Real Estate Almanac

Local Associations

The local Realtor association section of the ORE 200 includes a ranking of all the nation’s local Realtor associations by membership count as of December 31, 2020.

Local Associations Overview

As trade associations, Realtor associations are nonprofits owned by their members. They represent their members and aim to help them improve the quality of service they provide, their education and professional standards. The classic Realtor association mission is simple: to make members more profitable and more successful.

Realtor associations come in three varieties, determined by geographic scope: national, state and local. Realtor associations have a federated makeup: members cannot join just one. When agents join a local association, to gain access to the MLS for example, they automatically join the state and national associations; the memberships are tied together in what is known as the three-way agreement.

Source: Real Estate Almanac

There were 1,069 local Realtor associations at the end of 2020, 19 less than existed at the end of 2019 as recorded in the 2020 ORE 200. 

The largest local Realtor associations have tens of thousands of members, and subsequently, healthy revenues that allow them to offer quality products and services to members and to play a large and meaningful role in their communities. Examples include the Miami Association of Realtors (over 48,000 members), the Houston Association of Realtors (over 40,000 members) and Broward, Palm Beaches and St. Lucie Realtors (over 33,000 members).

Source: Real Estate Almanac

On the other end of the size spectrum lie small local Realtor associations, which, because of relatively small revenues and resources, can sometimes struggle to offer a core set of services to members and struggle for relevancy. The industry has a large number of these smaller associations. Just over a third of the nation’s local Realtor associations (35 percent or 373 local associations) have less than 200 members.

Smaller local Realtor associations include the Sierra County Board of Realtors in Elephant Butte, New Mexico (21 members), Mid-Valley Association of Realtors in Kewanee, Illinois (18 members), Nolan County Board of Realtors in Austin, Texas (16 members), Deming Luna County Board of Realtors in Deming, New Mexico (11 members) and Clarksdale Board of Realtors in Clarksdale, Mississippi (10 members). T3 Sixty does not imply any of these do not offer members core standards; they are listed just to provide examples of some of the nation’s smallest Realtor associations.

Some local associations are consolidating but not many. From 2020 to 2021 the number of local Realtor associations dropped 1.7 percent. But they are getting larger. Over that same time period, the average member count and median member count of local associations grew 5.6% and 6.4%, respectively.

Year No. of Local Associations Median Local Association Member Count Average Local Association Member Count
2020 1,088 360 1,279
2021 1,069 1,351 383
% Change -1.7% 6.4% 5.6%

Source: Real Estate Almanac

Local Association Memberships

Membership in local Realtor associations is clustered among the largest. Twenty-two percent of the nation’s 1,069 local Realtor associations account for approximately 80 percent of the nation’s total local Realtor association membership. The average size of local Realtor associations at the end of 2020 was 1,351 members while the median size was 383 members. Below is a ranking of the residential real estate brokerage industry’s local associations listed as of December 31, 2020. Sorted by end of year membership.

2021 Rank

Local Realtor Association

 

2020 EOY Membership

51

Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors

Independence

OH

Rank: 

51

Membership: 

6,371
Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors, based out of Independence, OH, reported 6,371 members in 2020, an increase of 5.6% from the prior year, and a 13.3% an increase from 2018.

52

New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors

Metairie

LA

Rank: 

52

Membership: 

6,226
New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors, based out of Metairie, LA, reported 6,226 members in 2020, an increase of 4.5% from the prior year, and a 8.5% an increase from 2018.

53

Charleston Trident Association of Realtors

Charleston

SC

Rank: 

53

Membership: 

6,191
Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, based out of Charleston, SC, reported 6,191 members in 2020, an increase of 4.4% from the prior year, and a 6.0% an increase from 2018.

54

Tri-County Suburban Realtors

Malvern

PA

Rank: 

54

Membership: 

6,158
Tri-County Suburban Realtors urban West Realtors Association & MCAR), based out of Malvern, PA, reported 6,158 members in 2020, an increase of 2.0% from 2019, and a 5.0% an increase from 2018.

