The Emperor Has No Clothes!



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!

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Comments 260

  1. author Matt Jones posted March 25th 2011. 10:17 am

    TEST

  2. author Bob George posted March 25th 2011. 11:46 am

    It is rediculous to increase our dues by 50%. What beneifits are they providing to us? I would like to hear a response from NAR on the value we are receiving from our dues.

  3. author Ernie Marcus posted March 25th 2011. 11:49 am

    NAR does alot but this is not the time to double or fees

  4. author Scott McCreary posted March 25th 2011. 11:51 am

    Mr Matt: couldn’t agree with you more. Maybe the NAR economist will start making better predictions also.

  5. author Ray Schmitz posted March 25th 2011. 11:52 am

    Even more outrageous is that the increase is all for “advocacy” (a euphemism for lobbying) meaning that this part of the NAR budget will swell from almost a fourth to about half.

  6. author Alan Endermann posted March 25th 2011. 12:00 pm

    An NAR dues increase at such a time where the economy and our industry is still struggling is nothing more than an example of corporate self-service.

  7. author Jim VanErmen posted March 25th 2011. 12:04 pm

    Bad timing. Terrible decision. Truly unbelievable! I feel like humming a few bars of “Send in the Clowns” Thanks Matt.

  8. author Bob Miglioratti posted March 25th 2011. 12:08 pm

    This may be the worst decision in terms of timing and scope that NAR has made in years. The lobbying effort has been weak even though the organization has had strong membership and a large budget. What happened to all the fees earned when membership swelled to 1.3 million members….advocacy didn’t get better.
    Many areas continue to experience dismal results. I grouse about spending by every government at every level…..everyone else is reducing spending, cutting expenditures,etc …why can’t they??? Why won’t NAR??

  9. author Jim McLane posted March 25th 2011. 12:08 pm

    How does NAR propose to represent my views unless they know what my views are? Candidates are multi-dimensional, one may agree wiith me on a housing issue, but disaagree on other issues that matter more to me. Will NAR give them MY money because of their position on the housing issue? I want control over who gets my contributions.

  10. author Shari Mott Simon posted March 25th 2011. 12:09 pm

    What are they thinking!?! A 50% increase in today’s economic climate, I question who the NAR is working for.

  11. author Tom Olsewski posted March 25th 2011. 12:10 pm

    I know of a number of agents who have gone through some extremely tough times over the last couple of years. This is just kicking agents when they are down! Not the greatest timing maybe they should have been making cutbacks as the numbers dwindled.

  12. author Lisa Leib posted March 25th 2011. 12:12 pm

    NAR is increasing our dues another 50% that would be an awful implementation and in this challenging market that we work in – it would be very unfair.

  13. author Sandy Haarlow posted March 25th 2011. 12:14 pm

    What an insult to all the hard working agents! What can we do???

  14. author Dan Hill posted March 25th 2011. 12:21 pm

    Well said Matt. NAR: what in the world are you thinking? Have you heard of the Tea Party? Get ready.

  15. author Jeannie Trice Lytton posted March 25th 2011. 12:22 pm

    I’m speechless! Are the folks at NAR truely that clueless!!!

  16. author Matt Jones posted March 25th 2011. 12:31 pm

    Wow! I had no idea you guys would be as fired up as I am! 20 comments in a few short minutes! Thank you.

  17. author Stella Lane posted March 25th 2011. 12:39 pm

    One of the hands in our pockets goes deeper!

  18. author Robin Faison posted March 25th 2011. 12:53 pm

    Matt makes many valid points in this discussion. Realtor dues should be going down with the rest of the economic trends not up. Action on a grass root level is the best way to get things done- not professional lobbyists.

  19. author Joanne Panek posted March 25th 2011. 12:57 pm

    It is not the time to increase our dues – are they trying to decrease the numbers of REALTORS even more. We need suppor, not more fees.

  20. author Jeri Groves posted March 25th 2011. 1:04 pm

    When I formed my brokerage in Colorado in 2010, I had to pay $1000 to register my business name. This year, the state dropped the fee to $200. Same to become an broker–went down from $500 to $200. Evidently GOUGING DOESN’T PAY. There was such a huge drop in applications in 2010, they had to drop the fees to maintain their budget. LISTEN UP NAR! We’re sick of NAR being SOOOO out of touch with the realities of Realtors(r) that they’re raising dues at a time when hundreds of thousands of agents can’t make a living in real estate.

  21. author Mitch Muller posted March 25th 2011. 1:11 pm

    Wow! 50% increase??? So does this mean I’ll get 50% more leads from my Realtor Deluxe Internet Package?!?! I’m pumped!!! Wait, I got two leads from that last year.. :-(…

  22. author Doug Heron posted March 25th 2011. 1:17 pm

    I do not see any benefit that justifies the expense. The only thing I use that has anything to do with NAR is the mls and I imagine it won’t be too much longer until there is a better alternative. DO NOT INCREASE our fees! All it will really accomplish is provide more incentive for microsoft or some other company to develop that alternative mls system sooner and we will have even less control and reasons for customers to use us.

  23. author Linda Beaulieu posted March 25th 2011. 1:18 pm

    OMG…our commissions are going down because of short sales and REO’s and they are bringing up their rates. Are they out of touch of what the economy is doing to us????

  24. author Michael Ackerman posted March 25th 2011. 1:32 pm

    Great article Matt! Very timely. Here in San Francisco we witnessed a spat earlier this year between ourl SFAR and CAR costing members much grief. Hearing NAR is reaching deeper into our pockets is just unbelievable.

  25. author Rick Coco posted March 25th 2011. 1:43 pm

    I think a 50% increase in dues in this economy is ridiculous to say the least. The money NAR brings in already is staggering. I suspect they will drive more people out of the business, which could be a good or bad thing, I guess.

  26. author Connee Sasso posted March 25th 2011. 1:54 pm

    Ridiculous! shows how “Out of touch” they are with the folks they supposedly represent…

  27. author Dave Hennessey posted March 25th 2011. 1:55 pm

    I think NAR has been very, very effective in its lobbying efforts & in its Image campaigns over the past few years but I think this proposal is extraordinarily ill-timed and ill-conceived

  28. author Jean Tinsworth posted March 25th 2011. 2:01 pm

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!

  29. author Steve Freeman posted March 25th 2011. 2:44 pm

    Questions: Matt, how did you find out dues would increase 50% and it would be useful to say they would change from $80 to $120; (not counting “public awareness” which is virtually nil in my market). Secondly, can I see a budget from NAR; 2 yrs ago vs 1 yr ago vs next year? This might show where the money is “needed”. Thirdly, although not thrilled at the prospect of spending $40 more per year on NAR; it’s just $40 folks. If $40 more per year is going to break a true REALTOR, the REALTOR is already broken. I’m just saying….

  30. author Charles Stallions posted March 25th 2011. 2:51 pm

    and only to sell our leads back to us. We send them listings and they charge us to send the leads back to us andif we don’t pay the ransom someone else in your market who is willing to pay gets it. Oh if you pay and others pay you all get them same leads. Only association more useless than NAR is your local board. Most don’t realize that you don’t have to be a member to be in the MLS. The courts ruled on that in the early 90’s but they don’t tell you that.

  31. author Steve Freeman posted March 25th 2011. 3:25 pm

    Hey, I know what NAR needs $40 more for – a bus/RV! If memory serves, they have about 6 stops to make in 2011; count ’em 6. Here’s the link: http://www.houselogic.com/articles/home-ownership-matters-bus-tour-hits-road/ …but I’m NOT cynical …lol

  32. author Matt Jones posted March 25th 2011. 3:30 pm

    Hey Steve. Here is a link to back up the increase: http://www.realtor.org/topics/political_survival_initiative/

    I read it on another blog on Wednesday and waited until today to release the information so the maximum number of agents would have the weekend to think about the money our association wastes.

  33. author DJean Osborne posted March 25th 2011. 11:52 am

    I think its important to have representation BUT…. our commissions didn’t increase 50% and our representation needs to be in line with our actual material day to day situation. I think raising our dues 50% is absolutely wrong.

  34. author Ken Brooks posted March 25th 2011. 12:00 pm

    This is great – perfect timing amidst the present Real Estate BOOM!!!Unbelievable…

  35. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 12:00 pm

    If not for the MLS would the NAR exist?

  36. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 12:03 pm

    Eve

  37. author GreenSpot RealEstate posted March 25th 2011. 12:04 pm

    What do you think of this?

  38. author Bettie Ellen Shetter posted March 25th 2011. 12:09 pm

    I agree, in the second “Great Real Estate Depression”, how about a little support for the agents that are required to be a member. Remember the REO process can take months before it’s ready to market. And with no income coming in, cost’s to be an agent keep raising!
    If, we as agent’s aren’t a part of the solution, we are part of the problem.

  39. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 12:11 pm

    I agree. Matt you said it well.

  40. author Tom Acton posted March 25th 2011. 4:33 pm

    I am concerned about more fees, and yes it is just $40. However, as long as we are in a business…and yes it is a business, those fees will just get passed on to the consumer.

  41. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 12:42 pm

    Find out who your NAR representatives are at your local board and state level and let them know your feelings!!! They’re supposed to represent us!

  42. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 12:42 pm

    Matt,
    Well said. In this market, our dues should be going down not up. Like Obama, NAR needs to be given a wakeup call. I wonder…will our local dues being going up as well?
    Diane

  43. author Kathy Connolly Burchfield posted March 25th 2011. 12:50 pm

    No more of our money to pay lobbyists. NO. Time to shake this organization up.

  44. author Fred Dallinger posted March 25th 2011. 1:24 pm

    I’m with you all the way Matt!
    With Realtor’s expenses going up rapidely,gas is going to hit $5.00 this year rmost probably,along with other essentials like food, health care and computer supplies we really can’t
    afford a 50% increase from our own organization who is supposed to help not hurt us!!
    With over 20 years in this business, I have never seen such a large increase in NAR fees in
    one year!
    Is this legal?

    with internet,

  45. author Matt Jones posted March 25th 2011. 5:25 pm

    Tom, you make a good point. But whether it is $40 or $40,000 dollars it is way too much, in my opinion, based on the return we get for our “investment”, and based on their abysmal track record at accomplishing their lobbying objectives, I certainly don’t want to double their lobbying budget so we can throw good money after bad.

  46. author Sandra Skillings posted March 25th 2011. 1:36 pm

    Maybe they should tighten THEIR belts, like the rest of us. 50% increase is crazy. They will lose members.

  47. author Richard Tipton posted March 25th 2011. 5:43 pm

    Even the mere thought of the National Association of Realtor board members contemplating raising our dues is outrageious. If anything they should reduce the dues. They haven’t put any money in my pocket, quite the opposite. I believe every licensed realtor across the United States should tell the Board members to disolve the NAR – WE DON”T NEED THEM. They are like everyone else out their with their hands out thinking realtors are made of money. They make me ill.

  48. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 1:44 pm

    I’m still not sure what NAR does for the Realtors in the trenches. I’ll keep my money please.

  49. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 2:16 pm

    This is ridiculous. With this kind of market we do not need added expense. I never signed on to be a union member.

  50. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 2:29 pm

    The Realtors are barely making it all over the place. I know that my income and life style has changed radically the last few years from this horrible recession (depression?). These dues we currently have are very difficult to pay, as it is. To double our fees is beyond the pale. Not only is CAR not representing our interests in DC. They have ignored the elephant in the room about the foreclosures and the truth that each one of these foreclosed homes are about a family or an individual that lost their dream, their investment and their home. These foreclosures have faces and lives that are ruined much of the time. These foreclosures also represent the destruction of the middle class and undeniable attack on the working people. Most of us agents are “the middle class”, so this is one more devastating, crippling arrow; a direct hit. This makes it twice as difficult, more than ever, to survive in this already toxic industry. Can’t somebody do something about the requirement of having to join CAR to be a member of the MLS? Isn’t this like having Communism or something similar? We should be able to do something here to change the system for it to work for US. We the People..or rhather, “we the agents”, who do the work. These guys are CAR, they are the takers while we are the makers. Enough! Let’s change this and soon! Let’s take back our industry and have leaders who work for us!!!!

  51. author Tom Bridge posted March 25th 2011. 6:39 pm

    Should not happen in the economy we have. The fat should be cut. Like some positions at NAR.

  52. author Bill Wootan posted March 25th 2011. 2:43 pm

    Doubling our dues? Why?

  53. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 2:51 pm

    At a time when agents are working longer and harder for less money, this increase is unconscionable.

  54. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 3:20 pm

    Isn’t it amazing that the people or organizations that are unsuccessful and relatively worthless want more money. Realtors are working harder and harder to get results in this market and being compensated less and less because of over- reactive and oppresive rules and regulations being foisted upon the working people. Even if it is only $40.00, it is the principle of the thing.
    While we’re at it, lets throw out all the deceitfull, “paid vacation goers”, “help everybody but Americans”,” golf players instead of workers”… that are in Washington.

