The proposed increase is for them to raise 80 million dollars for their political action committee. This is a 50% increase in national dues. If memory serves me right NAR membership is down almost 25% from their highs of a few years ago. There is a reason for the loss of membership. Business is down. They keep reporting on the loss of sales volume. Yet they are proposing this kind of increase. Are we going to be like the teachers union and be forced to watch our dues support candidates that we would never vote for never mind send money to their campaigns?
I believe it is the duty of organizations like NAR to help their membership during the hard times by holding the line on dues. I believe their intentions might be good but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I have been a Realtor for 30+ years. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly moments.
I sell real estate in Massachusetts where our MLS is Realtor owned not board owned. This means that you don't have to be a Realtor to belong to MLS-PIN. We have seen many Realtors drop their membership in order to keep their costs down. Yet they can still promote their listings through MLS.
NAR needs to be relevant in order to thrive and survive. Why aren't they helping us with the short sale fiasco's that are daily events? Why haven't they become more active in the BPO controversy? I have been to NAR conventions to vote on budget issues. The voting is nothing more than rubber stamping that budget which was decided long before the vote.
NAR you need to be relevant to the survival of your membership. PAC's are very important but staying in business is more important to the average Realtor.