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5 reasons it’s time to exit the National Association of Realtors

E.J. Footer shares his experience shedding the Realtor name
  • The tangible benefits of being a Realtor have faded over time.
  • The general public continues to think that all real estate agents and brokers are Realtors.
  • The younger demographic of agents and brokers do not see the value -- or need -- to join their local NAR boards.

Recently, the managing broker at my employing agency made the decision not to join the local Realtor association board. When this happened, my Realtor status changed from member to non-member quicker than you can recite the date of your next closing. I had been a Realtor since first getting licensed a few years ago and had mixed feelings (and unanswered questions) after involuntarily losing my ability to continue as a member of my local association board. Would I be able to finish an online National Association of Realtors (NAR) certification class that I had started, but not finished? Would my peers (or worse yet) my clients, look down their noses at me? Would I be able to remain a Realtor without having to change agencies? I soon discovered that the answer to all of the above was “no,” which made the parting of ways, even if not my decision, a blessing in disguise. In hindsight, I realized I had slowly transitioned from being mildly disgruntled about what NAR was -...