IR, IREC, IMLS, BRR, NAR…Who Does What?


Whether you’re a new agent or have been selling real estate for years, these are common questions and it’s easy to mix up these organizations which sometimes have some overlap.

Click on the interactive graphic below to shed some light on this confusing topic.

The Overlap of Real Estate Organizations and Your Business

Government Agency
Establish pre-/post-licensing and continuing education requirements, and enforce and recommend Idaho real estate laws.

Idaho Real Estate Commission (IREC)
Establishes licensing and continuing education requirements, and enforces Idaho real estate laws. Visit their website at

Various Models
Marketing Tools, Transaction OVersight, Mentorship, CRM, Training, Lead Generation, etc.

Idaho REALTORS® (IR)is the state association, and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is the national trade association of REALTORS®.

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is the local association for Ada and Gem counties.

Intermountain Multiple Listing Service (IMLS) provides access to the multiple listing service as well as tech tools.


When you join or pay your annual REALTOR® dues to BRR, you are renewing your membership with the local, state, and national associations. Learn more and take advantage of all of your member benefits!

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) — Treasure Valley Focus; Highlights include market stats, networking events, the Young Professionals Network (YPN), REALTOR® Awards Gala, REALTORS® Community Foundation, not to mention, local staff providing friendly, personalized service! Learn more at

Intermountain MLS (IMLS) — Regional Focus; Popular tools include Paragon, Instanet, and FormSimplicity, Supra keys and lockboxes; ShowingTime; HomeSnap and Realtors Property Resource®, online tax records… and much more. Visit

Idaho REALTORS® (IR) — Statewide Focus; Unique offerings include statewide real estate forms; ethics, arbitration and ombudsman dispute resolution services; and free technology and legal hotlines. Learn more at

Idaho Real Estate Commission (IREC) — Statewide Focus; Government agency that establishes pre- and post-licensing and continuing education requirements, and enforces the Idaho real estate law for the protection of consumers. Learn more at

National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) — National/Federal Focus; Unique offerings include REALTOR® branding and consumer marketing tools, market research and trade publications, and national conferences and expos. Visit to learn about these benefits and many, many more.

Your Memberships

Member counts in the graphic above are from March 2018. 

If you’re not sure who to call or which website to start searching… remember that Boise Regional REALTORS® is your local connection to the industry, so reach out to us anytime! We’re here to help. Give us a call at (208) 376-0363, or email us at