Starting Oct. 1, it could start getting cheaper to buy a home around Seattle and most of Washington.
That’s because the curtain will be pulled away from a secret long kept within the community of real-estate agents: how much the agent representing the buyer collects when a house is sold. Brokerages in the Seattle-Tacoma area will be among the first in the nation to start publishing those fees, long kept hush-hush, on their online listings.
And while home sellers have been required to offer some kind of compensation to buyers’ agents in order to list a home, starting Tuesday, sellers won’t need to offer anything.
The changes here, enacted by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) — the membership group…