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Industry Relations Episode 63: A Heated Debate on the Political Power of NAR (Or Lack Thereof)

The Department of Justice pulled out of its proposed settlement with NAR and President Biden has issued an executive order addressing ‘exclusionary practices’ in real estate. Now, more than ever, NAR will need to exercise its political power to fight off FTC regulations. But how much political pull does the organization really have?

On this episode of Industry Relations, Rob explains why he thinks NAR is the weakest it’s ever been politically, discussing how changes to the Code of Ethics harmed the organization’s unity and what that might mean for contributions to RPAC.

Greg offers the counterargument that NAR’s record-high membership is a reflection of its political capital, and our hosts explore the concerns professional staff and academics in DC have raised around real estate for the last 20 years. 

Listen in to understand how the insanity of the 2020 housing market might influence the way the public thinks about real estate and learn what you should be doing to combat potential government regulations or plan for lower commissions moving forward.

What’s Discussed:  

Why Rob thinks NAR is the weakest it’s ever been politically

Greg’s counterargument that NAR’s record-high membership is a reflection of its political capital

What a conversation between an NAR lobbyist and the chief of staff for a senator might sound like

How changes to the NAR Code of Ethics harmed the organization’s unity (and what that might mean for RPAC contributions)

How NAR’s head lobbyist’s connection to the Trump organization might impact her ability to get the REALTOR agenda through

The concerns professional staff and academics in DC have raised re: real estate for the last 20 years

How the insanity of the 2020 housing market might influence the way the public thinks about real estate

Rob and Greg’s challenge to listeners to engage their membership in conversations around potential regulations

The benefit of contingency planning for lower commissions

Connect with Rob and Greg: 

Rob’s Website

Greg’s Website

Resources:

Justice Department Withdraws from Settlement with the National Association of Realtors

Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy

NAR Code of Ethics & Professional Standards Policy Changes

REALTORS Political Action Committee

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