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GPAR has a team of professional staffers dedicated to helping members with their business. From electronic keys to professional development to grassroots advocacy, the GPAR staff is here to assist our members.
Professional Standards, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Administration
The vast majority of real estate transactions close without incident, however, unprofessional behavior, problems or disputes do occur. GPAR is committed to enforcing the REALTORS® Code of Ethics to eliminate practices that damage the public and dishonors the real estate profession. We promote honesty, integrity, fairness and competency to resolve disputes on the basis of the informed judgment of one’s peers. We ensure due process, which requires a fair and diligent search for the truth with an opportunity for all facts to be gathered, all views to be heard, all defenses to be raised and all prejudice or bias to be expunged. GPAR also facilitates options to avoid long and costly court litigation when transaction problems arise. The Home Buyers/Home Sellers Dispute Resolution System (DRS) mediation program can help when a dispute cannot be resolved through negotiations. Arbitration is another legal technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts. It is a settlement method in which a third party reviews the case and imposes a decision that is legally binding for both sides. When problems arise, please reach out to us to explore your options.
Your Legislative Advocate
GPAR is the legislative voice of the Philadelphia REALTOR® community in both City Hall and Harrisburg. We are effective advocates for our members because we’ve built meaningful relationships with policy makers. Locally, we understand the city’s unique legislative process. Prior successes include passage of legislation creating the nation’s largest land bank, which will improve neighborhoods and the housing market. We’ve actively supported legislation to repurpose unused public schools, collect delinquent taxes, and the very successful 10-year real estate tax abatement program. On the state level, we articulate our voice to the city’s delegation.
Professional Development & Networking Events
The Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® (GPAR) helps with your educational and professional development needs. We host numerous pay as you go educational courses, including designation and continuing education. GPAR also hosts a ton of FREE networking events and seminars to connect you with key industry contacts and expand your toolbox to successfully grow your business.
GPAR partnered with more than 40 visionary associations and put aside traditional views of how an MLS was supposed to operate to form the new era of MLS: Bright MLS. Bright provides subscribers with access to listing information for a larger geographic area, modern, easy-to-use systems and apps to serve your clients and run your business, and a comprehensive ecosystem of robust property information and analytics. GPAR members receive discounted subscription fees for Bright MLS that annually save members over $200. We also regularly host free training workshops to improve your MLS skills.
Easy to use, quick to learn and a snap to implement. DocuSign makes approvals and agreements simple and convenient for everyone involved. You don’t have to modify your documents or workflows. You can access, sign and send important documents from your desk, on the road or everywhere in between.
Realtors Property Resource – RPR
Realtors Property Resource gives you comprehensive data, powerful reports, and dynamic tools for every segment of the REALTOR® industry. Created by REALTORS® for REALTORS®, RPR provides robust data sets and reporting tools every REALTOR® needs to meet the growing demands of today’s consumer.
The zipLogix™ suite of time-proven products give you a comprehensive transaction platform to use on computers and smart devices. You get the tools needed to securely streamline the management and storage of your transaction documents.
Inman Select Membership
All simultaneously active GPAR and Bright MLS members now receive a free Inman Select membership – a $250 value. Get daily headlines, market updates, podcasts, video profiles and tech reviews. Inman Select is a one stop shop for breaking news, trends and insights from the industry’s best.
Members have access to a free legal hotline providing information about Pennsylvania real estate law. Attorneys familiar with real estate issues staff the hotline, taking calls on a variety of issues from advertising to escrow. To access this free benefit provided by the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®, please call 800-555-3390 between 9-11 AM or 1-3 PM Monday through Friday.
Business Planning Resources
Writing a business plan may seem a daunting task as there are so many moving parts and concepts to address The National Association of REALTORS® has great resources to help you take it one step at a time to be sure you on are on track to meet your goals. Reference articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives that are only made available to members. Visit here to make your business plan one for success.
Welcome Home is a consumer survey project sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®. The surveys, performed by Keystone Analytics®, are conducted on a quarterly basis and provide information on a number of consumer buying trends, such as financing products used in the transaction, reasons behind the home purchase and challenges faced with the buying process. Find more information at WelcomeHomePA.org or on Twitter at #WelcomeHomePA.
PAR Member Benefits
As a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® (PAR), you receive various benefits and advantages to membership. Log in to the PAR website to see all that your membership unlocks.
NAR Member Benefits
As a member of the National Association of REALTORS® you have access to a wide array of benefits, business tools, real estate market data, educational opportunities, and discount programs designed to help you succeed in today’s market. More information about the valuable programs and services you receive can be found here.
GPAR Tool Box
Please visit the GPAR Tool Box to learn more about other membership benefits.
The Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® encourages our members to be in compliance with the advertising rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission and to properly use of the REALTOR® logo membership mark. The Guidelines for Advertising and Solicitation from the Real Estate Commission provide general information for real estate advertising, while the Memberships Mark Manual from NAR instructs you on the proper use of the REALTOR® trademark.
DocuSign® is a member benefit that gives the ability to send legally binding documents and get signatures anytime, anywhere from any Internet-connected device. Members can also utilize DocuSign® Transaction Rooms for storage and transaction management option for real estate. Its integration with DocuSign® and zipForm® Plus, gives members increased flexibility and efficiency. Click here for more information about DocuSign®.
How to Activate Your FREE DocuSign Account
All Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® members are sent a DocuSign Activation Email upon joining GPAR. If you would like the Activation Email resent, please contact Cheryl Adams at Cheryl@gpar.org or call 215-423-9381.
How to Activate Your FREE DocuSign Transaction Rooms Account
- Go to https://realestate.docusign.com/signup/free
- Complete the form, including creating a password.
- At the bottom of the form, enter the special GPAR Promo Code. Contact Cheryl Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-423-9381 to request the code. Note: This is an important step. The promo code assures you’ll have access to the FULL DocuSign® Transaction Rooms service as opposed to a limited free trial account.
- Once the Promo Code is entered, click on the box “Apply”.
- Click on the link “Create My Account” at the bottom of the page.
- Check your email for an activation message from DocuSign® Transaction Rooms to complete the set-up process.
Support, Questions, Problems and Training Assistance
For technical problems or questions with DocuSign® for REALTORS® Professional, please contact DocuSign® customer support at email@example.com or 866-219-4318.
For technical problems or questions with DocuSign® Transaction Rooms, please contact DocuSign® Transaction Rooms customer support at 888-600-4146 Option 1 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are guides and videos available from DocuSign® to get you up and running with the program fast. You can access these tools now by clicking on the following links:
GPAR members can now get all the real estate industry information they need in one place with Inman Select. As a professional you know the importance of being informed and up to date with issues that relate to real estate. It can be time consuming to visit multiple websites each day. Now, Inman Select provides you breaking industry news, trends to stay ahead and insights from the industry’s best.
You will need to sign up with the email you have provided to GPAR and Bright MLS. This is the email address that Inman will verify. If you have individual Select memberships, in accordance with the Inman Select Terms of Service, you are only eligible to join under GPAR/Bright MLS group account at the end of your current membership term. Please check the Terms of Service for verification.
How to Activate Your FREE Inman Select Account
- Log in at com/select with [EMAIL] as your username and temporary password “welcome”.
- That’s it! Once you’re in, take advantage of all that Inman Select has to offer!
If you need assistance, please contact Inman Select directly at email@example.com call 1-800-775-4662 and press 1 to reach Customer Service.
Legal Hot Line
As a member of GPAR you have access to Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® Legal Hotline. The Legal Hotline is consistently ranked as one of the most popular and important benefits of being a Pennsylvania Realtor®.
The Hotline fields as many as 5,000 calls per year. To get the best service, and to help ensure that the Hotline is available for as many members as possible, please review these guidelines. Attorneys familiar with real estate issues staff the hotline, taking calls on a variety of issues from advertising to escrow. To access this free benefit provided by the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®, please call 800-555-3390 between 9-11 AM or 1-3 PM Monday through Friday.
The Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS®, in conjunction with TREND, provides monthly market reports for all counties school districts in the Greater Philadelphia Association membership area. TREND also provides the association quarterly market reports for the counties.
The following is the current monthly residential market statistics reports for Philadelphia County. (WE NEED THE LINK)
REALTORS® Property Resources (RPR)
REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR) is the National Association of REALTORS® exclusive online real estate database. This REALTOR® only service is now available to GPAR members who also actively hold membership in TREND as a member benefit.
RPR is a single-source national compilation of public information that provides all the facts on over 147million U.S. residential and commercial properties and allows GPAR members to provide comprehensive information to their clients.
RPR offers many features to help REALTORS®, including comprehensive compilations of property data in one application, analytics, side-by-side comparisons of listing history, integration of RPR with TREND MLS data, and tax and assessment data. RPR provides detailed historical and current views of properties to clients, utilizing RPR’s robust collection of data and can help leverage accurate and advanced search tools to more accurately and speedily serve your client. It also allows REALTORS® to conduct nationwide property searches, provide clients with market-to-market comparisons of each property listing and generate custom demographic reports and market analyses for listing presentations.
Note: RPR does not replace TREND but rather provides additional tools. RPR is not a national MLS, and will carry no offers of cooperation and compensation.
How to Activate Your RPR Account
- Go to the RPR Website.
- Under the login information, click on the link “Create Account”.
- Use your individual NRDS Number. Don’t know your NRDS Number? Click here.
- Use your individual Bright MLS ID Number. Don’t know your Bright MLS ID Number? Go to your Bright MLS account and search for your name in the directory for your Bright MLS ID number.
