CARWM is a Commercial Information Exchange (CIE) hosted by Catylist for the Commercial Alliance of REALTORS West Michigan.
Commercial Alliance of REALTORS® is committed to collaboration, cooperation and sharing of
information for the betterment of the real estate community.
CAR provides its members with a sophisticated, multiple-listing service (MLS) of over 7,000 available
listings including commercial, industrial, office, retail, vacant land, investment real estate, build-
to-suit and business opportunities. CAR membership currently covers an eight-county region in West
Michigan (Calhoun, Ingham, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa, and Van Buren) and continues to expand.
The Commercial Alliance of REALTORS® exists to maintain and enforce the Code of Ethics, to provide its members with state-of-the-art programs, products, and services that are more affordable and accessible collectively than individually, to advocate a high standard of education and professionalism, to influence public policy and political affairs which promote and protect private property rights, to enhance the public image of the REALTOR® member, and to act as a contributing member of the National and state Associations of REALTORS®.
HISTORY OF CAR
1893:Grand Rapids Real Estate Agents meet weekly to share listing information.
1943:Commercial members begin participating in a mandatory listing submission MLS.
1970's:Commercial/Industrial Practitioners meet monthly at Holly‘s Landing for Education and Networking
1992:An exclusively commercial MLS program is developed for the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS® commercial membership
2002:Development of the Commercial Alliance of REALTORS® as an unincorporated division of GRAR begins
Dec 2002:Adoption of CAR Bylaws and Policies at first CAR membership meeting
2003:First Board of Directors is installed. First Semi-Annual Dues Billing is conducted.
2005:Approval from GRAR to apply for Commercial Overlay Board status from the National Association of REALTORS®
2006:National Association of REALTORS® approves CAR‘s application to become a recognized commercial overlay board.
2006:CAR creates Finance Committee, creates investment policies, formalizes Management Agreement with GRAR.
2008:CAR earns REALTOR® Commercial Alliance Accreditation from National Association of REALTORS®
2012:CAR establishes its offices in downtown Grand Rapids, at 678 Front St. NW, Ste. 257