Real estate listing portal and agent ratings Web site NeighborCity.com took a blow in its lawsuit against the National Association of REALTORS® and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. (MRIS) on June 10 when Federal District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. dismissed all seven counts of its antitrust claim.
For the second year in a row a majority (52 percent) of associations surveyed for the annual Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report from Marketing General Inc. report a growth in membership. Slightly more than 30 percent reported a decline in their membership for this year’s survey of nearly 700 associations nationwide.
My small association, like so many others, went through some belt-tightening over the past few years that made us refocus our offerings on what our members say they need and value most. Unfortunately, that left some areas that I feel are really important—such as smart growth, housing opportunity, and local legislative advocacy—relatively unfunded. We don’t have the resources to devote to educating members on these topics or to put behind grassroots community development programs.