Photo Courtesy National Association of Realtors
I've been a Realtor for a long time, and I'll admit that I have never gone to a national or state Realtor convention. I'm not going this year either.
If you are, you'll mark your calendar for a trip to Chicago for November 3rd through 6th.
But just to put what I'm planning to not do into prospective, here are the results that NAR is expecting this year.
NAR says that there are 2 million individual members like you and me, and that we hang our licenses among 84,000 brokers.
Attendance at these conventions -- this time in Chicago -- apparently doesn't vary much. This year, as in the recent past, NAR is expecting 20,000 to register. That's only 1% of the membership.
If you don't go, the liklihood that someone from your office will be attending is just a bit above zip.
So 99% of you will be doing what I'm doing, staying home and devoting the time and money to brokering real estate.
I wonder what the actual cost of the convention will be?
And I wonder if those in attendance will pay enough in fees, etc., for it to pay for itself.
And within that addition problem needs to be the prorata salary costs of NAR employees who will cause the convention to happen?
After all, I don't know as 99% of us should be subsidizing the cost for the 1% who will be attending, especially since as it now stands, it won't benefit us.
So I was thinking, maybe it would be a good idea for NAR to video the various conferences and allow members to see them at home at their convenience. It seems to me that would be helpful.
Even if we had to pay a nominal fee for that accommodation.
BILL CHERRY, REALTOR