Real Estate Perspectives
May 09, 2024 | Suzanne Powers

The New Norm for Buyer’s in Residential Real Estate

The New Norm for Buyer’s in Residential Real Estate

The New Norm for Buyer’s in Residential Real Estate

The New Norm for Buyer’s in Residential Real Estate

A significant shift is on the horizon for buyers across the nation. Starting August 17th, 2024, buyers eyeing single-family homes, duplexes, or condos will encounter a transformative requirement: entering into agreements with agents before embarking on property tours. This seismic change marks a departure from the traditional showings, where real estate agents could show properties without the necessity of an agreement. Across the nation, MLS-offered compensation to brokers expires mid-August, and now Buyer’s must enter into agreements before they tour homes.

Amidst this transition, clarity on the implications remains elusive, leaving both real estate agents and buyers in a state of anticipation. The lack of clarity surrounding the direction this shift will take underscores the pivotal role consumers play in shaping the future of real estate services. Who will shape the future of real estate and its direction? The consumer. With the disruption looming, established franchise models are poised for reevaluation, ushering in an era of change for residential real estate practices and leadership throughout the country.

So, what does this shift entail?

Written Agreements: Prospective buyers must now formalize their intent with written agreements before exploring listed properties. These agreements delineate expectations, duties, and crucially, clear compensation terms and durations.

Transparency and Trust: By committing expectations to paper, transparency is fostered, ensuring both parties comprehend their roles and fostering trust in the process.

A written buyer agency agreement will establish the relationship between buyer and agent, defining the scope of services and compensation. Each agreement will need to specify the commission percentage the buyer is willing to allocate for the agent's services, alongside clear terms of engagement; a beginning and end date to the contract.

For buyers accustomed to a century-old model, this shift necessitates upfront consideration of the cost associated with securing a buyer’s agent. With fees potentially exceeding $24,000 for a million-dollar property, the landscape of buyer-agent dynamics undergoes a profound transformation.

But what alternatives exist for buyers navigating this new terrain?

Direct Engagement: Buyers can opt to engage directly with listing agents to view properties, bypassing the need for a separate buyer’s agent.

Negotiation: Alternatively, buyers can enlist a buyer’s agent and negotiate fee structures to be covered by the seller, fostering flexibility in compensation arrangements.

Selective Engagement: Careful selection of properties offering buyer agency compensation remains an option, albeit one that necessitates vigilance against fair housing violations.

Lender Options: Buyers can explore compensation avenues with their lenders, though it’s imperative to recognize that this route entails financing the commission.

As the real estate landscape undergoes a profound transformation, adaptability emerges as the cornerstone of success for both buyers and sellers alike. In navigating this uncharted territory, embracing flexibility and exploring alternative avenues will be instrumental in ensuring optimal outcomes in the evolving marketplace. It is going to be a bit of a mess for a bit here until residential real estate reaches a new normal.

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