Representing real estate professionals and promoting responsible business practices in San Francisco for more than 100 years.
WHAT IS SFAR?
The San Francisco Association of REALTORS® (SFAR) is part of a network of local and state associations of REALTORS®, all of which are affiliated with, and chartered by, the National Association of REALTORS®. SFAR provides services to REALTORS® doing business in San Francisco and the Northern Peninsula.
The Association operates the SFAR Multiple Listing Service, called SFARMLS, in addition to providing services for members including publications, educational programs, and legislative representation.
San Francisco Association of REALTORS® (formerly the San Francisco Real Estate Board) was founded as a nonprofit association on February 6, 1905, when 33 of San Francisco's leading real estate agents adopted a constitution and bylaws. The Association predates both the National Association of REALTORS® (formerly the National Association of Real Estate Boards) and the California Association of REALTORS® (formerly the California Real Estate Association). It was active in the formation of both of these organizations.
Prior to the organization of the Association, chaotic conditions existed in the real estate business in San Francisco, reflecting similar conditions elsewhere. In order to deal more effectively with such problems, responsible traders of real estate in San Francisco established rules of conduct governing relations between brokers and the public. Later, the California Real Estate Act was enacted. On the national level, the National Association developed a Code of Ethics governing relations among brokers throughout the country.
With the passage of time, new conditions brought about the need for a change in the Association's organization. On July 29, 1949, 44 years after its establishment, the San Francisco Association of REALTORS® was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of California. The corporation continues to be known as the San Francisco Real Estate Board, although it adopted the dba San Francisco Association of REALTORS® in 1994. Throughout its existence, the Association has enjoyed a distinguished history of accomplishment.
SFAR represents more than 4,000 REALTORS® in San Francisco who are committed to fairness, honesty, integrity, and promoting the rights of homeowners. We provide wide-ranging educational opportunities and industry-leading technology, including SFARMLS, to our members; advocate at the local, state, and national levels for legislation supporting our members and their business; and actively give back in the San Francisco community through the SFAR Foundation and the Welcome Home Project. Please contact our team at SFAR to learn more.