Is the Realtor® Brand A National Conspiracy That Restricts Free Trade, Desecrates Anti-Trust Laws & Plunders It's Members ?

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Some believe that it is.

Why have hundreds of thousands of NAR members quit ?

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"The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has seen its membership decline 21 percent from its peak of 1.35 million members in 2006 to 1.06 million in 2010. The numbers will likely be down in 2011 as well."
Stacey Moncrieff, editor in chief for REALTOR® Magazine and managing director of publishing for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Realtor Magazine April 2011

It's 2013 !

Are Licensees seeking work with non-NAR affiliated brokerages or quitting because they can't find non affilation?

Are non-NAR affiliated MLS's succeeding ?

Are REALTORS® losing credibility, ground and favor with the general public ?

Are REALTORS® being hammered by destructive media content and NAR portrayed as dangerous to consumers and the national economy ?

Do we awaken to press releases and comments that blackball and question the trustworthiness and believability of REALTORS®, everyday ?

Is NAR a predator pounding it's members for more and providing less ?

Some believe that it is.

The United States vs. The National Association of Realtors


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Agreed, Carol. 

Nothing in the laws of your state's real estate laws and overseen by your state's real estate commission mandates that you join NAR or be forced to use the NAR boards mls.

Forcing an agent to belong to NAR, when you begin your service with a brokerage, is no different than forcing you to drive a Volkswagon or you'll lose your right to drive if you refuse, when you'd prefer to drive another car.

February 10, 2013 09:25 AM
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David, same thing for me. I have to be a member in order to work. My wife and my son work with me so we are paying 3 dues.

YEs, I am a forced member. If I could have just MLS, I would leave NAR in a heartbeat

February 10, 2013 07:26 PM
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Hundreds of thousands of real estate professionals feel the same way you do, Jon.

If you're a licensed agent and you work for a broker you're also an independant contractor and market your own listings unless your a paid employee of the brokerage.

If you're an independant contractor how can anyone force you to use or tell you what products to use when you market your listings...and in the same breath tell you that you can't sell residential real estate if you refuse to use their products or services when you have other, better, more economical choices for marketing your property ?

Why wasn't the NAR forced membership strategy smashed by a competent legal team years ago ?

Why is it still wrapping it's filthy tentacles around this nations real estate professionals ?

February 10, 2013 08:23 PM
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Brenda Abide
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David I wonder about that too.  Our profession would be improved in so many ways had NAR been stopped from what they are doing.   If agents had a choice as to whether they wanted to join NAR or not I am positive NAR would be put out of business.

February 10, 2013 09:18 PM
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David Saks
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If NAR would relax the requirement forcing agents to join and give them the choice, since most agents serve as independent contractors for NAR affilitiated brokerages, it might improve NAR's credibility.

Shouldn't there be something in the NAR Code of Ethics about the restriction of fair trade and forcing an agent to join a politically motivated organization that also mandates dues for something called the Realtor Party Political Survival Initiative, whether agent members believe in NAR's political agenda or not, Brenda ?

Although I wouldn't want to put NAR out of business, I absolutely want NAR affiliated brokerages to give agents the choice whether or not they want to join NAR or be challenged in court whether or not it's fair to force anyone to join NAR at any level of affiliation with any brokerage.

I'm also asking these same brokerages and NAR not to restrict agents from listing residential real estate if they refuse to join NAR or use a NAR affiliated MLS product when they have other marketing choices and resources available to them.

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has a document called the Declaration of Non Engagement which you are forced to sign if you refuse to use the MAAR mls.

The document restricts you from listing or selling residential real estate within the MAAR mls coverage.

Here's a link to it. Click The Declaration of Non Engagement

The FAQ's section answers this question:

I am engaged solely in commercial real estate, but my broker is a Participant in the MAAR MLS. Can I be waived from MLS fees?

Yes. You can be waived from paying MLS fees if you are engaged solely in commercial real estate and not engaged in the listing, selling, leasing or appraising of residential property,

Whether or not NAR restricts free trade and violates the anti trust laws of this nation should be considered once again by the court, and more so with all of the cheerleading going on about market recovery while millions of homes are still being served foreclosure notices and credit reporting agencies are being investiogated for deceptive business practices.

NAR's propaganda machine knows how to use a smokescreen.

With such an overwhelming, huge volume of disappointment with NAR in this blog entry, from agents all over our nation, it astonishes me that no one from NAR has challenged the forced membership charges ! 

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