📊 The data:
Our December 2023 survey of local agents found that the average real estate commission in Georgia is 5.81%, which is higher than the national average of 5.49%. Calculate your estimated commission in Georgia.
The average total real estate agent commission rate in Georgia is 5.81% of the final sale price. Based on the latest median home sale price in Georgia ($317,982), that translates to a total cost of roughly $18,475.
Home sellers typically cover the total commission fee from their sale proceeds, which is split between the listing and buyer’s agents who handle the sale. In Georgia, the average listing agent fee is 2.93%, while the average buyer’s agent fee is 2.88%.
Real estate agent commissions make up a significant portion of the closing costs for Georgia home sellers. But you don't have to pay the full 5.81% to a traditional agent. If you're selling a home in Georgia, you can use a discount broker to save on realtor fees. In fact, depending on your situation and the agents you work with, you could save 34% on realtor fees, or about $6,317 on average.
⚡ Find top agents and save: Answer these five simple questions to get matched with the best local agents offering reduced commission rates. Compare agents from top brokerages like Keller Williams and RE/MAX, and get a discounted rate through Clever’s partner network.
How real estate commission works in Georgia
|Average listing commission
|Average buyer's agent commission
|Total average commission
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 Georgia for listing agents is 2.93% of the final home price and 2.88% for buyer's agents, for a total of 5.81%.
Real estate commission calculator for Georgia
Use this commission calculator to estimate how much you'll pay in realtor fees when you sell your home in Georgia. Enter an estimate of your home's sale price, and see how much you'll pay at different commission rates.
If you want to reduce your realtor fees, Clever can connect you with a top local listing agent charging just 1.5% commission. This will allow you to keep more of the sale proceeds for yourself.
Who pays realtor fees in Georgia?
When a home is sold in Georgia, the sales commissions for both the seller's and buyer's real estate agents are subtracted from the final sale price. These fees do not need to be paid upfront.
The seller's agent earns their commission by providing services like market analysis and handling the closing process. The buyer's agent makes their commission by bringing a qualified buyer who meets the purchase terms and closes on time.
The seller does not pay these commissions out of pocket. Similar to closing costs, the agents' fees are deducted from the sale proceeds once the sale is completed.
Why do sellers pay the buyer's real estate agent commission?
Offering to cover the buyer's agent commission may draw more potential buyers to your listing.
Paying this fee makes your home more enticing for buyers, as they won't need to pay their agent's commission upfront on top of the down payment and closing costs - something many buyers cannot afford.
When you make a competitive offer on the buyer's agent commission, real estate agents become more inclined to show your property to their clients. This can increase your odds of garnering multiple offers. Experts suggest advertising a buyer's agent commission within 0.5% of the local norm, which is 2.88% in Georgia.
Will the NAR lawsuit change how real estate commission works?
A November 2023 lawsuit found the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Homeservices of America, and Keller Williams Realty guilty of misleading sellers into paying high realtor fees.
The judge agreed with the plaintiffs that sellers should not be on the hook for the buyer's agent commission. It's too early to tell if this decision will change how buyer's agents are paid. We're monitoring the appeal in this case as well as other lawsuits and will keep you updated.
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How to save on realtor fees in Georgia
Commission rates are not set in stone. In fact, we found that while 2.93% is the average listing commission in Georgia, rates typically fall between 1.50% and 3.60%. 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
|Buyer's agent commission
|Total commission range
Can I negotiate realtor commission in Georgia?
Real estate commission is always negotiable. In Georgia, the 25 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
|Homeowners with more than one property to sell
|Homeowners who also plan to buy with you
|Seller’s situation (e.g. divorce or death in the family)
|High competition for clients
|Homes expected to sell quickly
|Higher property values
|Periods of low housing inventory
|Houses in excellent condition
|High buyer demand in the area
|Highly experienced home sellers
Negotiating realtor fees in Georgia depends on two main factors: your situation and the housing market.
|You may have an easier time negotiating low rates if...
|The Georgia housing market
While your personal situation may differ, real estate conditions in Georgia will affect 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 commissions. 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 evaluate the current state of your local real estate market, examine these three factors:
- Months of inventory
- Sale to list price ratio
- Home value trends
If all signs point to Georgia being a seller’s market, you may be in a good position to negotiate a lower commission with your agent. If conditions are mixed or favor buyers, it may be harder to get your agent to accept a cheaper rate.
