NAR President: The value of a REALTOR®

NAR President Tracy Kasper reinforced the critical value of working with a REALTOR® in a USA Today op-ed. Take a look at a snippet below and click through to read the full column from Kasper. Please consider sharing the link to remind your current and future clients about the value you provide.
In October, eight jurors in a Missouri court were led to believe that the way real estate agents have long been compensated amounts to a conspiracy to violate antitrust laws. The jury’s verdict rests on the shakiest of legal grounds but has led to misrepresentations about the real estate industry and what its future holds.
Plaintiffs’ attorneys, who stand to profit richly should the verdict stand, have filed new lawsuits claiming that our profession involves a concerted effort to overcharge Americans looking to buy and sell their homes. This could not be further from the truth.
The compensation structure plaintiffs’ lawyers would like to dismantle – one in which listing brokers offer compensation to buyer brokers for finding a buyer – promotes consumer choice, encourages market competition and boosts access to homeownership. On a multiple listing service (MLS) platform, sellers can have their home seen by more buyers, ensure they receive the best offer and sell it for the best price.