Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What are the benefits of being a GBBR member?
A. Here at GBBR we strive to provide a multitude of benefits to support your business. We hope to anticipate your needs and wants now and in the future. Currently, we offer at least 13 FREE benefits, check out our benefits page for the full list. Last year we deemed June Member Appreciation Month and will celebrate our 4th Annual Member Appreciation Week on June 19 - 23. This week is full of half-price and FREE CE courses, great prizes, food and games, charity, and professional development. To see all that is happening during Member Appreciation Week visit www.gbbr.org/maw2017.
Q. What is included in my dues invoice?
A. There are three sections to the dues invoice; GBBR (local), MAR (state), and NAR (national). GBBR did not raise our portion of the 2018 dues. NAR did not raise their portion of the 2018 dues. MAR increased their dues by $6 for the 2018 year. The GBBR Board of Directors voted to continue to absorb $11 of dues increase. The due date, July 31, 2017, is also included on the invoice.
Q. My Dues are $655, how is this broken down?
A. You are a primary REALTOR® member. The breakdown is as follows: GBBR (local) - $305; MAR (state) - $195 (after GBBR absorbed $11); NAR (national) - $155.
Q. My dues are $175, how is this broken down?
A. You are a secondary REALTOR® member with GBBR. If your primary association is out-of-state, and you are a member with MAR (state) or would like to join MAR, the MAR portion is optional. Click here for the list of MAR benefits.
The breakdown is as follows: GBBR (local) - $175.
Q. My dues are $350, how is this broken down?
A. You are the primary affiliate member in your company or office. Meaning that you may be the first person in your office that joined and/or are the designated point of contact for your office. If you are a members of MAR (state) or would like to join MAR, the MAR portion is optional. Click here for their list benefits.
The breakdown is as follows: GBBR (local) - $350.
Q. My dues are $50, how is this broken down?
A. You are an additional affiliate member in your company or office. Meaning that someone in your office had already joined GBBR as a primary affiliate member. If you are a members of MAR (state) or would like to join MAR, the MAR portion is optional. Click here for their list benefits.
The breakdown is as follows: GBBR (local)- $50.
Q. What portion of my dues is tax deductible?
A. To comply with IRS disclosure requirements regarding the 2018 dues: the following amounts are not deductible:
NAR (national) - $44.00; MAR (state) - $46.00; GBBR (local)- $8.88. The combined nondeductible total is $99.00.
We recommend consulting your tax accountant prior to making the deductions.
Q. Do I have to donate to the Charitable Foundation and RPAC?
A. The GBBR Charitable Foundation and RPAC contributions are optional. Click this link for more information about the GBBR Charitable Foundation.
Click here for more information about RPAC. To comply with RPAC disclosure requirements regarding contributions: Contributions to RPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal Income Tax purposes.
Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may refuse to contribute without affecting your membership rights. 70% of each contribution is used by Maryland RPAC to support state and local candidates. 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a.
This solicitation is intended for members of the Maryland Association of REALTORS® only. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as solicitation of contributions from nonmembers.
Q. I did not receive a paper statement.
A. As a courtesy to you, we are emailing electronic statements as soon as they are available. You should receive a paper statement within the next ten business days. If you do not receive a paper statement at your preferred address or your office contact Russ Davis, Director of Membership by email to verify, we have your correct contact information.
Q. I did not receive an electronic copy of my statement?
A. You should have received an electronic statement to your preferred email address on file during the first few weeks of June. Check your spam filter or 'junk' box for an email from Staff@GBBR.org. If the email was not in your spam mailbox contact Melissa Dennis by email to verify your preferred contact information.
Q. I paid my dues when I received the email, why did I get a paper statement?
A. The may have been some crossover between the generation of you online statement, you paying the dues, and the time we put your paper invoice in the mail.
Q. How can I pay my bill?
A. There several ways to pay your dues, keep in mind that GBBR does not keep credit card information on file. Below is the information you will need for each of the payment methods:
- On-line - Click here, or visit www.gbbr.org/paydues. You can also find a Pay Dues, green button, on our website, www.gbbr.org, and The GBBR Community, community.gbbr.org. Once you have logged-in click "Pay Open Orders" and follow the payment instructions. Please note: On-line payments are by credit card only. GBBR does not keep credit card information on file. You will receive an electronic receipt to the email address on file with GBBR.
- By Phone - Call (410)337-7200 to complete your credit card transaction.
- In Person - Stop by our office and submit a check or credit card payment to fulfill the bill.
- By Mail - Use the return envelope you received with the paper statement. Or mail your check or credit card payment to GBBR, Attn: Membership Dept., 1954 Greenspring Drive, Suite 100, Timonium, MD 21093. Please note: You will receive an electronic receipt to the email address on file with GBBR as soon as your payment has processed.
Q. What is the annual membership cycle?
A. The membership cycle is from July 1 - June 30. All members will receive their dues invoice in June every year.
Q. I have more questions who can I contact?
A. If you have a question that has not been answered or have a follow-up question that has not been answered on this FAQ, you can call GBBR at 410-337-7200. We would be happy to answer them. For specific questions regarding:
Your invoice or Billing policies in general: Jenifer League.
GBBR website technical difficulties (such as logging-in, issues with website ID or password): Melissa Dennis.