  55. author Douglas Kowalewski posted March 25th 2011. 7:28 pm

    NAR accomplishes nothing. More dues? For what? The housing crisis has been a golden opportunity for NAR to make a difference. They do nothing but accumulate flowery facts. They could have joined forces with the mortgage industry and take on the four big banks that caused and perpetuate this crisis. They do nothing. How about making short sales work and move inventory? They do nothing. This is just another group of self serving people that want to exploit Realtors. Do they know people in real estate are struggling? Dues need to be lowered and they should work on our behalf and get some results.

  56. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 4:35 pm

    This was disturbing news. If the NAR wants to increase political contributions and lobbying efforts, then RPAC is the voluntary way to do it. Increasing our dues during the worst real estate market in memory, and the worst I’ve seen in over 30 years, smacks of irresponsibility and heavy handidness.I’ve questioned who the NAR really represents for awhile now. It seems the bureaucracy comes before the membership. A big hint was the formation of the for profit subsidiary.Seems like we pay our dues in the same way certain people pay protection money to the mob. Cost of doing business. Very disappointing.

  57. author Anthony J Sessa posted March 25th 2011. 9:03 pm

    you keep doing what youre doing /you’ll keep getting what youre getting tony sessa ABR

  58. author Richard Whitney posted March 25th 2011. 5:43 pm

    This is nothing more then a $ arms race to see who can collect the most. The problem in politics is not that there is not enough money. The problem is there is too much! This will fundamentally change the meaning of what a REALTOR is. I have no interest in being a part of what will become nothing more then a K Street lobbying firm. This will not “buy us a seat at the table”, but rather it will end the relationship of the individual agent with what was once one of the brightest lights in real estate education and ethics. Under this proposal $153,120 (5800 members X $40 X 2/3) is supposed to come back to my state of NH. According to the NAR talking points it is separate from RPAC. So who controls it? Who determines what it is spent for in our state? Who vets the candidates and issues? A recipe for abuse, mismanagement, and disaster in my opinion. RPAC donations will fall off a cliff. Currently the NAR dues break down is as follows, $30 to legislative/regulatory advocacy, $15 to consumer and member relationship building, $10 to state and local association services and support, $6 to economic and tech research, $6 to publications, $5 to commercial/international alliances, $4 to Code of Ethics/legal policy and enforcement, $4 to customer service and product suite, totaling $80. As you can see legislative/regulatory advocacy (or lobbying) is twice as much as any other item. Under this new proposal everything but legislative/regulatory advocacy stays the same. It goes up to $70 (30 + 40). A 133% increase! And ethics training stays the same? We sit and proclaim how important ethics are. It seems that’s all the entire image campaign talks about, but we fund it the least!
    The banks, insurance companies, and lawyers will ALWAYS have more money then us. But what we have are individuals in every community ready to talk to their representatives. When we beat the banks on their getting into real estate they outspent us many times over and they had the chairman of the banking committee in their hip pocket. Through a lot of hard work by our members we won. We beat them because we were able to get thousands individual REALTORS to tell their reps how important this was. Let’s play to our strengths and not our weaknesses. As a former NH RPAC chair and a former NH RPAC trustee I think this is very worst thing we can do. I will do everything I can to see this is rejected by the current leadership.
    Richard Whitney
    Mariner Realty
    Durham NH

  59. author Betty Glacy McEnaney posted March 25th 2011. 9:59 pm

    Well said. I question the legality of the increase if the Dirctors vote it in. Can they demand the dues…closed shop, open shop. Your comparison to Unions is right on. What if I don’t want to pay union dues? I will make my own political choices, and will speak up on issues when the need arises. Thanks for speaking up.

  60. author Elena Katarsky TradeMark posted March 25th 2011. 11:11 pm

    it’s time to say enough already! I agree, Enough

  61. author Richard C Dennis posted March 26th 2011. 1:47 am

    How come I seem to be the only one to believe NAR’s lobby was in cahootz with the government playing games with the interest rate and “creating” more ways to buy real estate until the real estate market fell apart because you can only blow a balloon up just so much? Meanwhile the NAR lobbiests keep getting richer and richer with our commissions.

  62. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 9:49 pm

    What is the reasoning for raising NAR Dues? What is NAR board thinking?

  63. author Anonymous User posted March 25th 2011. 10:29 pm

    No increase live within your means or downsize like we do!

  64. author Chase Dickson posted March 26th 2011. 12:27 pm

    It’s outragous that our rate will be increased 50% when they should be going down 50%. We need to have an accounting of how our dues are being spent. Why do we need the NAR?

  65. author Anonymous User posted March 26th 2011. 9:35 am

    To NAR: I guess downsizing and accountability are not within your corporate vocabulary in our new economy! Obviously, we have allowed you too many self-governing opportunities without enough accountability. Although it could be that from your latest “poll” you’ve determined that since we all may be REO brokers by now, so we should have little problem absorbing your completely out-of touch proposal!

  66. author Helen Willy posted March 26th 2011. 1:35 pm

    We hear you all – Been There Done That. Our monthly fees almost doubled at our local board level here in 2009. They said it was due to less realtors registered, less advertising in the real estate news ediitions, and less fees for listings and so on and so forth. At no point was there any mention of a reduction in staff or hours or positions or salary cut backs at the board to compensate for all this less work. I feel for you guys but we went through it at local level as well. Then they announced Prospects Database being provided by the board free of charge to members we should all use it. Had a few teething problems in the beginning but absolutely awesome support from the CEO/owner all the way down, and lots of us love it. Now after less than 2 years they are not renewing the contract. So we had our fees doubled at the time it came in, no lay offs or cut backs due to less realtors and listings and ads, and now the one thing we actually thought we were getting is being taken away again, after they encouraged us all to use it use it use it, It’s free from the board!!! Go figure, we hear you up here in Canada as well guys, in addition we had to not only deal with the market economics of 2009 to now, but competition bureau issues, and tons of other stuff. Many realtors have felt that as members they weren’t given enough input before decisions have been made as well, but it’s not stopped things happening. “United we stand divided we fall”. Never has a truer phrase been heard, unfortunately just as with voting, some do and a lot don’t, and the biggest moaners about those in power are usually those that didn’t vote and might have made the difference. Also folks I don’t know how many dues you pay, but where we are we pay CREA dues, AREA dues, CREB dues and RECA dues. We have 4 bodies to answer to and pay for.

  67. author Anonymous User posted March 26th 2011. 3:24 pm

    Matt, thanks for alerting your readers. As I write this, there were 65 other comments about the 50% increase, and I was about to chime in, but first, I wanted to see where the increase in our N.A.R. dues from $80.00 to $120.00 is proposed. Therefore, I logged onto the N.A.R. website – http://www.realtor.org to take a look at the N.A.R. budget. After you login in, or register if you are new to the site, you can access this 150 page document by doing a search for “N.A.R. Annual Budget”. When you look at the budget, you will see on page 1 of the “National Association of REALTORS 2011-2013 Budget – Summary of Recommendations, Operating Budget” that in this report dated May 15, 2010 as approved by the Board of Directors, the Budget Review Team, Finance Committee, and Leadership Team met to review the proposed budget for 2011, 2012 & 2013 and presented their recommendations to the Executive Committee for consideration. I did not take time to read the entire budget, but I did look at the numbers for the three year budget (2011-2013) which included 2010 figures. I found the annual dues for all three years to be $80 and the same amount for 2010. In 2010 the budget showed income from dues to be $37,100,000.00 based on 1,060,000 members; the 2011, 2012 & 2013 figures are based on 1,100,000 members, and at $80.00 per member the projected dues income is $38,000,000.00. Additionally, N.A.R. charges a Special Assessment & Public Awareness Campaign Budget which assesses each member $35.00 (my board shows it as a National Media Assessment). I double checked my payment history through my account with my local REALTOR Association (ORRA) and found that in 2005, 2006, & 2007 my N.A.R. dues were $64.00; in 2008 they were increased to $80.00 and have remained the same through 2011. The Special Assessment was $20.00 in 2005 & 2006, $30.00 in 2007 & 2008 then it stabilized at $35.00 in 2009 through 2011. I am wondering if there is a proposal to increase the membership dues by $40.00 beginning with the 2012 budget year. In scanning the budget document, I have seen nothing which alerts me to such a plan. If there are things in the works to push through a 50% increase this coming mid-May, then it seems to me that it is incumbent upon the brokers and agents to strongly object through our local associations and our state associations and find out who our representatives are who sit on the N.A.R. Board of Directors and notify them of our objections. To have our voices heard and to affect an outcome, there needs to be organization and direction, but first there needs to be an assessment of the facts – what is the genesis of the proposal? Who made it and is it on the mid-year meeting agenda? Perhaps someone has some answers.

  68. author Sara Lynn Thomas posted March 26th 2011. 8:13 pm

    I agree – we all need to cut back when times are tough! That should mean NAR also.

  69. author Matt Jones posted March 26th 2011. 10:00 pm

    Anonymous, here is a link to the proposal from the Realtor.org website.
    http://www.realtor.org/topics/political_survival_initiative/

    I first became aware of it reading an industry blog, and like you researched it to confirm. It appears to be true. Funny, it seems to me that the lobbying is all we get for our money, and frankly, it has been lousy.

    Since I’ve been a member (2002) the only serious effort they’ve taken on has been lobbying the DOJ regarding keeping our MLS proprietary. Ultimately, you know where that ended. Utter failure.

    The funny thing is that the only reason we lost it is because they gave our listings to Realtor.com, as well as the name Realtor, in a back room deal. Don’t you use the word Realtor in a website or you’ll get a cease and desist from NAR. I know first hand.

    It seems that the board members all ended up with Realtor.com stock (NASDAQ:MOVE) and we the members lost the MLS. Seems you can’t give the data to one company and then tell everyone else it is proprietary. DOJ ultimately said they had to give it to everyone.

  70. author Anonymous User posted March 26th 2011. 8:49 pm

    that is really ridiculous with the market the way it is currently. guess since many agents have gotten out of real estate, they want us to make up the difference!!

  71. author Butch Rumenapp posted March 28th 2011. 1:48 pm

    It’s BS they just say, Hey Dude, we need more of your hard earned bucks. You know the ones that harder and harder to earn, and of them. I think they gettin too damn GREEDY!

  72. author Jale Ozdemir Dalton posted March 29th 2011. 12:24 pm

    I always had a problem with the members providing the listings and pay for the privilege of being on Realtor.com… we are being charged a fee because we give them the merchandise to use…for which we have to pay and do our own maintenance, if we want somethings enhanced…what a sweet deal! Is it really true that the Board members own the stock? And what other services does NAR ” provide “?

  73. author Steve Stokes posted March 29th 2011. 1:16 pm

    I don’t care so much about a $50 fee increase as I do about the lack of support from NAR and my local board the Beverly Hills Association of Realtors, BHGLAAR. Do you know that TRULIA and REDFIN now display your listings without any of your contact information??? The fact is that our listings are taken and lead generation companies try to sell our buyer leads back to us. Also the housing recovery and our economy have been stifled by poorly thought out mortgage reform that have hurt property values, home sales and mortgage brokers which are your partners in closing transactions. These reforms have also increased costs and decreased flexibility to the consumer. NAR did not support us against HVCC, SAFE Act, and new Reg. Z Loan Officer Compensation Reform. These have all been a disaster for independent mortgage brokers, appraisers, consumers and Realtors and NAR has not even taken a stand. We need a new association that will not turn our leads over to the competition. I am both a California real estate broker and a mortgage broker so I follow developments both sides closely. Both industries are facing erosion based on NARs lack of support.

  74. author Francoise Ford posted March 29th 2011. 2:22 pm

    isn’t this pretty much the same as the ruckus in Wisconsim? There the state collects union dues, a large percentage of which is spent on the campaigns of Democrat hopefuls. So HAR collects dues for NAR to be used to support the candidates of their choice; and that’s ok?
    I thought we had a ‘right to work’ law here in Texas.

  75. author Leo Singh posted March 29th 2011. 3:18 pm

    I am more interested as to who “Owns Realtor.com”??? I was approached by a marketing agent from Realtor.com and they were willing to offer me approximately $20.00 per month to advertise me as a preferred agent. However, my Partner has all our listings in her name and they want to charge her $76.00 dollars per month to advertise her listings.
    Here comes the great question…isn’t it ironic that the listings that Realtor.com is using to advertise are our listings in the first place. They have taken our listings and are advertising those listings. Now they want to charge more if you do have listings.
    I was under the impression that word Realtor was a Trade Mark and a Copyright. When I asked the person, marketing for Realtor.com, if Realtor.Com was a part of NAR,TAR or HAR. The answer may surprise you because it is…No…No…NO.
    Now I am in a quandary. Wow!!! Not a member of NAR (National Association of Realtors) TAR (Texas Association of Realtors), Not a member of HAR (Houston Association of Realtors) and they want more money to advertise our listings. How did they get to use the trademark/copyright Realtor.com???
    This link might give you some interesting information.
    http://www.realtorsucks.com

  76. author Anonymous User posted March 29th 2011. 12:10 pm

    Matt,

    I left NAR severaal years ago and am happy about that choice. The only thing keeping me from jumping on the LCM gateway bandwagon is the inclusion of the option “Realtors” instead of Brokers. Could that be fixed?

