MLS & Associations

More transparency and debate would only strengthen NAR

Broker Notebook

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

Social media has changed everything -- even the National Association of Realtors. And there isn’t any way for NAR to take it back. I wasn’t at NAR’s midyear meeting in Washington, D.C., an annual event where the association's board of directors weighs policy changes recommended by various committees. I was home in Minnesota working with clients during the busiest time of year for real estate sales. But I was able to get information about what was going on at midyear through social media. Just because I couldn’t be there doesn't mean I wasn’t interested in what was going on in Washington. The dues I pay to NAR, and my role as a real estate agent, make me just as much of a stakeholder as any NAR committee member. Not only did I get real-time information this year, but I was able to discuss it with other members from around the country. NAR employees and volunteers like that social media allows them to communicate with members. But they seem to struggle with the idea...