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Want to know more about the NAR Lawsuit?

Recently, we’ve all been inundated with headlines regarding the National Association of Realtors’ agreement to end litigation of claims brought on behalf of home sellers. As part of the settlement (yet to be approved by the courts) the NAR agreed to prohibit offers of broker compensation on the Multiple Listing Service. The association also agreed to require MLS participants working with buyers to enter written agreements with clients.

 

The changes are expected to go into effect in mid-July 2024.

Some articles addressing the agreement provide factual breakdowns, others try to predict the future, and some, are downright misleading. Let’s take a closer look beyond the headlines to separate fact from fiction:

FICTION

The NAR settlement will reduce the cost of property sales, as sellers will no longer compensate buyer’s agents.

FACT

Like other professionals, an agent’s services are not free. Should sellers choose to compensate only their agent, buyers will now have to pay for their own agent.

FICTION

The settlement will cause home prices to decrease, making homeownership more affordable.

FACT

Home prices are determined by supply and demand. Home values in our region have risen significantly recently. Understandably, sellers want to realize those gains and are not going to lower the price of their home regardless of how buyer and seller agents are compensated.

FICTION

Sellers may no longer provide buyer’s agents compensation.

FACT

Offering to pay a buyer’s agent’s commission has always been the seller’s choice. Sellers may continue to offer compensation as they pursue the best outcome for the sale of their property.

FICTION

The 6% commission on buying or selling a property is a thing of the past.

FACT

Commissions on property sales have always been negotiable. Sellers and listing agents may continue to offer compensation outside of NAR-affiliated Multiple Listing Services.

FICTION

Sellers no longer need to

compensate buyer’s agents.

FACT

Offering buyer agent compensation is a choice that should be made by a seller in consultation with their listing agent.

FICTION

Home buyers will no longer need a buyer’s agent.

FACT

Buying a home is one of the most significant financial transactions most people will ever make. Buyer’s interests are best protected by a licensed residential real estate agent.

We bring extensive value to your transaction (think negotiation skills, contract expertise, trusted resources, seasoned guidance), providing professional services worthy of compensation. When you select a us to represent your residential real estate needs, you’re benefiting from our education, experience and expertise.

This is a pivotal moment in our industry, but rest assured, our commitment to you and your residential real estate needs remains steadfast. 

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