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...
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