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Does anyone really enjoy being part of a MONOPOLY?

Real Estate Agent with Abek Real Estate Slidell, La.

After reading some of this week's posts, I got to thinking about whether or not we really have a choice in our board affiliations ie. MLS. They say that the consumer should be impressed by our moniker REALTOR, but when it comes down to it, do they really have a choice? There are a select few "AGENTS/BROKERS, who have no affiliation with the NAR and or the local Board of Realtors. With this rare distinction, they get to enjoy the following: 1. No access to the local MLS. 2. No lock box keys or lock boxes themselves. 3. And the joy of not being hit with the fees that are associated with belonging.

My wife and I got into this business as a team. Initially we put all of the lock boxes, as well as the supra key in her name. Since this decision was made, I evolved into the one with the most production. Some of you may see where I'm going with this. We explored the possibility of putting her License on the in-active status list, But there is one small glitch. We would have to turn in all of the lock boxes and the key, and receive no credit what so ever, and I would be afforded the opportunity to purchase them in my name. I also get to pay double mls fee, board dues, license fees, and all of the increases that go with them.

Our local board, NOMAR thought it would be cool if they increased our yearly dues last year. 2008 was the worst year for real estate in the New Orleans area in a long time. When I called them their justification for the increase was, "we had to get a new building and membership is way down due to the bad year everyone had". Talk about a precursor to what's going on nationaly today. Spend spend, don't ask anyone, and then make them pay. Maybe we all can come up with a way to join forces and make our voices heard in this matter. Then we can use what we've learned to tackle what's going on Nationally. Just a thought.



Gabe Libutti
McLean Mortgage Corporation - Cornelius, NC

no.  Competition is waht drives our economy.  Great points

Sep 06, 2009 02:20 AM
Ralph Gorgoglione
Metro Life Homes - Palm Springs, CA
California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407

I've found that the staff that runs our local MLS have the impression that we are there for their approval.

When in fact, THEY are OUR employees.  It's OUR dues that pays their salary.

Sep 06, 2009 02:23 AM
Ron Parise
LocateHomes.com - Cape Coral, FL

Not only do I object to the monopoly status they enjoy. They use my money to promote political positions I dont agree with. As to your situation If I was you I think I would withdraw my membership form the board, keep my license active and continue acting as a team

Sep 06, 2009 02:27 AM
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

You are right on many points.   A lot of it is political

Sep 06, 2009 02:37 AM
Aventura | Bal Harbour | Sunny Isles Beach | REALTORĀ® 786-229-7999
SIB REALTY, Llc // WaterWayRealty.com - Sunny Isles, FL


It seems that most local boards have the same or similar policies. Each individual must be a member- if the brokerage is a member. I've seen a few offices, where there is just one subscribing member and the other agents "piggy-back" on ONE MLS access!

It makes things tricky, when trying to search by name for the agent that called in, etc. Now, the public may also want to locate that licensed individual... not to be found. Granted, the fees have increased substantially- but I do understand.

Sep 06, 2009 02:37 AM
Dean Clinard
Abek Real Estate Slidell, La. - Slidell, LA

Great points so far! It is true the local board are our employees, but act just like our government. It's a case of we will charge you what we deem acceptable and fine you when you don't listen, and we'll tell you what's good for you. So far as ending my affiliation, I would still need to be under a broker who is not affiliated. Then I would also lose the MLS and the key and lockboxes. We are trapped. I'm sure the "It's great to bre a realtor" crowd will be awake and start chiming in soon.

Sep 06, 2009 02:59 AM