15 Best Discount Real Estate Brokers in Illinois (2024)

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By Jamie Ayers Updated May 16, 2024
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We ranked 15 discount real estate brokers in Illinois. Read on for the full list of companies, or use our free matching tool to compare top discount realtors near you.

About discount realtors (more)
  • Illinois discount real estate brokers offer a similar range of services and support as conventional realtors for a lower price.
  • The average home seller pays 5.49% total in commission fees. 2.5% goes to the listing agent and 2.86% goes to the buyer's agent.
  • Discount realtors typically deliver savings by charging lower listing fees (e.g., 1.5%) at closing.
  • No matter who you sell with, expect to cover a 2-2.5% buyer's agent fee (though this longstanding convention may be on its way out).
Choosing a discount realtor (more)
  • Stick with companies that offer in-person representation and "full service" (including an on-site comparative market analysis and professional photography). Avoid brands that only provide "remote" or "virtual" broker support.
  • We recommend brands with success-based fees (you only pay at closing) and transparent pricing models. Watch out for upfront, nonrefundable fees and high minimum fees.
  • Don't just rely on the advertised commission rate. Calculate your actual estimated commission fee based on your estimated home value. This is especially important for companies with flat fee models or high minimum fees to avoid paying more than advertised.
  • Customer ratings are generally more important than small differences in pricing models. Look for companies with high average ratings based on large numbers of reviews.
  • Be sure to interview the specific agent you'll be working with and evaluate them based on the same criteria you'd use to choose a conventional realtor.
Discount realtor alternatives (more)

Top discount real estate brokers in Illinois

Company
Customer Rating
ValueScore
Upfront fee
Listing Fee
Minimum fee
Est. total fee*
Active Since
4.9
8,469 reviews
91
⭐️ Excellent
None
1.50%
$2,000
4.00%
2013
4.8
246 reviews
82
🟢 Great
None
$3,900
None
3.31%
2014
5.0
17 reviews
70
🔵 Very good
None
1.00%
None
3.50%
2018
4.4
663 reviews
57
🟡 Fair
$599
1.00%
None
3.62%
2016
4.6
61 reviews
49
🟠 Average
$395
1.00%
None
3.58%
2011
N/A
No verified reviews
47
🟠 Average
None
1.00%
None
3.50%
Unverified
4.9
7 reviews
37
🟠 Average
$3,504
$495
None
3.33%
2021
4.9
92 reviews
33
🟠 Average
None
Unverified
None
Unverified
2011
3.4
5 reviews
32
🟠 Average
$500
0.50%
None
3.10%
2020
N/A
No verified reviews
24
🔴 Limited
$795
0.17%*
None
2.67%
Unverified
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⭐️ Excellent value

Redfin

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4.9
8,469 reviews

ValueScore

91

Upfront fee

None

Listing Fee

1.50%

Est. total fee*

4.00%

At a glance

Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: 2,853 transactions in Illinois in past 18 months | 8,469 reviews and 4.9 average rating in past 6 months | Available in 39 Illinois markets | Active in Illinois since 2024

Potential concerns: None found

Minimum fee$2,000
Listing fee1.5%

RatingTotal reviews
Overall4.98,469
Redfin4.98,469

Plan Availability: Arlington Heights, Berwyn, Calumet City, Cicero, Des Plaines, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Orland Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood, Tinley Park, Wheeling, DeKalb, Addison, Bartlett, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hanover Park, Lombard, Naperville, Wheaton, Aurora, Carpentersville, Elgin, Buffalo Grove, Waukegan, Crystal Lake, Belleville, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Plainfield, Romeoville

Business Address: 1099 Stewart St #600, Seattle, WA 98101

Website: redfin.com

Phone: (877) 973-3346

🟢 Great value

FSBOHOMES

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4.8
246 reviews

ValueScore

82

Upfront fee

None

Listing Fee

$3,900

Est. total fee*

3.31%

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: Locally operated in Chicago | Active since 2014 | Most competitive rates

Potential concerns: None found

Flat fee at closing$3,900

RatingTotal reviews
Overall4.8246
Google4.8246

Plan Availability: Chicago

Business Address: 576 Boyson Rd NE #102, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Website: fsbohomes.com

Phone: (319) 373-8150

🔵 Very good value

iRealty Flat Fee Brokerage

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5.0
17 reviews

ValueScore

70

Upfront fee

None

Listing Fee

1.00%

Est. total fee*

3.50%

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: 180 transactions in Illinois in past 18 months | Available in 37 Illinois markets | Active since 2018 | Most competitive rates

Potential concerns: None found

Listing fee1%

RatingTotal reviews
Overall5.017
Google5.012
Yelp5.05

Plan Availability: Arlington Heights, Berwyn, Calumet City, Chicago, Cicero, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood, Tinley Park, Wheeling, Addison, Bartlett, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hanover Park, Lombard, Naperville, Wheaton, Aurora, Carpentersville, Elgin, Buffalo Grove, Waukegan, Crystal Lake, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Romeoville

Business Address: 381 N York St #21, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Website: irealtyflatfeebrokerage.com

