Average Real Estate Commission in Virginia

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Bailey Peterson

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March 8th, 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 Virginia is 5.30%, which is less than the national average of 5.45%.

For a house sold for $296,604, this rate translates to $15,720 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 Virginia and also give you tips for getting low rates.

How real estate agent commission works in Virginia

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 Virginia has 49.97% of the commission going to the listing agent and 50.03% 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 Virginia

💰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

If you’re hoping to negotiate a better-than-average commission rate with your realtor, now might be the right time to try.

Virginia is experiencing a market that’s favorable to sellers, with current sale prices actually outpacing listing prices — a strong sign that sellers have the upper hand.

With this data points in your favor, an agent might be more willing to negotiate a better rate with you since they probably won’t have to work as hard as usual to sell your house.

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 Virginia

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 Virginia 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 Virginia.

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 Virginia.

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

Factor
Trends
Indication
Months of inventory
There's 1.4 months of housing inventory on the market
Seller's market
Sale-to-list price
Homes are selling for 100.30% of their listing price
Seller's market
Home value
Home values have risen/fallen 4.79% year over year
Seller's market

Low commission real estate companies in Virginia

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 Virginia

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.

Listing Fee

1% (minimum $3,000)

Clever Cash Back

0.5% on homes over $150,000

Avg. Customer Rating

4.8/5 (386 reviews)

Description
Locations
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Clever Real Estate is a nationwide, online concierge and agent matching service for sellers and buyers — learn more
  • Buyers and sellers are matched with multiple highly rated agents from major brands, such as Keller Williams, Century 21, Compass, RE/MAX, and more
  • Sellers choose a full-service agent and pay a flat, $3,000 fee — or just 1% for homes more than $350,000
  • Buyers may be eligible for 0.5% back after closing (in qualifying locations)

Clever has pre-negotiated lower commission rates with top agents in all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico

Pros
  • Listing fee of $3,000 (or 1% on homes >$350K) for a full-service agent
  • Sellers only pay once their home is sold
  • Partner Agents are top, local realtors with at least 5 years experience
  • Agent matches are customized and based on your specific situation
  • Eligible buyers receive 0.5% in Clever Cash Back
Cons
  • Sellers may not be matched with an agent from their preferred brokerage
  • While homes are listed on the MLS, there's no independent Clever listing site.







As of May 20, 2020, Clever's average customer rating is 4.8/5 based on 386 reviews on Trustpilot.

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Listing Fee

$3,500

Buyer Rebate

N/A

Avg. Customer Rating

4.3/5 (115 reviews)

Description
Locations
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Redefy is a multi-state real estate franchise that offers flat-fee listing services for home sellers and standard services for home buyers
  • Redefy is currently available in select cities in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia
  • When you sell with Redefy, you'll pay a nonrefundable $500 fee up front, then $3,000 at closing, for a total fee of $3,500.
  • You should also expect to pay a buyer's agent commission. Rates vary, but 2.5-3% is typical nationwide
  • When you buy with Redefy, you'll get full service and support, but unlike some other discount services, Redefy doesn't offer built-in savings or rebates
  • Note: Each Redefy office is an individual franchisee, so experiences may vary considerably by location. Look up reviews specific to your local office for an accurate gauge of customers' experiences
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Nashville, TN
Chattanooga, TN
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Chesapeake, VA
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Richmond, VA
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Rock Hill, SC
Denver, CO
San Antonio, TX
Fort Mill, SC
Tampa, FL
Greenville, NC
Virginia Beach, VA
Houston, TX

ProsCons
  • Charges $500 non-refundable fee up front
  • Franchise model means service quality and/or experience may vary considerably by location
  • Redefy doesn't do open houses for its sellers
  • Limited availability — locations in only 29 U.S. cities (as of 4/10/2020)
  • No built-in commission rebates for buyers


*Homes valued over $1 million may pay a 1% listing fee — check with your local Redefy office.

As of May 20, 2020, Redefy's third-party reviews for its main Denver office average a 4.3/5 rating across Yelp, Google, and Facebook. See the breakdown below.


*These reviews are for Redefy's main Aurora, CO office. Reviews vary considerably by location. We recommend conducting your own research for customer reviews specific to your area.

