When I first became a real estate agent years ago I thought you had to be a Realtor (because my Keller Williams firm required it). I started to realize just how worthless the organization was. It is basically a lobbying group that pays politicians (RPAC) to vote the way NAR wants. Most of the politicians I didn’t agree with. At that point when I opened my own brokerage I left NAR (Realtor Association) because it made no business sense to me to pay $1000 a year to an organization that donated money to politicians I despise. Some MLS and state boards require real estate agents to be members.