Montcalm County Association of REALTORS® Member Benefits

MCAR takes great pride in being a smaller Association that's willing to support our membership in your career endeavors through various member benefits including:

  • Various networking and continued educational opportunities throughout the year;

  • Michigan Regional Information Center, LLC (MICHRIC) is listing database that currently serves approximately 5,700 REALTORS® from 11 boards & associations on the south and west side of the state, representing 22 counties in total which include such cities as Greenville, Ionia, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Saugatuck, Manistee, St. Joseph, Hillsdale and many others. 

    MICHRIC, LLC. also has a data access agreement through password sharing with Realcomp II Ltd.  “As Michigan's largest REALTOR®-owned Multiple Listing Service, Realcomp II Ltd., has grown to serve more than 12,000 valued broker, agent, and appraiser customers in over 2,100 real estate offices across Southeastern Michigan since it began in 1994.”  “At no extra charge, members of each MLS will be able to log into the other’s system with a guest ID and password. Currently, Realcomp has more than 30,200 active listings, while MRIC has nearly 24,000.” 

  • MCAR is also members of the Great Lakes Repository who also “recently finalized agreements with the eight (8) REALTOR® Associations that are Shareholders of Realcomp II Ltd., an MLS in Farmington Hills, MI. “We are excited to welcome these new Members to the GLR, giving the GLR a total of nineteen (19) Members representing twelve (12) MLSs sharing data,” said Dave DeRees, President of The Great Lakes Repository. Currently, the data is being mapped and is scheduled to go live on March 1, 2016. Once the new data is live, the GLR will be estimated to have over 55,000 active listings in the state, and is also estimated to have 67% of the REALTORS® in Michigan and 66% of all active and historical listings in the state. 

    “The sharing of data fields alone does not make for successful data sharing,” said DeRees “The GLR shares offers of cooperation and compensation.”  It also allows for sharing of IDX information, shared data on public-facing MLS websites and apps (subject to opt-outs), and the use of the shared data in third-party programs such as CMA and statistical software.  The goal of the GLR is to one day have a statewide database with MLS of choice for real estate professionals.”