Top Real Estate Companies in Maryland

Felicia Oliver

By 

Felicia Oliver

June 3rd, 2022
Updated June 3rd, 2022

SHARE

One of the original U.S. colonies, with its scenic landscapes — from the charming Chesapeake Bay to the impressive Appalachian Mountains — and close proximity to the national capital, Maryland is an attractive state for settling down in.

According to Zillow data, the current median home value in Maryland is $406,250. Home values have risen about 8.95% over the past year.

If you're buying or selling a house, finding the right assistance could be overwhelming. Luckily, Maryland has over 27,000 realtors and several real estate companies to choose from.

Our team of experts has found the top real estate companies in Maryland to help you find the best professional for your situation:

🏠 Ready to buy or sell in Maryland?

Clever can match you with top agents anywhere in the state and help you save thousands of dollars on commission! It's free to sign up and there's no obligation

Best for saving money: Discount brokers

Discount brokers are an excellent choice if you want to save money and still work with a realtor. Home sellers are charged lower commissions, and home buyers get cash back or credits at closing.

Clever Real Estate is our top pick in Maryland: with a listing fee of just $3,000 (or 1% if your home sells for more than $350,000), you'll save the most money while still getting full-service support from a real estate professional.

Warning

At some discount brokerages, agents have to service a larger number of clients, which can affect their level of personal service.

Other services, like Clever Real Estate, can match you with a full-service agent and help you save money by pre-negotiating lower fees.

Clever Real Estate

Clever Real Estate

Learn More

💲 Listing Fee

$3,000 or 1%

💰 Avg. Savings

$7,375

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

4.9/5 (1,810 reviews)

✍️ Editor's Take
Pros
Cons
Reviews
Locations

Clever is a quick, easy, and free way to find a top-rated local agent. And, unlike many similar companies, Clever pre-negotiates big discounts on your behalf, so you can save thousands without sacrificing on service.


Try Clever for free — save thousands on commission

  • Free, nationwide agent-matching service that partners with full-service local agents from conventional brokerages like Keller Williams, Century 21, and RE/MAX
  • Provides multiple agent matches so you can interview, compare marketing plans, and choose the best fit
  • Pre-negotiates low rates on your behalf — you get full service for a flat $3,000 listing fee, or just 1% if the home sells for more than $350,000
  • If you buy with Clever, you could get a check worth up to 0.5% of the home price
  • You may not get matched with an agent from your preferred real estate brokerage
  • Agents may not provide premium services like drone photography and professional home staging

As of 44,835, Clever has a 4.9 out of 5 rating on Trustpilot, based on 1,710 reviews.


Read reviews from real Clever customers here.

Clever has pre-negotiated low commission rates with top agents in all 50 states and Washington, DC.

SHOW MORE

💲 Listing Fee

1.5% (min. fees vary)

💰 Avg. Savings

$5,550

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

3.8/5 (425 reviews)

✍️ Editor's Take
Pros
Cons
Reviews
Locations

Redfin offers real savings and a proven brand. But sellers could compromise on service — especially agent experience and availability.


Read the full Redfin review.

  • If you buy and sell with Redfin, you'll get a 0.5% listing fee discount
  • Redfin gives its listings premium placement in its popular home search app
  • If finding the right agent is a top priority, you'll have limited options Redfin only has a few agents in each of its markets
  • Redfin agents handle more customers at once than the average realtor, so they may not be able to provide as much personalized service

Redfin has a 3.8 out of 5 rating (425 reviews) across popular review sites like Google and Yelp.


Read reviews from real Redfin customers here.

Redfin is available in 80+ U.S. markets (see all locations).

SHOW MORE

Ideal Agent

Ideal Agent

💲 Listing Fee

2% ($3k minimum fee)

💰 Buyer Savings

None

⚡ Avg. Customer Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

✍️ Editor's Take
✔️ Pros
❌ Cons
🏆 Reviews

Ideal Agent can match you with a local realtor who sells a lot of homes. But although it pre-negotiates discounted listing fees, you can save twice as much with competitors like Clever.

  • Agents in network must meet strict quality standards
  • Pre-negotiated listing fees of 2% (or $3k for homes under $150,000)


  • 2% listing fee is less than the national average, but it's not the best rate out there
  • No built-in savings for buyers
  • Only matches you with a single agent

As of 44,835, Ideal Agent has an average customer rating of 4.9, based on 4,343 reviews across Google and Trustpilot.

SHOW MORE

💲 Listing Fee

$5,000

💰 Avg. Savings

$7,000

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

4.8/5 (1,353 reviews)

✍️ Editor's Take
Pros
Cons
Reviews
Locations

Houwzer offers true flat-fee savings — but homes near or below $500,000 can likely find better rates and less risk elsewhere.


Read the full Houwzer review.

  • Huge commission savings on luxury homes
  • Listing fee includes virtual home tours and other premium marketing services
  • Houwzer has a small team, which limits your options if you don't hit it off with the first agent they send you
  • If you're selling a lower-priced home, Houwzer may not be cheaper than selling with a traditional realtor

Houwzer has a 4.8 out of 5 rating (1,353 reviews) across popular review sites like Google and Zillow.


