Average Real Estate Commission in Iowa

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Bailey Peterson

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March 6th, 2021

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How commission works | Getting low rates | Low commission companies | Methodology

📊 The data: We polled local agents and found that the average real estate commission in Iowa is 5.66%, which is higher than the national average of 5.45%.

For a house sold for $157,584, this rate translates to $8,919 in real estate agent commission costs.

Realtor commission is usually the largest cost that home sellers face, but the upside is that it also represents the biggest potential for savings.

» MORE: Learn how Clever can help you save on commission.

Below, we cover everything you need to know commission costs in Iowa and also give you tips for getting low rates.

How real estate agent commission works in Iowa

There are two real estate agents involved in a typical home sale:

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

The seller's and buyer's agent get paid a percentage of the home's final price when the sale is finalized. This payment is called real estate agent commission, and is baked into the sale price of a home and split between the two agents.

» LEARN: More about how real estate commissions work.

Based on our research, the average commission split in Iowa has 51.69% of the commission going to the listing agent and 48.31% going to the buyer's agent.

Who pays for real estate commissions?

Home sellers are responsible for paying the real estate commission of both the agent representing them, as well as the agent representing whoever buys their home.

However, since the realtor commission is baked into the sales price you could say that the home buyer is paying — at least in-part — through a higher sales price.

» MORE: Who pays realtor commission.

How to save on real estate commission in Iowa

💰Best ways to save

While there are a number of options for home sellers looking to save on commission, good options for most home sellers include:
  • Negotiating rates with a traditional realtor
  • Working with a low commission real estate company

» MORE: Options for saving on realtor commission

Want to negotiate a better-than-average commission with your realtor? It might be a good time to try.

Iowa is in the middle of a seller’s market. As a result, agents won’t have to work as hard to sell your home, so they may be open to offering a reduced fee.

Although the median home value in the state only increased by around 3% since 2019, houses are selling in 39.5 days, on average, which is extremely fast compared to stagnant markets where listings can last for six months or more.

Below we cover how you can negotiate lower rates, and list some of our recommendations of low commission real estate companies that you should consider.

With Clever you can save on commission without negotiating… AND work with top agents!

Clever has pre-negotiated low commission rates, with top local agents across the country.

The result is that you can save thousands of dollars when you sell your home, without having to haggle over commission rates!

With a Clever agent, you get full service and only pay a listing commission of $3,000 or 1%.

Tips for negotiating realtor commission in Iowa

Successfully negotiating commission rates depends mainly on two 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 Iowa housing market
  • Homes are selling quickly
  • There are relatively few homes listed for sale
  • Home values are rising

» LEARN: How you can negotiate lower commission rates.

While the personal factors that affect your ability to negotiate commission rates are unique to you, the local real estate market conditions will affect all home sellers in Iowa.

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 inclined to offer lower commission rates. The opposite is true in a buyer's market.

📖Definitions

Months of inventory, is measured by dividing the homes listed for sale in the most recent month by the number of homes actually sold in that month. It is a key indicator of how much supply and demand there is for houses in a market.

Sale-to-list is calculated by dividing the median sale price by the median listing price in a given area. If homes in your area are generally selling for more than their listing price, that is a good indication that you are in a seller's market.

Home values rising in your area indicate that demand is growing. Whereas if this figure is falling, then it's more likely that homes in your area are becoming less desirable.

To judge the current state of the real estate market, you can look at three factors: months of inventory, sale to list price, and home value trends. Below, we've included a current breakdown of these factors in Iowa.

Stats and facts: The current state of the Iowa real estate market

Factor
Trends
Indication
Months of inventory
There's 1.3 months of housing inventory on the market
Seller's market
Sale-to-list price
Homes are selling for 98.90% of their listing price
Seller's market
Home value
Home values have risen/fallen 2.61% year over year
Neutral

Low commission real estate companies in Iowa

Home sellers looking to save money when selling their home should consider a low commission real estate company. To help you out, Clever has picked some of the top discount and flat-fee MLS services across the state:

Discount real estate brokers in Iowa

Discount real estate brokers are companies that will list your home for a reduced commission percentage or flat rate. The catch is that the service might not be on-par with what you'd get from a top local agent.

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» MORE: About discount real estate brokers.

Flat-fee MLS listing services Iowa

Flat-fee MLS listing services offer to post your home on your local MLS for a low rate 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, this might not be a good option for you.

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» MORE: About flat-fee MLS services.

Methodology

Data on commission rates is based on a survey of 554 of our partner agents, in which we asked them to indicate the typical rates for both buyer's and seller's agents in their area. Due to data limitations, Iowa commission figures were inferred from regional averages.

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

  • Home values, list prices, and sale prices: Based on Zillow data as of September, 2020
  • Sale prices and sale-to-list ratios: Based on Redfin data as of September, 2020 (unless specified otherwise)
  • Months of inventory: Based on Realtor.com data as of September, 2020

Additional resources for Iowa home sellers