📊 The data:
We surveyed local agents and found that the average real estate commission in Missouri is 5.72%, which is higher than the national average of 5.37%.
To sell a house in Missouri worth $238,760 — the median home value in Missouri — you’ll pay about $13,657 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 5.72%.
Clever Real Estate could help you save thousands on commission by pre-negotiating 1.5% listing fees with full-service Missouri realtors from top brokerages.
On that same $238,760 home — you'd pay just $9,600, up to 30% less than paying average rates.
How real estate agent commission works
|Average listing commission||2.96%|
|Average buyer's agent commission||2.76%|
|Total average commission||5.72%|
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
Based on our research, the average commission rate for listing agents is 2.96% of the final home price and 2.76% for buyer's agents, for a total of 5.72%.
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Who pays realtor fees in Missouri?
In Missouri, home sellers pay real estate commission fees out of the final sale proceeds for both agents involved in a deal. Offering to pay for the buyer's agent's commission is an incentive for agents to show your home to their clients.
If you'd like to save on commissions, Clever can connect you with a top listing agent in your area. You'll pay just 1.5% (or $3,000 if your home sells for less than $350,000), keeping more money in your pocket at the end of your sale.
Want to find a top local agent in Missouri without overpaying on realtor fees? Clever negotiates 1.5% listing fees with top-rated Missouri real estate agents from trusted brokerages like Keller Williams, RE/MAX, and Berkshire Hathaway.
Get guaranteed full service for a fraction of the 2.96% rate Missouri agents typically charge. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a top local agent today!
How to save on realtor fees in Missouri
Commission rates are not set in stone. In fact, we found that while 5.72% is the average in Missouri, rates typically fall between 5.26% and 6.20%. You can save money by negotiating a lower rate with your listing agent or by working with brokerage that has a discounted commission model.
|Listing commission range||2.73%– 3.20%|
|Buyer's agent commission||2.53%– 3.00%|
|Total commission range||5.26%– 6.20%|
Tips for negotiating realtor commission in Missouri
Whether you’re selling a loft in downtown St. Louis, a family home in Kirkwood, or a commercial property in Kansas City, you can almost always negotiate a lower commission rate — if you know how to ask!
Negotiating a lower realtor percentage in Missouri depends on two main factors: your situation and the housing market.
|Factor||You may have an easier time negotiating low rates if...|
|The Missouri housing market||
While your personal situation will obviously vary, Missouri 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 Missouri 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 Missouri real estate market
|Months of inventory||There's 1.3 months of housing inventory on the market||Seller's market|
|Sale-to-list ratio||Homes are selling for 97.57% of their listing price||Buyer's market|
|Home values||Home values have risen 42.32% year over year||Seller's market|
Low commission real estate companies in Missouri
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 Missouri.
The top discount real estate companies in Missouri
Discount real estate companies 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 EstateGet Started
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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.
- Clever offers a free, nationwide agent-matching service that partners with full-service local agents from conventional brokerages like Keller Williams, Century 21, and RE/MAX.
- You get multiple agent matches so you can interview, compare marketing plans, and choose the best fit.
- Clever pre-negotiates low rates on your behalf — you get full service for a low 1.5% listing fee.
- If you buy with Clever, you could get cash back after closing.
- 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.
Clever has a 4.9 out of 5 rating on Trustpilot, based on 1,710 reviews.
Clever has pre-negotiated low commission rates with top agents in all 50 states and Washington, DC.
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Redfin offers real savings and is 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 3.8 out of 5 rating (425 reviews) across popular review sites like Google and Yelp.
Redfin is available in 80+ U.S. markets (see all locations).
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Trelora's flat fee offers big savings at higher price points — but the company may provide less personalized service and local support than a traditional agent.
- Trelora's 1% listing fee makes it one of the cheapest real estate companies for home sellers
- Trelora's commission rebate offers qualifying home buyers solid overall value
- Trelora agents juggle up to 20x as many customers as the average realtor
- Since agents handle so many customers at once, you'll be competing with a LOT of other people for your agent's time and attention
- This high-volume approach greatly increases the risk of mistakes, oversights, and delays that could impact your experience
Trelora has a 4.7 out of 5 rating (1,155 reviews) across popular review sites like Google, Yelp, and Zillow.
Trelora is available in the following areas: AZ, CA, CO, GA, NC, SC, WA.
The top flat fee MLS listing services in Missouri
Flat fee MLS services list your home on your local MLS for a low fee, often around $100–$800. The trade-off is that you'll have to handle almost the entire home-selling process yourself.
Avenue Real Estate GroupAvenue Real Estate Group
- You'll recieve a basic listing for the lowest possible price - lower than all competitors in the area.
- Your listing is supported by a real estate brokerage, so you can upgrade to agent support at any time without a cancellation fee.
- Specific details regarding your listing services aren't available until you've submitted your information to the company, so you won't know what you're getting ahead of time.
- All necessary seller's disclosures are included in any package.
- A yard sign and lockbox are included for free in most packages.
- Listing periods are shorter than competitors in a similar price range.
- The base package is fairly spare - offering only 8 photos and no additional services.
Missouri combines the quaint charm of the Midwest with the genteel courtesy of the South. Add in its low cost of living, and you have a tremendously appealing place to live. There are charming small towns throughout the state, Branson is a major tourism hub, and St. Louis is a major city undergoing a major resurgence.
Home values have nearly doubled in Missouri over the last decade, though they’re still below the national average. That suggests there’s a lot of value to be found here, especially in urban markets that are experiencing revitalization. Low inventory should keep demand high for the foreseeable future, making this a great market for investors and buyers alike.
If you’re interested in saving thousands on real estate commission when you sell, Clever has already pre-negotiated low listing rates of only 1.5%, or $3,000, with some of Missouri’s top real estate agents. Contact Clever today to find out how much you can save!
Clever can connect you with top local agents sell your house for a pre-negotiated low rate: just a 1.5% listing fee when your home sells (half the typical rate!).
You can interview your Clever agent matches, get free pricing estimates, and compare marketing plans — all with no strings attached.
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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.
Additionally, we utilized the following data from Zillow and Realtor.com:
- Home values, list prices, and sale prices: Based on Zillow data as of July 2023
- Sale prices and sale-to-list ratios: Based on Redfin data as of February 2023 (unless specified otherwise)
- Months of inventory: Based on Realtor.com data as of February 2023
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