Originally Posted By: Nick Gromicko
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I can’t figure out ASHI lost so much of their market share though. All I can figure is that they don’t give you anything for the $. We have to make sure NACHI keeps coming up with new membership benefits. We don’t want to get too comfortable.
NACHI can't take all the credit though. Here's what I think is really killing ASHI: Internet and licensing.
Internet: 15 years ago there was the ASHI list that real estate agents looked to and that was it. We still see this a little amongst older agents. The internet changed that because buyers and real estate agents do their own research now. This is why we tied up the internet so aggressively. NACHI even goes further by going and getting these clients for our membership... we don't just stand around and hope they visit our sites.
Licensing: Licensing is the death bullet for ASHI. Licensing puts all inspectors (who are licensed) onto one list. Association membership doesn't even appear. Given that level playing field, most inspectors will naturally join the association that does the most for them. ASHI does the least. Being licensed is like being up to code, if you did any less it would be illegal. The advantage one licensed inspector has over another licensed inspector will only be realized thru marketing... this being NACHI's strong point... ah... but now we're back to the internet.
ASHI is frantically digging its own grave by pushing licensing and turning its nose up to the internet.
Dig away boys.