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  NAR announces dues increase proposal, new strategic measures  
Nevada REALTORS® President Heidi Kasama supports plan

The National Association of REALTORS® recently announced a proposed dues increase of $30. NAR's Board of Directors will vote on the issue at its May 19 meeting.

Nevada REALTORS 2018 President Heidi Kasama serves on NAR's Finance Committee and was an integral part of building the national association's budget.

"I have to tell you, we've got a very thorough process," Kasama said. "We as a finance committee and budget review committee go step by step through the process and look at all the programs. We approve what is good for the membership and the programs we're investing in. It's a very important vetting process that we go through. One of the things we looked at is a dues increase coming up in the next year. It's a very important thing and it's much needed."

At NAR's Budget Review Meeting last month, a budget was passed that included $35 million in new programming. These new measures are called the S.M.A.R.T. Initiatives -- Strategic Measures Advancing REALTORS® to Tomorrow. In an effort to showcase transparency, NAR is sharing the background that went into developing this budget, and why it believes the accompanying proposed dues increase is the best option to continue to serve NAR's 1.3 million members.

Over the next seven weeks, NAR is advocating for discussions with members as well as state and local association staff and volunteer leaders. NAR wants those groups to understand 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.

"We are constantly evaluating our advocacy efforts," Kasama said. "If real estate is your profession, then politics is your business. We are here to advocate. We are here to educate our congressional leaders, and the local officials we elect, on the importance of real estate.

"We know real estate is the backbone of our country. Consider housing, construction and all the jobs and revenue created by real estate. We also want to make sure we're protecting our members and our business as well as the industry and consumers we serve. We must ensure the REALTOR® brand remains strong."

Read more about the S.M.A.R.T. Initiatives by clicking here.


  NV RPAC Trustee Applications Sought  
Unique Opportunity to Serve on Nevada REALTOR's Political Action Committee (NV RPAC), as a result of the NV RPAC Trustees decision to expand the committee's membership!

The Nevada REALTORS® Political Action Committee (NV RPAC) Trustees are now accepting applications for individuals interested in serving as trustees.  Trustees are responsible for determining which candidates running for the Legislature or statewide offices in Nevada support private property rights and for allocating PSF investments to those candidates. 
New terms will begin June 1, 2018; the terms for these new positions will be anywhere from a one to three-year term. Applications must be filled out and returned to NV REALTORS® no later than Friday, April 20, 2018. Any questions with the application or for more information contact Nevada REALTORS®, Karen Walker  or 775.829.5911.
Applicants must meet minimum qualifications to apply for an open NV RPAC trustee position.  The Trustees must:
  • be a member of the Nevada REALTORS® (NVR);
  • be registered voters in Nevada;
  • served in one or more of the following positions in the past four years:
  • local association political affairs committee or equivalent; or local PAC or equivalent; or NV REALTORS® RPAC, REALTORS® of Nevada Protection Trust Fund (RNPF) committee or Legislative committee.
  • NAR Federal Political Coordinator
  • served on a governmental affairs related committee of the National Association of REALTORS®
For Trustee Application and eligibility, click here.


  State REALTOR® conference registration to begin next week.  
  In an effort to maximize the professional and educational opportunities offered at our upcoming Nevada State Conference, registration for the event has been pushed back one week - to Monday, April 9. Registration will be free to Nevada REALTORS® members. More information will follow in the coming days.  

The state REALTOR® conference, which will be the first in more than a decade, is set for June 5-6 at the M Resort in Las Vegas. Stefan Swanepoel, author of the Swanepoel Trends Report is scheduled to speak. The conference will also be highlighted by a fast-paced, high-energy 'Xplode Conference.'


  Application process open for 2019 NAR committees  

For REALTOR® members interested in sitting on a 2019 NAR committee, the selection process opens this week. The committee application website through May 1. NAR members can submit a committee application for up to five committees and seek up to three endorsements per application.

To learn more about the selection process and how to apply, click here