Average Real Estate Commission in Pennsylvania: 2024 Data

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By Jon Stubbs Updated July 1, 2024

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Our December 2023 survey of local agents found that the average real estate commission in Pennsylvania is 5.48%, which is about equal to the national average of 5.49%. Calculate your estimated commission in Pennsylvania.

To sell a house worth $269,246 — the median home value in Pennsylvania — you'll pay about $14,755 in realtor fees.

Realtor commission is usually the largest cost you'll face when selling your home — but you don't have to pay the full 5.48%. You can use a discount broker to save on realtor fees.

Clever Real Estate could help you save thousands on commission by pre-negotiating 1.5% listing fees with full-service Pennsylvania realtors from top brokerages.

On that same Pennsylvania home, you'd pay just $10,200, up to 31% less than paying average rates.

»SAVE: Sell with Clever for 1.5% listing fees and save thousands in commission!

How real estate commission works in Pennsylvania

Average listing commission 2.81%
Average buyer's agent commission 2.67%
Total average commission 5.48%
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There are usually two real estate agents involved in the real estate transactions of a home sale:

  • The seller's agent (also called the listing agent), who represents the home seller
  • The buyer's agent, who represents the person buying the home

Based on our research, the average real estate commission paid in Pennsylvania for listing agents is 2.81% of the final home price and 2.67% for buyer's agents, for a total of 5.48%.

» LEARN: How do real estate broker commissions work?

Real estate commission calculator for Pennsylvania

Use this commission calculator to estimate how much you'll pay in realtor fees when you sell your home in Pennsylvania. Enter an estimate of your home's sale price, and see how much you'll pay at different commission rates.

If you want to decrease your realtor fees, Clever can connect you with a top local listing agent who charges just 1.5%. This will allow you to retain more money from the sale for yourself.

» SAVE: Sell with Clever for 1.5% listing fees and save thousands in commission!

Who pays realtor fees in Pennsylvania?

When selling a home in Pennsylvania, the real estate agent commissions for both the seller's and buyer's agents are taken out of the final sale price. You don't need to pay these fees upfront.

The seller's agent earns their share of the commission by providing services including market analysis and handling the closing process. The buyer's agent earns their commission by bringing a qualified buyer who meets the contract terms and closes on time.

You don't have to pay these commissions yourself - like closing costs, they are deducted from the sale proceeds when the transaction closes.

If you want to lower your realtor fees, Clever can connect you with a top local listing agent charging just 1.5% commission. This will let you keep more money from the sale in your pocket.

Why do sellers pay the buyer's real estate agent commission?

Offering to cover the buyer's agent commission can attract more potential buyers to your home.

Paying this fee makes your listing more appealing to buyers, since they won't have to pay their agent's commission upfront on top of the down payment and closing costs. Many buyers can't afford these extra upfront costs.

When you make a competitive offer on the buyer's agent commission, real estate agents are more incentivized to show your home to their clients. This can increase your chances of getting multiple offers. Real estate experts suggest advertising a buyer's agent commission within 0.5% of the local norm, which is 2.67% in Pennsylvania.

Will the NAR lawsuit change how real estate commission works?

On March 15, 2024, the National Association of Realtors agreed to pay $418 million in damages to settle a real estate commission lawsuit the industry group lost in November 2023. 

While the full impact of the settlement is yet to be determined, experts believe that the change will eventually lead to lower buyer's agent commissions and give buyers the ability to negotiate those commissions based on the services they need. 

The terms of the settlement are scheduled to take effect in mid-July 2024. But, the settlement hasn't been officially approved yet, and it could be delayed or changed by objections. We'll continue to monitor the status of the settlement and the effects it has on the real estate industry.

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How to save on realtor fees in Pennsylvania

Commission rates are not set in stone. In fact, we found that while 2.81% is the average listing commission in Pennsylvania, rates typically fall between 2.50% and 4.00%. You can save money by negotiating a lower rate with your listing agent or by working with a discount real estate brokerage.

Listing commission range 2.50%– 4.00%
Buyer's agent commission 2.50%– 3.00%
Total commission range 5.00%– 7.00%
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» LEARN: What's the commission on a $1 million home?

Can I negotiate realtor commission in Pennsylvania?

