Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a REALTOR® and a licensed broker?

The main difference is that a Realtor® belongs to the National Association of Realtors®. A Realtor® adheres to a strict code of ethics that establishes obligations that may be higher than those mandated by law.

I’m interested in getting my real estate license. How do I do that?

You can find that information at the Canopy Real Estate Institute, the official real estate school of Canopy Realtor® Association. 

I just passed my real estate exam. Can I join the Association?

You can join the Association once you receive your license number from the real estate commission and once you’ve affiliated with a broker-in-charge.

I want to join the association but I don’t know what I will owe. How do I figure that out?

Every new member pays a one-time initiation fee of $250 plus prorated local/state/national dues. The Canopy Realtor® Association fee schedule is located here.  The Canopy MLS fee schedule is located here.

I would like to file a complaint against a Realtor®. What do I do?

To file a complaint, complete the brief “Ethics Complaint” form found here. Attach that form to a narrative of what transpired and send the completed forms to

I am already a member of another association. Can I join your association? If I join, will I get double billed for my dues?

Every Realtor® member can join another association as a secondary member. If you currently hold primary Realtor® membership with an association in the state of North Carolina, you would only pay local dues to our association.  If you hold primary Realtor® membership in an association outside of North Carolina, you would pay local and state dues to our association.

I am an appraiser and need MLS access. Do I have to join the Realtor® association?

Yes. The National Association of Realtors® compares a certified appraiser (Designated Realtor®) license with that of a real estate broker’s license. The same rules/policies and billing structure apply. If you are the certified appraiser for the firm, every appraiser in the firm must either join as a Realtor® member, or you, as the Designated Realtor®, will be responsible for paying a nonmember licensee assessment fee for each appraiser in your firm who chooses not to join as a Realtor® member.