"The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has
seen its membership decline 21 percent from its
peak of 1.35 million members in 2006 to 1.06
million in 2010. The numbers will likely be down
in 2011 as well."
Stacey Moncrieff, editor in chief for REALTOR®
Magazine and managing director of publishing for
the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Realtor Magazine April 2011
Before we start cheerleading again, like we did ten years ago, a glimpse at the past wouldn't hurt:
Here's my original post from February 2013
Is the Realtor® Brand A National ConspiracyThat Restricts Free Trade, Desecrates Anti-TrustLaws & Plunders It's Members ?
The following links are from the Department of Justice:
U.S. v. National Association of Realtors
Issue: The Division challenged NAR's MLS rules that inhibited competition from Internet-based brokers. On November 18, 2008 the Court entered a Final Judgment approving a settlement against NAR.
Under the Final Judgment, NAR repealed the policies challenged by the United States and replaced those policies with rules that do not discriminate against innovative brokers who use the Internet to provide high-quality, low-priced brokerage services to consumers.
Case filings: U.S. v. National Association of Realtors
November 18, 2008
Court decision: Final Judgment
May 27, 2008
Press release: Justice Department Announces Settlement with the National Association of Realtors
October 4, 2005
Press release: Department of Justice Amends Antitrust Lawsuit Against National Association of Realtors
September 8, 2005
Press release: Justice Department Sues National Association of Realtors for Limiting Competition Among Real Estate Brokers
Has anything changed ?
Is the market improvement on solid ground or thin ice ?
Is the improvement relative to the capital strength of the lending institutions that survived the secondary mortgage meltdown and stats skewed, one-sided, predetermined and biased for the benefit of the cheerleaders wearing false positives like a tarnished crown of glory ?
How can this nation's financial institutions provide capital without any interest in mortgage pools ?
Have secondary investors gained any ground in attempts to recover their losses from dirty subprime fallout ?
Did Ginnie Mae tuck tail and run when the time came to guarantee those pools ?
Is NAR trying to cover up a run in it's stocking ?
What's your take on it ?
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