NAR Membership Dues Would Rise With Inflation Under New Proposal

To cowl an anticipated finances deficit, the Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors’ Finance Committee has proposed aligning dues with the Client Value Index, rising the probability of annual hikes.

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The Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors will think about tying its annual membership dues to a measure of inflation at its board of administrators assembly this week, NAR Treasurer Greg Hrabcak introduced on the commerce group’s midyear convention Sunday afternoon.

NAR’s board votes on the commerce group’s finances proposal yearly on the occasion, the Realtors Legislative Conferences, in Washington D.C. The board will meet on Thursday.

Greg Hrabcak

“NAR ended 2022 with a powerful monetary place with file excessive membership,” Hrabcak advised convention attendees.

“With that mentioned, the energy might be examined within the subsequent few years beneath difficult circumstances,” Hrabcak added. “Our chief economist Dr. Lawrence Yun, predicts an estimated 15 p.c decline in membership over the following couple of years. In consequence, the affiliation anticipates an estimated $10- $15 million finances deficit starting in 2024.”

NAR ended 2022 with at a file 1,580,971 members and says it has 1,607,000 members in its database at present. The commerce group initiatives membership counts of 1,500,000 in 2023 and 1,380,000 in 2024.

“[I]t is typical for associations to finances round present variety of members within the database, whereas figuring out there’ll inevitably room for fluctuation,” NAR spokesperson Mantill Williams advised Inman through electronic mail.

NAR’s annual dues at present stand at $150, plus a particular evaluation for its shopper advert marketing campaign, which was raised to $45 final 12 months.

To cowl the anticipated finances shortfall, NAR’s Finance Committee is proposing that per-member annual dues be listed to the annual enhance within the complete general Client Value Index (CPI), Hrabcak advised attendees. The CPI is a measure of inflation. The change would imply that members’ annual dues would doubtless rise yearly.

Hrabcak added that the rise would by no means exceed 4 p.c, rounded to the closest complete greenback, and that the indexing would start in 2024.

“We perceive the challenges members are dealing with and we’re dedicated to assembly their wants and holding NAR financially sound,” Hrabcak mentioned.

If the proposal is authorised, annual dues for 2024 can be $156, a 4 p.c rise from present dues.

Mantill Williams

“We use the 12 months finish complete general CPI on the final 12 months finish,” Williams mentioned.

“So for instance, we created the 2024 finances proposal in Q1 2023 so we use the top of 2022 CPI which was 6.5 p.c, capped at 4%.”

Hrabcak famous that the NAR Finance Committee “has been working with to trim bills and discover alternatives to extend our non-dues income,” however didn’t provide further particulars.

Requested what sort of non-dues income NAR was exploring, Williams mentioned, “Our finances proposal displays appreciable non-dues income, because it does every year. For 2024, it accounts for 20% of complete income and practically 30% of working income.”

Editor’s observe: This story has been up to date with an extra remark from NAR about utilizing its present membership complete for its finances proposal.

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