  77. author Melissa Towbin posted March 29th 2011. 12:26 pm

    A lot needs to change. We are paying to be “Realtors”, that is so they can hold us accountable. But, have a problem, dont bother them they don’t care. NAR same thing. I want to have access to MLS, but the price is outrageous. We need to take our listings and go another direction. Exclude our Board. The LAW does not say a company has to be all Realtors or not all Realtors at one brokerage. The greedy people at the board do this. They are forcing us to buy a product we may not want, how is that right? I think it’s time to move our MLS system elsewhere and not have to pay more not to be a Realtor and have MLS. It’s over 1500. a year for everything.
    Let’s make a change, take back our listings and move them to our own systems.

  78. author Anonymous User posted March 29th 2011. 12:46 pm

    Re: Terry Statler
    I feel your pain. it is the same way here in Idaho. If the DOJ was doing their job, then we would not be forced to join an association to be able to be a member of the MLS. Just think if the DOJ had done their job properly, think anti-trust, then their would be no single bank too big to fail. NAR’s great way to help protect our industry, blindly promote all the junk low down payment loans as “needed” for the market. NAR is just as guilty of the Housing Market Collapse as Frank and Dodd. NAR and Realtors are supposed to help protect our clients from exactly what happened in the housing bubble, and to foresee these potential problems. Please don’t tell me the excuse that they didn’t see the collapse coming. Several investment gurus wrote about it in 2004. Guess what? NAR was only concerned about their power and dues. Where was the NAR when houses were selling for more than replacement cost? They were busy telling the public that there was no real threat that the housing market could collapse.

  79. author Mark Jacobs posted March 29th 2011. 5:22 pm

    Let the NAR do what other businesses due, cut jobs, cut pay and down size. Why should we pay for miss management on the part of NAR. Too bad they’re the only game in town…

  80. author Kapila Mathur Ledbetter posted March 29th 2011. 1:22 pm

    NAR needs to be considerate of meager income of Realtors at this time of poor economy. What are they trying to do? Force the Realtors out of business who fed them for years of great service to buyers and sellers?

  81. author Anonymous User posted March 29th 2011. 1:24 pm

    The article below is some what correct. I was not going to renew my board dues with the Manatee Association of Realtors for 2011, but after talking with the Mid Florida Regional MLS I found out it was mandatory that I be a member of a board (some board) in order to to keep my electronic key pad. So they got you. What good is being a member of an MLS even if you are just doing BPO’s if you don’t have a key pad. Sooner or latter you will need it to gain access to a property. So the only way around this is for all realtors to go back to using combo lock boxes, and then you can skip being a member of the Board of Realtors and just be a member of the MLS. You also loose the tile REALTOR and are just considered a Real Estate Agent. Not a big deal for me.

    “And only to sell our leads back to us! We send them listings and they charge us to send the leads back to us and if we don’t pay the ransom, someone else in your market who is willing to pay gets it. Oh, and if you pay AND others pay, you all get them same leads. Only association more useless than NAR is your local board. Most don’t realize that you don’t have to be a member to be in the MLS. The courts ruled on that in the early 90’s but they don’t tell you that.” — Charles S. from Florida.

  82. author Anonymous User posted March 29th 2011. 1:24 pm

    The article below is some what correct. I was not going to renew my board dues with the Manatee Association of Realtors for 2011, but after talking with the Mid Florida Regional MLS I found out it was mandatory that I be a member of a board (some board) in order to to keep my electronic key pad. So they got you. What good is being a member of an MLS even if you are just doing BPO’s if you don’t have a key pad. Sooner or latter you will need it to gain access to a property. So the only way around this is for all realtors to go back to using combo lock boxes, and then you can skip being a member of the Board of Realtors and just be a member of the MLS. You also loose the tile REALTOR and are just considered a Real Estate Agent. Not a big deal for me.

    “And only to sell our leads back to us! We send them listings and they charge us to send the leads back to us and if we don’t pay the ransom, someone else in your market who is willing to pay gets it. Oh, and if you pay AND others pay, you all get them same leads. Only association more useless than NAR is your local board. Most don’t realize that you don’t have to be a member to be in the MLS. The courts ruled on that in the early 90’s but they don’t tell you that.” — Charles S. from Florida.

  83. author Anonymous User posted March 29th 2011. 1:26 pm

    Another way to continue to squeeze hard earned revenue which has over the last 3 years been even harder to earn. Matt hit the nail on the head. Nothing more than a Labor Union acting like a Labor Union. Who pays for all those big time salaries at the national level – we agents do. What best interest do those at the top hold- THEIR OWN! Their own jobs, salaries, qualities of life and benefits are what they are really protecting. ME. ME. ME. ME. ME. Wait a minute- I feel like I was just describing our politicians. Not much difference these days. I guess at the end of the day I am no different. I want to protect ME too and my family and the quality of life I have worked hard to provide them. That will always come before NAR and its “power pool”. Trade associations are suppose to exist for its members and building an organizational alliance for the benefit of its members. Where’s the value? The NAR has become a business profit center. The only real value oriented products/services they offer members cost us money and is “FOR PROFIT”. If we as agents truly had the freedom or option to choose membership it would change the playing field overnight. LETS FIGHT FOR THAT- FREEDOM!

  84. author Darline M. Dillon posted March 29th 2011. 2:33 pm

    NAR should have to answer to its members. Why isn’t their relationship with Realtor.com under more scrutiny as a potential conflict of interest? Realtor.com raised its fees for enhanced listings some time ago and now NAR is following suit. How is this proposed NAR dues increase going to benefit Realtors?

  85. author Randy Landis posted March 29th 2011. 3:21 pm

    I would almost agree thatwith the loss of around 700,000 REALTORS in this downturn, NAR has to make up for lost revenue…wages (I wonder if they pay themselves bonuses?) When you lose the revenue, you have to make up for it somehow and the easiest way is through increased dues. Sounds a bit union’esq, huh!

  86. author Randy Landis posted March 29th 2011. 3:43 pm

    So the real question is: How does one dump NAR, their state association, their local board, and continue to do business with access to listings? I’m waiting….anybody?

  87. author Barry Butts posted March 29th 2011. 8:39 pm

    It seems that everything is getting out of hand. More money for the organization will surely mean less services for the beneficiaries and a win fall for the establishment/management to do as it pleases…

  88. author Lynne A Shapiro posted March 30th 2011. 3:39 am

    Yes the economy has been bad….awful matter of fact…and business for us as agents has been down for the past few years. I too question why our dues would be going up…during a time when our business is certainly down. NAR needs to rethink all of this…for we are loosing agents every day due to the economic down turn. We cannot continue to bleed our members pocket books..and expect them to continue to pay when they do not have the funds coming in from business. Wake up NAR…time to smell the roses and realize that you need to assist your members….not choke them with additional dues.

  89. author Jeanne Lesar Shimala posted March 30th 2011. 5:14 am

    This year, CRS got greedy and increased their dues, too. Worst economic downturn in decades, and NAR decides to put their hands deeper in our pockets…and for what? I’ve been a CRS since 1995, and this year I’m not renewing my membership…ditto for ABR and SRES. I paid the fees and did the work to earn the designations. I should not have to pay big bucks every year to renew these designations. Highway robbery!

  90. author Nila Maceda Kucharski posted March 30th 2011. 10:28 am

    I agree with Lynn A. Shapiro and Anonymous User. There’s got to be something to stop this…

  91. author Anonymous User posted March 30th 2011. 7:34 am

    I agree with everyone that has commented on this crazy idea of raising our dues again! It is obvious the NAR is not helping us as realtors.Just look at the mess Washington has made of the housing market and NAR wants more money,so we can go broke faster! I don’t think so! There has to be something we can do to stop this!

  92. author Judi Bland Stull posted March 30th 2011. 4:46 pm

    I don’t understand why NAR is doubling the cost of dues at a time when Realtors are really struggling. Are they trying to make the less active Realtors get out of the business? If I understood what NAR was doing FOR us, maybe I would be more understanding of the need to double our dues.

  93. author Patricia Messer posted March 30th 2011. 6:37 pm

    No to the dues increase, period!

  94. author Valeri Balaz posted March 30th 2011. 4:43 pm

    I know oyu don’t technically have to be a member but suppose your broker requires it? Are there any brokers in the Baltimore/Washington area that does nto require membership. I have always wondered exactly what are we paying for…they have never done a darn thing for me but take my money.

  95. author Ken Messer posted March 30th 2011. 9:59 pm

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  96. author Beth Bye Strong posted April 1st 2011. 5:01 pm

    What is the matter with agents who cannot see the value of NAR…they do a lot of lobbying to keep our business viable. Personally I have not heard of the dues increasing double. Has that been confirmed or is it another scare tactic? At REMAX we get quality leads, free, everyday! Why should we pay for them? Realtor.com is the best known realtor site. You don’t have to pay extra for listings if you don’t choose to but if you want your listings to stand out you can pay a little more and get that. I don’t see the problem. As far as the number of agents leaving the business…they probably weren’t doing much anyway. The ones who just waited for listings and sales at the office are gone but those of us to actually do some prospecting, have a net presence, and keep up with our “sphere of influence” are still doing great. 20% of Real Estate Agents do at lease 80% of the business. Same as any commission based business.

  97. author Raymond M Glath posted April 1st 2011. 5:02 pm

    With the exception of MLS and Realtor.Com, (which has an amateurish and awkward-to-use design in the area of realtor services), I don’t see ANYTHING that the local, state, and national organizations do for us.

    Seems like all they do is pad their bank accounts and take very good care of the staff with fancy offices, etc. Advertising is expensive as well for realtor.com.

    If it were not a requirement to belong to this multi-tier rip-off, I’d be gone in a heartbeat.

    Raising our dues for no useful services is absolutely atrocious!

  98. author Ken P Rudy posted April 1st 2011. 5:02 pm

    We as realtors have to tighten our belts in down times and that should include NAR.

  99. author Ed Caballero posted April 1st 2011. 5:10 pm

    Matt, add another Realtor that agrees with your opinion of NAR and other bloodsucking realtors association. They share my feelings about politicians: much could be said but suffice with THROW THE BUMS OUT. NOW!!!!!

  100. author Shelby Hull posted April 1st 2011. 5:12 pm

    This has to be the final death toll for Realtors. House prices are not coming back, our inccome is down. Let the NAR let some of their non productive people go so their income goes down as well. What can we do?

  101. author Bill Mahan posted April 1st 2011. 5:18 pm

    I have never seen a profession where it costs so much to do business, with so little return. NAR dues, State dues, local association dues, ARMLS dues, designation fees (ABR, CSR, etc.). It goes on and on. And on top of it, all of the associations resist increasing the level of education and professionalism, because it would affect their dues base, upon which they are handsomely paid. Way to go!

  102. author Tom Cox Cdpe posted April 1st 2011. 5:19 pm

    I have read Matt’s editorial and most of the responses. Quite frankly, I, too, am annoyed. I am annoyed at Congress, our state, and local governments, and most all the people of our land. Everyone of us has contributed to this monster of our economy and special interest governments. We all failed to practice good business methods. We all failed to discipline ourselves, and we all want to blame somebody but ourselves.

    I hear the call to get listings but not via a monopolized organization. Fair enough, yet in reality, I would pay double or triple my dues if we truly have enforceable and enforced Code of Ethics. I say this because I honestly believe there are too many “less than professional” practioners in our industry and tighter regulations plus higher expenses keep those people on the sidelines.

    Does NAR help me? Not much, does being a member of NAR have benefits, yes, but primarily via the networking aspects and the local board and it’s local MLS.

    I feel that we are all small independent business owners even though we may be connected to massive large volume brokerages. NAR should, in my humble opinion, recognize the small business aspects of our industry and lobby for those interests and not the mega-firm or the national franchise-firm or even the individual citizen.

    So, bottom line, if NAR raises its fees and makes my life as a small business owner easier so I can make life better for my one employee and several independent contractors, then I’ll gladly pay more, but I expect results!!!

  103. author Chris Nichols posted April 1st 2011. 5:20 pm

    Matt, Nice job inciting a riot vs. sharing real facts. If we can’t even educate the professionals about their own industry, then it’s no wonder we can’t educate the consumer either. I guarantee most of you spend more than $40/month at Starbucks and yet you can’t afford $40/year to protect home ownership. It’s sad… real sad!!! I dare each and everyone of you to look your clients in the eyes and tell them you can’t afford $40/year to fight for homeownership. See how many clients will want to work with you! I am absolutely embarrassed by the ignorance being displayed.

  104. author Chris Nichols posted April 1st 2011. 5:32 pm

    Matt, I challenge you to update this blog with the facts, like it’s $40 instead of the 50% and also include links to what it’s being used for. Clearly it’s not for clothing like you jest.
    REALTORS – ask your lenders if they wish they had a strong lobby to protect them? Want your compensation structure to be changed like theirs just was by the federal government.

