NAR drops congressman from donor program over anti-LGBTQ stance

NAR drops congressman from donor program over anti-LGBTQ stance

NAR officially dropped Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from Orange County, California, from its President’s Circle donation program. The program — which is reserved for members of the trade organization who donate a certain amount to ...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Realtors call on NAR to stop donating to anti-LGBTQ candidates

Realtors call on NAR to stop donating to anti-LGBTQ candidates

NAR spent part of its annual midyear conference in Washington, D.C., reckoning with a dark past — one of exclusion and racism. Then members of the trade association called on NAR in a letter to honor a promise of fair housing and dump its financ...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Wednesday, May 23, 2018
NAR postpones vote on 2.5% annual dues increases

NAR postpones vote on 2.5% annual dues increases

NAR Treasurer Tom Riley announced Thursday that the trade group would not hold a vote this year on whether to raise dues for members by 2.5 percent annually starting in 2020, but would still consider a $30 increase in 2019. Leadership had a lengthy ...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
NAR chief lobbyist to retire at the end of 2018

NAR chief lobbyist to retire at the end of 2018

NAR Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello, a 37-year veteran of the organization who became its top government liaison in 2001, will retire at the end of the year, he announced Wednesday. In his lengthy career at NAR, Giovaniello has been at the center of...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Ben Carson takes aim at emotional support animals at NAR conference

Ben Carson takes aim at emotional support animals at NAR conference

HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday took a shot across the bow at emotional support animals, reaffirming a partial ban on certain unconventional pets — and the questionable online certificates used to register them — across 1.3 million public h...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
NAR lays out federal policy goals at midyear conference in D.C.

NAR lays out federal policy goals at midyear conference in D.C.

On Wednesday, NAR laid out its legislative priorities for 2018 during a briefing that drew hundreds of Realtors to the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, D.C. The trade group’s priorities included a looming deadline for the aging Natio...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Realtors share what’s on their minds at NAR conference

Realtors share what’s on their minds at NAR conference

As thousands of Realtors flocked to the nation’s capital for NAR’s midyear conference, there was an array of topics on each attendee’s mind. Inman was on the scene all week chatting with Realtors about the issues that are most important t...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
National Association of Realtors Midyear kicks off in D.C.

National Association of Realtors Midyear kicks off in D.C.

The Realtors Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, a.k.a “Midyear,” kicked off, and members finally had the chance to vote on the controversial dues hikes the organization proposed earlier this year — the first dues increases since 2012. In o...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
NAR allows tougher sanctions for Realtors who violate Code of Ethics

NAR allows tougher sanctions for Realtors who violate Code of Ethics

On Saturday, NAR’s board approved changes to the trade group’s professional standards that allow state and local associations to more frequently publish to their members the names of Realtor Code of Ethics violators and include photographs ...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
NAR board approves $30 annual dues increase for 2019

NAR board approves $30 annual dues increase for 2019

After a short debate, NAR’s board of directors approved a proposed $30 increase in annual dues for 2019, a 25 percent jump from $120 to $150 per year and an additional $39 million per year for the 1.3 million-member trade group. The 37,000-m...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
NAR made $20 million from DocuSign IPO

NAR made $20 million from DocuSign IPO

When DocuSign went public last month, the National Association of Realtors got a $20 million piece of that pie, according to NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. Goldberg is also the president of Second Century Ventures, NAR’s venture capital arm and an investo...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Did NAR consider tech partners other than zipLogix?

Did NAR consider tech partners other than zipLogix?

NAR has never given transaction management firms other that zipLogix — a firm the trade group partially owns — a chance to compete for its business through price or any other means, according to three of the most popular such firms in the industr...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
NAR’s top lawyer weighs in on association director conflicts

NAR’s top lawyer weighs in on association director conflicts

As the NAR board of directors geared up to vote on proposed dues increases, the trade group’s chief attorney reminded its members who the directors owe fiduciary duty to: NAR. Katie Johnson At a meeting of the organization’s Association Execut...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
NAR calls for unity ahead of dues vote

NAR calls for unity ahead of dues vote

After a flurry of controversy and debate in the days and weeks leading up to the conference, NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall opened the event with a call for unity among Realtors ahead of the NAR board of directors’ vote on proposed dues inc...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The government wants to know what’s up with real estate pocket listings

The government wants to know what’s up with real estate pocket listings

Pocket listings and state regulations regarding dual agency and minimum service requirements may be on the agenda at the real estate competition workshop to be held by Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission on June 5. That’s accor...
By Dani Vanderboegh | Tuesday, May 22, 2018