S.M.A.R.T. Budget Initiative

We cannot afford – we have no right – to look back. We must look forward.

--Winston Churchill

The NAR Board of Directors looked squarely forward May 19, passing a 2019 budget with $35 million in new programming known as the S.M.A.R.T. Initiatives, for Strategic Measures Advancing REALTORS® to Tomorrow. Passage of the budget was preceded by seven weeks of discussion and debate aimed at complete transparency. NAR leaders went on the road to talk with members, hosted a Leadership Live event on Facebook, and answered budget questions throughout the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Expo May 14-19. 

The 2019 budget includes dollars to:

  • Define measurable increases in professionalism
  • Increase influence in an uncertain legislative, regulatory, and political environment
  • Take the management of real estate data to the next level
  • Ensure the role of the REALTOR® is essential to the consumer

Here's a full breakdown of how your dues dollar are used to contribute to your success.


How NAR Membership Dues Help REALTORS® Succeed

Thank you for being a part of the REALTOR® community, now over 1.3 million members strong. As a REALTOR® member, the National Association of REALTORS® is here to support and assist your professional growth every day. We’re deeply engaged in all facets of real estate, strengthening your business and the entire industry, to ensure your success and the opportunity for all Americans to achieve the dream of home ownership and enjoy the benefits of investing in real property. 

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How NAR Membership Dues Help REALTORS® Succeed

How Your Membership Dues are Used

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What Your Membership Gives You in Return


ADVOCACY: NAR advocates every day for federal, state, and local policy initiatives that strengthen the ability of Americans to own, buy, and sell real property. 


TECHNOLOGY: NAR researches, sources and brings you the latest technology trends and innovative tools to help you stay on the cutting edge, save time, and earn more


EVENTS & NETWORKING: NAR provides hundreds of opportunities across the country to meet and build relationships with fellow REALTORS® and future customers. 


SAVINGS: Your membership entitles you to discounts on vehicles, technology tools, shipping, cell phone plans, computers, car rentals, office supplies and many more business-related needs. 


LEGAL & RISK MANAGEMENT: Access risk management advice, information on state & federal legal compliance, and valuable materials to help navigate issues commonly faced by real estate professionals.


REALTOR® BRAND: Your membership gives you the right to use the globally recognized REALTOR® brand. NAR provides resources and campaigns to help the public understand the value of working with a REALTOR®.


EDUCATION: Expand your knowledge and explore new interests with training and tools covering multiple areas of real estate, advanced training for areas of specialty, publications, research reports and more. 


EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS: Become an expert in your community with exclusive tools and resources such as local market data, home buyer and seller demographics, the world’s largest real estate library, and much more.


S.M.A.R.T. FAQs .pdf (588.63 KB)

Updated July 2018 – Frequently asked questions on the S.M.A.R.T. Initiatives and 2019 NAR budget.

How NAR Membership Dues Help REALTORS® Succeed.

Complete information on the S.M.A.R.T. Initiatives and 2019 NAR budget.