- Follow the rest of the instructions to set up your account.
Support, Questions, Problems and Training Assistance
If you have questions or problems about how to access or use RPR, please use the helpful links below.
It is important to correctly use National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) membership marks according to the rules outlined in the Membership Marks Manual. This includes the REALTOR® logo and the terms REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, REALTORS®. Questions about this Manual can be directed to NAR’s Legal Affairs team via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about the importance of NAR’s membership marks can be found at the below links.
Laws & Regulations – Consumer Notice
In an effort to enable consumers of real estate services to make informed decisions about the business relationships they may have with real estate brokers and salespersons (licensees), the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act (RELRA) requires that consumers be provided with this Notice at the initial interview. Download the Consumer Notice found here.
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a nonprofit, membership organization whose mission is to promote the appreciation, protection and revitalization of the Philadelphia region’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes. The site was created as a repository for all things ‘historic preservation’ related in Philadelphia – Protect, Explore, Restore & Participate!
The Philadelphia Historical Commission identifies and designates historic resources, listing them on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, an inventory that currently includes more than 22,000 properties and 15 historic districts.
Lead Base Paint
When selling, leasing, or renovating a property you must provide the buyer or tenant with the proper lead paint warning booklets, and include the addendums in your sale or lease agreements. Both the Federal government and the City of Philadelphia’s Lead Paint laws are similar.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates disclosures for leases and purchases. The disclosure forms can be found here.
The Philadelphia Code uses similar disclosures for every lease or purchase agreement. The Philadelphia Code under § 6-805 requires every contract for sale of residential housing or rental agreement relating to a property constructed prior to 1978 to contain lead warning statements. The statements can be found here.
Non-compliance of the lead paint laws can lead to imposition of fines including:
- Under the EPA civil liabilities can be up to $37, 500. Criminal Liabilities can be up to $50,000 or imprisonment up to one year or both. Click here to find more.
- Under the Philadelphia Code § 6-811 any person who fails to comply with the provisions can be fined up to $2,000.00 per offense. Each day of non-compliance shall constitute a separate offense. Click here to find more.
Molds are part of the natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is not usually a problem, unless it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides information and guidance for homeowners and renters on how to clean up residential mold problems and how prevent the growth of mold. To find out more information about residential household mold, click here.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. You can’t see or smell radon. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure. Radon can have a big impact on indoor air quality. The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides helpful information relating to radon. It provides information and guidance for homeowners and renters. To find out more click here.
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations
The City of Philadelphia requires owners of all one- and two family dwellings and small residential care/assisted living facilities (also known as board and care facilities) to install carbon monoxide (CO) detection and alarm devices (CO alarms) in their buildings. The Philadelphia Fire Code mandates installation CO detection and CO alarms in their building. To find out more about the Philadelphia Fire Code click here. You can also visit the Philadelphia Fire Department’s website to learn more about fire safety and hazards. Click here to learn more.
The Philadelphia Zoning Code establishes the frame work for all property in the city. In 2012, a new zoning code went into effect for the City of Philadelphia. It marked the first comprehensive rewrite of the code in 50 years was a product of a thorough civic engagement process involving neighborhood, government, business, professional and civic leaders that was led by the City’s appointed Zoning Code Commission (ZCC). The City of Philadelphia Zoning Code’s Administrative Manual can be found here and the Quick Reference Guide can be found here.
GPAR members can exclusively lease the Supra® Keypads ActiveKEY and eKEY or purchase their iBox BT LE electronic lockboxes for use on listings. The electronic lockbox system is the most safe, secure and accountable way of providing entry into listings. Check in with the GPAR Team today for a special member offer.
Supra® has provided key management solutions to the real estate industry since 1955, bringing efficiency to real estate professionals and peace of mind to home sellers. The Supra® System makes it easy for showing agents to access properties and for listing agents to track activity at client properties. The latest Supra® keybox, iBox BT LE, addsBluetooth® Low Energy technology, and communicates with newer smartphones without any additional hardware.
A data record is created each time a keybox is opened, and Supra®’s wireless keys transmit the showing information immediately so real estate agents can obtain real-time information about showings. Client questions can be answered quickly, and feedback from showing agents can be gathered while information is fresh in the showing agent’s and client’s minds.
Supra® electronic keys can be a proprietary electronic device or an eKEY application running on popular smartphones. All the Supra® keys include PIN-code security. The keys record events each time a keybox is opened.
Supra® electronic keyboxes have been used on millions of homes. Current models of keyboxes can be opened using Bluetooth or infrared signals. Supra®’s system records events each time a keybox is opened.
