The Emerald Coast Association of REALTORS® (ECAR) is part of a three-pronged system.  There are three distinct types of membership as a REALTOR®, and they all work together.  In order to call yourself a REALTOR®, you must belong to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).  In order to belong to NAR, you must belong to the state association (Florida REALTORS®) and the local association.  Because of a rule called “Board of Choice,” a REALTOR® can belong to any local association. ECAR is the local association to join in Northwest Florida – no other association compares.

You are joining with more than 5,000 REALTORS® locally and over 1.2 million across the nation. These REALTORS® are dedicated to serving America’s property owners at the local, state and national levels. Your success is imperative to us. The leadership and staff of ECAR are part of a powerful team working with you to excel in the real estate industry



Orientation is required for all applicants (unless you are a reinstating, secondary or transferring member – see requirements here). Orientation is held once per month (other than December). You will have three months to complete the Orientation. If you do not complete the Orientation within the three-month time period, then your application for membership will be cancelled and you forfeit the Application fee. Once forfeited, you must repay the application fee to reinstate your application. You must complete Orientation before you can become a REALTOR® member of ECAR.


Once you submit your application for membership and your MLS User ID and password have been emailed to you, you will need to go to NAR’s website and create your account. Once your account is created, you will need to log in and complete the New Member Code of Ethics training. When completed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and will need to email this to Pearlie( in order to be registered for the next available Orientation.