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Realtor association mergers are in the air

Miami merger creates largest regional Realtor group

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The merger of two Miami-area Realtor associations and merger talks in the St. Paul, Minn., market are driven not by financial woes but by the conviction that bigger is better when it comes to providing services to members, backers of both efforts say. With 23,493 members, the Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches (RAMB) can now claim to be the largest regional Realtor association in the nation, following the association's Aug. 2 merger with the Realtor Association of Miami-Dade County (RAMDC).In St. Paul, the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors (SPAAR) and the North Metro Realtors Association (NMRA) say they're working on a plan to become a single association serving 6,600 members. Merger proponents in both markets say their aim is to increase the level of services provided to association members while keeping costs in check. Both mergers are expected to produce cost savings, but primarily as a result of increased negotiating power and clout with vendors...