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How Many REALTORS Actually Support NAR’s Policies?


This is (hopefully) a brief post, inspired and triggered by something I saw on Facebook today. My friend Lisa Heindel, a broker in New Orleans, wrote up a post dealing with REALTOR.com’s partnership with AirBnB. It appears that a number of people in NOLA are not particularly happy with AirBnB, and Lisa isn’t too thrilled at the partnership:

For the official site of the National Association of REALTORS® to advocate in favor of what is essentially an illegal enterprise in our city is disheartening and we don’t believe it’s an appropriate relationship. [Emphasis in original]

Read the whole post; it’s interesting on a lot of levels.

Plus, another REALTOR on the Facebook thread made this comment:

Between this and services like Uber taking business away from legitimate, licensed taxi providers, this does not bode well for the long term and for the people who need to live (and make a living) in these areas long term. Greed and missing the forest for the trees = bad combination.

And I agree… Realtor.com should NOT be partnering with a program that encourages illegal activity …most municipalities I would think have definite rules and zoning regulations for what is essentially a hotel service.

The level I find most interesting is that Lisa, a dedicated REALTOR, whom I’ve met at NAR events, believes that NOLA’s regulation of short-term rentals is A-OK.

So, here’s what I’m wondering about now. Just what percentage of card-carrying, dues-paying, pin-wearing REALTORS actually agree with the policy positions of the National Association of REALTORS (and its state and local affiliate REALTOR organizations)?

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We Need to Separate RPR AMP from RPR Upstream, Conceptually

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In a recent post on Realuoso, my friend Erica Ramus, wrote an Op/Ed on how Project Upstream will change everything:

The Project Upstream broker initiative is an attempt to gather real estate data under one umbrella, again trying to wrestle back control of our listings and data.

Hahn’s description of “MLS Mashups” and the modular MLS model makes sense in today’s app-driven world. My own MLS uses a vendor whose portal looks like we’re working back in the 1990s. It hasn’t evolved with how we practice real estate today. I won’t even rant here about having to belong to multiple MLS systems, pay duplicate dues to market my listings on multiple platforms, and enter/re-enter the same data again and again (and again). Our fragmented MLS system needs to evolve and change with the times.

The solution is a plug and play, where we pay only for the tools we want and use. A network where data is pulled in without having to re-enter it on multiple platforms is efficient, so I look forward to seeing what Project Upstream and RPR put together.

I like Erica’s take on this, as she’s a working broker/REALTOR in the field. I worry, though, that her confusion between AMP and Upstream, two distinct and different projects by RPR is commonplace. Cant’ blame anyone who wants to conflate AMP and Upstream into one, since NAR and RPR themselves conflated the two into one proposal for NAR’s Board of Directors.

Conceptually, I think it’s important to separate the two projects and evaluate each according to its own merit and its own issues.

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The RPR-AMP-Upstream Materials from NAR Midyear

This is not a post. This is an information dump.

A reader sent me the materials that were provided to the Directors at the NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings that just concluded to support the proposal to fund RPR-AMP-Upstream. Thought many of you hadn’t seen these, so I wanted to upload them and make them available. I may be referencing these in future posts.

So here they are:

1. Talking Points document on RPR AMP-Upstream

Direct download:

NAR-RPR AMP-Upstream Talking Points 5-13-15-FInal

2. A… “brochure” promoting RPR AMP-Upstream

Direct download:


To be sure, there’s more meaningful material in #1 then in #2.


2015 NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings: Quick Takes, Without Much Thought


I have a feeling we’re going to be talking about a whole variety of things that went down at NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo (aka, “Midyear”) this year for months and years to come. It’s been a great week, but rough on the sleep schedule, so these are not exactly deeply-thought-out opinions here. It’s more of a “flash impression” of where my head’s at right now, while I hurtle through the air at 350MPH.

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RPR-Upstream and Personal Liability for NAR Directors


I’m still at the NAR Midyear Legislative Sessions and heading out to meetings soon, so this will be brief. By now, you know that NAR’s Finance and Executive Committees have approved RPR to become the platform for the hitherto-mysterious Project Upstream. Inman News has coverage of the decision.

Thing is, this decision highlights precisely what is problematic with governance of Organized Real Estate entities, both Associations and particularly MLSs. NAR’s DANGER Report released yesterday highlights governance as a major threat, and I know from talking to various attendees that governance and the decision-making process are two major complaints from rather powerful and influential people in the industry.

If I were one of the 800-ish Directors of NAR, I would seek legal counsel from my personal attorney on what personal liability issues arise from my voting to approve or disapprove the RPR-Upstream project. Let me explain, briefly.

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