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The real estate industry was taken by surprise when Bob Goldberg, the CEO of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), announced his immediate retirement. Previously expected to retire at the end of 2024, Goldberg’s sudden decision has raised questions and sparked discussions within the real estate community. In this blog post, we will explore the implications of Goldberg’s early retirement for real estate agents and how they can navigate this changing landscape. 

In an article published on November 2, 2023, by Inman News, it was reported that Bob Goldberg, the CEO of NAR, will be retiring immediately following an “emergency meeting.” The news comes as a surprise to many, as Goldberg had previously announced plans to retire at the end of 2024. The suddenness of his departure has left real estate professionals contemplating the reasons behind this decision. Goldberg had been under fire for several months for his handling of sexual harassment allegations within the trade group, which led to the resignation of the group’s President, and his handling of the onslaught of commission lawsuits. The first of the lawsuits resulted in a “guilty” verdict and an award of $5 Billion.  

Goldberg’s unexpected retirement marks a significant shift in leadership for NAR. His 30 years at the association was characterized by his dedication and contributions to the association. However, with his departure, NAR now faces the challenge of finding new leadership to guide the organization into the future. 

To fill the void left by Goldberg’s departure, Nykia Wright has been appointed as the interim CEO of NAR. This transition brings a fresh perspective and new energy to the association. Real estate agents can look forward to Wright’s leadership and vision as she navigates the challenges ahead. 

CLICK HERE to read NAR’s November 2, 2023, press release announcing the leadership changes. The press release includes a detailed profile of the new Interim CEO.  


Inman News – NAR CEO Bob Goldberg to retire early following ’emergency meeting’