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Revolutionary Settlement in Real Estate: A New Era for Home Buyers and Sellers

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has agreed to a nationwide settlement regarding claims that the industry worked together to keep agent fees high. This agreement, totaling $418 million, will bring significant changes to how people buy and sell homes in the United States. The settlement will allow home buyers to negotiate fees more freely […]

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March 16, 2024

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has agreed to a nationwide settlement regarding claims that the industry worked together to keep agent fees high. This agreement, totaling $418 million, will bring significant changes to how people buy and sell homes in the United States.

The settlement will allow home buyers to negotiate fees more freely with their agents, potentially leading to fewer buyers using agents and lower commission rates. NAR has agreed to remove rules that required sellers to disclose upfront fees for buyers’ agents, which consumer advocates say have kept commissions in the U.S. higher than in other countries.

The changes in the agreement will take effect in mid-July and will give buyers more control over negotiating fees with their agents. The settlement money will be distributed to recent home sellers across the country.

As a result of this settlement, buyers may be more cost-conscious when choosing an agent, and may opt to save money by not using an agent or paying a smaller fee for limited services. The agreement comes after legal threats and uncertainty in the real estate industry, with NAR facing significant antitrust liability.

The settlement will help resolve legal challenges for the industry and will impact how real estate agents work with clients moving forward. The traditional commission structure in the industry may change, potentially leading to a decline in NAR membership.

Overall, these changes could make it easier for buyers to choose lower-cost options in the future, though the immediate impact on consumers may be minimal. The settlement marks a significant shift in the real estate industry and aims to provide more flexibility and transparency for buyers and sellers.

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