Real estate commission is always negotiable. In Pennsylvania, the 21 agents we surveyed said these were their most common reasons for agreeing to lower their commission.

Would you lower your commission for…? Agents who answered yes
Homeowners who are repeat clients 86%
Homeowners who also plan to buy with you 76%
Homeowners with more than one property to sell 76%
Higher property values 62%
Seller’s situation (e.g. divorce or death in the family) 48%
High competition for clients 43%
Periods of low housing inventory 43%
Homes expected to sell quickly 38%
High buyer demand in the area 29%
Highly experienced home sellers 29%
Houses in excellent condition 10%
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Negotiating realtor fees in Pennsylvania depends on two main factors: your situation and the housing market.

Factor You may have an easier time negotiating low rates if...
Your situation
  • You're selling a high-value home
  • You have a personal relationship with a realtor
  • You can offer a realtor repeat business
The Pennsylvania housing market
  • Homes are selling quickly
  • There are relatively few homes listed for sale
  • Home values are rising
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While your personal situation may vary, the real estate market conditions in Pennsylvania will impact all home sellers in the area.

Generally in a seller's market, where home sellers have more leverage than buyers, listing agents' jobs are easier so they may be more willing to reduce their commission rates. The opposite is often true in a buyer's market.

Not comfortable negotiating with a realtor? Avoid the awkward conversation and let Clever pre-negotiate a lower rate with a top agent for you.

To assess the current state of your local real estate market, look at these three factors:

  • Months of inventory
  • Sale to list price
  • Home value trends

If all factors indicate Pennsylvania is a seller's market, you may be in a good position to negotiate a lower commission rate with your agent. If market conditions are mixed or favor buyers, it may be tougher to get your realtor to accept a cheaper fee.

The current state of the Pennsylvania real estate market

Factor Trends Indication
Months of inventory There's 1.08 months of housing inventory on the market Seller's market
Sale-to-list ratio Homes are selling for 100.00% of their listing price Seller's market
Home values Home values have risen 12.91% year over year Seller's market
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» LEARN: See state-by-state average commission rates. How does your state compare?

Low commission real estate companies in Pennsylvania 

Negotiating a lower rate with a professional negotiator can be hard! In many cases, home sellers can save just as much (or more!) by selling with a low commission real estate company.

Discount real estate brokers typically offer full-service support for a reduced commission percentage or flat rate. How they create those discounts will depend on the company's model, with some creating more risks and trade-offs than others.

Best for most sellers

Clever Real Estate

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4.9
Excellent

Listing Fee

1.5% ($3,000 min.)

Availability

Nationwide

Customer Rating

5.0 (2,627)

Overview

Pricing

Reviews

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Overview: For Pennsylvania sellers looking to reduce commissions without compromising service, Clever is our top recommendation.

✅ Benefits and features: Clever provides discounted rates up to 50% lower from traditional agents at major brokerages like RE/MAX and Compass. Its matching service has high ratings and is free to use without obligation.

🏠 How it works: Clever matches sellers with the best local realtors to compare and select the best fit. Regardless of your agent choice, you get Clever's special 1.5% listing fee.

Pros

  • Work with a Pennsylvania agent from a leading traditional brokerage, not a discount realtor
  • Agents offer services at up to 50% off their typical rates through Clever
  • Extensive agent selection among top local realtors

Cons

  • No guarantee of working with a specific pre-selected agent or firm
  • Add-ons like staging and photography may carry added costs (agents provide fee breakdowns during their presentations)

Fee structure

  • 1.5% listing commission ($3,000 min.) paid at closing
  • 2–3% buyer’s agent commission paid at closing
Weighted avg. 5.0 2,627
Trustpilot 5.0 2,402
Google 4.8 225

Website: listwithclever.com
Phone: 1-833-225-3837
Hours: 8 a.m.–10 p.m. EST, 7 days a week
Address: 6358 Delmar Blvd, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63130

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Redfin Pennsylvania

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4.7
Very good

Listing Fee

1.5% ($2,000–3,500 min.)

Availability

Multi-state

Customer Rating

N/A*

Overview

Pricing

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Overview: Redfin’s discount real estate service offers a decent value overall for most home sellers in Pennsylvania.

