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What the Recent Real Estate Commission Verdict Means for Sellers and Buyers

What the Recent Real Estate Commission Verdict Means for Sellers and Buyers In a recent development, HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, plans to appeal a crucial decision that may change how real estate commissions work. This decision holds significant implications for buyers and sellers. In this article, HomeFree Realty breaks down the case […]

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November 3, 2023

What the Recent Real Estate Commission Verdict Means for Sellers and Buyers

In a recent development, HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, plans to appeal a crucial decision that may change how real estate commissions work. This decision holds significant implications for buyers and sellers. In this article, HomeFree Realty breaks down the case and what it might mean for you.

Understanding the Commission System

Currently, when you sell your home, you pay your agent’s fee, typically around 5% to 7% of the sale price, which is then shared with the buyer’s agent. The lawsuit argued that this setup limits competition and makes it hard for buyers and sellers to negotiate lower rates.

What the Verdict Means

The recent verdict in favor of the plaintiffs is a win for consumers. It addresses concerns that sellers are charged too much, buyers can’t negotiate fees, and home prices end up higher than necessary.

Impact on Home Affordability

With concerns about rising mortgage rates and high home prices, this verdict could lead to more affordable home prices, when thousands of dollars in commissions do not need to be handed over to agents. That’s good news for anyone looking to buy a home, as it is a small yet significant piece that may make homeownership more accessible.

Challenges for the Real Estate Industry

However, this change presents challenges for the real estate industry. To advertise a home on a multiple-listing service, offering compensation to a buyer’s agent has often been required.

With the introduction of new service providers such as homeFree, we give buyers and sellers direct access to the mls, all without charging a commission.  This is a huge win for consumers!

Market Reaction

The real estate industry felt the impact of this decision, with stocks of major brokerages like eXp World Holdings, Compass, and Redfin seeing significant declines.

Ongoing Legal Battles

This lawsuit isn’t the only legal challenge the National Association of Realtors (NAR) faces. There’s a larger suit involving multiple markets that could go to trial soon, with potential damages in the billions. New lawsuits against NAR and other big brokerages have also been filed.

The Verdict Affects the Future

The recent verdict in the real estate commission lawsuit marks a turning point for the industry. While it aims to address concerns about affordability and competition, it also brings challenges for both buyers and sellers. The outcome of this case and other pending legal battles will shape how real estate transactions work in the future. Stay tuned as homeFree Realty continues to provide the services to respond to these market trends, while making real estate better (and more affordable) updates for buyers and sellers.

 

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