  105. author John Harrison posted April 1st 2011. 5:33 pm

    Did you investigate why the increase is needed, Let me tell you what it’s for to fight the idiots (elected officials) who are trying to raise the Property taxes, do away with the propert tax exemption, do away with the 30 year fixed rate mortgage , eliminate Fanny and Freddy just to mention a few . If these thing happen NAR is doomed because there will be no industry left.As for your other comments about average Agents, mabe it’s time to get ride of the average Real Estate Agents and just keep the Proffesional ones

  106. author Tony Maziarz posted April 1st 2011. 5:40 pm

    Nice guys at the NAR that the reason I left them several years ago. I could never understand how they ever got the profession trade mark for monopolization? Come with me and be part of money for life agent at Realty Direct Freedom, tell ‘m I sent you!

  107. author Albert Burns posted April 1st 2011. 5:42 pm

    I’m not really convinced we should throw a lot of money at lawmakers, will that make us part of the problem?

  108. author Jack Burns posted April 1st 2011. 5:49 pm

    I totally agree with you Matt! There is always someone who wants to have their hands in my pockets as a Realtor@ Income way down and membership charges way up?? And these guys are supposed to be on our team? How can we form a grass roots group to overturn the NAR? There must be a better way if Lybia and Egypt can escape tyrants, then why can’t we? We must unite on this issue!

  109. author Assunta Menetrier posted April 1st 2011. 5:54 pm

    No increase… for what, but NAR CEO’s salaries increase! They are contamined with what is happening with multinationals Cy. Stop Monopolies!

  110. author Jack Kort posted April 1st 2011. 6:06 pm

    Really? Maybe NAR needs to look at heir business model and see why it isn’t working?

  111. author Hank Clark posted April 1st 2011. 6:09 pm

    Sounds like an issue that has come up before: Several unnamed President’s [US] decided that reducing taxes [read: Association Fees] helped increase employment [read: paying Members]. They were correct every itime. Whats so hard for the NAR to understand that holding or possible reducing fees may just help increase membership and increased revenues?
    Something to think about!
    Just possibly some of the “services” offered don’t receive a “payback” for the cost of the effort –
    eliminate the redundant or non-paymack costs! But that’s a Business Man’s, which most Realtors are, approach to the issue.

  112. author Christie Hunt Baines posted April 1st 2011. 6:13 pm

    I would chance a heavy bet that most of the members in the NAR are residential.The Commercial Brokerages that are not aligned with Residential Brokerages have very little participation in NAR. I feel pretty comfortable saying I could do without my membership.
    The addition of these extra NAR fees, our company Brokerage fees to their agents that have been increased and the amazing State of Illinois who has increased our licensing fees by 2 times for this ridiculous new No Salespersons License….. I think I must be crazy to stay in this industry!!

  113. author Ina Tichenor posted April 1st 2011. 6:15 pm

    National, State and local dues are way too high for what we get. They all need to “cut the fat”.

  114. author Mardi Wing posted April 1st 2011. 6:33 pm

    You have to be kidding. An increase?. What have they done to warrant an increase? In fact, what have they done lately?

  115. author Vera J Anderson posted April 1st 2011. 6:36 pm

    I did not know that we belonged to a NRA “union”. Where they take from us and give to the political parties that can profit NAR. Who is looking out for the Realtors, your board, the banks, your broker, maybe your clients? I would guess is is “no one”.

  116. author Nancy Woffenden posted April 1st 2011. 6:37 pm

    I remember a few years ago when we were asked to contribute $100 for 3 years to an ad campaign. That $100 was never removed from our dues. We are still paying it. Now I see this year we paid an additional $35 for the ads this year. Now they want to add an additional 50% to our current dues. I had two closings last year. I have 2 so far this year, both inexpensive lots. I cannot afford an additional $250.00 due at Christmas. I have already pared down my bills as far as they will go. What is gonna give? Probably my being a Realtor along with the third of the Realtors who quit in this County in the last two years. Somethings gotta give. I hope it’s not me.

  117. author Nancy Woffenden posted April 1st 2011. 6:51 pm

    PS. In 2005 I was the top listing and selling agent in my office. So I’m not some unprofessional slub trying to make it as a Realtor.

  118. author Alida Fretz posted April 1st 2011. 6:52 pm

    In our area we do not have a REALTOR MLS. Our Northwest Multiple Listing Service is independt of the REALTOR organization. WAR provides educational opportunities, lobbies for our issues in Olympia, etc. I have supported them in the past, but the market down turn has reduced the number of paying brokers by a good sized percentage. I expect this has caused the desire to have each of us pay more, to make it easier on their budget numbers. How much good they do us is for each person to determine. The entire business of real estate has changed with the advent of the Internet and the Open Information now available to one and all. I see the role of the Broker as one of Advisor, and less as a tour guide.

  119. author Sharon Currie posted April 1st 2011. 7:15 pm

    The number of entities who have their hand in my pocket is astounding. What we need is more quality control and less concentration on lobbying and the fees to support it. We are moving toward being a body of professionals populated by those who can afford to and will continue paying. The focus should be on cultivating and maintaining truly great and dedicated professionals – not keeping only those that can pay exorbitant fees. Good agents will be left in the dust as they are priced out of the profession. Lets face it. Just because an agent can pay has no relevance to how good they are at their job. More focus on actual on the job training, apprentiiceships, transaction proficiency and a testing module that truly evaluates the abilities of the agent is where we should be spending the membership money both at the national and state level. Strenghening the membership from within is a much better use of our money than fighting battles we have no hope of winning. After all, isn’t the consumer our ultimate responsibility? I see no value to the consumer if NAR fees are increased (without adding value) and adding stress to already struggling Realtors and potentially causing the demise of a lot of good agents. I’m pretty tired of paying and getting nothing in return. That never feels good. Sounds like its about to feel a whole lot worse.

  120. author Anne Arnold posted April 1st 2011. 7:18 pm

    I am not anonymous! I always back our Association, at all levels, but I am not backing this increase in dues at the National Level. The National Association of REALTORS is fortunate enough to have a residual bank account.. “MONEY IN THE BANK” at the end of the year! Use it! Do not debit our membership, each of whom is trying to earn enough to have money at the end of the month!

  121. author Bill Fatur posted April 1st 2011. 7:33 pm

    this is the first I’ve heard of this….

  122. author Leann Anderson posted April 1st 2011. 7:35 pm

    lobbists can take the pay cut as we pay to much to them anyway….enough is enough

  123. author Toni Martin posted April 1st 2011. 7:52 pm

    I totally agree with what everyone is saying. This is just a very tough time for us all but then there are those who want to inflict more pain because they can. I was outraged when our government punished the crooks by bailing them out with our tax dollars. Everything has gone up including our local MLS and they give everyone all the information they need so buyers don’t need to meet with us in our office. I realize life goes forward and we just need to hang in there but speak our minds….and hopefully help ourselves!

  124. author Brent Elzinga posted April 1st 2011. 7:53 pm

    Great post Matt! I’ve been in the biz for abt 37 years & unfortunately the leadership is going the same way as NAMB (nat assn mtg brokers) who is now down to about 30k membership nationally……for exactly the same reason, too high fees. Soon it becomes an exclusive club that has no clout. (I am also a lender-4 years-but not a member there)

    This is a dangerous situation for Realtors with all the regulations flying around these days. Don’t be surprised if you start to see them start talking about regulating our fees or letting Banks start dealing Real Estate because they own so much of it.(which we have fought off for decades so far) Realtors have no idea what their brother/sisters in the lending biz are going through right now with the same kind of gov tinkering. I know lenders who have been lending for over 20 years now looking for a way out.

    The Dodd/Frank law has created an exit point for many independent lending brokers who will not be able to neither be competitive nor help borrowers close occasionally when help is needed because fees will be fixed And at low levels. I guarantee the big banks are rubbing their hands together & laughing gleefully with the “regulatory reform” that will crush lending competition and usher in both higher fees & mortgage rates. It is a sad time for the public as well as independent lender brokers.

    The only thing that has protected us Realtors (& the public) so far is a very strong lobby. If they drive membership away it can do nothing but hurt the industry if sales are allowed to fall into the welcome arms of the big banks. What do they pay $10-12/hr for non-licensed loan officers at some of the big banks? I’m quite sure they think the same model will work with real estate & are looking at the fees they pay Realtors as a big loss rather than expert service.

    Last & I certainly don’t mean least is the public who ultimately will suffer at the hands of all those policy-wonks in DC. After all, it is bad policy from them that put us in the situation we are in now. They were the ones that allowed the easing/elimination of good sensible underwriting & offered those liar loans. They were the ones asleep at the switch on the derivatives by their friends at Goldman & others. Yes, it was the FED, FTC, SEC, and a host of other agencies AND the tens of thousands of regulatory employees who let that little one slip by without a peep. So the result? Another even much larger dose of terrible ideas!

    Although I have had two associates/friends become President of NAR earlier in my career, I unfortunately have zero clout or input there these days, although I will find a way to give some seasoned input at the decision making level.

    Cheers Matt, from Denver! I’ll send you an invite once I get my new blog online.

  125. author Chris Tokar posted April 1st 2011. 8:15 pm

    I read your article, but you did not explaing what the increase is for? Do we know?

  126. author Betty Hutson posted April 1st 2011. 8:26 pm

    I have already said “Enough Already”.

  127. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:02 pm

    Add another foaming at the mouth realtor that wholy agrees witth your opinion of NAR and other RE associations. The share the same feelings I harbor for politicians of all colors. Throw the bums out. NOW!!!!!!!

  128. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:03 pm

    Everyone has tightened their belts….especially now! Stop the bleeding. We are all just trying to survive.

  129. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:04 pm

    Is it possible that the NAR has spent so much time wining & dining the politicians that they are now behaving in a similar fashion… clearly out of touch with the ones’ paying their salaries?

  130. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:04 pm

    Is it possible that the NAR has spent so much time wining & dining the politicians that they are now behaving in a similar fashion… clearly out of touch with the ones’ paying their salaries?

  131. author Kevin Majd posted April 1st 2011. 9:04 pm

    i am a real estae broker who had a large office only a few years ago and i was forced to close my office last year and have suffered tremendous financial loss due to our business and not only the rules and regulations not making our job any easier,we are not getting any support from our association or title companies to promote business, with the price of gasoline and grocery and evrything else going up, this would be absolutely the worst thing that our association can do. we need help and not an increase in our dues which would send more people out of this industry which has been hit hard and i am sure it has lost quite a few mebers.

  132. author Esther Walling posted April 1st 2011. 5:05 pm

    I’ve wondered if I should have not paid for this year. It has been a case where I am supporting my real estate habit out of my meager savings. Business has not picked up and unless it does, I will have to get that job at McDonalds. Advertising has also increased and is found by fewer people. Buyers are scared of commitments right now. Have you forwarded the comments to NAR? Are they spending too much on campaign advertising? They have been so good about advocating through the years, I’d like to think they would reconsider.

  133. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:06 pm

    Hi Matt,

    I am a REALTOR of only 3 years, 50 years old with 7 children. I work my a**s off and spend many hours away from my family in order to ‘make it’ in this business. NAR can’t have my membership if they do this. The raise in fees as far as I am concerned is out of touch and un warranted. Maybe they should be accountable for how they spend our money, but wait, that would be too much to ask. If they want to get anything, I demand they show an accountability of how they spend our dues before hand. When we have to pay local board of realtor dues, plus NAR dues, plus CE costs, Plus, Plus, Plus @$%^&#@@, enough is enough. If they need more money they should cut the budget, oh wait, take a reduction in salaries Hmmmmm!

  134. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:08 pm

    You are right! They have marginalized themselves and are heading to extinction. They don’t really help me anymore. Next time I will not be paying their dues. When I called to ask for assistance in fighting the fishing ban in Florida, not only did it fall on deaf ears, the person I spoke with told me essentially how dumb I am. (I am a Mensa.) Why should I pay to receive pain?

  135. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:09 pm

    Matt, I think you have exaggerated the increase. A 50% increase sounds like a lot – why not just say, NAR is proposing a dues increase of $40.00. This $40.00 will be split among the local, state and national to assist all three organizations with necessary political assistance. NAR is the only group working to protect the real estate industry. I think your editorial is full of a lot of hype written to create anxiety and mistrust among the masses. If you or any of your readers were actively involved with the organization, you understand why this is needed. $40.00 won’t buy me a tank of gas not 1 tank of gas.

  136. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:14 pm

    A jump of 50% is hard to understand. I might be able to handle 5% or 10% but 50% is such a large increase I can’t beleive they are in touch with the average Realtor.

