Its Time to Pay Our Board Dues Again

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC
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Its Time to Pay Our Board Dues Again

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Has it only been a year since we paid our annual board dues?  Must be because I got a bill from the Board of Realtors that I belonged to last year.

 

This year, I decided to take a little time to investigate all of the local Board of Realtors before I just renew with the same one for another 12 months.

 

I found that the board I have belonged to for many year is actually the highest in price and has the least options for continuing education.  Yes they include a ticket to the Realor Rally in March, but what if I don’t want to go to the Realtor Rally this year?  I have already paid for the ticket so that is money I will never see again.  I was never thrilled with the fact that they assumed that I would like to attend the Realtor Rally.  This is something that is my choice – not theirs.

 

I will be changing boards this year to one of the largest boards in the Denver Metro Area which is about $50 less per year and they have an incredible education schedule with some of the best leaders in Colorado real estate teaching their sessions. 

 

I’m not sure if I will be missed at my old board, but I am sure I will be welcomed at the new one.

 

I just have to wonder why the board doesn’t reach out to its members to find out what, we as Realtors, are looking for in a Board of Realtors. Maybe my expectations are different than the other members, but it sure would have been nice to have been asked somewhere along the way.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Belinda Spillman
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Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC

Hi Everyone.  I should point out that our Board dues do not include our MLS fees.  Those are billed and paid monthly to each Realtor.  Our MLS is not affiliated with any Board and I dont think they even know which board we belong to.  Again, its not the cost that drove me to do research but the entire benefit package to me individually.  We each have our own specific needs and mine were not being met, so I switched.  I'm so sorry that many of you do not have the luxury of choosing a different board.  I am lucky enough to live in a big enough city that affords me 4 boards to choose from effectively.  Thanks so much for all of the input and the incredible responses. 

September 25, 2012 09:13 PM
Rainmaker
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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com
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Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260

Belinda - You're lucky - you have a choice.  My local board is the only game in town and guess what, they don't care what I think about their level of service, or what I think they should do to improve the system.  Enjoy your new board and the services they offer! 

September 25, 2012 09:26 PM
Rainer
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Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC
Phoenix AZ Horse Property
Timely topic, Brenda. I am changing boards this year also. Haven't decided which one will get my membership $$ but it won't be the arrogantly unresponsive group to whom I have been paying dues.
September 25, 2012 10:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Kathy Carson
Realtor, Lynchburg, VA, VA Homes - Lynchunberg,Bedford, Campbell
John Stewart Walker, Inc

WOW I had no idea our area Board problems were so universal!!!  I have no choice in which Board I can belong to and yes our MLS is owned by and governed by our Board.   My big issue with our Board is that we never see a Financial Statement!  NEVER!  and if the BOD does they are not allowed to discuss it with members.  I have been very involved in the past and served on many committees.  I served on our Political Action Committee this year because I thought Realtors should be involved in our local communities and make ourselves heard.  We had a great committee and we worked hard - BUT - someone did not like it that we were being so visible and were asking questions so we were effectively shut out!  Most of us are already active in the local politics and in the City Council and Boards of Supervisors of our respective communities but now NONE of us will ever participate in anything at our local Board ever again!  This is the 2nd time I have said this and it will be the last.  And don't even get me started on RPAC!  If I need and want a CE from our Board I will attend meetings otherwise - I will be an active Realtor serving my clients but not bowing to the powers that be in my local Board. 

Thanks I feel better!!!

Kathy Myers Carson, Realtor

John Stewart Walker, Inc

Lynchburg, VA

September 26, 2012 10:35 AM
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
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Maybe the'll start reaching when folks start shopping.

September 26, 2012 05:52 PM
Rainmaker
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