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Market Snapshot 3-22-24- No Economic News

Good Friday AM from your Hometown Lender,

No economic news today.

Markets though are still improving on the dovish comments from the Fed on Wednesday. Treasuries rose (prices which pushes rates down) for a fourth day taking the 10-year yield almost 10 basis points lower in the week (sitting at 4.22%). Mortgage bonds are seeing the same improvement.

Still, lots of talk about the NAR settlement.

Below is an excerpt from Rob Chrisman’s blog which does a good job hitting some major points. Keep in mind that commissions are included on the CD and as such, are closing costs. A credit for the closing costs can also come from the lender as well as the seller.

Good conversation to have with your lender.

“The proposed nationwide class of home sellers has reached a $418 million joint settlement with NAR that will resolve claims in some of the antitrust class actions against NAR. The Settlement with NAR is in addition to prior settlements (totaling $208.5 million) reached with defendants Anywhere Real Estate, RE/MAX, and Keller Williams.

“Under the terms of the Settlement, NAR will be responsible for paying $418 million in four annual installments along with interest, for the benefit of home sellers across the United States, as well as $3 million toward settlement notices. It also provides for far-reaching changes to NAR’s rules governing real estate broker compensation and the MLS system.

“NAR’s release does not cover agents affiliated with HomeServices of America and its related companies as they are still litigating. And firms that have a total transaction volume of $2 billion or above are not covered by the Settlement. However, the Settlement creates a framework for these larger firms to opt-in to the Settlement to resolve actual or potential claims against them. A firm that wishes to opt-in to the settlement route must deposit into an escrow account an amount equal to 0.0025 multiplied by its average annual ‘Total Transaction Volume’ over the most recent four calendar years and agree to not to engage in the certain prohibited practices. It is unclear at this stage whether the larger firms will in fact opt-in to the Settlement. A similar opt- in provision exists for independent MLS, with the payment being 100 multiplied by their 2023 subscribers.

“In the Settlement, NAR has agreed to various practice changes which are to begin 120 days after the plaintiffs seek preliminary approval of the Settlement. It will eliminate and prohibit any requirement by NAR and NAR MLSs that listing brokers or sellers must make offers of compensation to cooperating brokers or other buyer representatives, and prohibit and eliminate any requirement that such offers, if made, must be blanket, unconditional or unilateral (effectively, eliminating its rules requiring “cooperative” commissions as a condition of listing a home on the MLS).

“It requires MLS participants working with a buyer enter into a written agreement before the buyer tours a home with the following: (a) specify and conspicuously disclose the amount or rate of compensation to be received or how the amount will be determined, (b) the amount of compensation must be objectively ascertainable… It cannot be open-ended such as ‘buyer broker compensation shall be whatever amount the seller is offering to the buyer,’ (c) MLS participants may not receive compensation for brokerage services from any source that exceeds the amount or rate agreed to in the agreement with the buyer.”

The language, “Prohibits NAR MLS participants, subscribers, other real estate brokers, other real estate agents, and sellers from making offers of compensation on the multiple listing service to cooperating brokers or other buyer representatives (either directly or through buyers) or disclosing on the multiple listing service listing broker compensation or total brokerage compensation. It eliminates and prohibits any requirements conditioning participation or membership in a NAR MLS on offering or accepting offers of cooperative compensation.

“Agree not to create, facilitate, or support any non-MLS mechanism for listing brokers or sellers to make offers of compensation to cooperating brokers or other buyer representatives. Require NAR MLS participants acting for sellers to conspicuously disclose to sellers and obtain seller approval for any payment or offer of payment that the listing broker or seller will make to another broker, agent, or other representative acting for buyers. And require MLS participants to disclose to prospective sellers and buyers in conspicuous language that broker commissions are not set by law and are fully negotiable.”

Please remain safe and healthy, enjoy the weekend and first, make today great!