The NAR Spends Millions In Lobbying Efforts

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The NAR Spends Millions In Lobbying Efforts

 

 

Did you know that the NAR is one of the most powerful lobbying organizations going? Only second to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (which forked over $104 million) the NAR spent 64.8 million on the 2015-2016 election cycle.

 

Until I readWhere NAR spends its multimillions in lobbying” I had no idea the NAR was so political. I also am a little torn on the idea, too! My biggest concern is that I have to trust the NAR to lobby on my behalf "as well as" the 1.1 million members. I just don’t see how the NAR represents my interest alongside the 1.1 million members. (And by the looks of things, the NAR spreads the wealth evenly between the two parties which seems like a wash “or” waste!)

 

I get what the NAR is trying to do “but” this also has me very concerned, too. Lobbying is very tricky business, especially when trying to represent 1.1 million members. But by the same token, there is a quote in politics that I subscribe to “if you are not at the table, you are on the menu.”

 

In 2000, NAR spent just over $9 million in lobbying efforts and by 2010 lobbying efforts rose to $17.6 million. In 2012, NAR instituted a $40 hike in dues and lobbying efforts jumped to $41 million. And it looks like the NAR will increase their political lobbying efforts to about $78 million this year.

 

I don’t know about you but if the NAR was spending that kind of money to protect our brand and other things like protecting our data, I have a feeling we would be much better served. In fact, I would suggest consumers would also be better served, as well. Too bad we’ll never know!

 

 

D'Angelo - Cruisin'

 

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Rainmaker
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Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
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I am also of the mind the NAR should be spending that money to better serve it's members by protecting our data and running  a search portal website for us rather than having given it away.

 

Mar 21, 2018 12:49 PM #39
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Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL

Jon Kolsky That information is pretty depressing. Any examples of how that HUGE amount of money is spent to create a strong future on a business model that will keep us strong and in place. Each day more and more players emerge trying to make us obsolete . We are being outsmarted every day by  those who think forward and are proactive not reactive,  like our current system in place. We, as realtors need to lead, not follow. 

Mar 21, 2018 06:47 PM #40
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi JK Jon - I knew about NAR but not as specifically as you shared. Thank you.

Mar 21, 2018 07:00 PM #41
Rainmaker
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

MaryKay Shumway ~ I am pretty sure a lot of folks have some trepidation, and I don't blame them either... As a matter of fact (as I mentioned) I'm one of them, so how can I

Mar 22, 2018 09:41 AM #42
Rainmaker
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Michael Eisenberg ~ they (NAR) are definitely not tending to the store and in the long game I don't think that's going to win the day for the NAR

Mar 22, 2018 09:45 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Janice Hope Zaltman Realtor,LEED AP ~ I have the same sentiment, but I don't see "us" Realtors united, and that's a big problem

Mar 22, 2018 09:47 AM #44
Rainmaker
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Michael Jacobs ~ MJ, I had no idea either, but with that kind of money "we" should be beating the pants off of ZG and ilk PS.... your phone will be ringing soon!

Mar 22, 2018 09:52 AM #45
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Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
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Jon Kolsky  thank you for sharing . I agree what would it look like if the NAR spent the money on helping us , although some would say they are. Is it help to lobby ??? maybe not sure. My thoughts are it would have been nice to protect our hard work such as the data feed to the web sites that are not owned by a Realtor... Selling the REALTOR  name to a web site that now sells leads back to us for a high price. The Z that does the same thing. 

We pay with no answers given. Thanks again for the information Sir. Have a blessed day. 

Mar 22, 2018 03:53 PM #46
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Laura Filip ~ it sure would have been nice, and it sure would be nice, especially since they apparently have the money to do so

Mar 22, 2018 05:21 PM #47
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Adam Feinberg
ANCHOR ASSOCIATES - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

NYC is a unique market that doesn't have an offical MLS and has a virtually non-existent representation of the NAR. We have our challenges for sure, and our own trade organization that lobby's on a local and state level, but it's not proportional to the response of the NAR. Much of the lobbying that is done is on perceived issues that are hot button topics, rather than genuine issues employing expensive "talent". I don't know if the NAR operates the same way.

Mar 23, 2018 09:33 AM #48
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Adam Feinberg ~ NYC is unique for many reasons not to mention not having an official MLS. One thing is for sure (IMO,) politics and business rarely mix well

Mar 23, 2018 10:58 AM #49
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Valid points.  Will be interesting to see what happens going forward with dues and the budget.  

Mar 25, 2018 06:29 PM #50
Rainmaker
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Jan Green ~ just as some don't care at all, many are interested. And I'm sure, just as I was, there are many shocked to find out the depth and political involvement, I had no idea until I read the Inman article 

Mar 26, 2018 08:25 AM #51
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Jon, I was not aware of the $numbers that NAR spends on lobby efforts.

I agree that there is a need to help the politician understand our needs and the needs of homeowners.

You raise a valid question: Could some of the $ be better spent?

Thanks

Mar 26, 2018 09:42 AM #52
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

John Wiley ~ funny you should mention whether or not the NAR is prudent with the money they raise from our dues.... It is fairly lengthy,  but Notorious Rob really dives into this question and looks at NAR's spending... I want to write a post about it but I don't know if I have time. Anyway, it is an eye-opening post about NAR's spending habits!

7 Questions on NAR’s S.M.A.R.T. Initiatives

Mar 26, 2018 09:52 AM #53
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Jon,

Great questions. I know, we are asked from time to time to chime in on particular issues, which I do, if I agree. The data protection issue is very valid. It seems, we let the horse out of the barn, back when few understood the internet well.

Mar 28, 2018 08:31 PM #54
Rainmaker
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Dörte Engel ~ they definitely have their agenda, and it seems protecting our brand is very low if non-existent

Mar 29, 2018 10:07 AM #55
Rainmaker
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Annette Thor
Connecticut Homes and Commercial Fairfield Cty,CT reinct.com - Westport, CT
Residential & Commercial Real Estate Broker in CT

Awesome post Jon, this has driven me crazy for  awhile.   I wonder if the general public can post their house on the mls for free thru Z then why am I forced to pay NAR for the right to access the mls.  I was trying to buy a house through auction.com yesterday, what a shady site. The "rep" not the broker called me asking several times whats the most id pay.   If NAR takes our money and doesnt make sure our profession can survive, then there wont be any agents in the future to give them one lick of $1 much less $500 every year.

Apr 04, 2018 04:43 AM #56
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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 Annette Thor  comment #56

   Auction dot com is the absolute WORST.  When I get customers asking about their listings, I refer them out.

Apr 04, 2018 07:01 AM #57
Rainmaker
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

They want to raise this to 85 million thise year. An increase in dues is coming.

 

the NAR has lost their way They are all about RPAC and politics and campaigning. they used to fight for us for issues like property right and bills that would help our consumers and industry. 

I think they need to dial back the hobnobbing with politicians and start dealing with issues that matter

Apr 19, 2018 12:32 AM #58
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