55

Bay East Association of Realtors

Pleasanton

CA

Rank: 

55

Membership: 

5,801
Bay East Association of Realtors, based out of Pleasanton, CA, reported 5,801 members in 2020, an increase of 1.4% from the prior year, and a 3.3% an increase from 2018.

56

Santa Clara County Association of Realtors

San Jose

CA

Rank: 

56

Membership: 

5,766
Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, based out of San Jose, CA, reported 5,766 members in 2020, an increase of 1.6% from the prior year, and a 1.8% an increase from 2018.

57

Tucson Association of Realtors

Tucson

AZ

Rank: 

57

Membership: 

5,761
Tucson Association of Realtors, based out of Tucson, AZ, reported 5,761 members in 2020, an increase of 2.9% from 2019, and a 6.1% an increase from 2018.

58

Greater Nashville Association of Realtors

Nashville

TN

Rank: 

58

Membership: 

5,555
Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, based out of Nashville, TN, reported 5,555 members in 2020, an increase of 6.0% from 2019, and a 17.0% an increase from 2018.

59

Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of Realtors

Duluth

GA

Rank: 

59

Membership: 

5,517
Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of Realtors, based out of Duluth, GA, reported 5,517 members in 2020, an increase of 10.9% from 2019, and a 49.0% an increase from 2018.

60

Boise Regional Realtors

Boise

ID

Rank: 

60

Membership: 

5,431
Boise Regional Realtors, based out of Boise, ID, reported 5,431 members in 2020, an increase of 4.7% from the prior year, and a 12.8% an increase from 2018.

61

North Oakland County Board of Realtors

Waterford

MI

Rank: 

61

Membership: 

5,283
North Oakland County Board of Realtors, based out of Waterford, MI, reported 5,283 members in 2020, an increase of 1.1% from the prior year, and a 1.4% an increase from 2018.

62

Richmond Association of Realtors

Richmond

VA

Rank: 

62

Membership: 

5,240
Richmond Association of Realtors, based out of Richmond, VA, reported 5,240 members in 2020, an increase of 3.1% from the prior year, and a 8.2% an increase from 2018.

63

Nexus Association of Realtors

Cherry Hill

NJ

Rank: 

63

Membership: 

5,238
Nexus Association of Realtors, based out of Cherry Hill, NJ, reported 5,238 members in 2020, an increase of .3% from 2019, and a 34.9% an increase from 2018.

64

South Metro Denver RealtorAssociation

Littleton

CO

Rank: 

64

Membership: 

5,201
South Metro Denver RealtorAssociation, based out of Littleton, CO, reported 5,201 members in 2020, an increase of 4.0% from the prior year, and a 39.8% an increase from 2018.

65

North San Diego County Association of Realtors

Vista

CA

Rank: 

65

Membership: 

5,168
North San Diego County Association of Realtors, based out of Vista, CA, reported 5,168 members in 2020, an decrease of -1.1% from 2019, and a .2% an increase from 2018.

66

Knoxville Area Association of Realtors

Knoxville

TN

Rank: 

66

Membership: 

4,979
Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, based out of Knoxville, TN, reported 4,979 members in 2020, an increase of 7.1% from 2019, and a 17.0% an increase from 2018.

67

Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors

Cincinnati

OH

Rank: 

67

Membership: 

4,975
Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, based out of Cincinnati, OH, reported 4,975 members in 2020, an increase of 5.5% from the prior year, and a 10.5% an increase from 2018.

68

South Bay Association of Realtors

Torrance

CA

Rank: 

68

Membership: 

4,939
South Bay Association of Realtors, based out of Torrance, CA, reported 4,939 members in 2020, an increase of 1.4% from the prior year, and a 18.2% an increase from 2018.

69

Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors

Milwaukee

WI

Rank: 

69

Membership: 

4,818
Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors, based out of Milwaukee, WI, reported 4,818 members in 2020, an increase of 5.5% from the prior year, and a 15.7% an increase from 2018.