  137. author Christine Bell posted April 1st 2011. 5:15 pm

    I have been a full time realtor for 23 years, no other job! I know very few that are able to continue in this business without supplemental income. It is a struggle to say the least, I have tightened my belt as I know many of my fellow realtors have, and they “NAR” need to tighten theirs. … or maybe they need to look for a new “career”

  138. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:20 pm

    Funny, (not ) that the NAR and all other_AR associations seem to be filled with and run by large real estate firms. No matter what means of advertising you try to use, it all ends up pointing to a few, as the little guys, the backbone of the real estate market get lost in the shuffle. It is definitely time for NAR to cut their costs, not increase ours.

  139. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:21 pm

    Funny, (not ) that the NAR and all other_AR associations seem to be filled with and run by large real estate firms. No matter what means of advertising you try to use, it all ends up pointing to a few, as the little guys, the backbone of the real estate market get lost in the shuffle. It is definitely time for NAR to cut their costs, not increase ours.

  140. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:31 pm

    I believe that we need to have a voice nationally to protect property rights for property owners; however, I would certainly hope that NAR has searched for every penny to save in running the organization before making it more difficult for agents to survive.

    My marketplace in California has been hit harder than most places in the country. Our city is in bankruptcy and has had to reduce the number of police and firefighters to a level that is precarious for our citizens. We have probably lost about 60+% of our values here which means that we are working 2 to 3 times as hard to close transactions and getting paid almost a third of what we were being paid. Commissions are much like the mid 1980’s but living in an inflated 2011 economy.

    NAR needs to be sure they have cut every possible expense that can be cut. One item: They could stop printing the REALTOR Magazine and mailing it. We get plenty of emails with information that they have sorted for us on NAR.org. Also, many agents just toss the magazine in the trash no matter how much the agents are told that there is very valuable information there. I find that I no longer have time to read the magazine like I used to because there is so much information now available online.

    Compassion and empathy needs to come from the top of NAR. Many of those at the top have businesses that are well-established or they have no need to make large amounts of money from their commissions. This business used to be simple & inexpensive before all the technology. Expenses that are necessary to compete. You bought a lockbox key and had no further expenses. Now there are monthly and annual fees. Lock boxes are $100. There are cell phone/smart phone fees that are not cheap. Laptops for presentations & internet access fees. Everyone trying to sell agents leads. Websites, designations & blogs…Oh My! Etc…etc…etc!

    If NAR takes the “Let them eat cake!” mentality of Marie Antoinette, we all know what happened to her. (In case not…her people turned against her and cheered when she was put to the guillotine!

  141. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:33 pm

    Wow! It is about time! Raise the dues has been a war cry from members of our board for years and I will be first to cut a check for the increase. I believe that NAR has much greater potential as a professional organization of Realtors rather than its current model which allows anyone that can pass a duummied down state test to become members.You see, NAR greatest fault is that they are more concerned about being the largets PAC organization in the country rather than a true trade organization of professional realtors. The barrier to entry into this business needs to be increased dramatically to eliminate the hobbyist and part-time enthusiast that believe that watching HGTV qualifies them as real estate agents. Those carreer minded, full-time, Realtors will all come on board once they see the value in eliminating 40% of its membership. Say 20,000 agents drop outr because of the increase. then say your stat of about 8 sales on average is made by these such agents. That means that 160,000 more sales will be made available to agents that depend solely on their real estate earnings to feed their family. Full-time producers committed to the real estate business. That’s what NAR should be aiming for!

  142. author Dan Pinson posted April 1st 2011. 5:39 pm

    NAR doesn’t care one bit about REALTORS. They’ve become just like any other union (great observation Matt). They’re bloated, disconnected to their membership, and they have taken on a life of their own that doesn’t necessarily protect or represent the best interests of our industry. If they spent their efforts spearheading the national MLS and keeping it proprietary, we’d be winners. The comments here that support price increases to “raise the bar” or”get the part timers out” are ridiculous. Only more education and tougher state exams will accomplish that. My State and Local associations are great and give excellent value. As to NAR? They suck.

  143. author Dan Pinson posted April 1st 2011. 5:40 pm

    PS….as a Designated Broker I pay well over $600/year for me and my office now…isn’t that enough?

  144. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:41 pm

    Matt…I think you are right on. Our local Board even adopted a policy that when dues are not paid on time, the member will be automatically terminated. No grace period. Amazing, who do they represent? Especially in these hard times. PS…….I had 42 listings in 2010 and consider myself at the top of the profession. 32 years in business.

  145. author Julie Emery posted April 1st 2011. 9:42 pm

    As a person who believes that special interest money is destroying our democracy I do not contribute to RPAC when asked. Since this dues increase effectively requires me to contribute $$$s that will be used to lobby, I’ve got an ethical dilemma if I wish to continue to be an NAR member. I’m also unsure I’m getting reasonable value for the money and I find them tone deaf for even suggesting such a thing. But that seems par for the course with any large organization. The ethical dilemma has me more worked up.

  146. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:45 pm

    With NAR membership down some 50% I apprectiate that they can’t maintain the orginization on 50% less revenue. It is time for the member population to determine what value is provided and at what price. This is not a good time for industry lobbying effortsi in DC to go unheeded or we will wind up with fee reductions and restrictions of business practices comparable to mortgage lenders.

  147. author Judy Butler posted April 1st 2011. 9:46 pm

    I’ve been a Realtor for over 30 years. Due to personal issues with an aging parent AND A TERRIBLE ECONOMY, I had to close my doors and join another company. This helped but not enough!!!! I’m tired of everyone adding and increasing our fees, our oil and gas prices….everything. Where do they all think we are going to get this EXTRA money? Try to get a listing for a higher commission…HA HA HA. Heck no! The sellers want to PAY LESS AND GET MORE FOR IT..all in a depressed economy and a list price that dates back to 1986 when houses were flying off the shelves. If NAR doubles its fee, I’ll be dropping them like a hot potato. Can’t say NAR has really done ANYTHING for me. Oh sure, we have a Code of Ethics….but who follows it? A few of us and then WE get raked over the coals when we bring them before our peers. All they get is a slap on the hand.

    Seems like any industry…a little COMPETITION might be what needed! And finally, if you think about it, if they do double the NAR fees, they’ll be saying good-bye to so many agents that they too will end up falling by the wayside. It’s all about GREED and POWER. Well, adios amigos. If MY NAR isn’t going to work for me….because I PAY THEIR SALARIES…it’s time to part and leave them hanging by their toes.

  148. author Tootie Kaplan posted April 1st 2011. 9:47 pm

    I was extremely upset reading Nar wants to raise the fees an additional $40.00. This is the worst time to even mention it. Sales are down, the market has not recovered yet and money is tight. Gas, food clothing utility bills have all cost more. Money is TIGHT, WRONG TIME TO TRY TO RAISE OUR DUES. HOW ABOUT A DISCOUNT.

  149. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:47 pm

    what happens if we all decide not to pay the dues? karen miller kmiller@karenrealtor.com

  150. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 5:55 pm

    Leave the dues as thye are, which are pretty hefty to begin with.

  151. author Patti Reid posted April 1st 2011. 5:55 pm

    I would like to know what I am going to get in return.

  152. author Brian Foxwell posted April 1st 2011. 10:01 pm

    NAR has lost touch with reality. However, I am confident they will regain their grasp on reality as soon as they increase our dues again. I don’t care if it is 50% or .005% increase….it’s no different than “taxation without representation”. Enough is enough! I, like many of my associates in this industry, do not need to pay ANY fees to ANY organization to be ethical and diligent in my duties and services. My parents and family and church(es) instilled good ethics, honesty and integrity beginning at an early age…and not one of them ever required me to pay them so I could carry a card or use their name in conjunction with my own. I do not need to be endorsed by a greedy association, after all, I have been living and abiding by all of their ethics long before becoming a Realtor….and will continue to do so even after I let my NAR membership expire. Their are plenty of firms and brokers that do not require NAR membership to provide the same high level of service and quality of character as I do to all of my clients.
    R.I.P.—-NAR.

  153. author Lana Erwin posted April 1st 2011. 10:04 pm

    Enough is enough!! My health insurance rates thru the local association are going up to a point I can no longer afford it and having to cancel. Gas prices are too high. We deal with an unstable income anyway, constantly up and down. The market is much slower than the norm. We are all struggling and now is not the time to raise dues. I fear that rather than improve the financial condition of the NAR, you will have more people operating without being members. Just not a good time to propose this.

  154. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 6:09 pm

    If NAR votes to increase the dues, I for one, will not be renewing my membership. Are they for real? Where are the benefits and services we all were promised? I ordered and PAID for NAR DVDs on preparing your home to sell and I could have done a better job if I made my own powerpoint presentation. The DVDs were full of typos (how stupid does that make us all look?) and when I complained to them and left several messages no one ever responded. Yep, our dues dollars hard at work when no one can even answer the phone. It’s come to my attention that many paid staff pulling in nice big fat salaries at NAR and local state boards have never worked a day as a real estate agent! I’m pretty sure they have no idea what it’s like to be an agent at all let alone an agent in this market!

  155. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 6:22 pm

    MATT JONES FOR PRESIDENT!! I couldn’t agree more with what Matt is saying about NAR.
    Any agent who has a brain in his or her head knows he’s right. I never knew what NAR ever did for me anyway!! Except, of course, take my money. I thought they represented US! Raising fees when all of us are drowning is not “representation.” THROW THE BUMS OUT! I have a magnet on my car with this slogan. It was for our Washington, D.C. numb nuts, but I guess I can now include NAR in that group. Way To Go Matt. I’m on your side.

  156. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 6:23 pm

    MATT JONES FOR PRESIDENT!! I couldn’t agree more with what Matt is saying about NAR.
    Any agent who has a brain in his or her head knows he’s right. I never knew what NAR ever did for me anyway!! Except, of course, take my money. I thought they represented US! Raising fees when all of us are drowning is not “representation.” THROW THE BUMS OUT! I have a magnet on my car with this slogan. It was for our Washington, D.C. numb nuts, but I guess I can now include NAR in that group. Way To Go Matt. I’m on your side.

  157. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 6:24 pm

    I guess everything has to follow our bad politics. Obama screw up the country, NAR screw up the Real Estate business.
    They just can’t let things settle down. Why don’t they cut their expenses down

  158. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 6:28 pm

    NAR is about as useful as a trid teet on bull. I have had my disagreements with that outfit for two years… as far as I am concerned, tey are in th same class as AARP…. phoney! Now add the local MLS.. worth their weight in cow dung! AM I pissed off…. NAW! I’m really a nice guy, jut don’t like getting screwed.
    I do a ton of Broker Pirce Opinions and just responded to a client regarding” Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act”.. concerning “coercion or undue influence”.. What the hell! This from the two biggest thieves in congress.. this world has gone mad. NAR & local MLS offices are all going down hill & doomed…. they are out of touch….Sorry if I wasn’t politcally correct…
    Dodd-Frank…. now that really “ticks” me off.
    Good Luck.. I am with you 1000%
    Thanks for allowing me to vent…
    Thank you,
    Philip N Cole

  159. author Tim Ray posted April 1st 2011. 6:29 pm

    The NAR is a forced union monopoly, and the WAR is no better. We have no real choice but to pay the dues and hope they represent our interests, which I will admit they usually do… however, the Washington Association of Realtors endorsed the communist Senator Patty Murray for the US Senate! That was absolutely unacceptable. They do fight for some tax issues, which is good, but overall, I am not sure if the dues I pay are worth it. Except… I cannot call myself a “Realtor” unless I pay the dues! They trademarked the name.

  160. author John Rainville posted April 1st 2011. 10:33 pm

    OK this is where it is IMHO. NAR and the State and Local Associations have to realize it is time to make the move like the rest of the real estate industry and go virtual. Lose the buildings and the overhead associated with it, oursource and consolidate local associaitons or lose them altogether, get a national MLS and drop the dues to a real value number. National Local and State? Do we need them all? Let NAR supply the MLS and eliminate the rest. As always IMHO.

  161. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 6:37 pm

    Actually, it is good news because a union that is that far from reality needs to go. The whole industry has changed because of the internet so why not dump this union and their dues?! That goes for the state and local MLS that capitalize on “fines” for more revenue! Tea party movement here we go. I would say the system is serving the 6 figure income agents and the Joes and Janes are supporting the sytem that makes them rich. How about the dues being 1% of the agent’s yearly gross????? Mr. Big Shot may not like that, but sounds fair to me.

  162. author John Rainville posted April 1st 2011. 10:38 pm

    Don’t you think an “associaition” with about a million members would have been able to get us all legitmate GROUP Health Insurance? Or I belong to a fraternal organization for about $30 bucks a year and get more. PLEASE PASS THIS ON!

  163. author Sara Rich posted April 1st 2011. 6:40 pm

    Good News! NC has a state wide listing service. It has just begun so there are not many in it. It is NCPDE.com. It divides the state into 3 regions. You can belong to 1, 2 or all 3. I encourage all agents to join. The price is a montly fee which is very, very reasonable. It is not where near what most of us have to pay to be on our MLS. We will never be able to control the costs of the NAR and our MLS association until we have an alternative.