Phone: (708) 542-4577

🟡 Fair value

Beycome

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4.4
663 reviews

ValueScore

57

Upfront fee

$599

Listing Fee

1.00%

Est. total fee*

3.62%

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: 27 reviews and 3.8 average rating in past 6 months | Available statewide in Illinois | Active in Illinois since 2021 | Most competitive rates

Potential concerns: Charges a $599 upfront fee

Upfront flat fee$599
Listing fee1%

RatingTotal reviews
Overall4.4663
Google4.5592
Yelp1.625
Zillow4.522
Trustpilot3.719
BBB2.65

Plan Availability: Statewide

Business Address: 5701 FL-986 #224, South Miami, FL 33143

Website: beycome.com

Phone: (844) 239-2663

🟠 Average value

Prello Realty

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4.6
61 reviews

ValueScore

49

Upfront fee

$395

Listing Fee

1.00%

Est. total fee*

3.58%

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: Locally operated in Chicago | Active in Illinois since 2014 | Most competitive rates

Potential concerns: Charges a $395 upfront fee

Upfront flat fee$395
Listing fee1%

RatingTotal reviews
Overall4.661
Google4.637
Yelp4.614
Zillow4.310

Plan Availability: Chicago

Business Address: 2712 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Website: prellorealty.com

Phone: (773) 472-8900

🟠 Average value

Chicagoland Top Discount Real Estate Brokers

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N/A
No verified reviews

ValueScore

47

Upfront fee

None

Listing Fee

1.00%

Est. total fee*

3.50%

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: Available in 6 Illinois markets | Most competitive rates

Potential concerns: No new verified customer reviews in last 6 months

Listing fee1%

No verified reviews

Plan Availability: Arlington Heights, Chicago, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Wheeling

Business Address: 5151 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL, United States, Illinois

Website: chicagolandtopdiscountrealestatebrokers.com

Phone: (773) 987-8224

🟠 Average value

Our Property Team

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4.9
7 reviews

ValueScore

37

Upfront fee

$3,504

Listing Fee

$495

Est. total fee*

3.33%

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: Available statewide in Illinois | Active since 2021 | Most competitive rates

Potential concerns: Charges a $3,504 upfront fee | No new verified customer reviews in last 6 months

Upfront flat fee$3,504
Flat fee at closing$495

RatingTotal reviews
Overall4.97
Google4.97

Plan Availability: Statewide

Website: ourpropertyteam.com

Phone: (800) 000-0000

🟠 Average value

Lucid Realty

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4.9
92 reviews

ValueScore

33

Upfront fee

None

Listing Fee

Unverified

Est. total fee*

Unverified

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: 16 transactions in Illinois in past 18 months | Available in 29 Illinois markets | Active in Illinois since 2011 | No verified pricing details

Potential concerns: None found

Buyer's agent fee2.5%

RatingTotal reviews
Overall4.992
Google4.934
Yelp5.030
Zillow5.028

Plan Availability: Arlington Heights, Berwyn, Calumet City, Chicago, Cicero, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Orland Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood, Tinley Park, Wheeling, Addison, Bartlett, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hanover Park, Lombard, Naperville, Wheaton

Business Address: 444 W Lake St STE 1700, Chicago, IL 60606

Website: lucidrealty.com

Phone: (312) 736-0484

🟠 Average value

Johnson Realty

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3.4
5 reviews

ValueScore

32

Upfront fee

$500

Listing Fee

0.50%

Est. total fee*

3.10%

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: Available statewide in Illinois | Active since 2020 | Most competitive rates

Potential concerns: Charges a $500 upfront fee | No new verified customer reviews in last 6 months

Upfront flat fee$500
Listing fee0.5%

RatingTotal reviews
Overall3.45
Google3.45

Plan Availability: Statewide

Business Address: 12578 Durrow Ct, St. Louis, MO 63141

Website: johnsonrealty.com

Phone: (314) 565-5720

🔴 Limited value

Flat Fee Group

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N/A
No verified reviews

ValueScore

24

Upfront fee

$795

Listing Fee

0.17%*

Est. total fee*

2.67%

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: Available in 33 Illinois markets | Most competitive rates

Potential concerns: Charges a $795 upfront fee | No new verified customer reviews in last 6 months

Upfront flat fee$795

No verified reviews

Plan Availability: Quincy, Berwyn, Calumet City, Chicago, Cicero, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood, Tinley Park, Wheeling, DeKalb, Addison, Bartlett, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hanover Park, Lombard, Naperville, Aurora, Carpentersville, Elgin, Buffalo Grove, Waukegan, Decatur, Crystal Lake, Moline, Rock Island, Belleville, Plainfield, Romeoville

Business Address: Varies by state

Website: flatfeegroup.com

🔴 Limited value

Buy Owner

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N/A
No verified reviews

ValueScore

24

Upfront fee

$39

Listing Fee

0.01%*

Est. total fee*

2.51%

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: Available statewide in Illinois | Most competitive rates

Potential concerns: Charges a $39 upfront fee | No new verified customer reviews in last 6 months

