NAR IS PROPOSING A $40 INCREASE TO OUR DUES

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Professional Asociates 74203

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.

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Barbara Calwhite
Specializing in Relocation
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri

Thanks for the information.  I have forwarded your post on to our RPAC representative.  There is a lot of information to asborb.  I have bookmarked it to read more thoroughly this evening.

I think we all need to keep on top of this.

March 28, 2011 01:20 PM
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Larry Stewart
Rubiola Realty & Mortgage

Larry Nolan Stewart has something to say about that too. Please look it up and don't forget to hammer your association hard. Might be a good idea for new leadership at NAR. Notice how they got the local associations to carry their water on this? 

April 03, 2011 08:56 PM
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Larry Stewart
Rubiola Realty & Mortgage

Let's demand a $40.00 reduction in our local or state dues. Time our associations realize that we employ them. They work for us not at us.

April 03, 2011 09:00 PM
Rainer
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Larry Stewart
Rubiola Realty & Mortgage

Tom, Conrad #20 above thinks insulting you for your opinion is the professional thing to do. If I am tempted to say, "What a jerk!" but I will leave that to the guy that looks at him in the mirror next time he shaves. Conrad has no logical argument so he resorts to insult. In the meantime, I remind Conrad that the rule around many associations is, pay your dues and shut up." I have had a running debate with our association and the way the pac contribution is a line item in the invoices and not clearly indicated as voluntary. How many agents pay the extra not as voluntary but by confusion? For a profession that prides itself in honesty, I find that to be questionable. 

April 03, 2011 09:41 PM
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Ronda Ching Day
Hawaii Homes International LLC

NAR does need a PAC, a voice as well as an effective lobbying group to promote legislation that will help us and our clients.

We need to remind organizations that many agents/individuals make up NAR, individuals who created the MLS information that often is disseminated via IDX to websites that receive advertising revenues.  Why can't some of these advertising revenues make it back to those agents who spent time creating, inputting in correct data in a timely manner to avoid penalties or fees from their Board.  Perhaps then, we wouldn't have to see increase in NAR PAC dues.

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