Your membership in the Greater Louisville Association of REALTORS® (GLAR), the largest local real estate association in Kentucky, gives you access to valuable tools and services that will make your career successful and enjoyable. GLAR, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the Kentucky Association of REALTORS® (KAR) provide many services that support your needs and help keep your business productive.
State and National Resources
By becoming a member of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors®, you automatically become a member of the Kentucky Association of Realtors® (KAR) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). At each level, your associations are working to increase the standards of real estate and provide benefits and services to better your business.
Only Realtor® members are allowed to use the term “Realtor®” and the trademarked Realtor® “R.” The logo is most often used on letterhead, business cards and advertising. The Realtor® logo signifies your membership in the largest trade association and that you abide by a strict Code of Ethics. For logo usage guidelines, please click here.
Multiple Listing Service
One of the most important services offered by the Association is the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS. The Association provides a state of the art Internet based system for our members. This program, called Flexmls, is a user-friendly system that requires minimum training. Free hands on training sessions are held frequently in our computer lab. For training class information on Flexmls, go to IMS. Flexmls also has a robust video tutorial library. Select the “Help” button on the top right hand corner of the screen to access all help tools.
Market Statistics are also produced each month and provided to our members to enhance your knowledge of local market information. These monthly reports can be found on this website.
How to Access the MLS System:
MLS website address – www.flexmls.com
There are currently two levels of Flexmls training available. The Flexmls Introductory training provides a hands-on overview of the Flexmls system. Topics covered include: the member dashboard, creating searches, auto-emailing prospects, the Hotsheet, and changing your profile. The Advanced Flexmls training is designed for more experienced users, and includes information on CMA’s, customizing Flex, statistics, tax searches, and reverse prospecting.
The forms online class will teach you the ins and outs of using the Transaction Desk system. You’ll learn how to use the full features of this system such as auto-filling from the MLS, editing, emailing, creating transaction files, electronic signatures and more.
Along with technical training and support for Flexmls, we monitor the system to verify that all of the rules and regulations are being followed. We welcome any suggestions to improve the MLS system. All recommendations are presented to our MLS Improvement Committee for consideration.
The MLS staff provides basic computer support for those members who do not have an IT staff. Assistance can be provided for basic computer and printing problems. Support staff is available Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm by calling (502)894-9860 or by emailing Help@LouisvilleRealtors.com.
Showing Time for the MLS assists you with conveniently scheduling your showings. It has been integrated into the Flexmls system, and can save time by generating showings, delivering feedback and helping you sell listings more efficiently. To access Showing Time, log into Flexmls, select “Preferences”, “My Profile”, followed by “Showing Time Settings”. This directs you to the Showing Time for the MLS Home Page Dashboard.
Demonstrations of Showing Time are available by visiting: www.showingtime.com/mls/GLAR.
Kentucky Commercial Real Estate Alliance
KCREA is a state-wide, web based Commercial Information Exchange (CIE) owned and maintained by the Greater Louisville Association of REALTORS® (GLAR), for the purpose of supporting and enhancing the commercial real estate market through a comprehensive listings database of commercial and industrial properties. Members meet quarterly for general business, industry-related speakers and the opportunity to network with peers. For more information, contact the KCREA Administrator at (502) 894-9860 or email Joan@LouisvilleRealtors.com.
Forms, such as Listing Agreements, Sales Contracts, Seller’s Disclosure, Leases, and Lead Paint Disclosures are available to members in the REALTOR® Store and can also be found online.
Our online forms service, Transaction Desk, gives you the ability to:
- Negotiate online
- Email forms in a read-only or editable format
- Create, modify and save contracts and forms
- Store information on commonly used clauses and stipulations
- Use digital signatures
- Track each form’s history
If you’re logged into the MLS you can find Transaction Desk under the “Daily Functions” tab.
