NAR - Our leadership is driving us off a cliff!

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NAR - Our Leadership is driving us off a cliff!

Recently Inman News has been doing some good informative posts that are flying under the radar with many Realtors®.  WeNAR, really NEED to start paying attention to what NAR is doing and speak our piece - whichever way you feel on some of these topics.  Do not let NAR drive the bus off a cliff!

There are a few topics that I am going to roll into one here - one post mentions that NAR asked membership (anyone you know of participate???) on what's the craziest idea that you think would work?  The answer - take back Realtor.com!  Now in itself, that would be a great idea as I feel NAR really dropped the ball on this.  But now, Realtor.com is just a clamity that I don't think can be salvaged.  Think of a car wreck and the car is just too old & antiquated to repair!   Is is really worth the effort or has Trulia & Zillow overtaken it totally?  

Can Realtor.com be a 'comeback kid'?


The disaster called the Realtors Property Resource (RPR) - this national database is not even known by most of you.  You pay your dues for this and yet I would say that 99% of you do not know that NAR has created a NATIONAL MLS DATABASE.  The more post comments I read in varying places makes me realize that very few have a clue that this has been up & functional for years now.

It is currently going to be 'in the hole' for the next 3 years according to recent reports. Where do you think the short fall is going to come from?

Best guess - your wallet!


Please get on some of these national forums and make your opinions & thoughts known.


 

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Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Lyn, I rarely visit Realtor.com as the information tends not to be 'real-time'. If NAR thinks the national MLS will be any more successful, they need to develop a better updating system before, as you say....driving off a cliff. Thanks!

May 20, 2013 01:12 AM #1
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Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

I uses RPR.  It's great.  What's the problem with it besides a start-up shortfall?

May 20, 2013 03:04 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Brad:  Nothing wrong with it except it's not profitable.  Why should I pay for a failed MLS?  I think it actually is a great idea but they have never really tried to advertise it/sell it's benefits.  I think they thought it would just 'sell itself'.  Others have done a better job at marketing like CoreLogic, etc.  Besides, from what I read about it last year there is a LO by trade at the helm.  Makes sense to me to have a LO right?

Norman: Great example is that more than 1/2 the membership doesn't know of RPR's existance - why?  Bad promoting, bad planning.  I can't figure out a real reason for me to actually use it.  It's been talked up to banks, etc with no results either.

My own MLS does not like RPR & how the interaction between our listings & the rights we have to give up.  My MLS will not cooperate with it.  Surprise!  What about yours?  Probably is being discussed & they've said no.

May 20, 2013 03:25 AM #3
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Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Lyn, this is all new news to me. I know that doesn't shock you, I'm in the 99%. I'll have to get more involved. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. 

May 20, 2013 05:58 AM #4
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Lyn:  JMO, but agents have access to a bigger potentially more beneficial organization than we Lenders do.  As you point out, the potential is only there if agents actually participate and utilize the organization and their voices.  We Lenders really don't have any voice ...

I hope many read this and take heed ...

Gene

May 20, 2013 06:39 AM #5
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

NAR never ceases to make me scratch my head and wonder where my membership money goes.   Hadn't ever heard of RPR until now.  

May 20, 2013 07:29 AM #6
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Realtor.com sold us out as soon as they let 2nd and 3rd party sites use our information.  These sites have stolen our leads ever since.

May 20, 2013 08:17 AM #7
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Connie:  Now you know. Isn't that a TV commercial?

Gene:  I understand what you mean with realtors having an organization but I'm not always sure it is working in our benefit. 

Chris Ann:  RPR has been flying under the radar for years now. How can it be profitable if no one knows it exists? Ask why more realtors don't know about it?  Great PR right?

Bill:  Yes dear.  You are correct.

May 20, 2013 10:00 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Lyn:  Kinda like having muscles ... they function best when exercised consistently and well.  The potential is there ... hopefully you have motivated AR members to react ...

Hope to talk soon ... stay cool and safe ...

Gene

May 21, 2013 02:21 AM #9
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Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Lyn: You raise great points. I agree. Contacted realtor.com about 3 months ago to raise like isues. Not much response and no changes. 

May 23, 2013 04:29 AM #10
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I suggested your post, since it is a good rally cry.  As far as leadership from NAR . . . we have leadership?!?  Could have fooled me.

May 25, 2013 03:24 PM #11
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