David in California asks:
Are there MLSs that require subscribers to be members of the NAR or local or state real estate associations? That does not seem to be the case in large parts of California. If it is a requirement in other parts of the US, do you have any idea how widespread this is?
I have never heard of MLSs requiring its members to join the NAR.
The first-hand experience that I've had with being a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) was from 1999 to 2010 in the Seattle market working with my wife. The broker that we worked for (John L Scott) encouraged (but did not require) all its agents to be NAR members. The reasoning was that the NAR had a lot of great professional Realtor training and ethics standards for agents that the brokers supported.
As described in the video above, the goal of the NAR is to increase the professionalism of Realtors and that is also the general goal of brokers too.
Does anyone know of an MLS that requires its members to join the NAR?