We cannot afford – we have no right – to look back. We must look forward.
With the same determination of Churchill, the 2018 NAR Leadership Team is not flinching from our responsibility to move the National Association of REALTORS® into the future. This past week at NAR's Budget Review meeting, we passed a budget with $35 million in new programming, which we are calling the S.M.A.R.T. Initiatives: Strategic Measures Advancing REALTORS® to Tomorrow. In an effort of complete transparency, we are excited to share all of the thinking that went into developing this budget, and why we believe the accompanying proposed dues increase is the best option to continue to serve NAR's 1.3 million members.
The 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
When we took office last November in Chicago, each of us was clear-eyed about the tough decisions that lay ahead. After all, we didn't accept the mantle of leadership to kick the can down the road. The 2019 NAR budget is perhaps the most shining example of your NAR leadership team living up to our collective "Own It" moment.
The budget will be presented at the NAR Board of Directors meeting on May 19th. Over the next seven weeks, we look forward to discussing with every member, and state and local AE about why this budget and these S.M.A.R.T. Initiatives are essential to position REALTORS® for success in an era of change and disruption.