Bright is the MLS, or Multiple Listing Service, for the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area. Bright provides the real estate community with products and services to facilitate the sale of properties and establish contractual offers of compensation. The term “MLS” also refers to the system that real estate professionals use to enter and access information. But Bright MLS is much more than that. Bright wants to empower everyone to get more out of the MLS. As part of the Bright community, subscribers have access to:
Broader Listing Coverage: Before Bright MLS, real estate professionals would need to belong to 9 separate MLSs to access the listings and information that are at your fingertips every time you login to Bright. Bright offers full access to this broad geography, which spans 40,000 square miles and 20 million consumers.
MLS Simplified: Bright MLS reduces duplication, so a larger group of subscribers will only have one set of rules, one fee, one system and one process to run their businesses successfully.
Improved Products: We’re a long way from listing books, but the online MLS systems haven’t made the drastic changes seen in other technology-focused fields. Bright wants to change that. They believe the MLS system should be intuitive and easy to use, while still providing the power and level of information real estate professionals need to run their business. These tools go beyond basic MLS and Public Records search and reporting, and many will be included in the standard fee.
Robust Property Information: Bright provides 9 million on/off market listings with 12 million parcels. They are deeply integrated, with analytics to measure listing performance, as well as drive research and marketing efforts.
Reduced Technology Costs: Brokers and their vendors experience reduced technology costs and freed internal resources due to implementing fewer MLS data sets into their back-office and consumer websites.
The Bright system offers:
Listing data (on/off market) for all primary counties
Public records for all primary and adjacent counties
Mobile-optimized Add & Edit listings
Schedule a showing through ShowingTime
Mobile app with listing and public records search
Combined listing and public records reports
Drive-time lifestyle-based searching
Predictive and performance analytics
GPAR members get the benefit of using the zipLogix® suite of technology products to do their work effectively, efficiently and safely from anywhere.
zipForm® Plus is the real estate forms software that gives members easy and convenient access to the most up-to-date Pennsylvania standard forms and it seamlessly works with DocuSign.
zipForm® Mobile keeps transactions readily accessible, no matter where the day takes you. Managing transactions “on-the-go” has never been easier. zipForm® Mobile lets members use any computer or Apple, Android and Blackberry to their work.
zipVault® keeps important documents available at a moment’s notice thanks to this integrated electronic document storage tool. This solution provides agents and brokers with online cloud storage in an easily accessible and secure location within zipForm® Plus and helps to eliminate storing paper files.
How to Activate Your FREE Account
- Go to http://www.zipform.com/order/order.asp
- Select Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® from the drop down me
- Enter your NRDS num Can’t find it? Call GPAR at 215‐423‐9381.
- Once your account is set up you can access it from anywhere you have internet access by going to zipformplus.com.
How to Access zipForm® Mobile
- Must have an active zipForm®
- In the browser on your mobile device go to zipformonline.com.
- Once on the site, use your zipForm® credentials to login. Note: There is not a dedicated app for this product, access to the zipForm® Mobile service is only available through your device’s browser.
- zipVault® will automatically be available as an option for saving
How to Create the Connection Between zipForm®Plus and DocuSign
- Log onto zipForm®Plus.
- Go to the top right corner of the screen and click the arrow by your
- Select “profile” from the drop‐down
- On the left-hand side of the screen select “settings”.
- The top box on this page should be e‐signature Opti
- Make sure the DocuSign button is
- Enter your DocuSign email address and DocuSign
- Click “save” located above and slightly to the left of the e‐Signature options
- You should see a message “user preferences updated” signifying that the connection is complete.
Note: If you see a message stating that you have invalid user credentials, the connection has not been made. There is likely an error in the DocuSign email/password. Re‐enter and save again.
How to Renew Annual zipForm® Plus Service
Renewals occur annually on February 1st. Users receive notices 30 days prior to the renewal. Single users simply need to follow the renewal process form the message they receive when they log into their account. If you are renewing a brokerage account, you will need to call the Sales department to renew your accounts at 800‐383‐9805.
Note: If you have purchased any additional products not being provided by GPAR, you may be asked to go through the shopping cart renewal process, however, you will not be charged for the products that are being provided by the GPAR; only those additional products that you have purchased on your own. If you are having problems with your renewal, please call the zipLogix® help desk at 586‐840‐0140.
Support, Questions, Problems and Training Assistance
Do you have questions or problems about how to access the service or issues when you are logged in? Please call zipLogix® customer support at 586-840-0140. Support is available 24 hours Monday through Friday; and limited hours from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm EST weekends and holidays. Once connected to their phone support, follow the menu items provided for support on the specific product. You can also contact support online at http://support.zipform.com/emailsupport.asp.
To learn more about zipForm® Plus, please check out these quick training videos to get new tricks and tips for completing contracts and working with clients.
zipLogix® also hosts daily live interactive webinars to get the most out of zipForm® Plus. Check out the calendar here for more information.
To learn more about zipForm® Mobile, please check out these quick training videos for tricks and tips.