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7 reasons I’m proud to be part of the National Association of Realtors

Marianne Bornhoft explains how NAR has improved her career
  • NAR has the world’s largest real estate library that houses over 500,000 historical documents, books, videos, journals, reports, guides and images.
  • The code is the cornerstone of the Realtor organization and the most distinguishing characteristic of being a member.
  • Realtor.com is the leading website for Realtors to use, and it's NAR's official national listing database.

If you had asked me a little over 10 years ago what benefit I see in membership to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), I would have vaguely responded by saying something about strength in numbers. I was a producing agent then, but I didn’t really understand what the benefits of membership in our national association were. Today, I see things a little differently as I have witnessed firsthand how impactful belonging to the NAR has been for my business. In my 21-year career as a Realtor, I have experienced the peaks and valleys of the Spokane, Washington, market and have emerged stronger and wiser. My first year, I did quite well and won the John L. Scott Rookie of the Year award. Unfortunately, my volume stayed at that level for many years following, and I never reached the goals I had set for myself. In fact, almost six years into the business, I decided to take a mental break and became one of those “part-time agents.” I went to be the PR coordinator of a ...