The Average North Dakota Real Estate Commission

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Bailey Peterson

September 1st, 2022
Updated September 1st, 2022

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📊 The data:

We surveyed local agents and found that the average real estate commission in North Dakota is 5.66%, which is higher than the national average of 5.37%.

To sell a house in North Dakota worth $278,322 — the median home value in North Dakota — you’ll pay about $15,753 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 5.66%.

Clever Real Estate could help you save thousands on commission by pre-negotiating 1% listing fees with full-service North Dakota realtors from top brokerages.

On that same $278,322 home — you'd pay just $10,500, up to 33% less than paying average rates.

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

How real estate agent commission works

Average listing commission
2.96%
Average buyer's agent commission
2.70%
Total average commission
5.66%

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 2.70% for buyer's agents, for a total of 5.66%.

» LEARN: How do real estate commissions work?

Who pays realtor fees in North Dakota?

In North Dakota, 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% (or $3,000 if your home sells for less than $350,000), keeping more money in your pocket at the end of your sale.

💰 Get a lower rate with a top North Dakota agent!

Want to find a top local agent in North Dakota without overpaying on realtor fees? Clever negotiates 1% listing fees with top-rated North Dakota 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 North Dakota agents typically charge. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a top local agent today!

How to save on realtor fees in North Dakota

Commission rates are not set in stone. In fact, we found that while 5.66% is the average in North Dakota, rates typically fall between 4.54% and 6.80%. 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
2.40%– 3.53%
Buyer's agent commission
2.14%– 3.27%
Total commission range
4.54%– 6.80%

Tips for negotiating realtor commission in North Dakota

Whether you’re selling a family home in Grand Forks, a commercial property in Fargo, or a cabin in Minot, you should always try to negotiate a lower commission rate — it could save you thousands of dollars!

Negotiating a lower realtor percentage in North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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, North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota real estate market

Factor
Trends
Indication
Months of inventory
There's 1.7 months of housing inventory on the market
Seller's market
Home values
Home values have risen 17.15% year over year
Seller's market

Low commission real estate companies in North Dakota

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 North Dakota.

The top discount real estate companies in North Dakota

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 Estate

Clever Real Estate

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💲 Listing Fee

$3,000 or 1%

💰 Avg. Savings

$7,375

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

4.9/5 (1,810 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 {ams_companies.clever.reviews_update_date}, Clever has a 4.9 out of 5 rating on Trustpilot, based on 1,710 reviews.


Read reviews from real Clever customers here.

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

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💲 Listing Fee

1.5% (min. fees vary)

💰 Avg. Savings

$5,550

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

3.8/5 (425 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.


Read the full Redfin review.

  • 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.


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 North Dakota

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.

Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Price Range

$425-849

Number of Photos

25-50

Listing Term

1 year

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Group is a national network of independent brokers that offer flat-fee MLS services in North Dakota
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you
$425 - Ltd. Service
  • 1-year listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Up to 25 photos
  • Phone/Email support
  • Printable color flyer
  • Sign
  • Combo lockbox
$549 + 0.5% at closing or $849 - Full Service
  • Same as Ltd. Service package, plus:
  • Up to 50 photos
  • Contracts, addendums, and disclosures
  • Negotiation assistance
  • Contract review and offer advice


Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Buyer inquiries forwarded directly to you
  • Pay no commission if you find an unrepresented buyer

Cons

  • No home valuation included

As of August 10, 2020, Jory Baumbach, the North Dakota Flat Fee Group broker, has a 5-out-of-5-star rating on Zillow (1 review).

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Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Price Range

$199 (+0.5% at closing)

Number of Photos

Listing Term

Listed until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Realty is a nationwide flat-fee MLS referral service, licensed in Connecticut, that connects you with North Dakota brokers and agents who will list your home on the MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • You set buyer’s agent commission
  • MLS photo upgrade available for $50
  • State disclosures and forms available
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Refund available within 30 days of purchase

$199 + 0.5% at closing - MLS Listing package

  • 1% commission if there’s no buyer’s agent
  • Listed on MLS until sold
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 6 Photos
  • Free state disclosures
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • No cancellation fee
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Broker assistance
  • Transaction guidance


MLS photo upgrade available for $50

Pros

  • Unlimited listing changes
  • No cancellation fee
  • Free state disclosures
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Refund available within 30 days of purchase

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis
  • Limited coverage in rural areas

As of August 11, 2020, no third-party reviews exist for Flat Fee Realty. We will update when this information becomes available.

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MLS My Home

MLS My Home

MLS My Home

Price Range

$49-99

Number of Photos

5-25

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • MLS My Home is a nationwide flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with local brokers and agents who will list your home on the MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • Listings posted on the MLS within 24-48 hours
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (within a required range in some locations, e.g. 2-3%)
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Cancel anytime
$49
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com and other major sites
  • 5 photos
  • Personal web page
  • Cancel any time
  • Pricing varies by city
$69
  • Same as $49 package, plus:
  • 15 photos
$99
  • Same as $69 package, plus:
  • 25 photos

Available packages, services, and pricing depend on location. Check the website for details about your local options.

