NAR chief lobbyist to retire at the end of 2018

The National Association of Realtors (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 at the trade group’s midyear conference in Washington, D.C.

Here’s why NAR wants to raise Realtor dues by $30 next year

The National Association of Realtors seeks to raise dues for its 1.3 million members by $30 next year, with additional built-in increases of 2.5 percent per year beginning in 2020.

Where NAR spends its multimillions in lobbying

Given the proposed increase and the fast-approaching 2018 U.S. midterm campaign season, it’s worth asking: How is NAR spending its lobbying money now …

Congress passes tax reform, mixed blessing for real estate

The final legislation shines brightly on brokers and developers, through changes to so-called pass-through entities, like S-corporations and LLCs …

NAR’s new lobbying proposal could raise Realtor dues

The National Association of Realtors may increase its political advocacy spending by $30 million annually, which could result in an increase in member dues …

Bright MLS launches political advocacy grant program for Realtor associations

Jamie Ridge knows local public policy decisions can have a big effect on home sales. “We’re really the only watchdogs,” Ridge told Inman in an interview. “When it comes to real estate transactions, the local associations really end up being the monitor of those ordinances. That’s our big job.”

Opinion: Are false narratives the industry’s third rail?

Other than politics, it’s hard to imagine another industry that relies so heavily on false narratives. If something is said often enough, it must be true. Repeated often enough without rebut, and it becomes fact …

NAR Midyear is now the ‘Realtor Party Convention & Trade Expo’

The National Association of Realtors’ annual midyear conference now has a new name that puts the trade group’s political advocacy efforts front and center. The NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is now the Realtor Party Convention & Trade Expo …

Appraiser wonders why it’s so easy to become a real estate agent

There may not be a better organized trade group than Realtors. The real estate world collapsed in an epic way and continues the dead cat bounce, yet the agent community has experienced no significant change. Why has the sales community …

Realtor dues help protect your business

Associations play active role in local, state and national legislationread more