MLS & Associations

Agents and brokers say more Realtor associations should join forces

Inman survey respondents cited possibility of better services, reduced fees, increased efficiency
  • An Inman survey has found that more than 4 in 10 Realtors would like their local association to merge with a neighboring association.
  • The National Association of Realtors extended grants for association mergers in May, but that funding is limited.
  • Broker-owners and managing brokers tended to say "yes" when asked whether their local association should merge with another while agents tended to say "no" or "I don't know."

Realtor association mergers are sometimes controversial. But Inman's latest special report found that more real estate agents and brokers think they'd be good for business than not. In a survey fielded earlier this year, Inman readers were asked if they would like their local Realtor association to merge with another local association. The biggest share of respondents -- more than 4 in 10 -- said "yes." Just over 3 in 10 do not want their association to merge with another, though some of these respondents said they would prefer their MLS merge with a neighboring MLS. The rest, 26 percent of respondents, said they didn't know if they would like their association to merge. Broker-owners and managing brokers tended to be in the "yes" camp, while agents tended to be in the "no" or "I don't know" camps. Read our full special report on association services NAR merger grants In May, the board of directors of the National Association of Realtors approved an extension o...