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Home costs set to decrease following NAR settlement

Key Takeaways:

  • The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has reached a settlement agreement that could lead to decreased home-buying costs for American consumers.
  • Under the settlement, NAR will pay $418 million over approximately four years and enact new rules prohibiting offers of broker compensation on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has announced a settlement agreement that could lead to decreased home-buying costs for American consumers. The agreement, which is subject to court approval, resolves claims brought on behalf of home sellers related to broker commissions and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

NAR Settlement

Under the terms of the settlement, NAR will pay $418 million over approximately four years and enact new rules that prohibit offers of broker compensation on the MLS. This means that while offers of broker compensation can still be pursued off-MLS through negotiation and consultation with real estate professionals, they will no longer be communicated via the MLS platform.

By removing the communication of broker compensation offers through the MLS, the agreement aims to increase transparency and potentially reduce the costs associated with purchasing a home. Buyers will have more flexibility to negotiate and discuss compensation arrangements directly with their chosen real estate professionals, which could lead to more competitive pricing and cost savings.

Furthermore, the settlement includes a new rule that requires MLS participants working with buyers to enter into written agreements with their clients. This measure is designed to ensure that consumers have a clear understanding of the services and value provided by their real estate professionals, as well as the associated costs. By creating a more transparent and well-defined relationship between buyers and their agents, this rule could help buyers make more informed decisions and potentially save money in the process.

The Housing Industry

While the settlement comes at a significant cost to NAR, the organization believes that the benefits it will provide to the industry and American consumers are worth the expense.

It is important to note that the settlement does not imply any wrongdoing on the part of NAR or its members. The organization continues to deny any misconduct in connection with the MLS cooperative compensation model rule, which was introduced in the 1990s to respond to calls from consumer protection advocates for buyer representation.

Buyers and sellers can expect to have many choices when deciding to purchase or sell a home. NAR members will continue to use their expertise to protect the interests of their clients, while the industry as a whole focuses on defining the next steps to provide value to American consumers.

The potential decrease in home buying costs resulting from this settlement is a development for many Americans who have been facing a challenging housing market. With the opportunity for more competitive pricing, home buyers may find it easier through the process of purchasing a property and achieving their dream of homeownership.

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