Navigating the Post-Sitzer World: Redefining Buyer Commissions in Real Estate

Lisa Mailhot  |  February 19, 2024


Navigating the Post-Sitzer World: Redefining Buyer Commissions in Real Estate


In the wake of the Sitzer | Burnett verdict, the real estate landscape is undergoing significant transformations. Agents and brokers are reevaluating their approaches to buyer commissions in response to changing consumer demands and legal pressures.

Embracing Change

Some industry leaders have proactively embraced change by reevaluating their commission structures. For instance, DeLeon Realty's CEO, Mike Repka, has initiated a shift towards a more consumer-friendly approach, offering competitive total commissions while maintaining quality service.

Exploring New Models

With lawsuits and debates looming, the industry is exploring various commission models. From discounted rates to negotiation strategies borrowed from commercial real estate, agents are seeking innovative ways to remain competitive while prioritizing client needs.


Adapting to Consumer Expectations

As the industry evolves, buyer agents are under increasing pressure to justify their commissions. Crafting a compelling Buyer Bill of Rights can help agents articulate their value proposition and reassure clients amidst the shifting landscape.


In this dynamic post-Sitzer era, adaptability is key. Whether you're a buyer or seller in Orange County or the Inland Empire, it's essential to work with a realtor who understands these changes and can navigate them effectively. Let's connect and embark on your real estate journey together.



Reference: Murdock, Christy. "Buyer agents are already cutting commissions: The Download." Inman, February 17, 2024. 

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