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NAR leadership to consider ‘crazy’ ideas to restructure

Members suggest trade group 'take back' realtor.com, revamp three-way agreement, ponder national MLS

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WASHINGTON -- Leaders of the National Association of Realtors are "ready to get into trouble" by considering controversial issues surrounding the trade group's structure -- including changing its relationship to realtor.com, the possibility of a national multiple listing service, and raising the industry's professional standards, NAR CEO Dale Stinton said today. Stinton spoke before an overflowing crowd of attendees at NAR's Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo after members of the trade group's Strategic Planning Committee presented a preliminary report released today on its REThink Initiative. The report includes findings from 16 workshops held nationwide between October 2012 and March 2013 in which members were asked to consider what the future of real estate will look like in five to 10 years. From talking to more than 4,500 members, the most important theme that emerged was the need for NAR to restructure to remain relevant, said Shannon King, chair of the Strategic Plann...