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Realtor dues help protect your business

Associations play active role in local, state and national legislation

It's almost January and time to pony up and pay your dues to your local, state and national Realtor associations. In case you're not aware of the value the various associations to which you belong provide, keep reading. You may be very surprised. It seems as if the majority of agents, brokers and associations are struggling with how to demonstrate their value. In the past, Realtors were the gatekeepers of the multiple listing service and created their value by the information they could provide consumers. The associations are also the keeper of the ethics of how the industry conducts itself as well being a primary source for providing education. One function that very few agents pay attention to is the role that associations play in interacting with the politicians who can make or break our businesses. To illustrate this point, I recently attended a legislative review session sponsored by the Austin Young Professionals Network. Texas is unusual in that we have a six-month...