Well, it’s official: NAR dues are going up 50%. Well, technically, it still has to be approved [read rubber-stamped] by the board of directors on May 14, but that’s a formality. Dues are going up 50%. Just when you thought the return on investment couldn’t get worse!
I know you are probably thinking, “I thought everyone was tightening their belt during these economic hard times.” Well apparently not everyone. Your labor union — make no mistake, that’s what it is — needs just a little more of your commission dollars. And why?
Because the US Supreme Court has changed the rules on lobbying and now it seems we must spend more to get the same stellar results. Let me think… oh yeah, they managed to lose the only serious battle they’ve fought in a decade — keeping our MLS proprietary.
So let’s all throw some more money their way so they won’t be at a disadvantage when it comes to their lobbying effectiveness. You know what’s both funny and ironic? Today as I was writing this article, I received notification that our local agents helped to defeat a proposed NC House Bill (2011-LMf-4a) which would have allowed military personnel to break their lease in order to move on post.
Amazingly, it was accomplished by a grass-roots organization of interested and supportive agents and without the all-powerful hand of the National Association of REALTORS® and their lobbying efforts. Seems there is more than one way to skin a cat. Maybe free and grass-roots is better than paying disinterested “professionals”.
So let’s all break out our checkbooks and see if we can smile while the emperor buys a brand new wardrobe with our money. Or wait… I have a better idea. Maybe we can send NAR a message that we are tired of the ever increasing fees and would like to see some value for the millions they collect from us.
Maybe you’re like me and feel like it’s time to say enough already! If you do and would like to send NAR a message, post this to your Facebook page and Tweet this article to your followers on Twitter. Or, if you’re logged into Facebook simply post a quick comment below and it will automatically post to your FB page. Together we can help them get the message loud and clear!