Read reviews from real Houwzer customers here.

Houwzer is available in the following locations: FL, MD, NJ, PA, VA, DC.

SHOW MORE

REX Real Estate

REX Real Estate

Full Review

💲 Listing Fee

2.5% ($9,000 min.)

💰 Avg. Savings

-$325

⭐ Avg. Customer Rating

4.7/5 (1,021 reviews)

✍️ Editor's Take
Pros
Cons
Reviews
Locations

REX’s promise of huge savings is misleading. Its advertising misrepresents the significant risks of its pricing model and marketing approach. And its high minimum fees mean that many sellers won't save anything.


Read the full REX Real Estate review.

  • REX's approach is incredibly risky — but if the gamble pays off, you could save about 50% on realtor fees
  • Like other full-service brokerages, REX agents provide in-person services and support
  • REX's 2.5% listing fee doesn't save you much — many full-price agents charge similar rates
  • REX doesn't list your home on the MLS, so up to 90% of buyers may not even know it's for sale
  • This risky marketing strategy seems likely to fail, so you may not save anything on commission

REX has a 4.7 out of 5 rating (1,021 reviews) across popular review sites like Google and Zillow.


Read reviews from real REX customers here.

REX is available in the following areas: AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, MD, NV, NJ, OR, PA, TX, WA, DC.

SHOW MORE

Best for a fast sale: iBuyers and cash buyers

In Maryland, the median selling time for a home is 37 days, but if you need to sell your home quickly (in two weeks or less!), there are companies in Maryland that will make a cash offer and close on your timeline.

If your home is in good condition and requires few repairs, iBuyers (companies like RedfinNow) pay close to what you'd get on the open market. You won't have to deal with preparing, listing, and marketing your home. Some may even give you the option to move out AFTER closing.

» COMPARE: The Best 6 iBuyer Companies Ranked & Reviewed

But if you're trying to sell a distressed property, you would do better working with a cash buyer. In Maryland, these companies include Express Homebuyers, Market Pro, and I Buy Houses.

To make a profit in Maryland, cash buyers make offers between 50% and 70% of fair market value. On a $250,000 home, you could forfeit around $75,000.

» COMPARE: 5 We Buy Houses for Cash Companies in Maryland

RedfinNow

RedfinNow

Full Review

Service Fee

5–13%

Closing Date Window

10–30 days

Average Rating

Not available

✍ Editor's Take
Pros & Cons
Locations
Reviews
Contact

Compared to its competitors, RedfinNow handles a relatively small volume of iBuyer sales and has high service fees (up to 13%). However, RedfinNow shines in several niches, thanks to its willingness to accept older homes and its availability in a wide range of California cities.

Pros

  • Expanded presence in cities across California, including several not served by other iBuyers
  • Large and trusted corporate brand
  • Older homes (built after 1930) are eligible in select cities


Cons

  • Relatively expensive services fees (up to 13% of the offer price)
  • Relatively limited flexibility on closing window, compared to competitors

RedfinNow is currently purchasing homes in 31 locations, including

  • AZ: Phoenix
  • CA: Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco
  • CO: Denver
  • TX: Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio
  • WA: Seattle

As of April 7, 2022, RedfinNow does not have any verified customer reviews on reputable third-party review sites.

SHOW MORE

Express Homebuyers

Express Homebuyers

Express Homebuyers

Phone Number

877-804-5252

Time to Offer

7 minutes

Time to Sale

7 days

Details
Locations
Reviews

Express Homebuyers is a national service that has partnered with local investors across the country to buy houses for cash.

Steps to sell with Express Homebuyers:

  1. Submit your home's information to receive an initial "as is" offer
  2. Meet with the local investor to assess your property and answer any questions
  3. Discuss the local investor's final cash offer and, if you're willing to sell, sign a sales agreement then and there
  4. Choose a closing day on your schedule
  5. Show up on the day of the sale to sign the paperwork and receive cash within hours

As of May 2021, Express Homebuyers had an average positive rating of based on 100+ reviews across Google and Yelp.

SHOW MORE

MarketPro Homebuyers

MarketPro Homebuyers

Full Review

Time to Offer

24 hours

Minimum Closing Time

7 days

Closing Costs

No cost for seller

✍️ Editor's Take
Pros & Cons
Locations
Reviews
Contact

MarketPro pays significantly less than fair market value and is only available in four states, so it's not an option for many home sellers. On the other hand, they can close quickly and even offer a free moving service, so it might be worth it if you are relocating.

Pros

  • Free moving service
  • Close in just seven days
  • No need to prep or repair home

Cons

  • Pays less than fair market value
  • Only available in a handful of markets

17 counties across VA, PA, MD, and Washington, D.C.

As of June 15, 2021, MarketPro Homebuyers has an average rating of 4.3/5 stars based on 170+ reviews.


Positives include easy transactions and professional service, but customers also mention negatives including unreliable communication and aggressive marketing tactics.

