NAR board approves $30 annual dues increase for 2019

The trade group plans to use the additional funds to boost its annual spending for political advocacy, a transaction management platform for members and other initiatives by $35.5 million and shore up its reserves.

NAR made $20 million from DocuSign IPO

The venture arm of the trade group, Second Century Ventures, made a total of $43.8 million from selling shares in DocuSign, returning $20 million to NAR and keeping $23.8 million for recapitalization.

Did NAR consider tech partners other than zipLogix?

The National Association of Realtors 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 industry.

Is Net Neutrality on the Path to Reinstatement?

In an action arguably more emblematic than impactful, the Senate voted on Wednesday to overturn the repeal of net neutrality, with the goal of reinstating rules that ban internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or slowing traffic on the web. Led by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the measure passed in a 52-47 vote, and now […]

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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.

NAR celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

The National Association of Realtors is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act at its annual midyear conference in Washington, D.C. The trade association is also publicly acknowledging its lack of support for the landma…

NAR’s top lawyer weighs in on association director conflicts

As the board of directors of the National Association of Realtors gears up to vote on proposed dues increases, the trade group’s chief attorney reminded its members who the directors owe fiduciary duty to: NAR.

The Real Word: Do you trust NAR?

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they’ll look at Brad Inman’s “NAR, take the high road in Washington, D.C.” and ask the heavy-hitting questions: Do you trust NAR, and what is NAR doing?

Ben Carson takes aim at emotional support animals at NAR conference

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson took a shot across the bow at emotional support animals, reaffirming a 2013 agency mandate banning the proliferation of service animals and the questionable online certificates deployed to register them.

NAR calls for unity ahead of dues vote

NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall urged members to take charge of decision-making at the organization through their representatives on the trade group’s board of directors ahead of the Saturday vote by the board of directors to raise dues $30 in 2019 …