📊 The data:
We surveyed local agents and found that the average real estate commission in Ohio is 5.81%, which is higher than the national average of 5.37%.
The average total real estate agent commission rate in Ohio is 5.81% of the final sale price. Based on the latest median home sale price in Ohio ($218,488), that translates to a total cost of roughly $12,694.
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 Ohio, the average listing agent fee is 3.19%, while the average buyer’s agent fee is 2.62%.
Real estate agent commissions make up a significant portion of the closing costs for Ohio home sellers. But you don't have to pay the full 5.81% to a traditional agent. If you're selling a home in Ohio, 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 31% on realtor fees, or about $3,970 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 Ohio
|Average listing commission||3.19%|
|Average buyer's agent commission||2.62%|
|Total average commission||5.81%|
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 Ohio for listing agents is 3.19% of the final home price and 2.62% for buyer's agents, for a total of 5.81%.
Real estate commission calculator for Ohio
Use this commission calculator to estimate how much you'll pay in realtor fees when you sell your home in Ohio. Enter an estimate of your home's sale price, and see how much you'll pay at different commission rates.
Who pays realtor fees in Ohio?
In Ohio, the commission fees for both the buyer's and seller's real estate agents are taken out of the final sale price when you sell your home. You don't have to pay these fees upfront.
The seller's agent earns their commission by providing services like market analysis and coordinating the closing. The buyer's agent earns their commission by bringing a qualified buyer who meets the contract terms and closes on time.
You don't have to pay these commissions out of your own pocket. Like closing costs, the real estate agent commissions are deducted from the sale proceeds when the home sale closes.
If you want to reduce your realtor commission fees, Clever can connect you with a top listing agent in your area who charges just 1.5%. This will allow you to keep more money from the sale in your pocket.
Why do sellers pay the buyer's real estate agent commission?
Offering to pay the buyer's agent commission will likely attract more potential buyers to your home.
Taking care of this fee makes your home more enticing to buyers, who otherwise would have to pay their agent's commission upfront in addition to the down payment and closing costs. Many buyers cannot afford to do this.
When you make a competitive offer to cover the buyer's agent fee, real estate agents are more motivated to show your home to their clients. This increases your chances of getting multiple offers. Real estate experts recommend advertising a buyer's agent commission within 0.5% of the local average, which is 2.62% in Ohio.
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 Ohio
Commission rates are not set in stone. In fact, we found that while 3.19% is the average in Ohio, rates typically fall between 4.41% and 7.20%. 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||2.49%– 3.89%|
|Buyer's agent commission||1.92%– 3.31%|
|Total commission range||4.41%– 7.20%|
Can I negotiate realtor commission in Ohio?
Real estate commission is always negotiable. In Ohio, 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||64%|
|Homeowners who also plan to buy with you||64%|
|Homeowners with more than one property to sell||60%|
|Higher property values||48%|
|Homes expected to sell quickly||36%|
|Seller’s situation (e.g. divorce or death in the family)||28%|
|High competition for clients||24%|
|Periods of low housing inventory||12%|
|High buyer demand in the area||12%|
|Highly experienced home sellers||8%|
|Houses in excellent condition||8%|
Negotiating realtor fees in Ohio depends on two main factors: your situation and the housing market.
|Factor||You may have an easier time negotiating low rates if...|
|The Ohio housing market||
While your personal situation will vary, real estate market conditions in Ohio will impact all home sellers in your area.
In general, in a seller's market where home sellers have more leverage than buyers, listing agents' jobs are easier so they may be more open to lowering their commission rates. The opposite is usually 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 gauge the current state of your local real estate market, look at these three factors:
- Months of inventory
- Sale to list price
- Home value trends
If all factors indicate Ohio is a seller's market, 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 tougher to get your realtor to accept a cheaper fee.
The current state of the Ohio real estate market
|Months of inventory||There's 0.9 months of housing inventory on the market||Seller's market|
|Sale-to-list ratio||Homes are selling for 97.68% of their listing price||Buyer's market|
|Home values||Home values have risen 34.45% year over year||Seller's market|
Low commission real estate companies in Ohio
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: Clever is our top pick in Ohio for home sellers looking to save on realtor commission without sacrificing service.
✅ Benefits and features: Clever gets you discounted rates (up to 50%) from non-discount realtors. Plus Clever’s matching service is highly rated and free to use with no obligation.
🏠 How it works: Clever matches you with top local realtors from major brokerages like RE/MAX and Compass. You compare options to find the best fit and get the special 1.5% listing fee (same as Redfin) no matter who you choose.
- Sell with a traditional agent from a name-brand brokerage (not a discount agent)
- Agents work for up to 50% off their typical rate when you go through Clever
- Most agent selection by far — choose from hundreds of top Ohio realtors
- No guarantee you’ll be able to work with a specific agent or brokerage you have in mind
- Add-ons like professional staging, drone photos, and 3D tours may cost extra (agents will break down what’s included during their listing presentation)
- 1.5% listing commission ($3,000 min.) paid at closing
- 2–3% buyer’s agent commission paid at closing
Redfin OhioLearn More
Overview: Redfin’s discount real estate service offers a decent value overall for most home sellers in Ohio.
✅ Benefits and features: Redfin’s 1.5% listing fees can net you solid savings, and you can get an additional 0.5% listing fee savings if you sell and buy with Redfin within 12 months. Redfin is also a large, well-established brand with more discount realtors to choose from than other local discount real estate brokers.
🚩 Potential red flags: Redfin’s tech-centric and team-based approach to selling isn’t for everyone. Redfin conducts most of the process remotely, and you work with a Lead Agent and a back-office team. Redfin also has a minimum $2,000–3,000 commission fee range in Ohio. So depending upon the final sale price, you may pay slightly more than the advertised 1.5% rate.
- Solid listing fee savings
- Established brand and decent agent selection
- Tech-forward approach may appeal to some sellers
- Less agent selection than Clever
- High-volume, team-centric approach may not be for everyone
- 1.5% listing fee ($2,000–3,000 min. in Ohio) 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
Ohio Real Estate GuysLearn More
Our take: Ohio Real Estate Guys is locally owned and operated discount real estate brokerage in Ohio. While its service has a solid reputation, this company doesn’t offer the same level of savings as Clever or Redfin.
✅ Benefits and features: Ohio Real Estate Guys is a local brand that offers full real estate service for a somewhat reduced commission. It has a strong customer review rating, which indicates customers are satisfied with the service.
🚩 Potential red flags: Its fees are a bit on the higher side compared to other discount real estate companies, with a total commission of 4%. It’s also unclear how the total commission is split into the listing agent commission and buyer’s agent commission.
- Positive customer reviews in Ohio
- 4% total commission rate offers more savings than using a traditional realtor
- Less savings than other discount real estate brokers
- 4% total commission at closing
*Unclear how the total commission is split into listing and buyer’s agent commission
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 623 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 August 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