Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert, Call me at 850-517-7098 (PMI. Destin)

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Rainmaker
2,776,231
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

As long as they don't get too bureaucratic and remain the agents friend...sure

Jul 20, 2016 11:05 PM
Rainmaker
1,513,143
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

We went from a seven county area to fourteen and mostly because the smaller ones were ubable to offer the services.

The only problem could be the association getting to big for their britches!

Jul 20, 2016 10:03 PM
Rainmaker
4,319,419
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Peter Mohylsky - it's about 2000 - to best of my knowledge, And it's a good board - happy with them...

Jul 21, 2016 03:40 PM
Rainmaker
3,988,007
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Ours is 750 strong and very active. I do think some smaller associations around us that are less organized and apathetic could benefit by joining us.

Jul 21, 2016 02:18 PM
Rainmaker
2,224,473
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have a small board with less than 90 members. NAR is going to keep tightening core standards until they get a lot of the small boards to merge. 

I think two boards merging together isn't necessarily a bad thing. There is strength in numbers. 

Jul 21, 2016 12:29 PM
Rainmaker
4,905,169
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

we have 1189 as of yesterday.  Merger talks happen and we voted against it.

Jul 21, 2016 10:04 AM
Rainmaker
3,986,196
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't know the number but we merged a few years ago

Jul 21, 2016 08:06 AM
Rainmaker
1,498,868
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

About 2000-3000 from what I recently heard.  Out here, we used to have three boards covering my main area and you had to join all of them to do business (no data sharing agreements back then).  They eventually all merged into one big group which made life easier for everyone!

 

If your agents do business in both areas and have to be members of both, it is useful.  If not, then I'd say it isn't worth it unless you can get costs down by joining forces.

One example: The neighboring association to me SRAR is gigantic.  They cover I believe the entirety of Los Angeles County (which is huge).  Their dues are in the 200-300/yr range, versus mine which are three times that.  They also have FREE printing for all their agents along with free marketing tools.  We have nothing for free.  Economies of scale...

Jul 21, 2016 06:37 AM
Ambassador
6,359,738
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

For someone who works with small properties throughout the state it would be nice if there were only one assn and mls to deal with.

Jul 21, 2016 04:24 AM
Rainmaker
1,840,496
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

We have already joined with 3 over the years. Do not know how many agents but it is the 1/3 northern part of IL.

Jul 21, 2016 03:38 AM
Rainmaker
4,800,082
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

We've had discussions, but no mergers yet.  Just under 2,000 members I think.

Jul 21, 2016 02:56 AM
Rainmaker
4,555,937
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I think the size of our local association is 1800.  It has gone through many changes in its 100+ year history.  We merged.  We broke away from a large mls system.   There have been discussions and votes and challenges and debates to merge again.   

Jul 21, 2016 02:04 AM
Rainmaker
1,237,595
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

4500 +6000 almost next to each other. No, they are rivals.  I join the one who is cheaper than the other.

Political! 

Jul 20, 2016 11:49 PM
Ambassador
3,339,984
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

In numbers .... I honestly don't know.  We have two equally large associations in my area. We have the option of joining one or the other, or both.  As for merging, it would depend on what the actual benefit to the members.

Jul 20, 2016 11:46 PM
Rainmaker
1,617,866
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Merging associations allows to increase in numbers, share the costs and offer more to its members.

Jul 20, 2016 11:44 PM
Rainmaker
1,723,126
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

In Sarasota, the Manatee and the Sarasota Boards merged a few years ago. I think it was a smart move and brought together two separate groups of agents that were constantly overlapping and competing for the same market.

Jul 20, 2016 11:07 PM
Rainmaker
987,452
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Pooh, Peter - I was just going to ask a similar question as well - I'll wait until your replies are gathered LOL

Jul 20, 2016 10:53 PM
Rainmaker
1,531,641
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

We have The Greater San Diego Association of Realtors which then has different county branch offices. La Jolla is really the only true rogue Board that has nothing to do with (G)SDAR. They have REBA (La Jolla Real Estate Broker's Association), and to me that would be huge if they were to merge and finally behave as if they belong to San Diego. It's ridiculous to have to be on their "country club style" board of Realtors.

Jul 20, 2016 10:22 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,785
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Over 42,000 members.  It is the one of the top three in size in North America.  The neighbouring boards are substantially smaller, perhaps a couple hundred or a thousand members.

Jul 20, 2016 10:15 PM
Rainmaker
1,712,551
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We have had mergers because of change in policy at NAR because too many associations are not doing anything for their membership or the community. For instance, Iowa which is a small state for membership numbers went down from 48 assoications to about 17 in the first year of the policy change.

Jul 20, 2016 09:57 PM
Rainmaker
5,195,161
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Just relocated back to Chicago. The association here is very large. Not sure of the count but it might be in the top 5 in membership!

Jul 20, 2016 09:53 PM
Rainmaker
5,096,566
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Carolina MLS has about 10,000 members now. Numerous smaller association throughout NC and bordering counties of SC have merged with us over the years. Since I was always a member of the CMLS and not a smaller association I can't speak to the advantages for smaller groups to affiliate with a larger association, but there must be if so many have done it.

Jul 20, 2016 09:32 PM
Rainmaker
4,434,127
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not know.

Jul 20, 2016 09:21 PM
Rainmaker
5,583,173
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I dont' think we have any small enough for a merger!!

Jul 20, 2016 09:20 PM
Rainmaker
7,795,854
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not know the number of members. Regional mergers have already taken place.

Jul 20, 2016 09:15 PM