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Rainmaker
1,708,245
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

For one NAR just had a big victory when Congress wanted to rob Fannie Mae of funds to pay for the highay transportation bill. For Oklahoma, Oklahoma City wanted to have anyone with a vacant home pay up to $195 a month to the city as a revenue grab. Since 70% od our RPAC funds come back to the state we used that and NAR kicked in extra money and expertise and we got a bill passed staewide to make this illegal. Just a little food for thought. Not bad for $150 a year.

Dec 15, 2015 01:46 AM
Ambassador
3,724,177
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

One more tax deduction!

Dec 15, 2015 01:10 PM
Rainmaker
1,672,315
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It is pricey. Just paid my Sarasota dues, and San Diego is next. ugh

Dec 15, 2015 11:01 AM
Rainmaker
5,767,466
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sally,

I am reading the answers.  Just for the record, in the 20 years we worked in commercial real estate, no one we did deals with including the companies were listed on NYSE paid any due to NAR.  We all did well and thrived.  A

Dec 15, 2015 10:48 AM
Ambassador
3,987,010
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I paid mine in September and got a discount of 10% on the local dues. That helped a little. 

Dec 15, 2015 10:40 AM
Rainmaker
3,986,000
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have a great answer but I had vowed earlier today to be nice for the rest of the day

Dec 15, 2015 09:45 AM
Rainmaker
529,377
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Its the cost of doing business, having a watch dog to keep others taking the money out of your back pocket in other ways. They also promote professionalism and the code of ethics.

Dec 15, 2015 09:26 AM
Rainmaker
1,683,406
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I know hat you're saying.  There is MLS, NAR, Keybox etc. It all adds up to a lot of money.

Dec 15, 2015 07:18 AM
Ambassador
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I feel your pain and then throw in the MLS fees also and your designation fees ..

Dec 15, 2015 05:51 AM
Rainmaker
1,430,521
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

NAR... so you can feel good about yourself!  I hear this year we all get our choice between unicorns and alicorns for our dues.  Personally, I'm going with the alicorn, because I want to arrive in style and fly above the traffic.  (An alicorn is a unicorn with wings, for those that aren't total nerds like me).

 

Out here, it's about $500 for all three and we have no choice but to join the state and national "union" of realtors.

Dec 15, 2015 03:55 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,732
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

The cost of business is not getting any easier to swallow.

Dec 15, 2015 03:18 AM
Rainmaker
5,580,884
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's hefty....mine was $525 ....can't do without the R.... well worth it.... it's been 37 years of it....

Dec 15, 2015 02:12 AM
Rainmaker
7,038,423
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope your money was well spent. 

Dec 15, 2015 02:10 AM
Rainmaker
1,466,027
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sally K. & David L. Hanson Banks weren't allowed to put real estate offices in their locations to compete with brokerage companies.

Dec 15, 2015 02:06 AM
Rainmaker
634,382
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

We did the same and for 2 of us it was over $1,700. Ouch!

Dec 15, 2015 01:34 AM
Rainmaker
1,448,663
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Just think come here and you could spend $1,048 each!

Dec 15, 2015 01:20 AM
Rainer
74,407
Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX
ABR, CNE, TAHS

Ouch...Oh..the dues we must pay.

Dec 15, 2015 01:03 AM
Rainmaker
4,264,565
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Membership has its advantages.  But the question remains:  for whom?

Dec 15, 2015 12:57 AM
Rainmaker
4,492,665
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

A questions I ask myself every year when my huband and I shell out $1,000 in December. When you have an answer, please let me know?

Dec 15, 2015 08:42 PM
Rainmaker
2,759,637
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Sally and David. Lucky you!

Dec 15, 2015 05:41 PM
Rainmaker
2,520,851
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Sally. My licensing fees for the 8 states I do business was nearly $13,000.

Dec 15, 2015 05:27 PM
Ambassador
4,316,215
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sally K. & David L. Hanson now that reminds me I have to complete mine.....well, just do it!

Dec 15, 2015 03:42 PM
Rainer
68,845
Sandra Graves
Keller Williams Realty - Folsom, CA
Realtor

I paid mine today, and all I could think about was what I could have bought with that money with a holiday shopping trip to the mall. But no, someone else will get to spend it.  

Dec 15, 2015 02:44 PM
Rainmaker
212,705
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Haha, I paid mine and luckly it was under $1000. It seems like we dont get much, but you really can't be in this business without it.

Dec 15, 2015 01:22 PM
Rainmaker
2,224,167
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Just for fun. 

Only joking. 

Dec 15, 2015 12:35 PM
Rainmaker
2,054,799
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We've got at least a $1,100 bill awaiting us also ! Happy New Year ?

Dec 15, 2015 08:17 AM
Ambassador
3,403,019
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Sane here Sally plus office. Oh gee...what was that for?

Dec 15, 2015 07:28 AM
Rainer
231,174
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

for the blood sucking bureaucrats that think they know better and forgot long ago how to sell a house, why to sell a house and what it is like in the field. strong letter to follow :)  show me a fast food burger company, whos ceo hasnt flipped a burger in the restaurant in over a month and i show you an out of touch managemtnt team. same thing

Dec 15, 2015 05:36 AM
Rainmaker
4,335,993
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

For the big R

Dec 15, 2015 04:04 AM
Ambassador
5,754,628
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Seems like a useless drain, but it is the cost of admission and the cost of keeping those who do not pay from competing with you.

Dec 15, 2015 02:19 AM
Rainmaker
1,157,535
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Your combined costs are less than in my area for the local, provincial and national associations.

Dec 15, 2015 01:32 AM
Rainmaker
928,876
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Sally and David - I hear you, although they probably are doing a lot of things that we are just not aware of.

Dec 17, 2015 10:39 AM
Rainer
320,229
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

The cost of business.  We also have to pay for 2! 

Dec 16, 2015 11:16 AM
Rainmaker
4,352,493
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I wonder that myself.  I will be paying my soon.

Dec 15, 2015 09:28 PM