What Is a Low-Commission Real Estate Agent?
A low-commission real estate agent will list and sell your home for a reduced rate, saving you up to 50% of the 6% fee agents typically charge in a real estate transaction.
If you’re looking for a low-commission or discount real estate agent, there are a few different options to choose from:
- Low-commission brokerages who only do discount listings
- Low-commission agents who only list your house on the MLS and offer no additional services
- Agents who run a traditional business but will also take a low-commission listing if it’s referred to them by Clever
When you work with a Clever Partner Agent, just because you’re saving on commission doesn’t mean you’ll get limited services or support.
Our Partner Agents are all full-service realtors who have been identified as top performers in their local markets. The only difference is that they’ve agreed to offer their services to our clients for a fraction of their typical rate.
Here’s how Clever stacks up against other low-commission agents:
As you can see, unlike other discount realtors, Clever Partner Agents offer full listing services and support for a flat fee of $3,000 — or just 1% if your home sells for more than $350,000.
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How Is Clever Different from Other Low-Commission Real Estate Brokerages?
Clever has a nationwide network of top-rated, full-service real estate agents, all of whom represent major brands and/or regional brokerages (Keller Williams, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, and more).
All of our Partner Agents run traditional, full-commission real estate businesses — but have agreed to offer a significant discount to any home seller who connects with them through Clever’s referral program.
Importantly, they provide Clever clients with the exact same services and support they offer their traditional customers — and that includes the use of their branding on listings and the “for sale” sign in your yard.
In other words, unlike when you work with other discount brokerages, prospective buyers will have no idea that you saved thousands on your listing commission, which helps you avoid lowball offers.
When you list with a Clever Partner Agent, you’ll get all of the expert service, support, and exposure you need to sell your home quickly, and for top dollar.
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How Is Clever Different from a Traditional Agent or Brokerage?
Clever offers home sellers the best of both worlds: access to top-rated, local real estate agents who have agreed to provide full listing services for a fraction of the typical cost.
Here’s how listing with Clever saves you thousands:
To put this all in perspective, let’s say you sold your home for $400,000 with a traditional listing agent — you’d end up paying approximately $24,000 in commission fees.
In contrast, by selling the the same home with a Clever Partner Agent, you’d walk away with an additional $8,000 in savings!
Now that’s Clever.
What Services Do Clever Partner Agents Provide?
While our Partner Agents may offer low commission rates, but you can still expect to receive comprehensive, end-to-end real estate services and support.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Comparative Market Analysis
- Expert Pricing Guidance
- Home-Staging Tips
- Professional Photos
- Sign in Yard
- Marketing Services & Support
- Listing on the MLS, Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and hundreds of other sites
- Negotiation & Counteroffer Support
- Home Inspection Coordination & Support
- Title Transfer Support
- Closing Services
- Ongoing Expert Guidance & Support Throughout the Home Selling Process
If if it sounds like we’re describing a full-service listing agent, that’s because we are!
Clever Partner Agents provide the exact same level of services and support as a traditional real estate agent — but for a significantly reduced rate.
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Why Do Real Estate Agents Work with Clever and Discount Their Commissions?
One of the biggest costs for a real estate agent is marketing themselves in order to find new customers.
Agents who partner with Clever get a steady stream of new business without having to spend undue time and money prospecting.
Working with Clever provides additional income, new connections, and increases awareness of their personal brand around town.
Our Partner Agents know that if they fail to provide our buyers and sellers with the best possible service and results, we’ll stop sending them referrals — and they’ll likely damage their professional reputations.
In other words, expect to receive the same treatment and care they’d extend to any of their traditional clients.
What Are Other Home Sellers Saying About Listing with Clever?
Clever Low-Commission Real Estate Agent FAQs
How is Clever able to charge such a small fee and still make money?
Clever is able to offer a large discount and remain profitable because we’ve created a successful system streamlines the process of matching home buyers and sellers with top, local real estate agents uniquely suited to meet their needs.
Why do agents love working with Clever? Because they know that if they provide our clients great service and results, we’ll continue sending them a steady stream of new business. That way, they can focus all of their energy on closing deals, rather than finding their next client.
How Does the Low-Commission Listing Process Work?
