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Another real estate giant settles in class-action commissions lawsuits

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Keller Williams Realty has become the latest real estate giant to reach a settlement in a series of class-action lawsuits.

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The brokerage has agreed to pay $70 million to settle claims nationwide across class-action lawsuits that allege the National Association of Realtors’ “participation rule” and “cooperative compensation” practices unfairly forced home sellers to pay inflated commissions to buyer agents and amounted to a conspiracy with brokerages to keep commissions high.

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The settlement states that Keller Williams will make it clear to franchisees that they are not required to offer compensation to buyer brokers, to inform customers that commissions are negotiable and that real estate agents must show properties regardless of the amount of offered compensation, according to a motion filed in the litigation.

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