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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No... I don't see one having much to do with the other. I wouldn't join at all. I considered this requirement to be an NAR member a form of enforced unionization. The only way I'd join and/or pay more if membership was voluntary is if I was convinced the public really understood and appreciated the connection.To the public we are all Realtors, whether we are or are not. And all this "baloney" about our living with a higher code of ethics... is also baloney... you can't teach ethics. I've met Realtors who are unethical and non-Realtors who are the ultimate in ethical. If you're not inclined to be ethical you won't be.

Jun 22, 2018 03:39 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Good morning, Bob.

     No.  I will be going MLS-only in January. 

Jun 22, 2018 04:06 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

NAR would have to do some serious convincing that they are worth the membership.  Plus, they would need to have buy-in from a "critical mass" of the public.  Currently the term "real estate agent", "real estate salesperson" and "realtor" interchangable and "realtor" has been demoted to common vernacular and has ZERO recognition in the public as a trade organization.


The forced code of ethics invalidates the code because you agree to it under duress (don't agree and don't get access to the MLS).  That is their biggest selling point, but it is all too easy to break the code and the punishment for breaking it is (in most cases) a strongly worded letter.  Some associations even make the complaint process so arduous that filing one is all but discouraged!

Jun 22, 2018 08:48 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Most likely not Bob. 

Jun 22, 2018 05:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Not likely. Value/worth would likely be a consideration as is any activity.


Jun 22, 2018 04:25 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

NOT unless all current management was fired and they start over with people wh actually care about Realtors

Jun 22, 2018 04:19 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It would have to be a totally revamped organization, Bob. Right now, anyone can be one and there is NO exclusivity whatsoever. You're onto something with the higher standards and EARNING the right to join. 

We all have a sour taste in our mouths about NAR right now and I feel like lack of enforcement and the ability to report CoE violations is one of those hot topics for those who care about this being a PROFESSIONAL organization.

That's not even considering the logo debacle, the money overspent on lobbying and the fact that they sold us down the river when they sold!

Jun 22, 2018 07:25 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Value of NAR:


COE can be rolled and smoked. People get away with violating it every single day. 99% of the time it's more trouble than it's worth to enforce.
Basically worthless.

This leaves the forms. Necessary evil.

So what would be your definition of earning the right to join?

Jun 22, 2018 06:03 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

No No No ..... I don't think it's worth it now except for the contracts they help construct with the help of local attorneys that volunteer.

I do not think that ANY organizations we can belong too now are exclusive - using that word is a joke like a golf club. Paying to join doesn't make the membership worthwhile. 
That's the problem.

Jun 22, 2018 05:29 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I wouldn't, I'd save that money. I don't see the value in the Realtor name. Most of the public doesn't realize that there's a difference between a Real Estate Agent & a Realtor & if they knew the difference I doubt they'd make a decision based on that. I also don't see any benefits to belonging to this association. I would much rather not be a member. 

Jun 22, 2018 05:20 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

No, I probably would not join unless they could show some tangible return. NAR has lived too long by promoting the use of Realtor® as the major benefit. The only person that thinks Realtor® is important is Phil Dunphy.


Jun 22, 2018 08:35 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Not for me.  I don't see much benefit in it. 

Jun 22, 2018 07:48 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am willing to pay more for anything that I perceive has value.  Being forced to pay for anything does not bode well for me. Memberships for the most part only mean something to the members.  The public does not understand our associations or the real estate business, in general. 

Jun 22, 2018 07:45 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Yes, but then I wouldn't be in NAR. Same reason I no longer belong to Unions nor Gangs.

Jun 22, 2018 07:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

What they say they do for you and what they do for you are almost juxtaposed! So, not worthwhile either way!

Jun 22, 2018 06:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD


Jun 22, 2018 06:20 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

In theory this is an excellent idea and proposition. 

In reality, associations begin to find reasons to “need” more things to give the “members” more “value”. At that point they begin to outspend their revenue. To prevent raising dues they open to more members and when they see the influx of money the association starts taking on more and more members to make more money. It’s a vicious circle as old as time and I do not see any way to fix it without enforcing repercussions for the injustices already happening everyday 

Jun 22, 2018 06:04 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Michael Jacobs nailed this one!

Jun 22, 2018 05:17 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I would NOT be a member!

Jun 22, 2018 04:59 AM
Jerry Thomas-Construction Loans
Cranbrook Loans - Farmington Hills, MI
Construction Loans in MI, OH, VA, GA and FL.

I'd be in favor of higher standards.

Jun 22, 2018 04:58 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Yes, right after paying my voluntary taxes.

Jun 22, 2018 10:24 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no.... I'm done with them starting with the next billing.... 

Jun 22, 2018 08:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I agree with Nina Hollander 

Jun 22, 2018 08:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Not likely. The value is not there.

Jun 22, 2018 07:37 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Right now its a "moose" type club when it should be more....

Jun 22, 2018 06:29 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

This is called an involuntary inflation.

Jun 22, 2018 06:02 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would not.

Jun 22, 2018 05:12 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Jun 22, 2018 03:32 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

As involved as I am in leadership at both the local and state level, I don't see much value in my NAR membership. Of course the state meetings try to get you pumped up for being a REALTOR®, but really the consumer doesn't know the difference. Even after all the money NAR has spent to try to increase this awareness. 

I completely agree with what Nina Hollander has to say. 

Jun 25, 2018 06:26 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I wish I had to right NOT to join when I was "forced" to be a member for MLS access. Considering NAR's actions and inaction, I do not view membership in NAR a value, more so a detriment to the profession...

Complaint is about the value of NAR!

(The state & local associations did bring benefit and value to the table. IMO)

Jun 22, 2018 08:27 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I am with the majority on this one ... I would not.

Jun 22, 2018 10:47 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

If I were still licensed, YES I would.  I still think NAR has an important role to play if they get back on track with their focus and financial priorities.

Jun 22, 2018 06:02 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I think to a certain extent this is out of NARs hands as to what changes.

Jun 22, 2018 04:59 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob Crane - if not required... then why?

Jun 22, 2018 11:17 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No way I want to pay more.

Jun 22, 2018 10:47 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Based on the assumpations you make - yes.

Jun 22, 2018 07:01 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Only if they showed me the value

Jun 23, 2018 08:02 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Bob, you have some great points and thoughts

Jun 22, 2018 08:14 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

That depends on if, for once, the NAR provided value for our money

Jun 25, 2018 06:04 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I think maybe you hav a good point here.


Jun 24, 2018 09:37 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

"Undeserving members like it is now."

Sounds like the start of a rant.

So, lets play.

List those organizations with the high standards and meaningful 'discrimination' for which your are a champion. What are the 'higer standards' to which you refer?

When choice is removed resentment grows. And that is more descriptive of 'like it is now." and likely a motivation behind your question. YOU want to leave, but you can't.

Jun 23, 2018 07:05 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Pay more for less service and/or benefits - no way! 

Jun 26, 2018 12:04 PM