  164. author Joyce L. Moore posted April 1st 2011. 6:55 pm

    There’s a saying, “You can’t get blood out of a turnip”; but I guest this proves that to be wrong! All of my expenses have increased – transportation, internet, board fees, supplies, rent, and now this! Commissions have decreased with the help of the huge inventory of (public bailed out) bank owned properties. They determine what they will pay in the way of commissions so they make a profit, and in the process have cut our pay. Add to that tax sale properties (another give away of tax payer’s money) where it seems only money laden investors benefit, and I am to bear all of this without comment! Can’t wait to voice my opinion where it counts – in the polls! They have bleed me as a taxpayer both nationally and locally, they bleed me at the gas pumps, at the grocery I see price increases and content decreases, (just try to find a 5 pound bag of sugar.) When will this stop!

  165. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 7:04 pm

    It’s insane to raise the fees in today’s market. Let the Big Dogs pay. There are good agent out there that will have to give up their license. We need options, other companies to come in and do what NAR does for less. I’ve supported NAR for many years when they were doing what they could to help REALTORS, But raising our fee Now is INSANE.

  166. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 7:13 pm

    You are right. I declined to renew my memberships and Broker’s license last year, and I do not regret it. More can be made as a non Broker under no restrictions and freee from the multiplying do’s & don’ts within the Licensing and membership politics. It has been obvious for a lomg time that a few positioned individuals desire less compition within the industry. Let them have it.
    I can show a seller how to sell their own house in a heck of shorter period, with much less traffic and exposure to “stranger than fiction” lookers and eliminaators. Being a cab driver sales clerk is not what it is built up to be. If the average an income of a real estate agent is $ 36,000, they qualify for poverty assistance. If the 80/20 principal is applied, the average is even less than that. With the cost of gas etc,, yhe juice is not worth the squese.
    Those who want to stiffle the free enterprize incentives are certainly doing a goo job.

  167. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 7:27 pm

    Add inflation of everyday goods, , sinking home values, increasing federal/state regulations and increasing foreclosures on top of rising membership costs from brokers fees to association fees and we have a toppling infrastructure for many more thousands of good, hard working but hard hit – REALTORS. I believe this industry hasn’t seen the worst of it yet.

  168. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 7:39 pm

    Whatever the NAR does should be no surprise. Talk about bad timing? Their timing seems to be off in more ways than one. Example: They keep saying that now is a great time to buy, when a new wave of foreclosures are just around the corner, which will drive property values down further. Many areas haven’t reached the bottom of the cycle. The NAR has lost a lot of credibility from the public and Realtors.

  169. author Ken Crotts posted April 1st 2011. 7:58 pm

    NAR’s desire to raise dues 50% exposes their true priorities. The citizens of the US are struggling through very hard financial times. Most of them has their own personal struggles on top of that. Our industry has been particularly hard hit. For all of the rhetoric about serving the community and it’s members NAR’s actions expose their real concern; keeping up the financial lifestyle they’ve come to enjoy on our dues.
    It is much the same with the school district proposing to add over $1,000 per year to our property taxes when property value have dropped 30%.
    In almost every instance organizations that tout their cause as “helping others”, the unions, school districts, government agencies and on and on, are showing their true colors by focusing on their own needs rather than those they pretend to represent. This is very short sighted as the populous will revolt once this is widely recognized and accepted.

  170. author Keli Vandiver-king posted April 1st 2011. 7:59 pm

    Gwen and I both think trhis price gauging from NAR and other supposed help machines ,needs to stop now , together we have over 47 years in this business…lets just cut the staff at Nar, go bck to dial lockboxes,and take control of our businesses again..not happy about a few making decisions for the many…when we dont have adequate notification , no time to respond IF we even hear whats coming down the pike.

  171. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 8:13 pm

    More people should speak out against these top heavy organizations!

  172. author Peter Buehrle posted April 2nd 2011. 1:34 am

    Why is it that the little guy keeps getting hosed in a time where we are tightening our belts, earning less commissions ? Justice comes to those who deserve it, NAR !!

  173. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 9:48 pm

    If NAR raises dues, for whatever reason they might have, it will be their road to extinction. It would be sending a message of “we don’t care about you, because it’s all about us”.

  174. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 10:29 pm

    You certainly are dead on with the NAR. You did not go far enough as you failed to mention the State Realtor Associations they are as bad if not worse. I have belonged to a number of national organizations over the years, but the NAR is the worst I haave ever seen. It is an embarassment to me to be a member. If I could have access to the MLS, I would drop both.

  175. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 11:10 pm

    dddd

  176. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 11:15 pm

    Agree too many fees- to say I work. Agents have built a company business for the “companies” to acquire and kick the agents to the curb. Why do they need us… to drive & service them. The companies want us to still pay them to woirk for them. Pay for their bricks & mortar & their net worth. Wonder how I can get a piece of the action- what can I get passed ( using grant money ) to tap into the business? Such a WIN -WIN -right. APP- oh, that is already done.
    We are required to PAY – fees: continue education, licenses, privilege lic, our own FICA, our own insurances, no retirement, disability, etc.. Takes too much to say I am a realtor after 20+ yrs. How much SS do you get when you get to that age-which is what??? Never.
    We go out & gather the listings & properties to sell & every online company steals from our mls systems.. or we compete with the mls too .. they sell the info- even realtor. com & charges us to use the very sites that suppose to represent us. Paid Advetisements.
    Ok- you all know this.
    Aren’t all professional associations- UNIONS? We pay to have a group represent our trade. Suppose to stand keeping the odds in their members favor- lobbying law makers or whomever to twist & shout on behalf of whatever association. Lawyers, Builders, MLS, Electricians, Credit Bureaus, Insurance, Engineers, Physicians,Accountants, Teachers, Auto Dealers,Bankers, Home Owners , etc..& more associations. Consumers ( we are consumers too) have all the info at their fingertips because the laws are not protecting anyones information. So, what is working the way it is suppose to?? Most are trying to just make a living honestly.too many Ponzi scams. Buyers & Sellers need us more now than ever-priceless- raise your fees.
    Venting=Therapy .

  177. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 11:36 pm

    I did call NAR and shared a piece of my mind and thoughts…And came away realizing that this is just the same mental gymnastics as any other UNION!! No choice but to pay our dues….and NO say as to what is down or how! Don’t like it! Thank you for pointing out what is happening to those of us who are just trying to do an excellent job for our clients…and too busy to know what is going on behind us! Being done in by our own!

  178. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 11:36 pm

    I did call NAR and shared a piece of my mind and thoughts…And came away realizing that this is just the same mental gymnastics as any other UNION!! No choice but to pay our dues….and NO say as to what is down or how! Don’t like it! Thank you for pointing out what is happening to those of us who are just trying to do an excellent job for our clients…and too busy to know what is going on behind us! Being done in by our own!

  179. author Anonymous User posted April 1st 2011. 11:36 pm

    I did call NAR and shared a piece of my mind and thoughts…And came away realizing that this is just the same mental gymnastics as any other UNION!! No choice but to pay our dues….and NO say as to what is down or how! Don’t like it! Thank you for pointing out what is happening to those of us who are just trying to do an excellent job for our clients…and too busy to know what is going on behind us! Being done in by our own!

  180. author Mark Oden posted April 1st 2011. 11:56 pm

    Who needs them? I have a broker who pays the fee. I have my own IDX. I am a member of the online virtual real estate investor syndicate that is growing over time. NAR? More like re-arranging deck chairs on the titanic!

  181. author Roger Berger posted April 2nd 2011. 4:15 am

    Like I’ve said before, these people are just as bad as politicians. This sucks. I am glad I am in a state where the Relitter association does not own the MLS.

  182. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 12:17 am

    When the market is excellent and dues go up, no-one seems to care due to the fact that we’re financially doing well; HOWEVER, when the market goes down, everyone complains. Why? I totally agree that our NAR dues should not go up AND that they should GO DOWN. No-one seems to pay enough attention when we’re in a good market, but dues are always going up in one way or another and we just accept the raises imposed upon us without saying a word. My congratulations to you, Matt Jones, in being one of the ONLY people I know that is taking a stand. Of course, you have ‘clout’ of which you’ve earned, I’m sure, but when only a FEW Realtors complain, it goes on deaf ears.

    In the famous words of JOHN F. KENNEDY: “UNITED WE STAND–DIVIDED WE FALL”.

    Maybe there should be a site where all Realtors can go on to air our complaints regarding dues going up as well as other scenarios that we feel are incorrect. We need new structuring and new blood to get us through this and someone to lead us TOGETHER.

    Too many things are thrown at us and we accept them since we have very little recourse. IT SEEMS TO ME AS IF THE TAIL IS WAGGING THE DOG.

    How about it, Mr. Matt Jones. Do you want to take on the responsiblity to lead all of us in our ‘plight(s)” such as this one with NAR????

    If we were voting, I would vote that all of our dues, classes for credits, etc. ALL GO DOWN.

    We don’t need JUST an extremely brilliant person OR a person with common sense to take the reins and lead for us to work together. WE NEED SOMEONE THAT HAS ‘BOTH’ INTELLIGENCE AND COMMON SENSE (“COMBINED” of which is a VERY rare commodity).

    I remain anonymous for several reasons of which I’m unable to discuss. SORRY!!!!

  183. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 12:19 am

    When the market is excellent and dues go up, no-one seems to care due to the fact that we’re financially doing well; HOWEVER, when the market goes down, everyone complains. Why? I totally agree that our NAR dues should not go up AND that they should GO DOWN. No-one seems to pay enough attention when we’re in a good market, but dues are always going up in one way or another and we just accept the raises imposed upon us without saying a word. My congratulations to you, Matt Jones, in being one of the ONLY people I know that is taking a stand. Of course, you have ‘clout’ of which you’ve earned, I’m sure, but when only a FEW Realtors complain, it goes on deaf ears.

    In the famous words of JOHN F. KENNEDY: “UNITED WE STAND–DIVIDED WE FALL”.

    Maybe there should be a site where all Realtors can go on to air our complaints regarding dues going up as well as other scenarios that we feel are incorrect. We need new structuring and new blood to get us through this and someone to lead us TOGETHER.

    Too many things are thrown at us and we accept them since we have very little recourse. IT SEEMS TO ME AS IF THE TAIL IS WAGGING THE DOG.

    How about it, Mr. Matt Jones. Do you want to take on the responsiblity to lead all of us in our ‘plight(s)” such as this one with NAR????

    If we were voting, I would vote that all of our dues, classes for credits, etc. ALL GO DOWN.

    We don’t need JUST an extremely brilliant person OR a person with common sense to take the reins and lead for us to work together. WE NEED SOMEONE THAT HAS ‘BOTH’ INTELLIGENCE AND COMMON SENSE (“COMBINED” of which is a VERY rare commodity).

    I remain anonymous for several reasons of which I’m unable to discuss. SORRY!!!!

  184. author Virginia Fiorentino posted April 2nd 2011. 4:25 am

    Agree Agree Agree with you!

  185. author John Morrison posted April 2nd 2011. 12:38 am

    Nice going Matt. It seems like I’ve been getting your e-mails for some time but this is the first one I’ve looked at. Perhaps it’s time to figure out how you can be an MLS member without being a Realtor. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  186. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 12:50 am

    Since 59% of the agents did no business last year and the top 5% had all the REO business from the banks and govt, the future NAR membership will be composed of the chosen – the REO Pigs – and they can afford 100x dues increase.

  187. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 2:01 am

    Another nail in NAR’s coffin. What a pity,,,they don’t have a clue! Everyone got pompous and fat back in 2006 and forgot how to be humble. Wonder what the new association will be named ? NOR National Obama Association ! 🙂 lol

  188. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 2:01 am

    Another nail in NAR’s coffin. What a pity,,,they don’t have a clue! Everyone got pompous and fat back in 2006 and forgot how to be humble. Wonder what the new association will be named ? NOR National Obama Association ! 🙂 lol

  189. author Mary Ann Kapidian posted April 2nd 2011. 7:06 am

    Totally disgusted with NAR….they don’t have a clue….and DON’t care….this proves it !!

  190. author Mike Duffin posted April 2nd 2011. 8:19 am

    I agree the NAR is following the inept taxocrats in Washington. Don’t raise dues

  191. author Jeffrey Fowler posted April 2nd 2011. 9:10 am

    Matt,

    I could not agree with you more! NAR is crazy if to raise due in this down market. My local association is doing the same thing. Do we get anything NEW for the rise in due’s. NO! However I get the employees of NAR are getting more money every year. To be honest I reallt don’t see any benefit from NAR at all. Let the BIG WIGS at NAR take a pay cut!

  192. author Teresa Genduso Mullenmaster posted April 2nd 2011. 9:25 am

    Thanks, Matt for brining this to light. We cannot keep up with these ever increasing fees and not gainingfrom them. These are crisis times, nationwide, for us real estate agents, and they must see and hear from us as to vote against this ridiculous increase. We’d be better off with a Union in my opinion! Now that’s an idea???

