My Emotional Take On The NAR Dues Increase

It’s very weird to me to even discuss what I am about to in a blog.  I am a very private person. This is something that is extremely personal.  However after talking to someone at NAR about this, they recommended I blog about it as it is a real life issue of why the dues increase will affect me and so many other agents.

Most of you probably have no idea because I have not made some social media press release but I am currently going through a divorce. What does this have to do with the increase? Well, my average sale price is $90,000.  I could close many of these within a year and still not pull in a significant enough  income to support my family.

A lot of things have weighed on me. I really took a deep look at the costs I incur as an agent.  I looked at many of them and thought “these are just stupid”.  Then I got to thinking about the dues increase.  While you could say 40 bucks is 40 bucks, when you are someone like me, its enough to make me concerned.  In order for me to stay in the business, I not only have to increase my sales, but I have to pinch every penny.

While talking to a friend within NAR, I was told to tell this story as this is the kind of story that NAR should have heard prior to the passing of the dues increase. While I am glad that I didn’t have this story to tell prior to now,  I wish I had heard stories similar to mine.  There is no way that I am the only person who feels this way.

I guess you could say the dues increase affects me more now as I wonder if I’ll be able to stay in the business. While its extremely hard for me to imagine not being an agent, I have my children to think about.  Letting my license go is something that is not out of the question.  I will do anything for my children.  At the same time, I’m a deeply saddened by the though of giving up my career and everything I have worked so hard for.

So my dear friends a NAR, this is my story.  While the issue no longer matters now, I wanted you to hear my story.  I wanted you to understand what I, as well as many other agents feel about it.

17 year real estate industry veteran. Broker Associate at BRIX Real Estate. Real estate speaker, trainer, and strategist.

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