You have not told us what is "down right expensive"? $300.00? $500.00? I paid for our local/state Realtor dues $275.00 plus I paid an optional $197.00 for Legislative Support. You're a lot like the clients you allege to serve--totally ignorant as to why YOU get paid the fees you do! I pay my dues plus my CRS national dues, my CIPS national dues, my SRES national dues, my CCIM national dues and the reason I pay these is it is the cost of doing business! I do it because it pays such huge dividends to me that the cost is dirt cheap! It gives me an edge many other Realtors/Licensees will never have plus the referrals received more than pay the dues many times over.
If you do not know the value of being a REALTOR then your broker is NOT doing his fiduciary duty to you as his agent. In the past 7 years our industry has come under an onslaught from alternative business models which the young Mr. Welch sees as his salvation. Mr. Welch for some reason doesn't understand he CAN go globally!! But WHY re-invent the model when it already exists, protects the very way we do business and CAN do business and benefits thousands of our brethren?
In our state of California, we turn back hundreds if not thousands of "point of sale" issues where you the REALTOR would be THE responsible party for the fulfilling of the latest political cause. YOUR license would be on the line. You would be responsible for new, restrictive energy standards , sewer line inspection, wood insert removed in your fireplace, or having a complete building code survey done, and the list goes on! All at the expense of your homeowner and all your responsibility! We have turned these back for years. And on the national level, who do you think is fighting the department of justice who would love to FIX our fees, open our private, dues MLS systems to every FSBO, and open the door to complete anarchy in the marketing of our listings? This is done by dues paying REALTORS!! We be them!
The nihilism of Mr. Welch is misplaced as he need only search the internet for the wide, wild, wonderful world of real estate and the global village he so desires. NO ONE, especially REALTORS, would limit his growth. Rebelling for fun and profit is encouraged but contempt prior to investigation is folly.