Pros

  • Cancel anytime
  • No commission if you find the buyer
  • Buyer inquiries forwarded directly to you

Cons

  • Limited options and many states
  • No built-in home valuation
  • May not offer complete coverage in your state

As of August 17, 2020, MLS My Home has an average rating of 2.5/5 based on 280 reviews across Trustpilot, Yelp, and Facebook.


Note: MLS My Home will refer you to an independent, local broker who’s level of service and customer reviews may vary from MLS My Home’s, so be sure to research the broker before signing a listing agreement.

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Fizber

Fizber

Fizber

Price Range

$295-395

Number of Photos

6-25

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Fizber is a flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with local brokers and agents who will list your home on the MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • Requires that you offer buyer’s agent commission between 1-3%
  • Listing is typically live within 24 hours of submission
  • Fizber also offers an array of free resources and online tools (including home valuations), as well as à-la-carte downloadable forms and guidelines, such as disclosures, contracts, counteroffers, and more
$295 - MLS Boost
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • 6 photos
  • Featured listing on Fizber.com plus unlimited photos
  • Open House Manager Tool
  • Listing on Redfin, Zillow, Realtor.com, and Trulia
  • Social media sharing
$395 - Premium MLS Boost
  • Same as MLS Boost, plus:
  • 25 photos
  • Social media sharing, plus Facebook and Instagram Ads






Fizber also offers two non-MLS listing options:


$0 - Free Listing:
  • Unlimited photos on Fizber.com





$95 - Digital Boost
  • Same as Free Listing, plus:
  • Featured Listing
  • Open House Manager Tool
  • Listing on Redfin


Pros

  • Basic package includes social media postings — premium package includes target social ads
  • Listing appears on MLS within 24 hours of submission
  • Refundable up to 30 days

Cons

  • Listing expires after 6 months — can renew listing for a discounted rate
  • Only 6 photos with basic MLS listing package
  • Making changes to your listing may incur additional fees

As of August 5, 2020, Fizber has an average rating of 3.6/5 based on 88 reviews on Trustpilot and has a B- rating on the Better Business Bureau.

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ISoldMyHouse.com

ISoldMyHouse.com

iSoldMyHouse.com

Price Range

$299-399

Number of Photos

6-25

Listing Term

6-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • ISoldMyHouse.com is a nationwide flat-fee MLS referral service, operated by Get Listed Realty, that connects you with local brokers and agents who will list your home on the MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • You set buyer’s agent commission (recommend 2%-3%)
  • Listing is live within 24 hours
  • No cancellation fee
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • $299 - Get LISTED
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 6 or 10 Photos
    • Unlimited listing changes
    • Buyer leads forwarded to you
    • Contracts, disclosures, and other forms
    • Seller-managed ISoldMyHouse.com listing


  • $399 - Get SOLD
    • Same as Get LISTED package, plus:
    • 25 photos
    • 12-month listing on MLS (in some states)


A-la-carte services include signs, lockboxes, and more



Additional fees may apply or services may differ if you live in a state with laws about minimum brokerage service requirements.

Pros

  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • No cancellation fee
  • Free online guides and articles for selling a home without a realtor
  • Easy social media sharing on all the major platforms

Cons

  • The network of affiliate brokers doesn’t cover every county in the country
  • Only 6-10 photos in base package
  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis

As of August 11, 2020, iSoldMyHouse.com has an average rating of 4.1/5 based on 8 reviews on BirdEye and has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau.

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

Learn more

If you don’t like crowds, North Dakota is the state for you — it has the fifth-smallest population of any U.S. state, and 90% of the land here is devoted to agriculture. There’s plenty of room to spread out, and the state’s many small towns are famously friendly.
The state is friendly to business too, as it’s one of the lowest tax states in the U.S. That policy was a big factor in the North Dakota oil industry’s meteoric rise over the past decade.

Despite North Dakota’s tiny population, home values here are very healthy, and roughly on par with the national average. That speaks to the state’s appeal, as well as its twin booming industries of oil and agriculture.
As long as the economy keeps running hot — and all indicators point to yes — this should be a great market to buy into. Selling? You can expect a big windfall.
Commission can take a big bite out of your profits when it comes to a North Dakota home sale, but Clever can help you keep that money in your pocket by reducing your commission rate.

Clever pre-negotiates low 1% commission for you, or a flat fee of $3,000 if your home sells for less than $350,000, with top local agents. Contact Clever today to find out how to save thousands on commission!

👋 Next Steps: Find an agent!

Clever can connect you with top local listing agents who work for pre-negotiated low rates: just $3,000 for any home under $350,000, or 1% for more expensive homes.

You can interview your Clever agent matches, get free pricing estimates, and compare marketing plans — all with no strings attached.

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Methodology

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 August 2022
  • Months of inventory: Based on Realtor.com data as of August 2022

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