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FAQs about Howard County Association of Realtors®



What is HCAR?

Howard County Association of REALTORS® - A local association made up of REALTOR® Members and Industry Professionals.


How do you find a REALTOR®?

You can search for a REALTOR® by name or company on our Search REALTORS® page.

How do you find Industry Professionals? (i.e. title co, mortgage lenders)

You can search for industry professionals on our Affiliate Services page.


What is the inclement weather policy?

You can find out more information about this topic on our Inclement Weather page.


Where do I go for a lockbox, sign riders, and other REALTOR® items?

HCAR now has a REALTOR® Store!
Please visit the HCAR office to purchase and pick up items. *We recommend that you call the office first.


Where can I take Continuing Education classes?

HCAR offers in-person continuing education and online courses.
View CE schedules and registration.


Where do I pay my dues?

You can find out more information regarding your dues payment on our Pay Dues page. You must login to view this information.


What is RPAC?

RPAC stands for REALTOR® Political Action Committee.
The REALTOR® Party is non-partisan. RPAC contributions from REALTOR® members go to elected officials and candidates that support issues important to the real estate industry. To find out more and to contribute, you can visit the RPAC page.


Where do I find upcoming events?

HCAR has several networking, fundraising, and charitable focused events throughout the year.
Please visit our Events page to see the schedule and sign up!


Where do I go if I have a complaint?

If you have an HCAR related complaint or for a dispute resolution, please e-mail: or contact Rita Williams, Administrator at 410-715-1438.

The Code of Ethics is a promise to the public that defines the professionalism and service to be expected from a member of the National Association of REALTORS®

Dispute Resolution If you believe that a Howard County Association of REALTOR® (HCAR) member acted unethically in a real estate transaction, you may address the issue through HCAR. 

For comprehensive information regarding Ethics Complaints, Ombudsman, Arbitration, and Mediation services please visit Maryland REALTORS® Legal page. 

Consumer Complaints If you wish to file an ethics complaint with HCAR against a member, you must complete and return the Ethics Complaint Form, citing the article(s) of the code of ethics you allege were violated and attach a written statement of facts. Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the facts were known. Once your complaint has been received, it will be forwarded to the Grievance and Professional Standards Committee for its review and determination as to whether the matter warrants a formal hearing. You will be notified of the Grievance and Professional Standards Committee’s action. If the committee finds a hearing is warranted Maryland REALTORS® will schedule a hearing. Should you have any questions, please contact Rita Williams, Administrator at 410-715-1438.

Before You File An Ethics Complaint 

Ethics Complaint Form

If you have a legal question related to a transaction or contract, you may contact the Maryland REALTORS® Legal Hotline at 1-800-888-1272 or visit their Legal Hotline web page.


How do I become a HCAR member as a REALTOR® or Affiliate?

You can find out more information about this topic on our JOIN HCAR page.


How do I join a HCAR committee, apply for a Board of Directors position, or get more involved?

To join a committee or participate in community service, click here.

To join the BOD, click here.

To attend events, click here.


What are your hours and where are you located?

Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Address: 8600 Snowden River Parkway, Suite #104, Columbia, MD 21045

Learn more about our inclement weather policy.


Does HCAR offer Pre-licensing classes?

We don’t offer pre-licensing classes.
Please visit the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations website.


Where can I find listing and contract forms?

These forms are for HCAR REALTOR® members only. Please login to access this information.


What portion of my dues are deductible?

Compliance with the Tax Reform Act of 1993 requires that the portion of dues attributable to lobbying and political activities at the State and Federal levels of government be considered nondeductible for income tax purposes. We recommend consulting your tax accountant prior to making the deductions. RPAC Donations are non-deductible

NON-deductible Portion of 2019 Dues: Total $80.00 = NAR $57.00 + Maryland REALTORS® $23.00 + HCAR $0

NON-deductible Portion of 2018 Dues: Total $71.00 = NAR $52.00 + Maryland REALTORS® $19.00 + HCAR $0

NON-deductible Portion of 2017 Dues: Total $95.00 = NAR $50.00 + Maryland REALTORS® $45.00 + HCAR $0


Where do I find home sales statistics?

Log in to the members only area to find home sales statistics.

Do I have to donate to RPAC (REALTORS® Political Action Committee?)

Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS® or any of its state associations or local boards will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed.