Navigating the NAR Lawsuit Fallout: What You Need to Know

November 1, 2023

Navigating the NAR Lawsuit Fallout: What You Need to Know

The real estate world was rocked by the recent judgment in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) lawsuit, which came down on Halloween. With a $1.78 billion award to the plaintiffs, it's no surprise that this will dominate the headlines for days to come. But before you let the news stress you out, it's essential to understand that real estate transactions will go on, and both consumers and real estate professionals have a vital role to play. In this blog post, we'll break down the key points and what this means for you, whether you're a real estate pro or someone looking to buy or sell property.

For Consumers:

  1. Real Estate Continues Uninterrupted: Despite the legal battles and headlines, one crucial thing to remember is that you can still buy and sell real estate, and you don't have to do it alone. REALTORS® are here to represent you and help you make informed decisions. Every real estate deal is unique, personalized, and requires expert guidance. So, rest assured, you can still rely on REALTORS® for support.
  2. The Complexity of Real Estate: The value of a REALTOR® goes beyond simply opening doors and filling out paperwork. They bring years of experience, local knowledge, and industry expertise to the table. Understanding zoning, regulations, and local infrastructure is part of their job. Buyers and sellers often underestimate the complexities of real estate transactions, and a professional REALTOR® plays a vital role in simplifying the process.
  3. Communication is Key: In a world filled with distractions and information overload, it's crucial for consumers to actively engage with their REALTOR®. Ask questions, seek clarification, and ensure you understand the services you're receiving. Don't focus on fees initially; instead, first define the value the REALTOR® brings to the table. It's a collaborative effort to find the best way to work together.

For Real Estate Professionals:

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  1. Business as Usual: The judgment in the NAR lawsuit does not mean real estate has come to a halt. While there might be legal battles and appeals in the future, your role as a real estate professional remains unchanged. Continue to provide expert guidance to your clients, assist them in making well-informed decisions, and offer your extensive knowledge of the market.
  2. The Importance of Communication: This lawsuit highlights the importance of effective communication with clients. Make sure they understand the full spectrum of services you provide. Show them that your value extends beyond a simple transaction. Be clear about what you offer, the knowledge you bring, and then discuss compensation. Define your value first and then talk about fees.
  3. Advocacy at Every Level: The NAR lawsuit demonstrates the importance of advocacy at various levels, from the local to the national. REALTORS® need to actively engage with clients and local government officials, making sure that regulations and policies promote flexibility and the best interests of buyers and sellers. Your voice matters in shaping the real estate landscape.

While the NAR lawsuit judgment has stirred the real estate world, the industry is far from grinding to a halt. Real estate transactions will continue, and the role of REALTORS® in providing valuable guidance remains unchanged. Consumers should actively engage with their agents, and real estate professionals should focus on the value they bring to the table. The lawsuit is just one chapter in a continuously evolving industry, and it's essential for both consumers and professionals to stay engaged and informed. Real estate is a dynamic field, and with the right support and expertise, you can navigate it successfully, even in the face of legal challenges.

Your 2023 NC REALTORS® President, Leigh Brown


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~ Leigh Brown, President, NC REALTORS®

Leigh Brown has carved a unique path as an author, public speaker, and real estate professional known and respected in her home community and throughout North Carolina. A proud native of Cabarrus County and a UNC graduate, she is a third-generation family member to pursue a similar calling.

Leigh is genuinely honored to be President of NC REALTORS® and to serve every citizen of North Carolina through real estate and advocacy for this great profession. Leigh's enthusiasm is infectious, and her commitment to public service is second to none. She is passionate about helping others to learn, grow and achieve their full potential as community and professional leaders.

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