OK, I'm Not Going to the NAR Convention. I'm Just Not!

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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.


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Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Chicago is not the murder capital of the world, Caraca, Venezuela is. Chigago is not even the murder capital of the US it actually does not even make the top 5. Baltimore is, followed by Detroit, New Orleans, Kansas City and Cleveland.


Oct 08, 2017 07:23 PM #20
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I bet if it was held at Disneyland Hotel they would have higher numbers turning out.

Oct 09, 2017 04:59 AM #21
Shannon Lefevre
John R. Wood Properties - Naples, FL
Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl

Pretty sure we're already paying for it through our dues. Excellent idea though!

Oct 09, 2017 06:53 AM #22
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The NAR is like an apple without a core....

Oct 09, 2017 07:16 AM #23
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist


Clapping and shouting BRAVO!

15 years in the business.  I have never attended a State convention and attended NAR once in San Francisco. Half day and I was so done. 

So glad to see this Featured.

Oct 09, 2017 07:51 AM #24
Bill Cherry, Realtor - Dallas, TX
Broker & Wealth Coach

I do have a motive, and it's not to beat up on NAR.

I'm wondering if more than a few handfuls of members know much about NAR and has NAR ever done a 100% voluminous survey of members to see what we would like for them to be doing for us?

I asked for their audited financial statement one time, and found it interesting the amount of the total income and how the money was being spent; not that there was anything wrong with it, it just showed me that I had no understanding of NAR.

I also asked them why they had chosen to use that silly actress, whatever her name is, to do commercials promoting Realtors.  I got a letter back saying that their agency did all of that, and that the response from Realtors had been very positive.  I ran my own "study" here on Activerain, and found that most who responded thought the commercials were inane. So obviously, NAR had no idea what the reactions of members were, much less the public.

Oct 09, 2017 08:53 AM #25
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

BILL CHERRY ~ When it come to the NAR - I have little to no faith. And it is sad because the NAR is America’s largest trade association with over 1 million members. But unfortunately, the NAR lacks the ability to adopt the strategies, tactics, and policies that are needed to lead us appropriately into the future. And to make matters worse – the NAR’s poor governance structure leaves them vulnerable and us open to attack by the advancement of technology “and” the enthusiasm of those looking to disrupt and shake up this industry.


Oct 09, 2017 10:19 AM #26
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

People that are into that type of gathering will make time for it every year. It's schedule well in advance. 

Oct 09, 2017 01:12 PM #27
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I have never viewed NAR as much more than a necessary evil... pay to play. 

Oct 09, 2017 01:14 PM #28
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Great points. I like the idea of being able to watch the convention. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 09, 2017 01:32 PM #29
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I have found it to be worthwhile to attend my state convention every year.  I have not been to the National convention, but I have attended CRS Sellabration several times.  CRS is invaluable to me.  But I am very surprised every year at the state level, especially when for the second year in a row, it was in MY city.  There are more people attending from out of the area than within my market, AND, there was a $50 off for the first 150 people that registered in my market.  Lots of continuing education credits, networking opportunities and learning for $40 and no extra miles on my car.  

Oct 09, 2017 02:22 PM #30
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

The CRS meetings are always held in conjunction with the NAR meetings and that's what I attend due to my involvement in leadership in different ways.

Oct 10, 2017 08:15 AM #31
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Bill - excellent post. I thought about it as well. Not even that we might be subsidizing the event in one way or another, but simply that so caring NAR would not offer to the membership what they offer to attendees. A lot of it is just mingling with other members, entertainment and good time, but why not offer recorded key sessions to the members at a nominal price. After all, if they think we all could benefit, then it is stunning that they would not offer the crumbles from their table.

Which actually no longer surprises me.

P.S. I was very amused by guys, blaming you for badmouthing NAR. They have a lot of chutzpah.

And I really liked your response.

Oct 10, 2017 10:11 AM #32
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

I'd prefer NAR membership be optional, not mandatory when you are an MLS member.


Oct 10, 2017 11:01 AM #33
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I don't think that the convention offers anything of educational value. On top of what is being offered the price is ridiculous. I doubt those attendance #'s too but you have a point about the overall costs involved for a meager 1%.

Oct 11, 2017 01:27 PM #34
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

It's been my experience that the ones who complain the most, who criticize and berate NAR, are the ones who never take the time to participate or become involved in either local, State, or National associations. I was one of those who dutifully paid my dues year after year, deriving benefit, but never giving back, never paying it forward. Now, over the past 4 or 5 years, as I've become active in our local & State associations, I've come to appreciate where my money goes. But by all means, feel free to continue paying your dues, and belly-ache & moan.....

Oct 11, 2017 01:48 PM #35
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

As a matter of fact, many of the sessions are being recorded and you can purchase them so you can watch them at home or army your office maybe even together with others, been that way for many years. As to whether someone attends in person or not is entirely up to them, you can go or you can stay home, your choice!

Oct 11, 2017 03:56 PM #36
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Bill. When I was actively working I didn't attend either. The cost was prohibitive and I could go abroad and genuinely learn for less.

Oct 12, 2017 11:51 AM #37
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Bill, I don't even remember the last time I attended NAR convention, not worth the time or the money for me.

Oct 13, 2017 07:38 AM #38
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

I like that idea, BILL CHERRY! I've never gone either. For me, I never even get to the part about whether it's expensive, it's just that it's always over a weekend. I am a Sabbath observant Jew and the Friday night and Saturday events are not something in which I could participate. (Then of course, there's having to provide my own kosher food). Anyhow, I think recording the sessions is certainly something that should be made available to all of us NAR members, for free!

Oct 28, 2017 10:20 PM #39
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