At the National Association of REALTORS midyear meetings, NAR’s board voted to approve and put into effect a mandatory $40 increase in fees, known as RPPSI, that would provide that money for NAR to use for donations to political candidates of their choosing. While NAR officials indicated that there was not much discussion about it at the midyear meetings, on the street in the industry, the story brought apparently a number of different reactions.
“I want to quit NAR” was one reaction.
“I REALLY don’t like the fact that I have to donate to political candidates that may or may not be of my choosing.” was another.
“I think NAR is becoming the new AARP.”
“Am I now a union employee? Forced to donate to candidates that I don’t like in order to have my listings on the MLS?”
One thing that is almost universally true. In the people we have talked to, almost noone who is an agent or broker and has to pay the dues agrees that it is a good idea. The issue does not appear to be the amount of money, but the principle of donating to candidates that they disagree with.