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REX Real Estate

REX Real Estate

Listing Fee

2% ($9,000 min.)

Buyer Rebate

Up to 1-1.5%

Avg. Customer Rating

4.6/5 (536 reviews)

Description
Locations
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Sellers get full service (minus MLS access) for a 2% listing fee — $9,000 minimum fee for homes below $450,000
  • REX does not post listings on the MLS. Instead, it uses digital advertising to target unrepresented buyers and help you avoid paying a buyer’s agent commission (typically 2-3%)
  • This may significantly reduce your pool of prospective buyers (roughly 87% of buyers work with agents), making it harder to attract offers
  • Represented buyers must cover their agent's fee themselves, which could hinder their ability or desire to purchase your home
  • If you buy a non-REX home with a REX agent, you may qualify for a 1-1.5% commission rebate. If you buy a REX-listed home, you are not eligible for a rebate
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Pros
  • Save up to 1% on listing fees
  • Potential to avoid buyer’s agent commission (2-3%)
  • Get full service (minus MLS access) and concierge support



Cons
  • $9,000 minimum may result in listings fees higher than advertised 2%
  • Not listing on the MLS significantly reduces your home's visibility
  • Not offering a buyer's agent commission puts you at a competitive disadvantage

As of May 20, 2020, REX Real Estate’s average customer rating is 4.6/5 based on 536 reviews across Zillow, Facebook, and Google. See the breakdown below.

>> VIEW REX’s Better Business Bureau profile here.


*These reviews are for REX's main California office. Reviews may vary by location. We recommend conducting your own research for customer reviews specific to your area.

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» MORE: About discount real estate brokers.

Flat-fee MLS listing services Virginia

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.

Virginia Flat Fee MLS

Virginia Flat Fee MLS

Price Range

$99-149

Number of Photos

6-25

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Virginia Flat Fee MLS is a local affiliate of Brokerless, a nationwide, flat-fee referral service that connects sellers with local brokers
  • You set the buyer’s agent commission and pay no commission if you find the buyer
  • Listings typical go live in 24-48 hours (after all paperwork is submitted)
  • State required forms and disclosures
  • Free status changes
  • Your contact information appears on the MLS listing — buyer and agent inquiries are forwarded to you

$99

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • 6-month listing on Realtor.com (basic)
  • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 6 photos
  • State required forms and disclosures (downloadable)
  • Your contact information on the MLS listing


$149

  • Same as $99 package, plus:
  • 6-month listing on Realtor.com (Showcase)
  • 25 photos

Pros

  • Pay no commission if you find a buyer
  • Your contact info appears on MLS listing — buyer and agent inquiries are forwarded to you
  • Free status changes

Cons

  • Only 6-month listing options available
  • No pricing or home valuation assistance
  • No a-la-carte services like lockboxes, for sale signs, etc.

As of August 8, 2020, Virginia Flat Fee MLS does not have third party reviews, but parent company Brokerless has an A+ ranking by the Better Business Bureau.

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Hampton Roads Flat Fee MLS

Hampton Roads Flat Fee MLS

Price Range

$195

Number of Photos

30

Listing Term

12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Hampton Roads Flat Fee MLS is a flat-fee MLS service operated by Peninsula Homes Real Estate, a licensed real estate brokerage that services the Hampton Roads area
  • Buyer’s agents contact you directly
  • You set the buyer’s agent commission
  • Unlimited, free updates
  • All required state forms
  • Cancel anytime

$195

  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated on Realtor.com, Rein.com (the Hampton Roads’ area public MLS site), and more
  • 30 photos
  • Unlimited, free updates
  • All required state forms
  • Maintain control of your Zillow listing
  • Free listing renewals

Pros

  • Work directly with a local broker, not a referral service
  • Buyer’s agents contact you directly
  • Free listing renewals
  • Cancel anytime

Cons

  • Only offers one package
  • No pricing or home valuation assistance
  • Only lists on the Hampton Roads’ area MLS, not all of Virginia

As of August 6, 2020, Greg Ford, Peninsula Homes Real Estate’s broker, has an average rating of 5/5 based on 3 reviews on Zillow.

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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.

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 Virginia home sellers

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