70

Greater Louisville Association of Realtors

Louisville

KY

Rank: 

70

Membership: 

4,793
Greater Louisville Association of Realtors, based out of Louisville, KY, reported 4,793 members in 2020, andecrease of -3.4% from the prior year, and a 1.6% an increase from 2018.

71

Greater Hartford Association of Realtors

West Hartford

CT

Rank: 

71

Membership: 

4,777
Greater Hartford Association of Realtors, based out of West Hartford, CT, reported 4,777 members in 2020, an increase of 12.9% from 2019, and a 18.3% an increase from 2018.

72

Silicon Valley Association of Realtors

Cupertino

CA

Rank: 

72

Membership: 

4,776
Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, based out of Cupertino, CA, reported 4,776 members in 2020, an decrease of -1.5% from the prior year, and a -.3% a decrease from 2018.

73

Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors

Murrieta

CA

Rank: 

73

Membership: 

4,716
Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors, based out of Murrieta, CA, reported 4,716 members in 2020, an increase of 2.3% from the prior year, and a 1.9% an increase from 2018.

74

Birmingham Area Association of Realtors

Birmingham

AL

Rank: 

74

Membership: 

4,615
Birmingham Area Association of Realtors, based out of Birmingham, AL, reported 4,615 members in 2020, an increase of 11.1% from the prior year, and a 14.3% an increase from 2018.

75

Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors

Tulsa

OK

Rank: 

75

Membership: 

4,494
Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors, based out of Tulsa, OK, reported 4,494 members in 2020, an increase of 6.8% from 2019, and a 13.9% an increase from 2018.

76

Space Coast Association of Realtors

Merritt Island

FL

Rank: 

76

Membership: 

4,478
Space Coast Association of Realtors vard MLS), based out of Merritt Island, FL, reported 4,478 members in 2020, an increase of 5.9% from 2019, and a 14.0% an increase from 2018.

77

Core Association of Realtors

Branchburg

NJ

Rank: 

77

Membership: 

4,438
Core Association of Realtors, based out of Branchburg, NJ, reported 4,438 members in 2020, an decrease of -.1% from 2019, and a 100.6% an increase from 2018.

78

Osceola County Association of Realtors

Kissimmee

FL

Rank: 

78

Membership: 

4,433
Osceola County Association of Realtors, based out of Kissimmee, FL, reported 4,433 members in 2020, an increase of 13.5% from 2019, and a 24.9% an increase from 2018.

79

Liberty Board of Realtors

Secaucus

NJ

Rank: 

79

Membership: 

4,397
Liberty Board of Realtors, based out of Secaucus, NJ, reported 4,397 members in 2020, an decrease of -.8% from 2019, and a -1.2% a decrease from 2018.

80

Pikes Peak Association of Realtors

Colorado Springs

CO

Rank: 

80

Membership: 

4,258
Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, based out of Colorado Springs, CO, reported 4,258 members in 2020, an increase of 5.1% from 2019, and a 12.1% an increase from 2018.

81

San Francisco Association of Realtors

San Francisco

CA

Rank: 

81

Membership: 

4,256
San Francisco Association of Realtors, based out of San Francisco, CA, reported 4,256 members in 2020, an decrease of -1.6% from the prior year, and a -.9% a decrease from 2018.

82

Inland Valleys Association of Realtors

Riverside

CA

Rank: 

82

Membership: 

4,170
Inland Valleys Association of Realtors, based out of Riverside, CA, reported 4,170 members in 2020, an increase of 4.3% from the prior year, and a 5.8% an increase from 2018.

83

Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors

Timonium

MD

Rank: 

83

Membership: 

4,104
Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, based out of Timonium, MD, reported 4,104 members in 2020, an increase of 4.6% from the prior year, and a 7.1% an increase from 2018.

84

Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors

Myrtle Beach

SC

Rank: 

84

Membership: 

4,085
Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors, based out of Myrtle Beach, SC, reported 4,085 members in 2020, an increase of 3.6% from the prior year, and a 12.8% an increase from 2018.

85

Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors

Oklahoma City

OK

Rank: 

85

Membership: 

4,078
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors, based out of Oklahoma City, OK, reported 4,078 members in 2020, an increase of 8.1% from 2019, and a 18.0% an increase from 2018.