✅ Benefits and features: Redfin’s 1.5% listing fees can net you solid savings, and you can get an additional 0.5% listing fee savings if you sell and buy with Redfin within 12 months. Redfin is also a large, well-established brand with more discount realtors to choose from than many local discount real estate brokers.

🚩 Potential red flags: Redfin’s tech-centric and team-based approach to selling isn’t for everyone. Redfin conducts most of the process remotely, and you work with a Lead Agent and a back-office team. Redfin has a minimum fee of $2,000 in most Pennsylvania markets, but the minimum fee is $2,500 in Pittsburgh and $3,500 in Philadelphia.

Pros

  • Good listing fee savings
  • Established brand and decent agent selection
  • Tech-forward approach may appeal to some sellers

Cons

  • High-volume, team-centric approach may not be for everyone
  • Less agent selection than Clever
  • Slightly higher minimum fee than other Pennsylvania options
  • Limited service availability in Pennsylvania

Fee structure

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Website: redfin.com
Phone: 1-844-759-7732
Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. EST, 7 days a week
Address: 993 Old Eagle School Rd, Suite 417, Wayne, PA 19087
Areas served: Allentown, Bethlehem, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, and more

Houwzer

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4.0
Very good

Listing Fee

1%

Availability

Multi-state

Customer Rating

5.0 (907)

Overview

Pricing

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Our take: Houwzer stands out with a 1% listing fee at closing, offering considerable savings for sellers and a full-service experience. 

✅ Benefits and features: Houwzer has an excellent average review score, indicating customers are satisfied with the low listing fee and quality of service. 

🚩 Potential red flags:The length of your MLS listing period is unclear, which could lead to unexpected costs or delays. We also couldn’t find any recorded transactions in Pennsylvania, suggesting a limited presence or market experience in the state.

Pros

  • Low 1% listing fee
  • High review scores reflect positive customer experiences
  • Full-service offering, from listing to closing

Cons

  • Exact service coverage and agent selection beyond Philadelphia are unclear
  • 1% listing fee at closing
  • 2% minimum buyer’s agent commission at closing
Weighted avg. 5.0 997
Facebook N/A 89
Google 5.0 95
Zillow 5.0 813

Website: houwzer.com
Phone: (215) 607-8942
Address: 1435 Walnut St, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Areas served: Greater Philadelphia area; Orlando, FL; Tampa, FL; Maryland, South Jersey, and Washington DC

» LEARN: How do discount real estate brokers offer lower fees?

Next steps

Thinking of selling your home but don't know where to start? Here are some next steps.

Start interviewing local agents

Set up some listing appointments, where an agent visits your home to discuss its estimated value, lay out their marketing strategy, and provide a quote for their fee.

Here's why it's smart to sit down with a few agents before signing with one:

It's completely free to meet with agents: There's no obligation or risk on your end. Just keep in mind that the agent is meeting with you to win your business, and will try to sell you on their service.

You can compare pricing and features: Shopping around helps you find the best fit for your specific needs – in terms of fees, experience, and services provided.

Learn more about your market from an expert: Realtors can provide local data, like how much nearby homes are selling for, how fast they sell, and other current market trends.

Learn about the home sales process: An agent can walk you through the sales process from start to finish, and provide tailored advice for marketing your property to home buyers.

To get started, check out our guide on the best ways to find real estate agents — or you can sign up for Clever’s free agent matching service below to connect with top realtors in your area right now (and save on commission).

Clever has pre-negotiated low commission rates of only 1.5%, with Pennsylvania's top agents. Contact Clever today to find out how much you can save on commission!

👋 Next Steps: Find an agent!

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You can interview your Clever agent matches, get free pricing estimates, and compare marketing plans — all with no strings attached.

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Methodology

We gathered our commission rate data from a survey of 630 of our partner agents. The survey asked about standard local rates for both listing and buying agents. We also asked agents about when and why they're willing to negotiate real estate commissions. 

Additionally, we utilized the following data from Zillow and Realtor.com:

  • Home values, list prices, and sale prices: Based on Zillow data as of May 2024
  • Sale-to-list ratios: Based on Zillow data as of May 2024 (unless specified otherwise)
  • Months of inventory: Based on Realtor.com data as of May 2024

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