On March 15, The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reached an agreement with plaintiffs that would, if approved by the court, end litigation of claims brought on behalf of home sellers related to broker commissions. The Settlement also includes some changes to real estate transactions, but importantly, consumers will continue to have choices regarding real estate services. These practice changes will go into effect on August 17, 2024:

NAR has long encouraged its members to use written agreements with buyers because they help consumers understand exactly what services they have agreed to, the roles and responsibilities, and the amount. For this reason, several states already have laws requiring buyer agreements.

There are also changes to how and where real estate professionals may communicate with each other about offers of compensation. These offers are no longer allowed on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) platforms. Sellers can still offer compensation off an MLS. Sellers can offer buyer concessions on an MLS (for example—concessions for buyer closing costs).

Things to know as a home buyer or seller:

Download “What the NAR Settlement Means for Home Buyers and Sellers” PDF.