This week, after the largest trade organization in the nation’s annual conference, we’ve been discussing a hot topic in the industry: the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Here, we have three very different perspectives from broker associate E.J. Footer, Realtor and broker Marianne Bornhoft, and broker/owner Jeff Bergstrom. Click through for the full articles.

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

E.J. Footer writes: 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.

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

Marianne Bornhoft writes: If you had asked me a little over 10 years ago what benefit I see in membership to the National Association of Realtors, I would have vaguely responded by saying something about strength in numbers.

The rise of the ‘little-r’ realtor

When you tell a newbie they don’t have to join a board or pay the National Association of Realtors dues, their next breath almost always includes the plea: “But I need access to the MLS!”

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