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HAR Member Survey

NAR Proposes Dues Increase for 2019

NAR has been very transparent in its efforts to communicate the elements of its new SMART (Strategic Measures Advancing REALTORS® to Tomorrow), which is what the proposed dues increases would fund. You may read all about these initiatives and the NAR budget process at www.nar.realtor/smartbudget.

HAR sent out a survey on April 20, 2018, asking our members their opinions about the proposed NAR dues increases. More than 6,300 responses were received, including more than 2,000 comments. You may read the raw responses below. HAR regularly seeks input from our members in a variety of areas and believes that member feedback is crucial in a membership-based association.
QUESTION 1
Please indicate if you are in favor or opposed to an NAR dues increase of $30 per member effective 2019.


RESPONSE BREAKDOWN
In Favor
166
Opposed
6,187
Total Respondents
6,353
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Responses for Question 1
1

NAR has not show any member benefits that would warrant an increase in dues. If this is to the recent investment in logo change, that is an unwarranted increase and should not be passed down to the NAR members.

2

I'm an inspector, I shouldn't have to pay dues at all!

3

• The 2.5% annual dues increase is not consistent with the concept of transparency.*
• Docusign has filed for an IPO which will yield Second Century Ventures (SCV), an NAR subsidiary, a windfall of at least $100 million. SCV can then pay a dividend to NAR to replenish reserves.
• NAR can easily waive the reserve requirement with a motion from the Board of Directors.
• NAR should reallocate its current annual dues and assessments income of $186 million to provide substantial funds for advocacy. For example, reallocate the $35 "Consumer Awareness Campaign" funds to "Political Advocacy" which would be a true member benefit.
• Many state and local associations do not utilize ZipForms as they provide their members with other forms, transac...

4

NAR is not managing $ well. If you need extra funds, get rid of useless RPR.

5

well.....let's see.....we currently pay $120 a year to them. There are over 27,000 Realtors in Houston. Only in HOUSTON. Who knows how many in the entire United States.

So from Houston alone they are getting $3,240,000. WHAT IN THE HELL ARE THEY DOING WITH ALL OF THIS MONEY? WHO IN THE HELL GETS IT???

So if they get $3,240,000 a year from HOUSTON. They are getting BILLIONS from all over the US.

So people are sitting nice and cushy while Realtors are out here hustling our asses off....

yeah...................................NO INCREASES!!! TO HAR, NAR OR TAR.....

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QUESTION 2
Please indicate if you are in favor or opposed to NAR’s proposed annual dues increase of 2.5% per member effective in the year 2020 and each year thereafter indefinitely.


RESPONSE BREAKDOWN
In Favor
162
Opposed
6,191
Total Respondents
6,353
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Responses for Question 2
1

Same reason as before for the $30 per member increase. NAR has not show any member benefits that would warrant an increase in dues. If this is to the recent investment in logo change, that is an unwarranted increase and should not be passed down to the NAR members. NAR will need to show better member benefits in resources/technology/training to justify this increase.

2

• The 2.5% annual dues increase is not consistent with the concept of transparency.*
• Docusign has filed for an IPO which will yield Second Century Ventures (SCV), an NAR subsidiary, a windfall of at least $100 million. SCV can then pay a dividend to NAR to replenish reserves.
• NAR can easily waive the reserve requirement with a motion from the Board of Directors.
• NAR should reallocate its current annual dues and assessments income of $186 million to provide substantial funds for advocacy. For example, reallocate the $35 "Consumer Awareness Campaign" funds to "Political Advocacy" which would be a true member benefit.
• Many state and local associations do not utilize ZipForms as they provide their members with other forms, transac...

3

NAR is not managing $ well. If you need extra funds, get rid of useless RPR.

4

well.....let's see.....we currently pay $120 a year to them. There are over 27,000 Realtors in Houston. Only in HOUSTON. Who knows how many in the entire United States.

So from Houston alone they are getting $3,240,000. WHAT IN THE HELL ARE THEY DOING WITH ALL OF THIS MONEY? WHO IN THE HELL GETS IT???

So if they get $3,240,000 a year from HOUSTON. They are getting BILLIONS from all over the US.

So people are sitting nice and cushy while Realtors are out here hustling our asses off....

yeah...................................NO INCREASES!!! TO HAR, NAR OR TAR.....

5

I would first like to know why you would need to increase dues every year when you have a million members and new members joining every year. Personally, I will never agree to a yearly increase. They need to do a better job of explaining how they currently spend our dues and they need to do a better job of managing expenditures within the organization.

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Disclaimer: None of these comments have been edited or filtered in any way, aside from removing “See above” or similar in response to the second question.