Welcome to Kentucky REALTORS®!
You have joined one of the largest and most influential associations in Kentucky. Founded in 1922, Kentucky REALTORS® (KYR) represents almost 11,000 REALTORS® who are involved in all aspects of real estate, including residential and commercial real estate brokers, sales agents, developers, builders, property managers, office managers, appraisers and auctioneers.
You will find many resources on this page that will help orient you to KYR. You can also learn more by exploring the rest of the website. If you have any questions while you are here, please feel free to give us a call (click here for contact information and staff directory).
Kentucky REALTORS® serves as a conduit to growth, knowledge and professionalism for its members and the real estate industry as a whole. The Association is committed to delivering its members the very finest tools and information to help them succeed - and to meet the needs of today's property buying and selling consumers.
As "The Voice for Real Estate™ in Kentucky," a primary value of Kentucky REALTORS® is to serve and represent its members in regulatory and legislative matters; to keep the REALTOR® central to the real estate transaction; to promote member integrity, competency and responsible citizenship; and to advocate and protect private property rights and equal housing opportunity.
All Kentucky REALTORS® members belong to one or more of the 21 local REALTOR® associations statewide and the National Association of REALTORS®. As members of organized real estate, REALTORS® subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics, which ensures the highest level of professionalism.
Creating your account
Create an account with us so you can easily login to sign up for education classes, access member-only political information and our legal hotline, plus so much more. Watch the video below for instructions on how to create your account.
If your email address or mailing address changes, those updates to your account must be made by contacting your local association. The contact information for all of Kentucky's local REALTORS® associations can be found here.
In your local City Hall, in the State Capitol in Frankfort, and in the halls of Congress, elected officials are making decisions every day that impact the real estate industry. By joining the REALTORS®, you are now a part of something bigger, and we encourage you to explore our advocacy program to learn more about what KYR does to protect and elevate homeownership and real property rights.
Check out KYR’s Legislative Agenda
Keep up with Legislative Updates when the Kentucky General Assembly is in session
Attend a Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting
Take your support to the next level and become a part of KYR’s advocacy efforts. With a few simple steps, you can make a difference. All voices are welcome and encouraged. Our legislative advocacy efforts provide a clear platform for REALTOR® members to communicate the importance of the real estate industry to legislators and to advocate for policy that helps advance your business and serve your clients.
Become a State Political Coordinator
Sign up for REALTOR Party Mobile Alerts and participate in Calls For Action
Make plans to join us for our February Legislative Meeting
The REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) gives REALTORS® a powerful tool to advance and implement legislative objectives that affect the real estate industry. RPAC supports pro-REALTOR® candidates running for public office, and investing in RPAC is the best insurance you can buy for your business. Electing pro-REALTOR® candidates means that your legislators will understand the issues that matter most to the real estate industry and will fight to support them.
Learn more about RPAC
Invest in RPAC
Attend an RPAC event (log-in required)
Kentucky REALTOR® Institute
Kentucky REALTOR® Institute (KRI) is a 501c3 organization that serves as the educational arm for Kentucky REALTORS®. KRI was created in 1990 to fulfill the educational responsibilities to members and the general public through the creation, presentation and operation of education programs.
What education does KRI offer?
- Pre-Licensing Education
- Post-Licensing Education (PLE)
- Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Designation
- Classroom Continuing Education (CE)
- Online Continuing Education (CE)
- National Designation & Certification Courses
Click here for a list of designations & certifications
REALTOR® Code of Ethics
As a REALTOR member, you are also required to take Code of Ethics training in addition to your required continuing education. The two-year cycle began January 1, 2017 with a deadline for this cycle of December 31, 2018. Not completing this requirement could result in suspended membership privileges. There are many different options available for completion - contact KRI at 800.274.2185 for more information.
Deadline for real estate education
All active real estate licensees are required to attend six (6) hours of continuing education courses, with three (3) hours being in real estate law. The courses must be sponsored or approved by the Kentucky Real Estate Commission (KREC). The mandatory continuing education requirement deadline is December 31st of each calendar year. Additionally, Kentucky requires a state specific continuing education course (the Kentucky Core Course) to be completed by all active licensees once every four years (this course counts for CE credit).
KRI makes scholarships available to members who want to obtain the GRI designation as well as provides scholarships to Kentucky residents (member and non-members) who wish to pursue a career in real estate and further their education at a post-secondary institution.
Scholarships Available (click here for applications)
- Pre-Licensing Education
- Post-Licensing Education
- Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) Designation
- College and Post-Secondary Education
What does the term REALTOR® mean for you and the consumers you serve? One of the most important aspects of your REALTOR® membership is your agreement to abide by the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. As a REALTOR®, you hold yourself to a standard that was first adopted in 1913 and continues to be revised as the industry changes. This sets you apart from your competitors in a way that is meaningful and relevant to your clients and customers.
A benefit to KYR members, the Legal Hotline is available to member brokers and/or broker designees. Individual agents of brokerages may submit legal questions through their broker. Questions to the Hotline are submitted via the website and KYR’s legal counsel calls the member back within 24 hours to discuss their legal issue. Click to view
While the majority of real estate transactions close without incident, there is a possibility that a problem or dispute can occur. If your client or customer is dissatisfied with your services, discuss the situation with them and find out how you may address their questions or concerns. As a new real estate professional, you will want to consult with your principal broker regularly and seek their counsel immediately when a problem does arise. Open, constructive discussion often resolves questions or differences, eliminating the need for further action, however, occasionally a dispute arises which cannot be resolved through communication and negotiation.
