Special Report: Do Realtor associations offer more than just a bill?

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Recent observers have noted the often-coercive nature of membership in a Realtor association. Real estate agents and brokers want to do business, and in order to do that, most need access to their local MLS. Most of the nation’s 800 or so MLSs are operated by Realtor associations, and association membership is often required for MLS access. The three-tiered structure of the Realtor organization usually means real estate professionals then pay dues to three Realtor associations: local, state, and national. MLS dues are usually charged on top of association dues. There are 1.2 million Realtors nationwide. How does this lack of choice affect how agents and brokers feel about their Realtor associations? How many don’t actually have a choice? What would agents and brokers chang…


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