📊 The data: We surveyed local agents and found that the average real estate commission in Alabama is 5.61%, which is higher than the national average of 5.50%.
That means, to sell an average Alabama house worth $167,100 you’ll pay about $9,400 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 5.61%.
Selling with a discount real estate company like Clever could help you save thousands on commission. Clever negotiates 1% listing fees with full-service Alabama realtors from top brokers.
On that same $167,100 home — you'd pay just $7,600, up to 19% less than paying average rates.
Below, we cover everything you need to know about Alabama real estate commission fees and share tips on how to save more when you sell.
How real estate agent commission works in Alabama
There are usually two real estate agents involved in 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
Both agents earn a percentage of the home's final price when the sale closes. This payment is called real estate agent commission, and it's baked into the sale price when you sell your home.
Based on our research, the average commission split in Alabama has 50.5% of the commission going to the listing agent and 49.5% going to the buyer's agent.
» LEARN: How do real estate commissions work?
Who pays realtor fees in Alabama?
In Alabama, home sellers pay real estate commission fees out of the final sale proceeds for both agents involved in a deal.
However, since this commission is baked into the sales price, you could say that the home buyer is paying — at least in part — through a higher price.
» LEARN: Who pays realtor commission?
How to save on real estate commission in Alabama
💰 Best ways to save on commission:
Keep reading to learn how you can negotiate cheaper rates or find low commission companies that negotiate lower realtor fees for you!
Tips for negotiating realtor commission in Alabama
Whether you’re selling a college rental in Tuscaloosa, a luxury condo in Gulf Shores, or a modest bungalow in Huntsville, you can almost always negotiate a lower commission rate on your sale.
Negotiating a lower realtor percentage in Alabama depends on two main factors: your situation and the housing market.
You may have an easier time negotiating low rates if...
The Alabama housing market
While your personal situation will obviously vary, Alabama real estate market conditions will affect all home sellers in your area.
In general, in a seller's market — where home sellers have more leverage than buyers — a listing agent's job is easier and they may be more willing to lower their commission rates. The opposite is usually true in a buyer's market.
To judge the current state of your real estate market, look at these three factors:
- Months of inventory ⓘ
- Sale to list price ⓘ
- Home value trends ⓘ
If every factor points to Alabama being a seller's market, then 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 more challenging to persuade your realtor to accept a cheaper fee.
The current state of the Alabama real estate market
Months of inventory
There's 1.0 months of housing inventory on the market
Homes are selling for 100.40% of their listing price
Home values have risen 9.7% year over year
Find a top realtor in Alabama
Ready to negotiate with an agent in your area? We looked at the data and found the top Alabama agents for you.
Low commission real estate companies in Alabama
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.
These are some of the top discount and flat-fee MLS services in Alabama.
The top discount real estate companies in Alabama
Discount real estate companies typically offer full-service support for a reduced commission percentage or flat rate. Like traditional agents, these agents are fully licensed and have met all of the requirements of the Alabama real estate commission board.
How they create those discounts will depend on the company's model, with some creating more risks and tradeoffs than others.
💲 Listing Fee
$3,000 or 1%
💰 Avg. Savings
⭐ Avg. Customer Rating
4.9/5 (1,004 reviews)
Clever is a quick, easy, and free way to find a top-rated local agent. And, unlike many similar companies, Clever pre-negotiates big discounts on your behalf, so you can save thousands without sacrificing on service.
- Free, nationwide agent-matching service that partners with full-service local agents from conventional brokerages like Keller Williams, Century 21, and RE/MAX
- Provides multiple agent matches so you can interview, compare marketing plans, and choose the best fit
- Pre-negotiates low rates on your behalf — you get full service for a flat $3,000 listing fee, or just 1% if the home sells for more than $350,000
- If you buy with Clever, you could get a check worth up to 0.5% of the home price
- You may not get matched with an agent from your preferred real estate brokerage.
- Agents may not provide premium services like drone photography and professional home staging.
As of April 2, 2021, Clever has a 4.9 out of 5 rating on Trustpilot, based on 974 reviews.
Clever has pre-negotiated low commission rates with top agents in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.
💲 Listing Fee
1.5% (min. fees vary)
💰 Avg. Savings
⭐ Avg. Customer Rating
3.2/5 (287 reviews)
Redfin offers real savings and a proven brand. But sellers could compromise on service — especially agent experience and availability.
- If you buy and sell with Redfin, you'll get a 0.5% listing fee discount
- Redfin gives its listings premium placement in its popular home search app
- If finding the right agent is a top priority, you'll have limited options — Redfin only has a few agents in each of its markets
- Redfin agents handle more customers at once than the average realtor, so they may not be able to provide as much personalized service
Redfin has a 3.2 out of 5 rating (287 reviews) across popular review sites like Google and Yelp.
Redfin is available in 80+ U.S. markets (see all locations).
The top flat-fee MLS listing services in Alabama
Flat-fee MLS services list your home on your local MLS for a low fee, often around $100-300. The trade-off is that you'll have to handle almost the entire home-selling process yourself. If you're a real estate novice, or simply don't have the time to sell your home without a realtor, this might not be a good option.
Experienced sellers who know what services they do and don't need
- If you know exactly what you need, you can go with a cheaper package and buy the extras on their own.
- There's no cancellation fee for live listings.
- You can pay a little more for showing and open house assistance.
- There's only one photo included in the base package.
- List With Freedom offers no built-in pricing support or home valuation.
Experienced investors who need only a basic MLS listing
- You can set up a free FSBO web page along with your MLS listing.
- It's easy to switch to a full-service agent if you decide FSBO isn't for you.
- This broker offers only one flat-fee MLS package. However, the company offers a higher-priced full-service option if you want help with facilitating your sale.
- The company's flat-fee MLS option allows fewer photos and changes to your listing.
Alabama boasts one of the lowest costs of living in the United States, with housing costs that are nearly 50% lower than the national average. And the state has something to offer everyone, from the beaches of Gulf Shores, to college football Saturdays in Auburn, to the Southern charm and historic homes of Mobile.
But even though housing is super affordable in Alabama, the state still has a very healthy real estate market, with median home values rising steadily over the past decade. The Gulf Coast has a booming tourism industry, and the state has 61 (!) college towns, so demand for housing is high and steady throughout the state. And where demand is high, so are your chances of negotiating a lower commission.
If you’re interested in saving thousands on your commission, Clever has already pre-negotiated low listing rates of only 1%, or $3,000, with some of Alabama’s top real estate agents. Contact Clever today to find out how much you can save!
Our data on commission rates is based on a survey of 915 of our partner agents, in which we asked for typical rates for both buyer's and seller's agents in their area.
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 2021
- Sale prices and sale-to-list ratios: Based on Redfin data as of April 2021 (unless specified otherwise)
- Months of inventory: Based on Realtor.com data as of June 2021