Clients and customers can file a complaint with Kentucky REALTORS® if they believe a REALTOR® has violated the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. The association enforces the REALTOR® Code of Ethics through the Professional Standards Process. The Professional Standards Process includes several options available to consumers and REALTORS®. Click to view
Filing an Ethics Complaint
A complaint must site one or more articles of the Code of Ethics, and includes a statement as to why the party feels that the article has been violated.
Filing a Request for Arbitration
If a REALTOR® finds they are in a commission dispute with another REALTOR®, instead of taking legal action, REALTORS® are required to file a Request for Arbitration through the Kentucky REALTORS®.
Filing a Request for Ombudsman Services
The role of the ombudsman is to identify and attempt to facilitate a resolution of misunderstandings and/or disagreements before matters evolve into a formal complaint.
Specially trained REALTOR® members of the Kentucky REALTORS® are appointed by local associations to serve on the Grievance Committee, serve on Hearing Panels, Appeal Panels, as Mediators and as Ombudsman. These REALTOR® members receive training annually and volunteer their time in order to assist consumers and REALTORS® in the resolution of their disputes. If you would like to serve on one these committees, contact your location association.
Stay informed of what’s happening in real estate. From legislative updates to upcoming events, Kentucky REALTORS® will keep the lines of communication open with the latest news and information from across the state and nation. Once you become a member, you will start receiving communication from KYR, providing industry tips and tools to help you succeed in business.
Kentucky REALTORS® website
This website hosts tons of resources you can use in your business. From news and events to educational opportunities, housing data, research, legal information and professional standards, the website is dedicated to giving you information to make your job easier.
Kentucky REALTOR® Magazine
The Kentucky REALTOR® magazine is the official publication of Kentucky REALTORS®. This full-color, 32-page magazine is published twice a year and features the latest in real estate related information and issues designed to help your business succeed. As part of your membership dues, the magazine is automatically delivered to the preferred address on file in the National REALTOR® Database System (NRDS). If you do not receive the magazine, please check your address with your local board/association. Check out past issues (login required)
Real Estate Report
The Real Estate Report is a customized e-newsletter that provides an in-depth look at trends influencing the industry and your business in Kentucky. The Report features news from across the state and nation as well as tips and tricks to make you more productive and your business more profitable. You will receive an introductory email that will allow you to customize your newsletter – you can specify the type of content you want to receive and the day and time you want to receive it. This customized solution gives you the flexibility to receive information on your schedule. Subscribe to the newsletter
KYR maintains several social media outlets to help keep members connected and informed online. Please visit our pages:
As a way to stay up-to-date with the real estate market across the state, Kentucky REALTORS® compiles state housing statistics for all of our local boards/associations. These statistics are published in the Kentucky REALTOR® magazine and posted on social media, as well as our website. Members can request additional information from Kentucky REALTORS® concerning these statistics. Click to view
Affinity discount program
As a way to provide additional perks on various products and services, Kentucky REALTORS® has partnered with select companies so you can receive discounts that can help save you time, money and help improve your business. For a complete list of partners, visit the Kentucky REALTORS® website. Click to view
Only REALTOR® association members can use the nationally recognized REALTOR® trademarks and logos. To protect your rights, Kentucky REALTORS®, along with the NAR, vigorously polices the misuse of REALTOR® trademarks by non-association members and organizations. Click to view
National Association of REALTORS®
In addition to the state benefits you receive as a member of KYR, you also have a wealth of information right at your fingertips through the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR has a host of resources online from field guides and research papers to news articles and business tools. In addition, you can take advantage of RPR (Realtors Property Resource®), the online real estate database, as well as several events throughout the year. Click to view
One of the best and most important things you can do to help further your career is to get involved in your professional association. At KYR we offer many opportunities and ways to do just that. We host several business meetings each year along with an annual Convention & Expo where you can obtain CE credits, network with colleagues and participate in committees. Members are also encouraged to run for an elected office, or be appointed by their local association, for one of many leadership positions at the state level. Volunteers are the life blood of keeping the Association running strong and moving forward.
General meetings, council meetings, educational courses and special events provide you with several opportunities to network and develop relationships with other professionals in real estate and affiliated fields. Click to view
Awards & recognition
Kentucky REALTORS®’ annual awards program honors members in a variety of categories: REALTOR® of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Nat Sanders Educator of the Year, Good Neighbor and Community Service Awards. RPAC Awards are held separately during the Legislative & Business Meeting. Click to view
Committees & volunteering
Committees are an integral part of the Association and KYR encourages members to get involved by joining one of the many committees available at the state level. Consider your interests and the benefits you will gain by participating on a committee, and then complete the online selection form to be considered. Appointments to committees are made at the end of the year for terms to begin the following year. Click to view
Kentucky REALTORS produces many special events each year, including the RPAC Event and Auction, Annual Installation Ceremony of Officers and Awards Gala, Broker Summit, Leadership Conference and more. Most are free to REALTOR® members.
Recognizing that leadership development is an essential element in the process of improving our association and profession, Kentucky REALTORS® offers the LeadershipKYR program. The purpose of LeadershipKYR is to empower members to maximize their leadership potential and encourage them to participate in association leadership roles. Click to view
Young Professionals Network
Originally created at the national level, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) serves as a way to help the younger generation of REALTORS® build a stronger link to the real estate industry and excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved. KYR serves as the state chapter and several of the local associations also maintain chapters. To see if there’s a YPN established in your area, give KYR a call. Click to view