  193. author Barb Christensen posted April 2nd 2011. 10:06 am

    Wow, It’s just another kick in the face or the b…s! It never ceases to amaze me how those who do all of the work ( us ) are penalized by Associations and in some cases Brokerages,that we are forced to be involved with who add little value to what we do on a day to day basis. I hope your editorial and comments make to the top at the NAR but quite frankly, my guess is they will just say ” Well of course the Realtors don’t like it, but that’s just too bad” … and we will be stuck with their “Rob the Poor to Pay the Rich” attitude that is always the common theme.

  194. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 10:12 am

    We the realtors should unite against the outrageous idea of an increase at this time. It’s just politics as usual. The power of numbers and the internet are amazing. Power to the Realtors.
    There would be no NAR without Realtors. Post it everywhere and tell every agent you know.

  195. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 10:37 am

    I am not interested in supporting POLI-TICIANS or LOBBYIST with my meager income. The NAR is supposed to represent the hard working Realtors that have stayed in when times were the worst in history.
    We should not submit to a powerful bunch of desk jockeys that are not in the trenches with us but behind a desk making decisions for more money for them & others.

    Not for the HARD WORKING REALTORS.

  196. author Les Young posted April 2nd 2011. 2:43 pm

    I do not believe that I am getting my money’s worth now and I am not about to keep my Realtor supposed status. Most of my clients do not have the slightest notion that every person who holds a License to sell Real Estate is not a “Realtor”. It looks like I will soon become a licensed agent and remove “Realtor” from my cards and add and website. I seriously doubt that it will have any effect on my business.

  197. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 10:53 am

    I scrolled through maybe, a third of the comments, and although it was resoundingly against NAR and in agreement with Matt’s editorial–there were some comments supporting the Association’s efforts to fight the crooks on Wall Street and in Washington, who would love to turn our industry on it’s kiester, and remodel how we do business and how we are compensated—based on a business model that mirrors WalMart–enriching only those who don’t have to deal with the emotional, legal and financial minefield of day-to-day brokerage in the worst market conditions and economy this country has seen in 70+ years! Yes, I don’t like paying any more than what is already a significant sum, relative to my shrunken income—and, I would like some more “features and benefits” demonstrated, to justify any proposed increase. Nonetheless, if such a groundswell movement of “agents” decides to throw off their REALTOR moniker, be aware of the great vacuum that will exist if the Association, ceases to. What will fill the void is not necessarily guaranteed to be in our best interests either, if all of the practicioners in this country are too busy relishing the savings on dues they’ve just realized—while our elected enemies and high-finance manipulators rush in to reinvent the real estate wheel!!
    Regardless, it’s inspiring to hear the hue and cry from an interested and concerned group of hardworking professionals–we really do care about our opportunity and privelege to serve the public trust, in what is typically the largest personal financial transaction the average American is ever involved in.

  198. author SueAllen Rogers posted April 2nd 2011. 3:20 pm

    Is the NAR crazy????????????????
    We are a depressed market, the economy is bad everywhere, for what we receive from the NAR they should be lowering our dues at least 50% not raising them!
    We are supposed to be professionals and I do not feel the NAR is acting in our/my best interest.

  199. author Chris Nichols posted April 2nd 2011. 3:47 pm

    I am floored that you people can’t get educated on what this $40 dues increase is all about and where the money goes. People seriously trust you to help them buy and sell homes, and yet you can’t do a little research and learn about the issue at hand? Instead you make ridiculous comments like it’s for salaries, bonuses, or wardrobe, etc… Why don’t you try visiting http://www.realtoractioncenter.com/realtor-party/rppsi.html and get educated before making assumptions that aren’t even remotely true. It’s embarrassing!

  200. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 12:02 pm

    Very good read and I agree whole heartedly..110 %… we have the same problem going on everywhere and anywhere that people receive money for “REPRESENTING” us the working class..the tax payer, the dues payer etc., etc.

  201. author Anthony Nitz posted April 2nd 2011. 4:08 pm

    Well, for whatever it’s worth, if it wasn’t for NAR the banks would have dug deep into the real estate business and started offering in house brokerages for flat fees which would have completely destroyed our business.

  202. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 12:16 pm

    Yes, I too am in the camp of enough is enough! Personally I believe that the NAR is and has been sugar coating the facts for several years. They have missed the mark on forecasting this recession and in my opinion Puffing! Talk about spin. I’d really like to know why Lawrence Yun’s predecessor was let go. Was he to truthful and not painting a rosy enough picture for the NAR with his editorials? I’ve been reading Lawrence Yun’s editorials and have yet read a single word that truly forecasts the future of real estate. Anyone can read marekt statisitcs and spit them out….just give us your honest opinion and put your…… on the line and FORECAST! I am not a cheerleader nor do I want the NAR to take the position that they need to have a positive spin on every forecast….because of the doom n gloom fear. JUST GIVE ME THE TRUTH!

  203. author Chris Nichols posted April 2nd 2011. 4:25 pm

    Great point Anthony. I guess that would be lumped in with the things NAR hasn’t done for all the naysayers in this blog commentary. It’s easy to be angry at an organization, but it’s hard to pause for a moment and realize where you’d actually be without it… in this case out of a job!

  204. author Sue Pauley posted April 2nd 2011. 4:54 pm

    I am commenting without having read the other posts. If NAR doesn’t amass a very large sum for money for a “war chest’ so to speak, our industry will be rolled over and buried as a result of the impact of the Citizens United case and have no defense against the millions/billions of dollars of lobbying money available by the ultra wealthy and/or the ultra right wing whacker doodles that are committed to downing government in the bathtub after they have cut it down to virtually a small ineffective entity. If you like the Corporatocracy Rule, then don’t accept the notion that someone out there is trying very hard to save the real estate industry and the American Dream of Homeownership. Don’t grouse if you don’t invest in our future and end up with taxes on commissions, high B and O takes, transferee fees in all states and more!

  205. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 1:27 pm

    I really feel that enough is enough. We are really struggling out here and I feel that the NAR has done a poor job educating the public and our hard earned money needs to go to helping the all the agents instead of them getting a raise. Too high now!

  206. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 2:05 pm

    NAR is a lobbying outfit trying to cozy up with a government that hasn’t a clue how to fix our housing market. Efforts are futile at this point. They are throwing our money out on extravaganzas, huge salaries and campaign donations for people doing things that rarely ever help the individual Realtor. We would do better with our dues money in our pockets and lobby ourselves through more marketing. Out of touch indeed! I’m all for the “throw the bumbs out” effort. End NAR. Keep it local.

  207. author Matt Jones posted April 2nd 2011. 6:47 pm

    Anthony and Chris, I hate to disagree with you guys, but NAR’s efforts to stop the banks had absolutely zero to do with Congress blocking the banks. The reason Congress passed legislation to stop the banks from getting into real estate is because of their part in the mortgage meltdown. Nothing else.

    If you recall, we threw RPAC dollars at the bank thing for years with no results. I can’t speak for everyone of the 210 comments so far, but the anger at NAR is for exactly the reason I cited. They haven’t provided value to us their members, and their timing couldn’t be worse.

    I find it interesting that membership is dropping a third and they mysteriously decide it is time to double their dues. Sounds to me like they don’t want to cut their budget like we all have had to do. Do the math. And I, for one, have no interest in supporting their abysmal attempt at lobbying when we cannot point to a single lobbying success.

  208. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 3:15 pm

    I agree with your article, in addition I think most everything the NAR does is poorly done from their web site to their lock boxes and everything in between.

  209. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 3:35 pm

    Our County Board has gone on record as opposed to this increase in dues. I sent an emal supportng their action. I doubt that our state Association wil have that much backbone( NC).

    I do not believe in PACS and feel that we need total election reform. All this will do is create more power and income for a select few. Another problemIi have with Realtor Lobbying groups is they come out opposed to something but d not offer an alternative suggestion for either cutting govt down or ways to incease income. We need to do both. I DO NOT WANT TO TOLD where I must send my donations. It is an individuals choice of what to support.

  210. author Terry E Miller posted April 2nd 2011. 8:13 pm

    I am a long time, NAR Director from WA State and I AM paying attention and I take great care with my vote and I am offended that you say I intend to “rubber stamp” something that you have no idea how I feel and I may vote and please stop patronizing me and telling me how to think–hmmmmmmmmmmm, you are not, nor will you ever be “my “favorite agent”! TM

  211. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 5:33 pm

    Really BAD timing for a 50% increase in dues for all members of the National Association of Realtors®. Wish I could just vote myself a raise!

  212. author Anonymous User posted April 2nd 2011. 5:33 pm

    Really BAD timing for a 50% increase in dues for all members of the National Association of Realtors®. Wish I could just vote myself a raise!

  213. author Matt Jones posted April 2nd 2011. 9:48 pm

    Terry, I certainly didn’t mean to offend you nor to patronize you. I am certainly open to you citing an example of a proposed budget that wasn’t passed by the board of directors.

    I’m truly sorry that one differing (and certainly widely-held, based on the 200+ comments) opinion would cause you to make such a judgment of me, particularly when you read the body of my free training to the real estate community.

    Terry, I am actually much like you in that I give a vast amount of my time to this industry, and I would hope that you would judge me for what I contribute and not on the basis of one article. Please give me another chance.

  214. author Jerry Stirnkorb posted April 2nd 2011. 6:57 pm

    NAR leadership is a group of Obamified idiots. I have quit all connexion with organized real estate after NAR and CAR blundering and political brown nosery at our expense. At one point Brokers were professionals and we had a professional association. Now there are no brokers just realtors and the associations are jokes.

  215. author Barbara Curry posted April 2nd 2011. 11:51 pm

    Really BAD timing for a 50% increase in dues for all members of the National Association of Realtors®.

  216. author Shawn Luong posted April 3rd 2011. 12:29 am

    It is hard enough nowadays workiing 2-3 times as hard if not not harder to keep our paychecks they were 5-6 years ago… Now NAR has the audacity to increase their dues by 50%. Even the big medical insurers have backed down on their ominous rate hikes. NAR BOD, please vote down this ridiculous rate increase.

  217. author Anonymous User posted April 3rd 2011. 12:16 am

    Your right, associations and master organizations of all types have completely lost their focus on who they serve and why they were formed. No different than the unions. Over time, the power WE give them ultimately corrupts, and we find ourselves fighting the very sources that were created to protect and defend our interests. They owe too many favors and their jobs become too secure and WE are no longer part of the equation. At some point WE simply have to crater them and start the process all over again to obtain the representation originally invisioned

  218. author Paul Henderson posted April 3rd 2011. 8:03 am

    NAR and the State and local boards have become equal to Unions in our country… they are no longer useful. One of th e points I have made is that a “Realtor” according to NAR – are experienced and professional but 50% (probably higher than 50%) of “Realtors” do less than 2-3 transactions a year. How can you know the market if you only do 2 deals a year. I asked the State NAR director about this about 6-7 years ago. I suggested that we limit members based on production – example: to be a member and be called a “Realtor” that you would have to do like 10 deals a year – he informed me that – that would be legal and we would be sued if we did that. His suggestion was to up the yearly fees and that would eliminate agents. Upping the fees just prove that NAR is about them selves not about their members.
    I am not sure the NAR is needed at all any more. Upping the fees they are just like alot of people in our business… just one more hand out for our money, which is harder each year to make the same amount as the year before!

  219. author Bonnie Guevin posted April 3rd 2011. 8:31 am

    I think our NAR dues are a bargain right now at $80 – going up 50% well, that might be steep but i think it is still a deal. Look at all the other associations around the country and I think you will find our dues are a bargain at best. We are a group of professionals and it cost to have professional services. While no one wants and increase, look at property taxes and how they go up – this increase is peanuts compared to our town governments. Sorry I don’t agree with all of you, but I think was have great services – it has been a real value for years.

  220. author Matt Jones posted April 3rd 2011. 9:37 am

    Bonnie, I’m glad your practice is so prosperous. The average Realtor in the US made under $37k last year — down 14% from the previous year. If doctors, lawyers, and CPAs all made $37k you can bet their association dues would be lower.

    More importantly, how much it is is not the point. My point is that NAR is clearly out of touch with us, the mainstream agents. OH — and don’t forget, that paltry little $40 works out to $40,000,000 that is extracted from agents who are suffering. I say enough already.

  221. author Kay Crawford posted April 3rd 2011. 3:18 pm

    Enough Already, it has been a tough few years for all the realtors, lets stop with the increases!

  222. author Melanie Adam posted April 3rd 2011. 4:37 pm

    It is outrageous! How dare they! What do they do, anyway? Aren’t they suppose to support realtors?

  223. author Anonymous User posted April 3rd 2011. 1:13 pm

    I am an Independent RE Broker in CA and have no idea how NAR has benefited me in the 37 years that I have practiced RE. And yet I keep payimg them year after year along with the CA Association of Realtors and my RE board. It is $$$$. Add E&O insurance which I have never used – not once!

  224. author Anonymous User posted April 3rd 2011. 1:46 pm

    Maybe NAR is too big to be effective for us? The Prter Principle works for organizations, too.

