What is a low-commission real estate agent?
A low-commission real estate agent will list and sell your home for a reduced commission, saving you up to 50% of the traditional 6% real estate agent fees.
There are different types of real estate agents who offer a reduced or low commission.
- Low-commission brokerages who only do discount listings,
- Low-commission agents who only list your house on the MLS and offer no additional service, and
- Agents who run a traditional business but will also take a low-commission listing if they are referred from Clever.
Cheaper realtor commissions don’t mean limited service. You will get the same full service and personal attention as you would with a traditional real estate agent.
Check out how Clever stacks up against other low-commission agents.
How is Clever different from other low-commission real estate brokerages?
Clever partners with agents around the country who agree to work for discount commissions in addition to handling their traditional business.
They provide the exact same service to Clever customers that they provide to their traditional customers, including the use of their branding when listing your home. That means the “for sale” sign in your yard won’t have Clever branding. Instead, potential buyers will have no idea that you saved on commissions when you listed your home.
When prospective buyers don’t know that you listed your home for less, they can’t take that information into account and submit a lowball offer.
Our Partner Agents are experienced provide full service to their clients for their current real estate business, and will treat your home exactly the same as they treat the other properties they list.
How is Clever different than a traditional agent?
Clever offers competitive low commission real estate agents below that of traditional real estate brokerages, while offering the same full-service, top-rated agents.
Here’s how listing with Clever can save you thousands compared to a traditional agent:
What services do Clever’s Partner Agents provide?
Our low-commission real estate agents offer a comprehensive set of services:
- Comparative market analysis
- Professional price opinion
- Staging tips
- Professional photos
- Listing on the MLS, Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com, and hundreds of other sites
- Help negotiating when an offer comes in
- Coordinating inspections
- Coordinating the title
- Coordinating closing
- Help with any unexpected bumps along the road.
If this sounds like a full-service listing, that’s because it is.
Clever partner agents provide the exact same experience as a traditional agent for substantially lower commission.
Find a low-commission real estate agent near you.
List your home with a local, full-service agent for a flat fee of $3,000 for homes less than $350,000, and only 1% for more expensive homes. Clever can help.
Call us at 1-833-2-CLEVER or complete our online form to get connected a top-rated local agent in your area.
Check out our list of our most popular real estate agent locations.
Why do agents work with Clever and discount their commissions?
One of the biggest costs for a real estate agent is marketing to find new customers. Agents who partner with Clever receive a constant stream of buyers and sellers without having to spend time prospecting.
Working with Clever provides additional income, new connections, and increases their brand awareness around town. Our Partner Agents know that they will only keep receiving clients from Clever if they maintain a high level of service—the exact same service that they provide to their other customers.
Clever looks for agents who are ranked in the top 5% in their area and are looking for more business to reach the top 1% and the recognition that comes with it. These agents take their reputation very seriously and provide great service to all of their clients, regardless of commission, because they know that happy clients are the number-one source of new business and continued referrals from Clever.
What are 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 that streamlines the process of buying and selling a home by connecting highly vetted, local agents with sellers and buyers.
Why do agents love working with Clever? Because they know that if they provide high-quality service that receives good reviews, we will send them a constant stream of business, so they never have to worry where their next deal is coming from.
How does the low commission listing process work?
The low-commission listing process works exactly the same way as a traditional listing. Your agent will be with you every step of the way to close and will do everything possible to make your sale simple and stress-free, while netting you some savings at close.
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), advise a list price for the home, and make recommendations for any repairs or upgrades that might increase the value of your home.
From there, your agent will be with you all the way through to closing, providing full service at every turn and saving you thousands at the closing table.
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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