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Some local Realtor groups seek compromise on NAR dues increase

Proposed $40 fee hike would help fund political lobbying

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Given the present economy, how would you feel if your professional organization bumped your dues, in part to help lobby politicians in other states? Some local associations are giving a cold shoulder to a proposed $40 dues increase from the National Association of Realtors in order to fund the trade group's Political Survival Initiative. The boost would move a member's minimum annual payout from $80 to $120. A common reaction to the dues increase was voiced by Seattle-King County Realtors President Kirsten Greenlaw in a letter to D'Ann Jackson, a local National Association of Realtors director. The letter asked, "So why do we need a national dues increase that promises to return 70 percent of the money to state and local boards for enhanced local advocacy efforts? We want NAR to advocate the mortgage interest deduction with members of Congress, not help elect the governor of Alaska." The mortgage interest deduction, along with the capital gains exclusion on a prima...