What I Think About The National Association of Realtors©

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What I Think About The National Association of Realtors© by Bill Roberts

Back in 1975 when I joined my local Board of Realtors© it wasn’t because I wanted to, it was because I had to IF I WANTED ACCESS TO THE MLS. Well, today that reason no longer exists. Everyone has MLS access.

And it wasn’t because I wanted to wear the “R.”  I never did. It is not my style.

And it wasn’t because I felt “like I belonged” because they never did make me feel that way.

So, why am I still a member 43 years later?  I’ve been asking myself that very question.

It is not because I feel that the NAR “represents” me or my needs. They seem to represent themselves only, but want me to pay for it.

I think the reason I belong has something to do with how real estate agents are perceived. Many people have (or had) a low opinion of real estate sales people. The Code of Ethics of The National Association of Realtors© and the national advertising about that gave us a better image.

I don’t believe that their lobbying efforts in Washington DC have done anything for me. I would prefer that they saved the money.

Personally, I could care less about Realtor.com. That is not one of my issues. I just hope they got a good deal.

So, what would I do if it was entirely up to me?

Well, the first thing I would is move the HQ out of Chicago. I would put it in a more favorable and friendlier place (not to mention safer). And I would FIRE all the employees.

Then I would focus on the needs of the membership. Maybe convert it into a mutual benefit society. We could use better healthcare and retirement. Why not?

We (all of us) need to do something about access to homeownership. As long as permit fees and impact fees are so high, affordable housing for first-time buyers is out of the question.  Close that office on K Street and start working locally. Forget hobnobbing with Congress and start working with LOCAL people to make it easier to build a new home.

And I would “create” a national MLS sponsored b y the NAR. It would be free to members and very expensive (but still available) to non-members.

Since it is unlikely that they will leave everything up to me, I hope that some of these ideas are adopted by those that can make a difference.

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Bill Roberts
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Hi Grant Schneider I think I mentioned that in one of the comments. Thanks for chiming in.

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Jun 11, 2018 07:07 AM #41
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Bill Roberts
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Hi Dorie Dillard Thank you. Yes, I think we all feel that way.

Bill Roberts

Jun 11, 2018 07:08 AM #42
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
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Well done, Bill. 

I like an idea to have  a national MLS sponsored by the NAR!

Jun 11, 2018 12:47 PM #43
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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

Bill, I think your point, about NAR forgetting who their base is, is spot on.

It should be a reminder to us all, that we must not forget the customer and their needs.

Thanks for sharing.

Jun 12, 2018 04:50 AM #44
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Bill Roberts
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Thank you Evelina Tsigelnitskaya It will happen, but will the NAR have anything to do with it? That is the real question.

Bill Roberts

Jun 12, 2018 07:12 AM #45
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Hi John Wiley that seems to be the consensus, Thank you.

Bill Roberts

Jun 12, 2018 07:14 AM #46
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hey Bill

I think you are seriously on to something, not only about the issues with NAR but what could be done to make some signfiicant changes.

Jeff

Jun 12, 2018 01:51 PM #47
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Bill Roberts
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Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS Did I miss our meetup, or aren't we going to have one?

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Jun 13, 2018 09:38 AM #48
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Hi Bill

No we have not had a meetup in some time. AR is not promoting anything but perhaps we should just plan one ourselves. Seems to me the last event was in January with Brian England and I believe you were out of town.

Jeff

Jun 13, 2018 09:53 AM #49
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Bill Roberts
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Well Jeff Dowler, CRS  I would be very happy to help put one on. Maybe we could go back to that place in Oceanside Harbor. Encourrage our friends in OC to come on down.

Bill Roberts

Jun 14, 2018 08:22 AM #50
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Jim Paulson
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I appreciate your idea of creating a national MLS backed by Realtors.

Jun 15, 2018 09:50 PM #51
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Bill Roberts
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T?hank you Jim Paulson 

Bill Roberts

Jun 16, 2018 07:15 AM #52
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
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I like the idea of cleaning house then moving it. I also like your National MLS with two fees.

Jun 30, 2018 09:33 AM #53
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Bill Roberts
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Hi Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D Thank you.

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Jul 01, 2018 09:07 AM #54
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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        Wearing the "R" is not my style either, Bill.  We still wore suits when I started in this business.  The office manager wanted me to have that gold "R" pinned on my lapel.   I refused then, I would refuse now.  

Jul 03, 2018 05:53 PM #55
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Bill Roberts
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Good for you Fred Griffin. And yes, real estate was a lot more formal back then. I prefer hawaiian shirts now.

Bill Roberts

Jul 04, 2018 08:45 AM #56
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Dana Chiordi
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Hi Bill,

Like how your thinking!  Selling out our chief asset, Realtor.com was a huge blow to our industry.   

National MLS would be a good solution to take back control.

 

Best,


Dana

Jul 13, 2018 12:19 PM #57
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Bill Roberts
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Hi Dana Chiordi Thank you for your comment.

Do you pronounce your name Dan ah or Day na?

Bill Roberts

Jul 14, 2018 06:47 AM #58
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Dana Chiordi
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Day-na.  

 

Have a great weekend!

Jul 14, 2018 09:25 AM #59
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Bill Roberts
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Thanks Dana Chiordi 

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