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Please contact our Member Experience Coordinator, Janessa Martinez, 630-232-2360 ext 103 to schedule your membership appointment or for specific questions surrounding your application for membership with RAFV.

A Zoom meeting is required to complete the application process.


What is the procedure for becoming a member of the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley?


Business Partner

RAFV is one of the top 5 largest local REALTOR® Associations in Illinois. The RAFV Business Partner Membership is the right choice for local businesses looking for a new avenue to expand their audience. If your product or service is closely related to the real estate industry, give our membership team a call. Real estate transactions require the cooperation of multiple professionals, each facilitating the process and moving it forward to close. Our REALTOR® members need to know about you. For more information please click HERE

REALTOR® / Broker
This individual has completed the required 90 hours of broker pre-license coursework, has passed the state licensing exam and is a licensed real estate broker or has applied for their real estate broker's license.  They are being sponsored by a Managing Broker.

Designated REALTOR® (DR) / Managing Broker
This individual is the head of the office. If you are opening your own office, ask about additional fees. We will also ask you for the paperwork you have filed with IDFPR for your company name. This person must be at least 20 years old, have an active, valid Illinois real estate broker license, and have had an active real estate license for two (2) of the past three (3) years. They must also successfully complete the 45 hours of required managing broker pre-license education and pass the state licensing exam.

REALTOR® Appraiser (RA)
Don't be confused by the term REALTOR® - this member type is not a licensed real estate broker.  This individual is an appraiser working under a DRA. While RA's are not technically sponsored by DRA's, we will require a letter from the DRA stating you are working under his/her company name. This member type is eligible for a SentriLock card.

Designated REALTOR® Appraiser (DRA)
Don't be confused by the term REALTOR® - this member type is not a licensed real estate broker.  This member is a licensed real estate appraiser. This member type is eligible for a SentriLock card.

Leasing Agent
This person works with property owners to market and show their properties and attract good tenants. They also help renters find and lease properties. Leasing agents must complete a 15-hour Residential Leasing Agent course at a state-approved school, and pass the state licensing exam.

If you are a REALTOR®, Designated REALTOR® (DR), REALTOR® Appraiser, Designated REALTOR® Appraiser (DRA), or Leasing Agent ("Agent" is understood as being any of these applicant types), please follow the steps below.

Please review the video below prior to application.

  1. Agent accesses on-line application. Click HERE.
  2. RAFV receives notification that the app has been completed
  3. RAFV sends an email the following to the DR or DRA, and agent:

    1. Requiring either a 45 day permit or a printout/printscreen from IDFPR showing the Managing Broker (DR) has accepted, or at least applied for, sponsorship of the agent
    2. Fee pages (initial and monthly fees); both pages must be signed and returned to RAFV with 3 business days

  4. RAFV receives items requested from DR and agent
  5. Agent emails RAFV for an appointment
  6. When the above are completed, meets via Zoom with the agent for 30 to 45 minutes to complete the sign-up procedure

What will you need to bring to the Zoom appointment?

  • Form of payment - we credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AmEx), as well as check and money order

How long will this take?

We pride ourselves on strong customer service at RAFV. Most appointments take 30-45 minutes. You will be given our full attention. Come prepared to soak in a lot of info about your new association.

What should I know before my appointment?

We will guide you through this process. Speaking with your Designted Managing Broker about the SentriLock® app prior to the meeting is beneficial.  You should know prior to the meeting if you will use the SentriLock® app, or if you would rather not incorporae the app at this time. If you want the SentriLock® app, you will be asked to complete an additional form and pay the additional $150 annual fee for SentriLock®.  There is no pro-rating.


Transfers From Another Association

If you are transferring from another association, ensure you have requested a Letter of Good Standing from your previous association. This will be required to join RAFV. The letter should provide us with your: local join date, NRDS ID number, and the date of your New Member Orientation completion. Our Member Experience Coordinator will determine if you need to re-take orientation with RAFV, as well as help you to determine your transfer fees.

Internal Transfer

If you are transferring internally and already belong to another RAFV office, we simply require you to submit the following to us via email:

  • Either a 45 day permit or a printout/printscreen from IDFPR showing the new Managing Broker (DR) has accepted sponsorship of the agent
  • Completed Internal Transfer Form
  • $25 fee is required up front, as explained on the Transfer Form

Board of Choice

All local associations are assigned an approximate jurisdiction, RAFV honors NAR's Board of Choice policy. Simply put, you may join any board you would like in your state as long as your managing broker is also a member of said board.

The primary board of affiliation elected by a REALTOR ® must be in the state where the REALTOR ® is licensed and maintains his/her principal place of business. Licensees affiliated with a REALTOR ® firm may choose as their "primary" board any board in the state where the firm maintains a "Designated" REALTOR®.

We suggest you speak directly to your Managing Broker about your REALTOR® membership.

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