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How do you feel about the potential increase in NAR dues? AG Flash Poll

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NAR dues to increase?

At the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Mid-Year Conference, a vote will take place on May 14th regarding the potential 50% increase in NAR dues for the Realtor Party Political Survival Initiative (RPPSI) in response to a recent Supreme Court ruling that opened up political funding to private corporations and associations.

When asked if dues will be reduced by the amount raised if the ruling is overturned, NAR program director Liz Giovaniello tells AGbeat, “The funds for this initiative are needed NOT ONLY because of the Supreme Court ruling, they are needed in order to help ensure the success of our state and local association advocacy efforts – to help them be as successful as possible. Even of [sic] the ruling had not occurred, we would need to bring our advocacy efforts to a higher level.”

The poll has now closed, please review results by clicking here.

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38 Comments

  1. Leo Cirino

    April 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    no, no, no. no increase for funding this effort.

  2. Glenda Smith

    April 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I think is it so degrading that NAR & most other REALTOR organizations require us to pay all these fees & we are licensed & then the public gets more information without paying any dues. I feel the image of REALTORS has no respect from the public. I feel the public should not be allowed access to anything we REALTORS have to pay for in order to use the systems. To protect we REALTORS & support us in our professional careers all these organizations should respect us in every way showing the public that only deserving licensed REALTORS have access to ways of gathering information & knowledge regarding housing because we have a license to prove it. I'm sick & tired of paying for accessing when the public gets anything they want regarding houses, listings, contracts, sales, comparables, taxes, etc., etc., etc.,. This shows the public that our organizations do not hold us high in our proven standards of real estate. What a shame & disgrace!!!!!

    • Sylvia Rozell

      May 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Mrs. Smith is correct..the public gets all this free and our dues just continue to go out of site..Sales are down..and we are having trouble staying in businss. I'm sick of it too.

  3. Ann Irvin

    April 24, 2011 at 1:43 am

    I am not against clients obtaining info off the net but to keep increasing our fees doesn't make sense to me in this floundering market. Here in Oregon we have 10% unemployment, banks have tightened their requirements, we are overwhelmed with short sales and foreclosures and more and more realtors are leaving the business. Raising the fees are going to force more out of the profession. I am on my 21st year in real estate so I have seen many ups and downs but I have not seen any significant progess in all these years that has been accomplished by this group. We already have high expenses and with the cost of gas now? Will be interested in what everyone else thinks.

  4. Betty McEnaney

    April 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

    If they vote it in, we must vote them out. Period.

  5. Marie Horgan

    April 25, 2011 at 9:02 am

    At a time when Realtors are working harder than ever to earn alot less than ever, it is ludicrous to think that NAR would even think to raise our dues!

    When is NAR going to prove to be our voice in dealing with the frustration of bank deals! Banks have the attitude they can do no wrong on time lines but expect buyers to pay outrageous per diam fees when closing runs past time line due to listing banks dragging things out!

    To top it off they hire mostly imcompetent contractors to winterize and dewinterize these properties causing more damage which costs more in the long run!

    There's no more logical common sense in the appraisal's anymore. Appraiser's get paid up front now so they comp properties as they wish; even if it means using BAD comps!

    Too much info is available to buyers online with all the knock off websites for listings.

    Annual NAR dues + local board monthly dues & other fees. Hmm?

    I need to see change for Realtors before due increases can be justified!

    Who is our voice? Seems to be falling into the political sector anymore!

  6. Starke Irvine

    April 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Do I understand this correctly? We are going to do away with the Realtor Recognition program yet keep the assessed amount for that program as increased dues. Then we're going to raise the dues $40 for political activity/entertainment/PR the politicians??? Is that about right? And we're going to do this at a time that will historically go down as second only to the great depression as the worse year of all time.With what is going on in our State Legislature trying to take our last remaining rights ,and the Association being split on several issues , it apperas to me to be a great time to have a new Association and new leadership Top to Bottom!!! We have lost approximately 60% of our membership, our values have fallen about 60% in the past 3 yrs….and our LEADERSHIP wants to raise dues National, Statewide and locally is where we really need it as we have not raised dues in 15 yrs. Enough is enough. The timing could not be worse if you sat down and planned it!!!

  7. Marti Rundus

    April 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    National, state, and local dues keep increasing. It's like a separate business within OUR business. Realtor's make less money when prices are down, meaning commissions are also down. You have to sell three homes to make as much as you made selling one home three years ago. Three times the work with one third of the pay. I say NO to the $40 increase. It's time the associations learn to live within their means, just like our U.S and State Congress's need to live within their means. Instead of an increase, how about a DECREASE in all dues!

  8. Gary Weygant

    April 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Call it whatever you like, but in my opinion, buying influence is unethical.

  9. Robert Beck

    May 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

    What a bunch of bureaucrats the NAR have become. First the tax credit handout, which cost the taxpayers (assuming the debt will ever be repaid and not defaulted) in the tens of billions of dollars (I believe the figure I saw was $80 billion). Now, they want to stick their, not our, 'hand' out to the Federal Gov't trough for more perks for the industry through a 'groomed' senator and/or congressman? Twisted Keynesian logic! Note to NAR: first fire, or as the English so politely put it, 'make redundant' several hundred of your employees starting with those bureaucrats at the very top, then start selling your multi-million dollar real estate holding that housed those hundreds of employees to raise funds and give that back to Realtors across the nation. You have failed your missions over time and deserve next to nothing but failure!

  10. Sharon Lindley

    May 3, 2011 at 10:29 am

    This is not the time to be increasing dues. My board has not increased local dues in over 12 years. We were 'considering' a dues increase to help fund a much needed building; if NAR passes this increase,we can forget any increase locally. I lost 14% membership this year. The main reason = I can't make it in this market and pay all these dues and fees. A large number of my members have gone to referral companies and are working public jobs. Some are 'hanging in' but are working part-time jobs to make a living. What do you think it does to the REALTOR image to see an agent working at McDonald's?

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