I am proud to be a Realtor, yet I have never contributed a penny to the Realtor Political funds.
You can be ethical with out joining, just practice the golden rule. - It helps to study ethics. Anyone who claims that we Realtors are automatically more professional, more knowledgeable, more ethical because of our standards of practice is inhaling helium. Everyone should strive to be knowledgeable, professional, and ethical.
I had my license 9 years before I joined NAR ( I was a salaried transaction coordinator and loan processor ) You can give great service to your clients with or without being associated with the industry trade group.
Jay said you don't need either MLS or NAR in parts of NYC, it may help you in networking with other pros outside of the city.
Our NAR economists have made some embarrassingly stupid predictions in the recent past, some consumers have trumpeted those glaring mistakes as reasons to distrust Realtors in general. Unfortunate generalizations. - Those few cents of my NAR dues that paid David Lereah's salary were truly wasted.
Very short-sighted indeed. Those who see this as a career come to appreciate the constant fighting on different fronts that our local/state/national associationsâ€™ conduct on OUR behalf. In California alone the legislator develops 100+ "point of sale" legislative bills yearly. And every year CAR knocks them down one by one! They always have the Realtor or you non-paying licensees, as the person required to fulfill the legislations promise. If we did not have our lobbying forces at work, (I always pay the bigger political action fees) our transactions would be laced with a myriad amount of NEW disclosures, inspections, fees to the seller, and "deal stoppers" than we have today.
In our area we had one town which decided it would be a great idea to require all sales to have a complete audit of construction, energy and zoning compliance at the time of sale! They thought it would be a great idea to have the property brought UP TO CODE, with NEW ENERGY devices such as dual pane windows, wall insulation, and proper zoning compliance. This in a town where historic Victorians dot the landscape!! We as a local association rallied the troops and got it totally off the table.
Then there's the biggie which is the "anti-trust" issue which NAR is spending much money keeping at bay. This is all because of a very HOT market and the "exorbitant" fees all you guys where charging your clients in selling their property with 20 offers in 1 hour!! They think you ALL charge way too much and would like to reduce your fees to a very manageable and controlled fee. You can thank all the new "business models" of real estate companies who wanted to give the public total access to our MLS for bringing this one one us! The battle is totally engaged on and ongoing with NAR leading the way. Itâ€™s not over by a long shot. Your support is critical at this juncture. And how about all of you as employees? How many of you would even have a JOB if your broker had to supply you with mandated employee benefits? Remember the bankruptcy of a company which did this?
I could go on and on!! When I was a younger man I would pan Realtor's and NAR. I was short-sighted, young, immature, but have come to know many in leadership at all levels of Realtordom and find those folks the silent servants of all Realtors. If my dues were $1,000 a year I would gladly pay them. I KNOW the true cost of doing business. Are Realtors any more ethical or professional than a licensee? Some are some are not. Becoming a "pro", a term soiled by some of the answers on Trulia by you "pros", is a state of mind and an ability to "work" the market, any market, and provide our clients with superior representation.
Take this under consideration! It is in YOUR best interest, long-term, to support our Realtor endeavors.
Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
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I am also wondering if you can become a N.A.R. member without your broker belonging to a board or association of RealtorsÂ®. I have never researched that. I just know that I got my N.A.R. membership when I joined one of my local Associations of RealtorsÂ® and being part of the assocation also required me to join the MLS and I could not have joined the MLS if my broker had not been a member of the association. If you have to switch companies, I would think about whether there are any disadvantages or advantages to joining another real estate company just so you can join N.A.R. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything agains the N.A.R., but I just it could not hurt to answer your question by looking at things from a slightly different angle. Good luck with your decision making process.
The Downside is the cost. It ain't cheap!
JD â€œDanâ€ Weisenburger, GRI
Vanguard Realty, Inc. GMAC Real Estate