Shop With Us
The REALTOR® Store is conveniently located on the 1st floor of the GLAR offices and houses basically everything a REALTOR® needs. Products include forms, real estate calculators, display items, books, maps, real estate signs, closing gifts and much more. Visit IMS and you can also shop the Realtor® Store online and have your purchases shipped to you or picked up at your convenience. Store hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.
Supra Lock Boxes & Keys
Supra is a state of the art electronic lockbox system that provides excellent protection to you and your seller. Supra keys are available for lease in the Membership Department, while Supra lockboxes may be purchased in the REALTOR® Store.
The Association offers two types of Supra keys. The ActiveKEY is a dedicated electronic key that allows you to access key boxes. The eKEY enables you to utilize your smartphone as a lockbox key. For more information on Supra service and pricing, please contact the Membership Department at 502-894-9860 or email Membership@LouisvilleRealtors.com.
On occasion, the REALTOR® Store has pre-owned Supra boxes for sale at a discount. A waiting list of interested purchasers is maintained in the Store. If you are interested in purchasing a pre-owned Supra Box, please email Store@LouisvilleRealtors.com.
Being a part of GLAR’s various committees, task force and advisory groups is a way to get involved with the Association and ensure that your voice is heard. Current committees, task force and advisory groups include:
- Week of Service– Determine community involvement projects for GLAR’s Week of Service
- Forms – Discuss changes and format of all forms.
- Government Affairs – Monitor and address legislative concerns.
- Candidate Interview Committees – Interview candidates running for elected office at the local and state level.
- MLS Improvement – Suggest improvements to the MLS System
- KCREA Committee- Suggest improvements to the CIE System
- Young Professionals Network – This group schedules programs to encourage involvement of our younger aged members.
Committee sign up forms go out in August of each year.
Professional Development: Classroom & Online
The Greater Louisville Association of REALTORS® (GLAR) is dedicated to providing quality educational programs which keep our members current on the latest industry trends and laws. Most courses have been approved by the Kentucky Real Estate Commission to meet Kentucky’s requirements for license renewal. GLAR also offers mandatory courses, such as the KREC Core Class and the National Association of REALTORS® Ethics Class. Special classes are also available for agents who want to work toward obtaining a national Designation such as Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI), Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) and NAR’s Green Designation. Members can view a current schedule and register for courses through GLAR’s Internet Member Services (IMS). All courses are offered at a discounted rate to members.
GLAR offers online education classes as well as classroom CE.
If you have any questions regarding your education requirements for the year, please contact the Kentucky Real Estate Commission at 502-429-7250.
Each year the Association presents awards to distinguished members at our Annual Membership Meeting. Awards presented include the REALTOR® of the Year, John R. Carpenter Award for Community Service, the Wall of Honor, the Rookie of the Year, and the President’s Award.
Events & Social Networking
Members have the opportunity to participate in many special events throughout the year. These events provide networking opportunities and also a great deal of fun. Some of our events include the annual Golf Scramble, Spring Day at the Races, our Annual Meeting and a Member Holiday Party.
GLAR also holds free events throughout the year that cover industry topics and trends including YPN events and Rookie Meetings. These programs are advertised in the REALTOR® Direct weekly eNews, the front page of the MLS, and listed online on Internet Member Services (IMS).
Week of Service
The REALTORS Care Week of Service is GLAR’s community service initiative for members. During this dedicated week, there are numerous volunteer opportunities listed for members to give back to the community on the Week of Service website at www.WeekofService.com.
The Member Lounge is located on the first floor of the Association office and is a great space for you to work, to meet with your clients and to meet with your fellow REALTORS. It offers comfortable seating, a small conference room, free wi-fi, two computer workstations, and a wi-fi printer with Airplay. Members may use this space seven days a week from 8am – 10pm each day. After 5pm on weekdays and from 8am – 10pm on the weekend, the entrance to the building will be locked. Members will be assigned a unique passcode that will allow them entry during these hours.