The low-commission listing process works in exactly the same way as a traditional listing.
Your agent will be with you every step of the way, from the moment you sign with them through closing. They’ll do everything possible to keep your sale simple and stress-free, while ensuring you walk away with the maximum amount of profit.
The process starts when you get connected with one of our Partner Agents. You can choose between a phone call or an in-person meeting.
Your Partner Agent will provide a comparative market analysis (CMA), recommend a competitive listing price for your home, and advise on any repairs or upgrades that might increase the value of your home.
From there, your agent will guide you through the entire process, step by step, providing impactful support and advice along the way.
Does a low commission real estate agent provide a lockbox and sign in the yard?
Yes. Your local agent will provide a lockbox on your front door and sign in the yard with the branding of their local brokerage.
The only people who will know that you listed for a discount are you, your agent, and Clever.
Does a low-commission listing look different than traditional listing?
Most listings that aren’t led by a full-service agent will look different, which makes buyers and their agents suspicious that you’re saving on seller commission.
Clever is different.
Because we match you with a local real estate agent in your community who mostly does traditional listings, your listing will look identical other homes for sale in your market.
We believe that this is important. If prospective buyers know how much you’re saving on commission, they might factor that into their offer.
Does the listing include photos?
Yes, your partner agent will take photos or bring out a professional photographer. Some Partner Agents will even include a 3D virtual home tour.
When is payment due?
With Clever, you only pay if your home sells.
If your home doesn’t sell, you don’t owe us a dime.
Why is listing with an agent better than for sale by owner?
According to the National Association of Realtors, only 8% of homes sell for sale by owner. Of those, they sell for an average of $50,000 less than homes listing with an agent.
Clever allows you to receive the sales price increase that comes with a full service agent, while enjoying some of the savings on commission that comes from selling FSBO.
Are there any additional fees?
Clever has no hidden fees.
In addition to the fee to your Clever partner agent, you still must pay the typical buyer fee that will be recommended by your agent. And regardless of who you list with, you will still need to pay closing costs. Closing costs are usually substantially lower when you sell compared to when you buy.
John and Mary found out they were having a baby so they wanted to sell their home and buy a larger house to raise their family. Money was tight, and John and Mary needed all of the proceeds from the sale of their house as a down payment on their new house.
They couldn’t afford to pay 6% to a real estate agent and still be able to pay for the larger home.
John and Mary began looking at homes but weren’t sure what they could afford.
John and Mary found out about Clever Real Estate and got connected to a local real estate agent who listed their home for a lower commission than normal.
Their home sold quickly. The extra $6,000 they saved on commission allowed them to pay their down payment on their new home.
Their real estate agent also provided them a small commission rebate, allowing them to buy points on their mortgage. They even had some money left over to furnish their baby’s room.
- John and Mary were able to buy their dream home.
- They avoided high commissions.
- John and Mary were able to afford a home in a better school district for their new baby.
Joe bought a condo at the peak of the real estate bubble in 2007 and was concerned that his home was still worth less than he paid for it. Then Joe took a new job in another state and had to sell his home.
Joe had to buy a home in his new state and didn’t want to bring cash to the closing table in order to sell his new home. He needed that capital to renovate his new home and cover the down payment.
Joe was worried that paying commission to a real estate agent could’ve been the difference between selling his home for a profit and bringing cash to the closing table.
Money was tight so Joe began to search for a new way to sell his home.
Joe found Clever Real Estate and decided to give us a call. Joe got connected with a local real estate agent who works for a discount.
Joe’s agent provided the full service he needed to market the house properly. His agent brought in a professional photographer whose photos attracted tons of prospective buyers. His agent then helped him choose the best offer and negotiated favorable terms.
Joe’s agent sold his home quickly, and the $9,000 he saved in commission was enough to provide a small profit.
- Joe was able to buy a new home in another state.
- Joe didn’t have to bring cash to the closing table.
- Joe used the profit from selling his home to help renovate his new home.
How can I find a low-commission real estate agent?
Clever has top-rated, local Partner Agents nationwide! To get connected with a top-rated agent in your area who will list your home for a low commission, fill out a simple online inquiry, or call us at 1-833-2-CLEVER.
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