Tammy Lankford,, Broker  GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)

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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I've been a member and a business alliance leader for 16 years. ❤YES! Media | LinkedIn

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I get a $#!t ton of business from mine. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce made relocating 3 businesses possible to start over and thrive. Not to mention 5 of my closest friends were met there.

May 02, 2020 05:18 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Tammy yes I was very involved with the chamber for many years and it was extremely valuable in many ways including business and long time friendships.  A few years or so they changed their focus and small business wasn't the focus anymore buy rather big business.  The friendships continue to this day which is priceless.

May 02, 2020 05:11 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I belonged years ago.  I did not find any benefit for the time or money invested. 

May 02, 2020 01:17 PM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

our brokerage is a member... good networking, if you like that.

May 02, 2020 12:56 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The local chamber is located in quaint downtown Dunedin Fl. It is a tourist and pedestrian Mecca.

The chamber allows members floor space to present branded products that are beneficial to the community. "Buying? Selling? call Annette" is not benefical to the community.

I have received benefit from walking traffic and managers looking to move into the area.

If the chamber does not make provision for members to get in front of the traffic, there would be little value.

May 02, 2020 11:15 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I was encouraged to join the Chamber as a new agent and again I felt it may be helpful when I opened my own shop. There was no ROI either time.

May 02, 2020 11:04 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Tammy,

When we managed a real estate company in Napa, we did for a while, and it really did not pay off.  Here we thought about it, and the membership was lessening like crazy, so we passed.  A

May 02, 2020 11:03 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I don't but I do believe our brokerage does

May 03, 2020 06:00 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I am a member of our business alliance (not called the Chamber any longer here) and so is my office. It's a great resource for networking but, the leads are not that plentiful.

I keep an eye on it though. If I have one Closing, it more than pays my fees. It costs me less than a typical referral would cost so, I keep my membership.

May 02, 2020 08:55 PM
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Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

I reall depends on the Chamber. How do they treat small business, traffic?  Is the atmosphere open or cliquey.

May 02, 2020 08:47 PM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Was a member for many years. Got very little business out of it and was more of a social benefit to see and say hi to people you know.

May 02, 2020 07:59 PM
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Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

I don't belong, but I belonged in the past when I was in a different business.

Membership is beneficial only if you work at it.  If you sign up, then do nothing, you won't get any benefits.  You have to join the committees, go to the networking events, etc.  If you aren't going to do that, don't join.

May 02, 2020 02:57 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Assessing what is or is not working is visiting with us all.....

May 02, 2020 02:36 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have not, but have heard fellow REALTORS have, but gained no business by joining.

May 02, 2020 02:12 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

If you are willing to take a leadership role, the chamber of commerce members can provide excellent networking opportunities.

May 02, 2020 01:48 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I canceled our brokerage membership this year.  The yearly economic forecasting breakfast was interesting, but not worth the annual membership to receive the discount member price for the breakfast.  

May 02, 2020 12:05 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

When I managed an office we belonged. Then one year, we dropped out and business did not suffer. So we did not rejoin.

May 03, 2020 05:55 AM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

It is one place you can buy a pretty good link.

May 03, 2020 05:02 AM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Yes, membership  is a great networking , in the normal world the monthly business card exchanges are a great way to meet new people and catch up w/ friends in the business community.

May 03, 2020 03:42 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Our company does . Networking takes time and some volunteeri

May 03, 2020 03:40 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I haven't ever joined.  People find benefits in lots of ways.   

May 02, 2020 11:11 AM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Wayne is very active in the chamber of commerce. Our office recently was recognized by the chamber as the small business of the year.

May 03, 2020 05:28 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I do not. Ours has the franchises, big banks and politicans, and they dont take kindly to those not in their circle trying to speak up. So easier to stay away

May 03, 2020 05:23 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

If you pay to join the local chamber of commerce, you must be active in the organization in order to gain any benefit. Go to the mixers and/or lunches, join a committee, etc. If you are not active, no one knows you. Sure, you can spend extra to buy a chamber ad but you can probably spend money more wisely elsewhere if you have an add budget.

May 03, 2020 03:28 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I and we do not belong.  I looked into it at one point 6 years or so ago and did not see any benefit beyond the backlink to my website and saying "member of X, Y and Zed Chambers of Commerce."

 

Personally, I don't see a benefit to being a member and it doesn't improve my view of a company to see that they are a member of the chamber.

May 03, 2020 09:29 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

No, these groups always seem to have in "in crowd"

May 06, 2020 01:59 PM