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What the Latest NAR Settlement Means for You

You may have heard about the recent settlement in the National Association of Realtors (NAR) case, and it’s stirred up quite a bit of talk. But let’s clear up some misconceptions. This settlement isn’t about reducing the value of what real estate pros bring to the table or making homeownership harder to achieve. Instead, it’s a chance to improve transparency, flexibility, and, most importantly, the overall experience for consumers in real estate transactions. Let’s dive into what this settlement means, focusing on the positives for consumers and how we, as dedicated agents, are pivotal in shaping this new chapter in real estate.

The Reality of Broker Fees

Real estate fees will stay the way they’ve always been – fully negotiable between the Realtor and their clients. Whether you’re buying or selling, this means you’ll have many options regarding the level of service and pricing. You can choose the best professional service fee for your budget and goals.

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Clarifying Agent Compensation

The settlement agreement also mandates two key changes to the way members and MLS participants are compensated.

  1. NAR agreed to create a new MLS rule prohibiting offers of compensation on the MLS. This would mean that offers of compensation could not be communicated via an MLS, but they could continue to be an option consumers could pursue off-MLS through negotiation and consultation with real estate professionals.
  2. NAR also agreed to create a new rule requiring MLS participants working with buyers to enter into written agreements with their buyers before the buyer tours a home. NAR has long encouraged its members to use written agreements to help consumers understand exactly what services and value they provide, and for how much.
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Enhancing Market Dynamics

While the settlement won’t revolutionize housing affordability overnight, it does bring to light the intricate dynamics of real estate pricing. With or without changes in commission structures, our role as agents is to navigate these dynamics to your advantage. Whether you’re buying or selling, we’re here to ensure you understand the market forces at play, helping you make informed decisions that align with your financial and lifestyle goals.

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The Real Value of Working with Real Estate Pros

In all the talk about money and how things are done, let’s not forget the amazing value that seasoned real estate professionals like us bring to the table. We’re not just here to close deals; we’re your advisors, your negotiators, and your biggest advocates, working hard to turn your real estate dreams into real-life treasures. This settlement just reinforces our promise to you: we’re committed to serving you with honesty, expertise, and a real passion for helping you reach your goals.

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Embracing the Future of Real Estate

The NAR settlement marks a step toward a more transparent and adaptable real estate landscape. For consumers and agents alike, this is a moment to embrace positive change. As your trusted agents, we’re excited about the opportunities this new landscape presents. Together, we can navigate the changes, leveraging our expertise and commitment to ensure a seamless, rewarding real estate experience for every client.

In this evolving journey, our promise to you remains unchanged: to provide guidance, support, and unwavering dedication, ensuring your real estate decisions are informed, strategic, and successful. Staying informed and understanding these developments is crucial, especially if you’re entering the market. The real estate industry continues to be dynamic and full of opportunities. If you have questions about how the settlement affects you, let’s talk. We’re committed to ensuring a positive and seamless real estate experience, helping you realize your dreams and achieve your goals with confidence and excitement.

Ann Cummings & Jim Lee, REALTORS, 2004 & 2017 NH REALTOR of the year,

Ann Cummings and Jim Lee, REALTORS, local experts, trusted advisors

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