86

Contra Costa Association of Realtors

Walnut Creek

CA

Rank: 

86

Membership: 

4,049
Contra Costa Association of Realtors, based out of Walnut Creek, CA, reported 4,049 members in 2020, an increase of .5% from the prior year, and a 2.1% an increase from 2018.

87

Memphis Area Association of Realtors

Memphis

TN

Rank: 

87

Membership: 

3,960
Memphis Area Association of Realtors, based out of Memphis, TN, reported 3,960 members in 2020, an increase of 6.0% from the prior year, and a 13.5% an increase from 2018.

88

Bucks County Association of Realtors

Warminster

PA

Rank: 

88

Membership: 

3,894
Bucks County Association of Realtors, based out of Warminster, PA, reported 3,894 members in 2020, an increase of .7% from the prior year, and a 4.9% an increase from 2018.

89

Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors

Albuquerque

NM

Rank: 

89

Membership: 

3,832
Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors, based out of Albuquerque, NM, reported 3,832 members in 2020, an increase of 2.7% from the prior year, and a 10.0% an increase from 2018.

90

Hampton Roads RealtorsAssociation

Chesapeake

VA

Rank: 

90

Membership: 

3,802
Hampton Roads Realtors Association, based out of Chesapeake, VA, reported 3,802 members in 2020, an increase of 1.3% from the prior year, and a 6.8% an increase from 2018.

91

Placer County Association of Realtors

Rocklin

CA

Rank: 

91

Membership: 

3,746
Placer County Association of Realtors, based out of Rocklin, CA, reported 3,746 members in 2020, an increase of 3.5% from the prior year, and a 4.4% an increase from 2018.

92

Emerald Coast Association of Realtors

Fort Walton Beach

FL

Rank: 

92

Membership: 

3,734
Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, based out of Fort Walton Beach, FL, reported 3,734 members in 2020, an increase of 8.0% from 2019, and a 17.0% an increase from 2018.

93

Fresno Association of Realtors

Fresno

CA

Rank: 

93

Membership: 

3,712
Fresno Association of Realtors, based out of Fresno, CA, reported 3,712 members in 2020, an increase of 3.0% from the prior year, and a 5.9% an increase from 2018.

94

Pre Georges County Association of Realtors

Upper Marlboro

MD

Rank: 

94

Membership: 

3,631
Pre Georges County Association of Realtors, based out of Upper Marlboro, MD, reported 3,631 members in 2020, an increase of 3.7% from 2019, and a 33.3% an increase from 2018.

95

North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors

Northbrook

IL

Rank: 

95

Membership: 

3,595
North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors, based out of Northbrook, IL, reported 3,595 members in 2020, an decrease of -4.6% from 2019, and a -1.9% a decrease from 2018.

96

Greater Capital Association of Realtors

Albany

NY

Rank: 

96

Membership: 

3,507
Greater Capital Association of Realtors, based out of Albany, NY, reported 3,507 members in 2020, an increase of 1.1% from 2019, and a 15.4% an increase from 2018.

97

Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors

Fort Worth

TX

Rank: 

97

Membership: 

3,458
Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors, based out of Fort Worth, TX, reported 3,458 members in 2020, an increase of 2.5% from the prior year, and a 10.5% an increase from 2018.

98

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors

Lexington

KY

Rank: 

98

Membership: 

3,450
Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors, based out of Lexington, KY, reported 3,450 members in 2020, an increase of 3.9% from 2019, and a 13.8% an increase from 2018.

99

Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors

Amherst

NY

Rank: 

99

Membership: 

3,408
Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors, based out of Amherst, NY, reported 3,408 members in 2020, an increase of 1.6% from 2019, and a 4.1% an increase from 2018.

100

RealtorsAssociation of South Central Wisconsin

Madison

WI

Rank: 

100

Membership: 

3,405
Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin, based out of Madison, WI, reported 3,405 members in 2020, an increase of 4.8% from the prior year, and a 15.5% an increase from 2018.