Do you remember this phrase from Shakespeare’s Hamlet? You probably had to memorize the soliloquy in high school, didn’t you? If the words and the play are a little bit fuzzy, let me refresh your memory. Hamlet is debating the pain of life (which seems inevitable) versus the fear and uncertainty of death.
Wait a minute… am I talking about Hamlet or am I talking about the pending merge of the North San Diego County Association of Realtors® (NSDCAR) with the San Diego Association of Realtors® (SDAR)?
You see, members of my local association, NSDCAR, have recently learned that there is talk of a merge with SDAR. In fact, all members of both boards received an email stating that a task force has set out to explore a potential merge and that we would have the report from the force and a vote would occur on the matter in June. Funny thing is that the letter was signed by the Chairman of our Board and the President of SDAR and ended with the phrase, “We strongly feel that by our two associations joining together as one, we can offer even more benefits to help you thrive in our industry.” So, let me clarify the subtext, “We are considering a merge which you, dear member, are able to vote on. That being said, we already decided, as your leaders, that we are FOR this merge.” Shouldn’t the leaders represent the voice of their constituents? And, if that is the case, how would they know what the constituents want if the constituents have not voted yet?
Lots of additional issues pertaining to this merge need clarification. First, what are the benefits of the merge? How does the voting take place? Will the voting be fair? NSDCAR is much smaller than SDAR. Would this be a popular vote or is there some sort of Electoral College? Why would SDAR want to merge with NSDCAR? Is it because we have more assets? Is it because they have less? How come we are less than two months from this vote and none of these questions can be answered?
Wow… maybe Shakespeare was talking about the merge when he wrote Hamlet because I do remember one of the characters also states, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”