MLS & Associations

Mandates drive associations to join forces or dissolve

89 associations have merged so far to comply with NAR core standards by June 30 deadline

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Realtor association exec Gail Wells and her members faced a tough choice recently: Merge with a larger association or pay substantially higher dues to meet a mandate from the National Association of Realtors. "We are merging just because we're such a small board, we just don't have the funds to pull off what NAR is requiring of us. We would have to raise our dues so much that it would make it very hard," Wells said. Her association, the Grand/San Juan Association of Realtors in Utah, had about 60 members before merging with the Utah County Association of Realtors along with three other small boards. Like Grand/San Juan, some local Realtor associations scrambling to meet a deadline to offer a required minimum set of services are doing so by either joining forces or dissolving altogether. NAR's new "core standards" have been a driving force in association mergers and dissolutions that have so far involved an estimated 49,000-plus Realtors across the country, according to an I...