A Class Action Suit Could Upend The Entire Real Estate Industry : Consider This from NPR If you have ever bought a home or are thinking about buying one, you know it can be expensive. For most people, a home is the most expensive purchase they will ever make.

But selling a home can be expensive too. In part, that's because of the commissions real estate agents collect when a home is sold.

Depending on the price of the home, commissions can be tens of thousands of dollars.

A class action lawsuit brought by a group of Missouri home sellers against the National Association of Realtors argues that these fees hurt consumers by artificially inflating home prices.

This past week, a federal jury awarded the home sellers $1.8 billion.

Adrian Ma and Wailin Wong, co-hosts of NPR's The Indicator, break down how that decision could change the entire real estate industry.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

A Class Action Suit Could Upend The Entire Real Estate Industry

A Class Action Suit Could Upend The Entire Real Estate Industry

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A "Sale Pending" sign is posted in front of a home on March 22, 2023, in San Anselmo, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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A "Sale Pending" sign is posted in front of a home on March 22, 2023, in San Anselmo, California.

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If you have ever bought a home or are thinking about buying one, you know it can be expensive. For most people, a home is the most expensive purchase they will ever make.

But selling a home can be expensive too. In part, that's because of the commissions that real estate agents collect when a home is sold.

Depending on the price of the home, commissions can be tens of thousands of dollars.

A class action lawsuit brought by a group of Missouri home sellers against the National Association of Realtors argues that these fees hurt consumers by artificially inflating home prices.

This past week, a federal jury awarded the home sellers $1.8 billion.

Adrian Ma and Wailin Wong, co-hosts of NPR's The Indicator, break down how that decision could change the entire real estate industry.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brittany Cronin, with engineering by Ko Takasugi-Czernowin. It was fact-checked by Sierra Juarez and edited by Kate Concannon and Jeanette Woods. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.