Average Real Estate Commission in Alabama

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Bailey Peterson

July 12th, 2021
Updated July 12th, 2021

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How commission works | How to save on commission | The current Alabama housing market | The best low commission companies | Methodology

📊 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.

» SAVE: Sell with Clever for 1% listing fees and save thousands in commission!

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:

  • Negotiating lower rates with a traditional realtor
  • Working with a low commission real estate company

Keep reading to learn how you can negotiate cheaper rates or find low commission companies that negotiate lower realtor fees for you!

💰 Sellers Can Save Thousands With Clever!

When you sell with Clever, you get full-service support from a top local agent and only pay a listing commission of 1% or $3,000. Clever sellers save an average of $9,000 on commission, no haggling required. Find a top local agent to sell your home now!

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.

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 Alabama housing market
  • Homes are selling quickly
  • There are relatively few homes listed for sale
  • Home values are rising

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.

» LEARN: Find our top tips for negotiating lower commission fees

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

Factor
Trends
Indication
Months of inventory
There's 1.0 months of housing inventory on the market
Seller's market
Sale-to-list ratio
Homes are selling for 100.40% of their listing price
Seller's market
Home values
Home values have risen 9.7% year over year
Seller's market

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.

» FIND: The best Alabama realtors by city

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.

Clever Real Estate

Clever Real Estate

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💲 Listing Fee

$3,000 or 1%

💰 Avg. Savings

$7,375

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

4.9/5 (1,004 reviews)

✍️ Editor's Take
Pros
Cons
Reviews
Locations

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.


Try Clever for free — save thousands on commission

  • 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.


Read reviews from real Clever customers here.

Clever has pre-negotiated low commission rates with top agents in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.

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💲 Listing Fee

1.5% (min. fees vary)

💰 Avg. Savings

$5,550

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

3.2/5 (287 reviews)

✍️ Editor's Take
Pros
Cons
Reviews
Locations

Redfin offers real savings and a proven brand. But sellers could compromise on service — especially agent experience and availability.


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  • 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.


Read reviews from real Redfin customers here.

Redfin is available in 80+ U.S. markets (see all locations).

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

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.

List With Freedom

List With Freedom

List With Freedom

Best For

Experienced sellers who know what services they do and don't need

Price Range

$89-295

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • There's only one photo included in the base package.
  • List With Freedom offers no built-in pricing support or home valuation.
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Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Best For

Experienced investors who need only a basic MLS listing

Price Range

$399-999

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.
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» MORE: What you need to know about flat-fee MLS services.

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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!

👋 Next Steps: Talk to an expert!

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Methodology

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

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