MLS & Associations

Small associations bristle under NAR mandates

Boards in rural areas strive to keep some independence amid mergers and dissolutions

The phrase "real estate is local" is a mantra heard ad infinitum, and Realtors are an independent bunch. So when sweeping orders from the National Association of Realtors to offer a minimum set of services came from on high, some smaller local Realtor associations bristled. This is largely because, on a practical level, NAR's new "core standards" have been a driving force in association mergers and dissolutions that have so far involved an estimated more than 49,000 Realtors across the country, according to an Inman analysis of data provided by NAR. The core standards appear to be mostly doing what they're supposed to -- raising the number of services available to members -- but for some associations, the transition has been more difficult than others. Association mergers and dissolutions between May 17, 2014 and March 17, 2015: (Note: Click on the pins for more information about each merger or dissolution). More services, but are they the ones members want? Most of ...