The current state of the Georgia real estate market
|Months of inventory
|There's 2.24 months of housing inventory on the market
|Homes are selling for 97.70% of their listing price
|Home values have risen 18.15% year over year
Low commission real estate companies in Georgia
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.
Clever Real EstateLearn more
Overview: For homeowners in Georgia aiming to economize on realtor commission while still receiving full service, Clever stands out as the top choice.
✅ Benefits and features: Clever enables sellers to access substantial savings—up to half the standard rates—on commissions compared to traditional realtors. Also noteworthy is Clever's match-making service, which is renowned for its excellence and offered at no cost and without any commitment.
🏠 How it works: Clever pairs you with leading real estate agents from well-known brokerages, including the likes of RE/MAX and Compass. You'll have the freedom to vet and select the ideal agent for your needs while securing a competitive 1.5% listing fee (aligning with Redfin's rate), irrespective of your agent choice.
- Engage with a full-service agent from a reputable brokerage (not a budget agent)
- Agents offer up to 50% off their standard commission rates through Clever
- Unmatched variety in agent choices—pick from a comprehensive list of top Georgia realtors
- No certainty of pairing with a particular agent or brokerage of your preference
- Extras such as professional home staging, aerial drone photography, and 3D home tours might incur additional charges (agents will outline what's included during the listing consultation)
- 1.5% listing commission ($3,000 min.) paid at closing
- 2–3% buyer’s agent commission paid at closing
Redfin GeorgiaRead More
Overview: For Georgia homeowners looking to cut costs on agent commissions while still receiving a full-service selling experience, Redfin emerges as a solid choice.
✅ Benefits and features: Redfin tempts sellers with a primary 1.5% listing fee, yielding considerable savings. If you engage in both selling and purchasing a home within a year through Redfin, they sweeten the deal with an additional 0.5% reduction in listing fees. Their robust presence and expansive network provide a broader selection of discount realtors than many other local competitors.
🚩 Potential red flags: The high-tech, collaborative model that Redfin utilizes may not suit every seller's preferences. Redfin primarily manages the sales process through digital means, pairing you with a principal agent as well as a support team behind the scenes. Redfin also has a minimum $2,000–4,500 commission fee in Georgia. Depending on your home’s sale price, you may end up paying more than the 1.5% advertised rate.
- Solid listing fee savings
- Established brand and decent agent selection
- Tech-forward approach may appeal to some sellers
- Higher minimum fee range vs. other Georgia options
- High-volume, team-centric approach may not be for everyone
- Less agent selection than Clever
- Limited availability in some Georgia cities, including Albany, Athens, Augusta, and Macon
- 1.5% listing fee ($2,000–4,500 min. in Georgia) at closing
- 2–3% buyer’s agent commission at closing
- 0.5% listing fee refund if you also buy with Redfin within 12 months
*Not enough available data at this time
SimpleShowing IncLearn More
Overview: For those selling properties over the half-million-dollar mark, SimpleShowing offers substantial financial benefits, though their limited track record in local markets may raise concerns.
✅ Benefits and features: SimpleShowing's competitive 1% listing fee provides significant commission savings for sellers of high-value homes. The firm has garnered an impressive track record for customer satisfaction in certain states, such as Georgia and Florida, reflecting their commitment to quality service.
🚩 Potential red flags: Sellers with homes valued under $500,000 must be conscious of the $5,000 minimum charge, which will surpass the cost-saving benefits of the 1% fee structure. The sparse transaction history of SimpleShowing in Georgia also puts into question their depth of local market familiarity.
- Potential savings with low commission rate, particularly on high-value homes
- Full-service brokerage that includes professional photos
- Positive customer reviews
- Higher minimum fee may affect savings for lower-priced homes
- Limited transaction data in the Georgia market
- Limited agent selection in Georgia compared to Clever and Redfin
- 1% listing fee ($5,000 min.) paid at closing
- 2.5–3% buyer’s agent commission paid at closing
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).
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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 January 2024
- Sale-to-list ratios: Based on Zillow data as of January 2024 (unless specified otherwise)
- Months of inventory: Based on Realtor.com data as of January 2024