Mary Cummins, Real Estate Appraiser, Animal Advocates, Los Angeles, California

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

NAR Sitzer-Burnett Settlement FAQ, National Association of Realtors, by Mary Cummins real estate appraiser

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Notice I just received from NAR on the National Association of Realtors Sitzer-Burnett settlement. Key points: It takes effect mid July 2024. Sellers can't offer buyer commission in MLS offerings. They can still offer buyer concessions in MLS but buyer commissions must be negotiated off MLS. Put it in the contract. Buyers must have agreements with buyer agents before showing properties.

My comment. Don't expect total price or total commission amount to go down. They've always been negotiable. Sellers can pay a one time fee of $500 just for an agent to list the home in MLS. They can pay to stage a home, professional photos, sign, flyers, CMA, BPO... separately. Or they can pay a commission which was generally 5-6% of home sales price split 50/50 buyer/seller agents. With full commission sellers agents show the home, do open houses, speak with buyers, present offers, take photos, make flyers... and help negotiate the best price and terms. If the listing expires, agent eats their invested costs. Most sellers paid 5% offering 2.5% to buyer's agent. There may be some buyers agents who will write, present, negotiate an offer, order escrow, check documents, help with inspections...for a fee but most want 2.5%. The seller will be keeping price the same. They won't be getting an extra 2.5-3% to keep. It will end up on the buyer side in one way or another as a cost. Buyers most likely won't be paying the buyer's agent commission along with down payment. That would be stupid and expensive as it's already incorporated into the price. Buyers will just add it to the offer, contract, escrow in price then loan funds it. We'll see how this shakes out after a year but I think it's just an MLS technicality for now.

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"NAR Settlement FAQ
Understanding Broker Commission Changes 

Q1: What is the NAR agreement regarding home seller class action lawsuits? A1: The NAR has reached a proposed settlement agreement to resolve litigation related to claims brought on behalf of home sellers regarding broker commissions. This agreement aims to end disputes against NAR, over one million NAR members, state and local REALTOR® associations, association-owned Multiple Listing Services (MLSs), and certain qualifying brokerages. 

Q2: What prompted the need for this agreement? A2: The Sitzer-Burnett verdict and subsequent similar cases raised concerns about real estate practices and consumer compensation in the industry. NAR has been working to address these concerns and provide a resolution for its members and the broader industry. 

Q3: What are the main goals of this proposed settlement? A3: The settlement aims to secure a release of liability for as many NAR members, associations, and MLSs as possible, and to maintain consumer choice regarding real estate services and compensation. 

Q4: What are the significant changes proposed by this settlement? A4: In the proposed settlement, NAR agreed to put in place several practice changes, including: ● Prohibiting offers of compensation on the MLS. Offers of compensation could continue to be an option consumers can pursue off-MLS through negotiation and consultation with real estate professionals. This rule will not prevent sellers from offering buyer concessions on an MLS (for example – concessions for buyer closing costs). ● Additionally, NAR has agreed to require MLS participants working with buyers to enter into written representation agreements with their buyers before touring a home. 

Q5: What is the timeline for implementing these changes? A5: The new rules regarding offers of compensation and written agreements are set to go into effect in mid-July 2024. 

Q6: What are the next steps in the settlement process? A6: The settlement is subject to court approval, which is expected to take several months or more. Interested parties may raise objections during this process. NAR will provide updates as the settlement process unfolds. 

Q7: How does NAR justify settling these claims? A7: While NAR continues to deny any wrongdoing, settling the lawsuits aims to provide closure for over one million NAR members and other parties involved. Exploring other legal options like appeals or reorganization could have prolonged uncertainty for members and consumers. 

Q8: What is the MLS's role in the real estate market moving forward? A8: Despite these changes, the MLS will remain a vital resource, providing accurate and timely information for professionals and consumers alike. It will continue to serve as the foundation upon which housing decisions are made, offering clarity and insight into the market. 

Q9: What is the outlook for the MLS and its members amidst these changes? A9: While NAR’s announcement marks the beginning of a period of change, we are prepared to respond and adapt. The MLS will remain a cornerstone of the real estate market, facilitating transactions and ensuring its continued functionality. The MLS will uphold its mission to make the real estate market work. It will continue to provide essential information and support transactions, fostering transparency and competitiveness in the housing market. 

Additional Resources: See NAR’s full announcement March 15, 2024 NAR Provides FAQs and Resources Regarding Settlement March 19, 2024

Mary Cummins of Cummins Real Estate is a certified residential licensed appraiser in Los Angeles, California. Mary Cummins is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate appraisers and has over 35 years of experience.

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