November 6th 2023

NAR Lawsuit Verdict: What Do Real Estate Agents Do Now?

UPDATED 28 March 2024: 
We filmed a new episode to discuss the settlement and how to prepare. The older video has been replaced. You can access the latest post on the NAR Settlement here:

Ever found yourself caught in the whirlwind of a real estate market shift? As an agent, you know these tides can be tricky to navigate. What if I told you there's a technique that can help keep your vessel steady and even drive it ahead?

Welcome aboard! We're embarking on a journey to become listing expert agents - captains of our own destiny amidst stormy industry changes.

Picture this: You're more than just an agent. You're an educator, constantly learning and teaching about the dynamic real estate landscape. Your brand stands out from the crowd like a lighthouse guiding lost ships at sea.

You communicate your value proposition so effectively that sellers line up at your door. Imagine leveraging listings for branding opportunities and navigating potential industry changes with ease!

Does it seem too good to be genuine? Come along as we explore these unknown seas together.

The NAR Settlement… Since the news broke, we’ve seen a lot of fear, uncertainty… and even panic. The headlines certainly aren’t helping.

But we’re here to say - Don’t! Real estate professionals are resilient, and as the details of the settlement stand now, there are very practical things you can do now to prepare.

On this training, we’re going to walk you through each part of our 3-Step Buyer Presentation (scripts and templates included), including how to discuss and get signed buyers rep agreements:

The Impact of the Recent Verdict on Real Estate Commissions

The National Association of Realtors and some residential brokerages found themselves in hot water when a US jury held them accountable for inflating commissions.

The figures involved are no joke either. $1.78 billion - that’s with nine zeros. That was the jaw-dropping amount awarded by the jury to be paid by these defendants.

Understanding the Verdict's Effect on Commission Structures

This verdict might just be enough to make you drop your coffee cup (we hope not.). It could disrupt age old practices—practices that let real estate agents fatten their wallets as home prices and mortgage rates rise.

In layman terms, if I'm selling my house for more because interest rates have increased, why should an agent get more commission? Is he doing extra work?

Transitioning from a Buyer's Agent to a Listing Agent

Switching your focus in real estate isn't as daunting as it sounds. Sure, being a buyer's agent is like knowing every verse of "Sweet Caroline" by heart – comforting and always reliable at karaoke nights. But becoming a listing agent? That’s like belting out the high notes on Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" - daring but definitely more rewarding.

The Importance of Education in Real Estate

You might ask: How can I hit those high notes? Well, continuous learning is key. Just like Freddie Mercury didn’t become an icon overnight, transitioning to be a successful listing agent also requires patience and education.

A deeper understanding of market trends will help you anticipate what buyers want, making sure your listings are irresistible attractions rather than just another house on the block.

Building Your Brand as a Listing Agent

Beyond keeping up with industry knowledge though, there’s something equally crucial – building your unique brand. Think about it this way; while there may be thousands singing cover songs online, it’s original artists who grab our attention because they offer something different. Your unique value proposition should resonate with sellers and differentiate you from other agents in the field. 

Becoming a Listing Expert Agent as a Strategy

So, you want to navigate potential changes in the industry? Becoming a listing expert agent is your answer. But why?

Why Listings Provide Leverage for Agents

Listings give agents an edge over competition and provide branding opportunities.

If we think of listings as ice cream flavors, having more choices lets us appeal to more taste buds - or in this case, potential buyers. It's all about providing something special that will make people take pause and really pay attention.

Listings not only attract interested parties but also builds credibility for you as an agent. So remember: when it comes to becoming a successful real estate professional, being able to offer enticing listings can be just the leverage you need.

Articulating Value Proposition to Sellers

To grow as a listing expert agent, it's crucial that you can communicate your value proposition effectively to sellers. What does this entail exactly? Let's start by defining what sets you apart from the competition.

Crafting Your Unique Value Proposition

Your unique value proposition is like your secret sauce; it's what sets you apart from all other real estate agents in the market. This isn't about how many homes you've sold or how long you've been in business—those are just stats. Instead, think of it as why a seller would choose to work with you, rather than any other agent.

You need something more compelling and personal - maybe your exceptional negotiation skills have consistently secured above-market prices for past clients, or perhaps your knack for staging homes results in quicker sales. Whatever makes you stand out, make sure to put that front and center when communicating with potential clients.

In addition, a pre-listing strategy and an effective listing presentation are definitive ways of showcasing your value proposition, building trust and defining yourself as a listing expert agent.


In the tumultuous sea of real estate, becoming a listing expert agent can be your guiding star. The recent verdict holding the National Association of Realtors and brokerages accountable for inflated commissions serves as a wake-up call. Transitioning from a buyer's agent to a listing agent is like hitting high notes in a song; it's daring but rewarding. 

Beyond industry knowledge, it's vital to craft a unique brand that sets you apart from the competition. Listings are the real estate equivalent of a secret ingredient, providing an advantage and branding opportunities. They offer leverage by catering to diverse preferences and enhancing your credibility.

Effectively conveying your value proposition is the key, highlighting what makes you stand out and fostering trust. As you embark on the journey of becoming a listing expert agent, remember that it's not merely about navigating current market shifts but also about thriving amidst the forthcoming changes.

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