Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : Please NAR, stop lobbying Congress, and start working on our image...

Please NAR, stop lobbying Congress, and start working on our image...

I recently paid my annual dues to the National Association of REALTORS (NAR).  The dues increased this year from $404 to $444.  I am sure this was difficult for many struggling real estate agents, especially during the holidays.  For some, important decisicions will have to be made...

That being said, it doesn't bother me that the dues went up.  Costs occasionally will do that.  It was the reason for the increase that concerns me...

According to Inman News (100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders: 2011), the increase would go to "boost spending on political activities, despite polls showing majority opposition from members."

Political activities.  Huh.  Sounds like lobbying.  Actually, additional lobbying, despite being against the wishes of the majority of it's members.

I don't get it.

I am a REALTOR®.  My job is to sell homes.  I help people move from point A to point B...

That's it.  Lobbying Congress isn't my business...

Selling homes is.

And after the recent embarassment of NAR's "overstatement" of home sales...

As a REALTOR®, I am disappointed. 

So please NAR, stop lobbying Congress, and start working on our image...

Ken

Comment balloon 6 commentsKen Tracy • December 21 2011 10:23PM

Comments

Ken, the NAR exists to be a political organization, if fact they admit to be just a big lobbying entity.  The problem is that it isn't very good at it.

Posted by Dale Terry over 5 years ago

Hey there Home Realty!  Thanks!  It is just another political monster...

I would have preferred to have the money going towards some cool ad campaign.  Something fun...

Anyway, thanks for stopping in!

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 5 years ago

To my ActiveRain friend,
I wish you all things bright and beautiful
at this holiday time and throughout the year. 

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) over 5 years ago

Ken-Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) over 5 years ago

NAR gave $10,000 to a FAILED 1-term local LIBERAL congressman in our district - I worked doubly hard to DEFEAT him last November...and my candidate WON!  NAR has lost IT'S and OUR way

 

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 5 years ago

Hi Wallace, Joe, and Leslie.  Thanks for stopping in and have a safe and happy New Years!!!

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 5 years ago

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