Frequently Asked Questions

What is a REALTOR®?
How do I become a REALTOR®?
What is the Mississippi Association of REALTORS®?
What is the Mississippi Real Estate Commission?
How do I file a complaint against a REALTOR®?
What is my NRDS number, and what does NRDS stand for?
How do I update my ZipForm information?
How do I update my NRDS contact information?
How do I rent meeting space at the MAR facility?
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What is a REALTOR®?

A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® who is required to abide by a strict Code of Ethics. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark of the National Association of REALTORS® and misuse of the term is a trademark violation. To become a REALTOR® a person who holds a real estate license may join their local REALTOR® Association which makes them automatically a member of the State and National Associations.

How do I become a REALTOR®?

Before becoming a REALTOR®, you first must earn a real estate license. All Mississippi real estate professionals are licensed by the Mississippi Real Estate Commission (MREC). Their requirements for earning a license are as follows:

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must be a resident of Mississippi prior to completing the application
  • Must complete a minimum of 60 hours of MREC approved real estate courses
  • Must pass the state licensing exam
  • Must work under the supervision of a Mississippi real estate broker
  • Must complete an approved 30-hour post-license course within one year after being issued the temporary salesperson’s license

The Mississippi REALTOR® Institute offers both Salesperson’s Pre-license and Post-license courses online and in several classroom locations in Mississippi. For details on available courses, visit www.realtorinstitute.org.

Once you have your license, consider taking an extra step toward competence and professionalism by joining your local, state, and national Associations of REALTORS®. Then, and only then, may you legally use the term "REALTOR®" following your name, a symbol that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the REALTOR® family and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

To join, ask your broker to which Local Association of REALTORS® he or she belongs, then contact that local board for an application and additional instructions.

What is the Mississippi Association of REALTORS®?

The Mississippi Association of REALTORS® is a trade association that provides business benefits to its members that include education, communication and lobbying for business friendly legislation. The Association is located at 4274 Lakeland Drive in Jackson, MS just east of the Airport Road intersection and can be reached at 601-932-5241.

What is the Mississippi Real Estate Commission?

The Mississippi Real Estate Commission is the state agency that administers licensing exams, issues licenses and regulates the activities of licensees who must comply with Mississippi license law. For more information, please visit The Real Estate Commission website: www.mrec.state.ms.us.

How do I file a complaint against a REALTOR®?

Contact the local Association of REALTORS® in which the REALTOR® holds membership. You will be provided with a copy of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and a complaint form. For a REALTOR® to be sanctioned he or she must be found guilty of violating one or more specific Articles of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.

What is my NRDS number, and what does NRDS stand for?

NRDS is an acronym for National Realtors Database System. NRDS was designed and implemented by a group of Association Executives from state and local associations serving on the NRDS Standards Board as a single database residing on the Internet to store the member and office records for the Realtor organization. The data is maintained by Points of Entry (POEs) - most often the local association and in some cases, the state association acting for the local association.

When you became a member of the Association, you should have recieved a wallet card with your NRDS number printed on it. You can also contact your local board or the MAR staff to find your NRDS number.

For more information about NRDS, please visit NAR's NRDS User Guide.

How do I update my contact information?

How you update certain information in your NRDS record depends on the information you need to change. Some things must be done by your Local Board, some by your Broker, and some can be changed by you the member.

Here is a document that explains it all. (PDF)

How do I update my ZipForm information?

To update your company information in ZipForm, simply go to http://zipform.com and on the left hand side, under ZipForm® Desktop , you will see a link that says Change Company Information. You will need the Redemption Code that was emailed to you when you first downloaded ZipForm

Forgot your Redemption code?

  • Step 1. Sign into your ZipFormDesktop Program with your Username and Password.
  • Step 2. It will ask you to "Create a New Transaction" or "Use an Existing Transaction". Click Cancel.
  • Step 3. You will now be at a blank ZipFormDesktop Screen.
  • Step 4. Go up to Help and choose About. That will display both your Serial Number and Redemption Code.

How do I rent meeting space at the MAR facility?

Meeting space at the Mississippi Association of REALTORS® facility on Lakeland Drive in Jackson may be available for your meeting or event. For rental rates, procedures and available dates contact MAR by e-mail or by calling (601) 932-5241.