Upfront flat fee$39

No verified reviews

Plan Availability: Statewide

Business Address: 1000 Commerce Dr Suite 300 Oak Brook, IL 60523-8809

Website: buyowner.com

Phone: (800) 771-7777

🔴 Limited value

MLS Town

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N/A
No verified reviews

ValueScore

24

Upfront fee

$295

Listing Fee

0.06%*

Est. total fee*

2.56%

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: Locally operated in Chicago | Most competitive rates

Potential concerns: Charges a $295 upfront fee | No new verified customer reviews in last 6 months

Upfront flat fee$295

No verified reviews

Plan Availability: Chicago

Business Address: 1010 Lake St #200 Oak Park, IL 60301

Website: mlstown.com

Phone: (708) 434-1165

🔴 Limited value

Assist2Sell

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4.5
84 reviews

ValueScore

22

Upfront fee

None

Listing Fee

Unverified

Est. total fee*

Unverified

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: Available statewide in Illinois | Active since 2019 | No verified pricing details

Potential concerns: None found

Pricing details not verified. Contact company for more information.

RatingTotal reviews
Overall4.584
Google4.583
Realtor5.01

Plan Availability: Statewide

Business Address: 2019 Main St, Northampton, PA 18067

Website: yourlehighvalleyhome.com

Phone: (610) 837-7900

🔴 Limited value

Professional Leasing & Real Estate Services

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3.1
19 reviews

ValueScore

10

Upfront fee

None

Listing Fee

4.50%

Est. total fee*

7.00%

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Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: Locally operated in Peoria | Active since 2018 | Limited savings

Potential concerns: Fee structure may offer limited savings

Listing fee4.5%

RatingTotal reviews
Overall3.119
Yelp2.89
Google4.08
BBB1.02

Plan Availability: Peoria

Business Address: 1100 E Washington St, East Peoria, IL 61611

Website: savewithpls.com

Phone: (309) 322-6300

🔴 Limited value

Discount Rate Realty

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5.0
2 reviews

ValueScore

3

Upfront fee

None

Listing Fee

Unverified

Est. total fee*

Unverified

At a glance

Pricing & services

Reviews

Company info

Things to know: Available statewide in Illinois | Active since 2022 | No verified pricing details

Potential concerns: No new verified customer reviews in last 6 months

Pricing details not verified. Contact company for more information.

RatingTotal reviews
Overall5.02
Google5.02

Plan Availability: Statewide

Business Address: S25W26269 Mac Arthur Rd, Waukesha, WI 53188

Website: discountraterealty.com

Phone: (262) 232-6543

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Why trust us

Data sources

Our team evaluated 15 discount real estate brokerages serving Illinois. We analyzed over 7,503,901 data points tied to customer reviews, transaction history, pricing details, and more to determine the best Illinois discount real estate brokers.

Methodology

Using public business directories, our team identified companies and agents serving Illinois calling themselves discount real estate brokers or discount realtors. We ranked each company based on the following criteria:

Pricing: Does the company's pricing model offer significant potential savings?

  • We estimate the listing fee and total commission rate for each brand across four price points.
  • We use this universal "savings index" to compare non-apples-to-apples pricing models (percentage-based fees, flat fees, tiered pricing, etc.).
  • We also penalize companies for upfront, nonrefundable fees and other hidden costs.

Service model: Does the company provide full service and support?

  • We look to verify if each discount real estate brokerage offers full, in-person representation.
  • We're currently working on assessing the scope and quality of individual services discount brokers offer and will be adding this data to our rankings soon.

Customer rating: Does the company deliver good customer experiences and outcomes?

  • We continually gather and analyze customer reviews from as many public review sites as possible.
  • We look to assess each brand's average customer rating; total review count; % of local reviews; total years of review activity; number of reviews and ratings in the past 6 months; and more.

Sales performance: Does the company have a solid track record of successful sales?

  • We continually gather company sales and transaction information from as many public data sources as possible.
  • We look to assess the total number of sales closed; total years of sales activity; how many sales the company has closed in the past 6 months; % of local transactions; and more.

Glossary of terms on this page

  • ValueScore: Measures a discount broker’s overall value based on its fee structure and price point, services, and customer reviews.
  • Upfront fee: Nonrefundable fee you pay out of pocket at the time you hire the discount real estate brokerage.
  • Listing fee: Amount company charges upon successful sale. Expect to also cover the buyer’s agent commission. (Note: A * indicates listing fee is an estimate because the company advertises a total commission rate only.)
  • Minimum fee: Minimum listing fee company charges no matter the home’s value.
  • Estimated total fee: Total commission rate we estimate you’ll pay at closing based on the company’s advertised fee structure and/or average buyer’s agent commission rates.
  • Active since: Indicates how long the company has been active based on the date of the first customer review we have in our database.

✍️ Editor’s note: Limited or missing data doesn't disqualify a company from our list, but it does lower the company’s ranking. We base our rankings on objective measurements, and we can only measure what we can see. We regularly try to find missing data to update our rankings accordingly.

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