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Somebody Else Keep Their Paperwork?

This is less a post than a plea. Over on my Arizona Homes blog I’ve been posting some excerpts from e-mail conversations with Dick Gaylord, incoming NAR president, and Frank Sibley, Senior VP for communications.

Frank has told me that the mandatory fee for NAR’s Public Awareness Campaign has been there in the past. I don’t recall seeing it before and, being me, I don’t hold on to paperwork lik dues statements (not bright, I know.)

Can anyone with their old dues statements verify?

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Jonathan Dalton is a Realtor with RE/MAX Desert Showcase in Peoria, Arizona and is the author of the All Phoenix Real Estate blog as well as a half-dozen neighborhood sites. His partner, Tobey, is a somewhat rotund beagle who sleeps 21 hours a day.



  1. Jay Thompson

    November 26, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    First time I’ve noticed it, but to be honest, I don’t usually pay a lot of attention. I just write the check. I have no other choice.

    And I don’t save past statements either…

  2. Kelley Koehler

    November 26, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    I’m just motivated enough to put off these feedback calls to search through my files for you. Checking.

  3. Kelley Koehler

    November 26, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    That didn’t take nearly long enough. Now I’ve got to go back to work. Being organized can be a terrible thing.

    2005 dues have a $20 NAR public awareness assessment.

    2006 dues have a $20 NAR public awareness assessment AND a $10 TAR public image “investment.”

    There’s a yearly $30 RAPAC voluntary contribution as well that I skip – but you have to subtract that from the total as displayed. If you pay the amount they say is due, it includes the voluntary RAPAC stuff.

  4. Jonathan Dalton

    November 26, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Well, I’ll be darned …

    Feel like Morpheus just handed me the blue pill. Ought to add that to a blogging seminar somewhere.

  5. Kelley Koehler

    November 26, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Blogging Seminar Part 4: Learning to shove paper into a folder in a timely manner.

    How Web 2.0. Sounds thrilling.

  6. Jonathan Dalton

    November 26, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Okay, not that part … the clever “blue pill” line.

    Oh, hell … don’t go there either.

  7. Athol Kay

    November 26, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    LOL the blue pill. 1999 is over Jonathan. 🙂

    Trust me, we’re all being milked like cows to pay for these wonderful advertisements.

    Look on the bright side though. This money isn’t being earmarked to bribe political figures to support keeping banks out of real estate brokerage.

    Sorry, bribe is the wrong word there. I’m just to lazy to look up the right one though.

  8. Benn Rosales

    November 29, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Maybe its been noticed because the ‘amount’ of money we’ve been willing to pay sharply increased. It’s the same as knowing your daily coffee at starbucks costs $2 yet your tab shows $3.50 plus an addition 77 cents for the water.

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