📊 The data:
We surveyed local agents and found that the average real estate commission in Pennsylvania is 5.53%, which is higher than the national average of 5.37%.
The average total real estate agent commission rate in Pennsylvania is 5.53% of the final sale price. Based on the latest median home sale price in Pennsylvania ($257,268), that translates to a total cost of roughly $14,227.
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 Pennsylvania, the average listing agent fee is 2.81%, while the average buyer’s agent fee is 2.72%.
Real estate agent commissions make up a significant portion of the closing costs for Pennsylvania home sellers. But you don't have to pay the full 5.53% to a traditional agent. If you're selling a home in Pennsylvania, 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 30% on realtor fees, or about $4,229 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 Pennsylvania
|Average listing commission||2.81%|
|Average buyer's agent commission||2.72%|
|Total average commission||5.53%|
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 Pennsylvania for listing agents is 2.81% of the final home price and 2.72% for buyer's agents, for a total of 5.53%.
Real estate commission calculator for Pennsylvania
Use this commission calculator to estimate how much you'll pay in realtor fees when you sell your home in Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania?
When selling a home in Pennsylvania, the real estate agent commissions for both the seller's and buyer's agents are taken out of the final sale price. You don't need to pay these fees upfront.
The seller's agent earns their share of the commission by providing services including market analysis and handling the closing process. 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 yourself - like closing costs, they are deducted from the sale proceeds when the transaction closes.
If you want to lower your realtor fees, Clever can connect you with a top local listing agent charging just 1.5% commission. This will let you keep more money from the sale in your pocket.
Why do sellers pay the buyer's real estate agent commission?
Offering to cover the buyer's agent commission can attract more potential buyers to your home.
Paying this fee makes your listing more appealing to buyers, since they won't have to pay their agent's commission upfront on top of the down payment and closing costs. Many buyers can't afford these extra upfront costs.
When you make a competitive offer on the buyer's agent commission, real estate agents are more incentivized to show your home to their clients. This can increase your chances of getting multiple offers. Real estate experts suggest advertising a buyer's agent commission within 0.5% of the local norm, which is 2.72% in Pennsylvania.
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. » READ MORE:
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 Pennsylvania
Commission rates are not set in stone. In fact, we found that while 2.81% is the average in Pennsylvania, rates typically fall between 5.05% and 6.01%. 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||2.57%– 3.05%|
|Buyer's agent commission||2.48%– 2.96%|
|Total commission range||5.05%– 6.01%|
Can I negotiate realtor commission in Pennsylvania?
Real estate commission is always negotiable. In Pennsylvania, the 21 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||86%|
|Homeowners who also plan to buy with you||76%|
|Homeowners with more than one property to sell||76%|
|Higher property values||62%|
|Seller’s situation (e.g. divorce or death in the family)||48%|
|High competition for clients||43%|
|Periods of low housing inventory||43%|
|Homes expected to sell quickly||38%|
|High buyer demand in the area||29%|
|Highly experienced home sellers||29%|
|Houses in excellent condition||10%|
Negotiating realtor fees in Pennsylvania depends on two main factors: your situation and the housing market.
|Factor||You may have an easier time negotiating low rates if...|
|The Pennsylvania housing market||
While your personal situation may vary, the real estate market conditions in Pennsylvania will impact 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 commission rates. 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 assess 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 97.74% of their listing price||Buyer's market|
|Home values||Home values have risen 29.55% year over year||Seller's market|
Low commission real estate companies in Pennsylvania
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 Pennsylvania sellers looking to reduce commissions without compromising service, Clever is our top recommendation.
✅ Benefits and features: Clever provides discounted rates up to 50% lower from traditional agents at major brokerages like RE/MAX and Compass. Its matching service has high ratings and is free to use without obligation.
🏠 How it works: Clever matches sellers with the best local realtors to compare and select the best fit. Regardless of your agent choice, you get Clever's special 1.5% listing fee.
- Work with a Pennsylvania agent from a leading traditional brokerage, not a discount realtor
- Agents offer services at up to 50% off their typical rates through Clever
- Extensive agent selection among top local realtors
- No guarantee of working with a specific pre-selected agent or firm
- Add-ons like staging and photography may carry added costs (agents provide fee breakdowns during their presentations)
- 1.5% listing commission ($3,000 min.) paid at closing
- 2–3% buyer’s agent commission paid at closing
Redfin PennsylvaniaLearn More
Overview: Redfin’s discount real estate service offers a decent value overall for most home sellers in Pennsylvania.
✅ 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 many 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 has a minimum fee of $2,000 in most Pennsylvania markets, but the minimum fee is $2,500 in Pittsburgh and $3,500 in Philadelphia.
- Good listing fee savings
- Established brand and decent agent selection
- Tech-forward approach may appeal to some sellers
- High-volume, team-centric approach may not be for everyone
- Less agent selection than Clever
- Slightly higher minimum fee than other Pennsylvania options
- Limited service availability in Pennsylvania
- 1.5% listing fee ($2,000–3,500 min. depending on market) 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
Our take: Houwzer stands out with a 1% listing fee at closing, offering considerable savings for sellers and a full-service experience.
✅ Benefits and features: Houwzer has an excellent average review score, indicating customers are satisfied with the low listing fee and quality of service.
🚩 Potential red flags:The length of your MLS listing period is unclear, which could lead to unexpected costs or delays. We also couldn’t find any recorded transactions in Pennsylvania, suggesting a limited presence or market experience in the state.
- Low 1% listing fee
- High review scores reflect positive customer experiences
- Full-service offering, from listing to closing
- Exact service coverage and agent selection beyond Philadelphia are unclear
- 1% listing fee at closing
- 2% minimum buyer’s agent commission 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).
Clever has pre-negotiated low commission rates of only 1.5%, with Pennsylvania's top agents. Contact Clever today to find out how much you can save on commission!
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. Ready to learn more? Click below to take our simple quiz and see your agent matches!
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.
Ready to learn more? Click below to take our simple quiz and see your agent matches!
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
Additional resources for Pennsylvania home sellers