Why Become A Member

All members of the Kent Washington Association of Realtors are members of the NAR and are entitled to use the designation REALTOR®.

The Benefits of Belonging

Professional Development:

Education stands as a central pillar of our Association’s mission and strategic planning. We are committed to providing continuing education classes and Lunch & Learns that address the latest and most pertinent real estate topics, often at no or minimal cost to our members.

Community Involvement:

We actively participate in fundraising efforts to support various community charities.


Annually, we provide informal networking opportunities for you to connect with your peers. These occasions often coincide with our fundraising events, combining social functions with our commitment to community support.

Membership Meetings:

Throughout the year, meetings are convened to address crucial business matters, disseminate important information to our membership, recognize outstanding achievements with awards, and foster camaraderie among our members.


Explore the many opportunities within KWAOR’s committees. You’ll find immense value in areas like Community Outreach, Education, Government Affairs, Grievance, Professional Standards, Programs, Diversity Equality Inclusion (DEI), Bylaws, and Policies & Procedures. These committees are here to serve your interests, and you have the chance to volunteer and actively participate in the one that resonates with you.


REALTOR® of the Year


Richard L. Phipps Distinguished Service Award

Insurance Exchange:

Through this exchange below, our members have the opportunity to access group rates for a diverse range of insurance products.

REALTORS® Insurance Place (National Association of REALTORS®)


All members are welcome to utilize the services of the Association’s Professional Standards Committee, which facilitates the private resolution of commission disputes between members through the arbitration process.


We employ email, our website, and social media platforms to ensure you stay informed about the latest real estate and association news. As a valued member, you will also receive a monthly edition of the KWAOR Updates newsletter, providing comprehensive coverage of statewide and national real estate activities.

Sentrilock Lockbox:

The Lockbox Loaner Program is an exciting member benefit. KWAOR offers our members one (1) Lockbox for 90 days as a FREE trial. Stronger, more reliable, and smarter than any other electronic lockbox, you can securely and conveniently access homes while creating great home showing experiences.

Why Become a Member?

Obtaining your real estate license does not automatically classify you as a REALTOR®. The terms REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, and REALTORS® are officially registered trademarks of the National Association of REALTORS®.

Membership in the Kent Washington Association of REALTORS® signifies your commitment to adhering to a stringent Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. This Code is a pledge to treat sellers and buyers with fairness and integrity.

Since 1916, when the distinctive term REALTOR® was first coined, the public has come to recognize those who use these marks as members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

When individuals embark on a journey to buy or sell a home, it’s crucial for them to understand the distinction between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®. Unlike a Real Estate Agent, a REALTOR® has dedicated themselves to providing real estate-related services in accordance with the Code of Ethics and the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and competence.

Furthermore, beyond holding a real estate license, a REALTOR® is a member of a Professional Trade Association. In our case, this includes membership in the Kent Washington Association of REALTORS®, Rhode Island Association of REALTORS® (RIAR), and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). These trade associations work diligently to enhance property values and collaborate closely with policymakers at all levels to safeguard the rights of private property owners.

Remember all REALTORS are licensed, but not every licensee is a REALTOR®.

All members of the Kent Washington Association of Realtors are members of the NAR and are entitled to use the designation REALTOR®.

Interested in becoming a KWAOR member?

There are many benefits of belonging to the Kent Washington Association of Realtors, consider your membership today!