Call for Supplanting NAR

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cimpler Real Estate, Inc. CA BRE# 01330941

Greg Swann, created another interesting post Bloodhound Blog:

Supplanting the National Association of Realtors will turn it into a toothless vampire overnight

Greg's post was triggered by another call of the Minnesota Association of Realtors for some of its members to quit to give other members a chance to make money (doesn't it reminds you the Animal Farm's statement that some people or more equal than others?). Greg calls for supplanting NAR and argues that:

"What is needed is an analogue to the Underwriters Laboratories for residential real estate agents, an objectively determined standard of excellence — hard to get, easy to lose, and impossible, ultimately, to do business without."

As you might know from my previous post Good and Bad about NAR: Can we fix NAR?, I am not necessarily a big fan of NAR, but I believe that the process of NAR supplanting has already started.  We don’t need another organization to make it happen. I talk about it in my post “Who started the real estate revolution?”. Appearance of Zillow and Trulia have sent unmistaken signal to NAR and MLS.  And the signal was received.  Within last year we observed more positive MLS changes in the Bay Area than in the last 20 – 30 years, give and take. Additionally, I believe that the system proposed by Mark Nadel in his report Critical Assessment of the Traditional Residential Real Estate Broker Rate Structure and relying on a simple decoupling of the listing broker and selling broker fees might be a right way to go. Mark’s approach could provide an economic mechanism to promote necessary changes in the real estate market place. You can find the essence of Mark’s proposal from his comments to my post Is Your Income Below $12,000 per Year?.

But go and read Greg’s post and many comments yourself.

 

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Rainer
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Dan Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty, Inc - Ocala, FL

Art -

Face it the NAR will not change and most on AR don't care.  why not just give it up and start posting nice pictures on localism, to gain search google ranking?  By the way, unlike the NAR your google ranking will still be around in a few years and has the ability and willingness to put money in your pocket.

Aug 31, 2007 02:38 AM #1
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Artur Urbanski
Cimpler Real Estate, Inc. - Burlingame, CA
Helping property owners to maximize property value

Hi Dan,

I realize that NAR like organization usually don't change.  At the same time there is external pressure that might support progressive forces within the organization.  Will it happen?  You are most likey right in your prediction, but it is something what I am going to watch with a great interest.

As a matter of fact, I am behind with posting about the neighborhood.  Will have to catch up!  Thank you Dan for your comment. 

Aug 31, 2007 02:47 AM #2
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MAUREEN STACCATO
Springfield, MA

Unfortunately I have to agree with Dan,

It's sad but I agree that your google ranking will make or break you with Internet marketing of yourself and your career.

Aug 31, 2007 05:49 AM #3
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Artur Urbanski
Cimpler Real Estate, Inc. - Burlingame, CA
Helping property owners to maximize property value

Hi Maureen, I will work on my ratings. Promise!

How is Springfield MA these days.  I have not been there since early 80-ties.  I used to have friends in Westfield. Many changes since then?

Aug 31, 2007 06:05 AM #4
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Mike Riedmann
NP Dodge Company - Omaha, NE
Residential Broker Manager NP Dodge Company Omaha
NAR will never be able to be everything to everyone.  It is an advocate for our way of making a living. it Should and will continue to protect its members and our industry. Do not expect it to be more than that.
Aug 31, 2007 08:15 AM #5
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Artur Urbanski
Cimpler Real Estate, Inc. - Burlingame, CA
Helping property owners to maximize property value
Hi Mike, the question is when helping stops and hurting starts? If NAR becomes a "non-entity" or "toothless vampire" as Greg Swann forecasts, how will NAR be able to help any of its members? If members are competent enough to promote themselves what would be the point of paying fees? Is NAR helping to "extort" commissions from clients and keep agents afloat if they cannot do this themselves? I believe that NAR positive deeds will be missed if it looses its impact on the Realtors community. To make sure that it doesn't happen, NAR needs to embrace variety of business models as quickly as possible.  Thank you for your comments.
Aug 31, 2007 10:13 AM #6
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Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Artur, Realtors who define themselves as marketers of real estate have already been supplanted. As a profession we need to "adopt" your business model. We also need a designation i.e. CFP that adequately describes and qualifies us to do what you do.

Bill Roberts

Sep 25, 2007 02:33 AM #7
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Artur Urbanski
Cimpler Real Estate, Inc. - Burlingame, CA
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Bill,

Once again thank you for a good word.  I certainly appreciate it. 

Sep 26, 2007 10:33 PM #8
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