  225. author Kathy Hoth posted April 3rd 2011. 8:00 pm

    it seems to me that NAR is out of Touch with reality,especially this year, look around the country just the price of gasoline tells all. but everyone is in our pockets for more money all the time it is time to put a stop to it. Great article Matt

  226. author Dick McClelland posted April 3rd 2011. 8:05 pm

    Matt, I do not agree with everthing NAR does so call for our business, however if we don’t have a strong voice in Washington the congress will take all our rights we have today in the Real Estate and Mortgage business. After 37 years in the business I am happy to pay the increase to
    protect my business. Brokers and agents that don’t feel this way just need to work a little harder.

  227. author Anonymous User posted April 3rd 2011. 7:53 pm

    I stopped my membership to NAR in 2009 with some concern as I felt they had done some help with issues in both Washingtons. My motive was two fold: 1) cost for the return and 2) more important, the lack of the local board to understand the current market. Then rental market as a part of the “housing” industry was growing as many were loosing homes and needing to rent. As time progressed, qualifying for purchase became even more troublesome. All the local President could think of was the Property Management business needed to join NAR, not that the local agents needed education in property management. In a meeting with him, he unknowinly admitted to violations of laws and ethical practives in property management. Most of the PM’s at the meeting had been former NAR members. NAR really needs new fresh leadership if it is to last.

  228. author Anonymous User posted April 3rd 2011. 11:55 pm

    Chris NicholsApr 2
    I am floored that you people can’t get educated on what this $40 dues increase is all about and where the money goes. People seriously trust you to help them buy and sell homes, and yet you can’t do a little research and learn about the issue at hand?

    I love your premise that people seriously trust you to help them buy and sell homes.I have a couple of questions. If the NAR is so great, why didn’t they know the Housing Market was about to collapse? I actually believe they did know, but chose instead to push the “Real estate is local” in order to milk the “bubble” for every penny. They certainly were not looking out for good realtors or their clients by taking the “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” position. If they are as good for Realtors and the public as they profess to be, then they would have warned us about the impending market collapse. Instead, the warnings came from independent economists and investment companies, who, by the way, were pretty darn accurate. Do you think that some smart lawyers are about to file suit against the NAR and individual Realtors for not being forthright with their clients who purchased houses at the top of the bubble. We all know that the NAR is in business to protect the public as well as their members, right? As for me, I did warn many of my clients not to purchase homes that were priced well above replacement cost, something that was happening in several markets including mine. I was informed by my own research, no thanks to NAR, who was apparently AWOL on the entire housing market collapse.

  229. author Susan Banks-Reina posted April 4th 2011. 2:18 pm

    Like the rest of us “little people” NAR needs to do more with less. Have you ever seen their offices in Chicago? Damn nice! and wholly unneccessary. Do what the rest of us have had to do…live within your means NAR. I do understand that you advocate on our behalf, but how effective has that been lately? And amen to the person who posted that if NAR was so smart, why didn’t they see this all coiming in the first place. I for one, will not be paying any increased dues for National, State or local assocaitions after 2011 is over.

  230. author Agnes L. Iannucci posted April 4th 2011. 4:38 pm

    ENOUGH! I have had to cut back .,so why can’tn they.

  231. author Pamela Chmielinski posted April 4th 2011. 4:46 pm

    Basta!!!!!I can not believe this!!!!! And to think, while they’re spending $$on ads that the public don’t even see, giving a gloom and doom report of the housing market, they are going to up our dues?????They’ll be left with no members and maybe have to get a second job like the rest of us have had to do.

  232. author Howard Bergdoll posted April 4th 2011. 4:49 pm

    I totally agree.Time to put the brakes on the big spenders!

  233. author Anonymous User posted April 4th 2011. 1:18 pm

    I agree. All of us are having to cut back and learn to live within our means. It’s no different for NAR. Further increases will likely reduce membership with the result of more increases in dues so the powers that be can continue to live the lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed. Enough!

  234. author Michael Curtis posted April 4th 2011. 2:10 pm

    With the recent Supreme Court decision allowing organizations (including corporations) the unlimited ability to fund political ads, does anyone think they have the individual ability to support candidates and causes on a scale that say…Bank of America/WellsFargo/Chase does? Does anyone rmember the fight in congress in the 80’s-90’s over allowing banks the right to get into the real estate selling business? These corporations have a long term plan to eliminate us and the only way we have to fight them is through collectivism such as the NAR. Show me a better organization that will represent MY interests and I will get on board. It’s easy to complain about fee increases, but when you devalue the currency like has happened(bank bailouts) it is inevitable. Suck it up, people. If you don’t like the way NAR spends money get involved and change it.

  235. author Michael Weeks posted April 4th 2011. 7:08 pm

    My small Independent Real estate partnership in Central Massachusetts withdrew from the Realtor association 6 years ago purely as a business decision weighing cost against benefit. In our letter addressing our concern with the association, we asked that our local MLSPIN service not be increased because of our decision, considering they are run as separate entities, and were of course denied. Each member of our office currently pays 50% more than Realtor members for annual dues. When I asked for some justification, I was transferred and rerouted until one brave member told me that the cost of arbitration supplied for members would justify the additional 50% we pay. I offered to post a significant bond of whatever amount they felt would be sufficient to insure the arbitrator would be paid and of course that was not acceptable. Even though our costs for our Forms program (Zipform) and MLS Service are significantly higher without Realtor membership, we continue to save significant amounts annually and really don’t miss our membership which essentially boils down to a magazine subscription we no longer receive. If more companies would recognize this option, which I realize is not available in some states, The Board of Realtors could not monopolize their stranglehold on small business, and may work harder to provide more bang for the significant buck$

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  237. author C Michael Elliott posted April 5th 2011. 12:54 pm

    Will write more on this later just wanted to get this info on my page asap

  238. author Sudy Jenkins posted April 5th 2011. 3:37 pm

    The NAR is trying to double the realtor dues and this is so unfair! They need to be stopped!

  239. author Mary St George posted April 5th 2011. 11:54 am

    I assumed when I became a Realtor that I could go to NAR’s site and download “free” information that would help me with my profession. Instead I found all types of information and services that coulde be paid for. As far as Realtor.com goes, if you do not pay the exorbitant rates to “feature” your properties, your are left in the basement where no one will find you. What organization encourages having different levels for the same type of employee? It is always like a money battle, the realtor that can come up with the most money for NAR/Realtor.com is put at the top of the pile. The public does not understand why some realtors are featured over others, they do not realize that those realtors pay money to get to that position. They assume that soeone felt they were the best of the best. One of my clients said to me ” Oh I see that you realtors have promoted so and so.” When I told him that you maintain that presence with additional advertising dollars, he was flabbergasted.

    Another issue I have, is that I am in the middle of four competing MS’s. If you are not a member of at least 2 of them, your listings will not be seen by the other agents in the other MLS. One of the associations offer a discounted membership when you belong to another realtor group, but the rest all charge the full rate. We ar talking over $4000 here to make sure your listings are properly represented. The funny thing is that my clients can get most of this information for free from various source. I have actually learned to start thinking like a client to procure infomation. Whys should I pay when they don’t

    Does NAR realize how much money realtors have to spend per week, per month, per year just to promote themselves in the different media outlets? And then they want to charge us for anything else they can. Please……

  240. author Anonymous User posted April 5th 2011. 12:47 pm

    Another Realtor said, “Does NAR realize how much money realtors have to spend per week, per month, per year just to promote themselves in the different media outlets? And then they want to charge us for anything else they can.”

    I ask, “Do they really care?” Like in politics, when tax revenues are down — in our case, when membeship and dues are down — instead of cutting back THEIR expenses, like we do, they just look for ways to increase the income to cover or grow expenses.

    NAR, please LISTEN!!!! Oh yes, you might think about representing US, not yourselves.

  241. author Anonymous User posted April 5th 2011. 2:04 pm

    I would like a detailed accounting of how our dues were spent last year including NAR salaries and their reimbursed expenses; how much was contributed to each candiate and where each stand on Real Estate Issues; etc. I am not willing to increase my dues to NAR. Let them live with the budget they have or resign and let someone else who is willing to work for us do the job. We are NAR’s Customers in case they have forgotten. Realtors are working twice as hard for the same money or even less, NAR should be working twice as hard for less as well!

  242. author David Estes posted April 5th 2011. 2:32 pm

    Yeah….too HIGH!

  243. author Anonymous User posted April 5th 2011. 3:51 pm

    In Rural Montana the cost of belonging to The association of Realtors is already to costly for the return. The ethics they are supposed to hold Realtors to is bogus as there are no ethics police and if you don’t have ETHICS by the time you become a Realtor you most likely are not going to be taught how to be ethical. You either are or you are not Ethical, a badge, letter, designation or certificate does not make you ethical.
    It’s starting to sound a lot like the Unions, if you don’t belong you really are not a professional and oh yes don’t forget to pay our administration a large salary for all the great things we do. The Unions had a great purpose but do not seem to be working properly. Will NAR go the same way or will they stay working for the Realtors?

  244. author Anonymous User posted April 5th 2011. 4:46 pm

    Time for NAR to HELP the Agents, not put us out of business with higher fees.

  245. author Anonymous User posted April 5th 2011. 4:46 pm

    Time for NAR to HELP the Agents, not put us out of business with higher fees.

  246. author Anonymous User posted April 5th 2011. 8:39 pm

    I feel like I’m being taxed without representation, and as I look at what our Congressmen and Senators are doing for us it appears that NAR is just following their example … Line you pockets and stuff it to the public

  247. author Anonymous User posted April 5th 2011. 10:36 pm

    Yes and Yes, do I agree with you YES! I’m tired of supporting NAR’s overhead with minimal benefits. We need an internet based MLS with low overhead. NAR is way to liberal with our dues and I simply do not support the various programs that they lobby for with my dues.

  248. author Mike Raivala posted April 6th 2011. 10:58 am

    Come on really!!

  249. author Rosemary Eckert Hallman posted April 6th 2011. 1:41 pm

    My peers have already said it all. What it boils down to is unfair representation but money talks.

  250. author Bob Severino posted April 6th 2011. 6:07 pm

    NAR & FAR are doomed they just can’t see the forest for the trees, unless they get some new blood in the decision making areas they will fall along with the rest of them, it will just take time because our membership doesn’t have the ball_ to stand up to them.

  251. author Bob Severino posted April 6th 2011. 6:20 pm

    Remember we can all become “Thompson Brokers”

    Thompson brokers are principal brokers who do not hold membership in this Association or any other REALTOR® Association. They do hold a valid real estate license. They are eligible to become Participants in the Multiple Listing Service. The term references the Eleventh Circuit Court ruling in Thompson vs Metro Multilist, Inc.

    Wake up people, just what does NAR do for you?

  252. author Anonymous User posted April 6th 2011. 3:49 pm

    We pay our dues with no control of where it is spent. We may have too many people in higher places making incorrect decisions of how to spend our money. With the economy the way it is there must be ways to cut expenses and give us back some of the money that we have spent. Stop magazine printing, give us an email news letter and stop killing trees…we need to have tech savvy people cutting costs and overhead to benefit all of us instead of jacking us up for more ane more dues….there has to be a way to cut overhead before raising our dues once again

  253. author Anonymous User posted April 6th 2011. 7:57 pm

    This is ridiculous! I will not pay a 50% raise to belong. Is this increase for raises for the
    administration also? I really do object to charging more fees so administration can get raises..
    while we are working harder and less income. I really feel the top people have lost touch with the reality we are facing every day….

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  255. author Mike Harkins posted April 28th 2011. 2:27 pm

    Less for more – the new American way? Or are we just validating the laws of thermodynamics and entropy?

  256. author Judine Bruch Lux posted April 28th 2011. 11:29 pm

    The NAR, which sits in Washington, D.C. in the building we ALL built for them has learned every lesson that has been taught in D.C. It is a case of taxation without representation–plain and simple. And why do they get away with it? Because it is painfully obvious that they can. We were just informed that our MLS fees are increasing about 25% It is true that the more things continue to go up, the more members we will ultimately lose. And as we lose members, they will be forced, like our federal government, to continue to maintain their high cost of living rather than reduce jobs or make other cuts. Only we are required to live within our means and make appropriate cuts, when necessary. Let’s face it, fellow REALTORS, the NAR, the state associations and even at times, our own local associations have TOTALLY forgotten who is paying their way. It is ALL of us, and it is time for us to unite and speak out and make sure our voices are heard. Please make sure that you take Matt’s survey. I would like to know how to forward it to other agents. We were just discussing this in our office today and I want to forward the survey to as many agents as possible–I hope everyone else does, also.

  257. author Anonymous User posted April 28th 2011. 10:49 pm

    With the price of gas and everything else going up with it . 50% hike in dues!! Get real.

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  259. author A Message To You From NAR! | Property Investing Blog posted May 20th 2011. 5:00 am

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  260. author Guy Lofts Crs posted July 9th 2011. 4:42 pm

    One step is to not go to state or national conventions and to quit paying Designation fees. And let NAR know this is what you intend to do.