS bylaws, shall be eligible to participate in Multiple Listing upon agreeing to conform to the rules and regulations thereof and to pay the costs incidental thereto.

For SWMLS Only Membership

Please complete the SWMLS application (PDF) and contact a Member Support Coordinator at 505-842-1433, option 5  to begin the setup of your SWMLS membership. You will need to provide us with a Letter of Good Standing from your primary board at the time of joining.

GAAR/SWMLS New Applicant Fees (PDF)

For GAAR and SWMLS Membership

If you have chosen GAAR as your primary board, your MLS membership will be completed during your membership appointment.

All members of the SWMLS are required to attend a MLS Rules and Regulations course within 60 days of joining. Please review the SWMLS Rules and Regulations prior to attending the course.

For MLS Administrative Access

Administrative access is assigned to unlicensed individuals who are under the direct supervision of the MLS Participant or the Participant's licensed designee, and are to be used by the assignee only. For further information on administrative access eligibility please see the MLS Policy Statements.

To obtain administrative access, the office QB must complete the Administrative Codes/Registered Appraiser Codes Access Request Form and e-mail it to GAAR membership at or fax it to 505-842-0448. A Member Coordinator will contact you to complete the process in assigning the administrative access.

All individuals that are assigned administrative access must complete an MLS for new member orientation within 60 days of joining.

Please call GAAR at 505-842-1433 to schedule an appointment; Monday-Friday 8 am - 4 pm.

For Team ID Requests

A Team ID can be issued to SWMLS Members for use in the joint listing and sale of a Property. This ID is separate from the original Public IDs of the Team Members. The team name is formatted using the standard format of first name, last name. All team members use their own personal MLS ID to "work as" the team in the MLS.

Download Team ID Request Form

Affiliate Membership

 When you join GAAR as an Affiliate Member, you become part of every home's story. You also join a family of more than 4,300 local REALTORS® and hundreds of local real estate-related businesses.

GAAR has established the Affiliate Membership to allow businesses that are vital to the real estate transaction the opportunity to exchange ideas and information that provide industry information that REALTOR® members and network to develop business partnerships.

As an Affiliate Member, your company has the opportunity to work together with other GAAR members and committees to help give back to the community – while gaining a bit of business exposure – through networking, sponsorship, and volunteerism.

Because our Affiliate Members* are vetted and trained by the Association, our REALTORS® can feel more confident in turning to you as a resource.


To join GAAR as an Affiliate Member, please complete the Affiliate Application and email it to membership at or send it by fax to 505-842-0448. A Member Coordinator will contact you to complete the membership process. 

Application for Affiliate Membership (PDF)

Affiliate Membership Flyer (PDF)

*GAAR Affiliates are individuals or businesses that are critical to the real estate transaction. Each affiliate firm must be vetted by GAAR staff and take an online REALTOR® Code of Ethics class designed specifically for GAAR Affiliates. 

If you offer products and services to help REALTORS® and their clients but are not part of the real estate transaction, you may want to consider joining our Benefit Partner Program.

Local Benefit Partners have all the same opportunities as Affiliates, except inclusion on Affiliate Q&A Topics and serving as Affiliate Committee Chair. 

Affiliate Benefits

The following opportunities are available to our Affiliate Members: