Back in the days when Internet Crusade operated  the e-PRO technology certification program for NAR, our mantra was “Raising the Bar, Without Leaving Anyone Behind.”

As noted in Inman News, the National Association of Realtors® is considering tougher core standards that would “raise the bar” for Realtor associations to ensure that even the smallest is capable of enforcing the Realtor® Code of Ethics, playing a political advocacy role, and operating a website promoting member programs, products and services. NAR’s board of directors is expected to vote whether to adopt the new standards on May 17 at NAR’s midyear conference, the Realtor Party Convention & Trade Expo, in Washington, D.C.  Before the vote, there will be three member forums to discuss the standards at the conference.

NAR CEO Dale Stinton has said that “Current threats to the system — commission-thirsty outsiders, broker/association and broker/MLS chafing, data syndication offenders … are real for sure, but they are also symptomatic of the larger problem — we are fractured and becoming more and more fragmented every day… Associations, he said, “must ‘raise our own bar’ as we ask our members to raise theirs.”

“If we are to be genuine in our efforts to brand our members as ‘the top of the food chain in real estate,’ the much discussed ‘trusted advisers’ in the space, should the system that supports them aspire to anything less for itself?”

The vote on the tougher core standards — as reported by the Organizational Alignment Presidential Advisory Group in its April 15, 2014 PAG Report — will be one of the hot topics at this month’s NAR midyear conference.

Audio replay of the 1 hour 47 minute webinar on the topic of Organizational Alignment Proposal  by NAR President Steve Brown,  CEO Dale Stinton, and Chair Andrea Bushnell —