NAR Settlement

On March 15, 2024, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) proposed a settlement to end landmark antitrust lawsuits. In the proposal, NAR agreed to pay damages and to mandate that its members enter into written buyer-broker agreements. Additionally, the settlement would prohibit REALTORS® from making compensation offers on multiple listing services (MLS). The settlement received preliminary approval by the court; a final decision from the court is expected later this year. The NAR rules are planned to be effective in mid-July.

As a reminder, the North Carolina Real Estate Commission (NCREC) is an independent state governmental agency and should not be confused with NAR or its local boards. The NCREC’s primary function is to license and regulate real estate brokers and its mission is to protect consumers. North Carolina has 100,000 plus real estate brokers with many, but not all, also being members of NAR. NAR is a voluntary trade organization whose members are known as REALTORS®. In North Carolina, NC REALTORS® is a state level REALTOR® association and, as part of its services, creates various standard form documents for use by its members and their clients in transactions.  In cooperation with the NC Bar Association, NC REALTORS® also creates standard form Offers to Purchase and Contract and other transaction documents.

The NCREC is following developments with the settlement proposal as they occur. However, it is important to recognize that any changes in NAR rules apply specifically to NAR members and do not alter the Real Estate License Law and Commission rules. Moreover, the currently proposed NAR changes are in no way contradictory to the existing License Law and rules.

The following is a reminder of NCREC rules relating to broker transparency, agency agreements, and commissions.