SHOW MORE

Service Fee

6%

Closing Date Window

14–60 days

Average Rating

4.6/5 (97 reviews)

✍ Editor's Take
Pros & Cons
Locations
Reviews
Contact

Orchard is a home trade-in service that allows you to purchase a new home by getting access to your current home's equity. You can then list your old home on the market with an Orchard listing agent.

If you need to move quickly, but still want to get top dollar for your home, Orchard is worth considering. However, Orchard only accepts newer homes compared to its competitors.

Pros

  • You'll have a generous 7-day window to consider Orchard's offer
  • Use Orchard's Offer Boost program to make a cash offer on a new home
  • If your home doesn't sell in 120 days, you can accept Orchard's guaranteed cash offer


Cons

  • Homes must be relatively new, compared to competitors (built after 1972 vs. 1930-1960)
  • Orchard's cash offers will likely be much lower than what you'd be able to sell for on the open market

Orchard is currently operating in nine locations.

  • CO: Colorado Springs, Denver
  • GA: Atlanta
  • NC: Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham
  • TX: Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio

As of February 15, 2021, Orchard's average customer rating is 4.6/5 based on 97 reviews.

SHOW MORE

I Buy Houses

I Buy Houses

Full Review

Time to Offer

Varies

Minimum Closing Time

Varies

Closing Costs

Varies

✍️ Editor's Take
Pros & Cons
Locations
Reviews
Contact

I Buy Houses connects home sellers with a network of subscribers who are independent real estate investors. These investors aren't vetted in any way, so it's impossible to know what level of service you'll receive, and negotiating will be entirely up to you. In fact, there's no guarantee that anyone will even contact you when you submit your information.

Pros

  • A national network of real estate investors
  • Easy online submission form

Cons

  • No vetting process — anyone can sign up as an "investor"
  • No standards for how transactions are conducted
  • No guarantee that anyone will contact you, or that you'll get an offer

I Buy Houses is available in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

No customer reviews are available.

SHOW MORE

Best for finding top agents: Agent-matching services

If you want to work with a professional, agent-matching services can help you find top local realtors.

Some agent-matching services let you interview several agents from well-known brokerages (like Century 21 and Keller Williams) until you find one that you feel comfortable with. Others (like Clever and Upnest) also charge a reduced commission.

To get the most savings AND a full-service agent, Clever is our top pick in Maryland. You'll pay just $3,000 (or 1% if your home sells for more than $350,000).

Clever Real Estate

Clever Real Estate

Full Review

💲 Listing Fee

$3k or 1%

💰 Buyer Savings

Up to 0.5% cash back

⚡ Avg. Customer Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

✍️ Editor's Take
✔️ Pros
❌ Cons
🏆 Reviews

Clever is a quick, easy, and free way to find a top-rated local agent. And, unlike many similar companies, Clever pre-negotiates big discounts on your behalf, so you can save thousands without sacrificing on service.


Learn how Clever helps you find the perfect agent and save thousands

  • Free, nationwide agent-matching service that partners with full-service local agents from conventional brokerages like Keller Williams, Century 21, and RE/MAX
  • Provides multiple agent matches so you can interview, compare marketing plans, and choose the best fit
  • Pre-negotiates low rates on your behalf — you get full service for a flat $3,000 listing fee, or just 1% if the home sells for more than $350,000
  • If you buy with Clever, you could get a check worth up to 0.5% of the home price
  • You may not get matched with an agent from your preferred real estate brokerage.
  • Like other agent matching services, Clever may have fewer agents in rural areas.
  • Agents may not provide premium services like drone photography and professional home staging.

As of 44,835, Clever has an average customer rating of 4.9 on Trustpilot, based on 1,710 reviews.


Read reviews from real Clever customers here.

SHOW MORE

UpNest

UpNest

💲 Listing Fee

Varies

💰 Buyer Savings

Varies

⚡ Avg. Customer Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

✍️ Editor's Take
✔️ Pros
❌ Cons
🏆 Reviews

UpNest has agents compete for your business, which often results in you getting a discounted rate. But savings aren't guaranteed and you will usually find a better rate with competitors like Clever.

  • Agents compete for customers, which often results in slightly discounted rates
  • Customer dashboard is easy to use and provides lots of each information about each agent
  • Savings are not guaranteed and are often only a little better than the national average
  • Agent quality and coverage varies, with smaller markets having fewer options than big cities

As of 44,835, UpNest has an average customer rating of 4.6, based on 4,267 reviews across Better Business Bureau, Google, Facebook, and Shopper Approved.

SHOW MORE

Ideal Agent

Ideal Agent

💲 Listing Fee

2% ($3k minimum fee)

💰 Buyer Savings

None

⚡ Avg. Customer Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

✍️ Editor's Take
✔️ Pros
❌ Cons
🏆 Reviews

Ideal Agent can match you with a local realtor who sells a lot of homes. But although it pre-negotiates discounted listing fees, you can save twice as much with competitors like Clever.

  • Agents in network must meet strict quality standards
  • Pre-negotiated listing fees of 2% (or $3k for homes under $150,000)


  • 2% listing fee is less than the national average, but it's not the best rate out there
  • No built-in savings for buyers
  • Only matches you with a single agent

As of 44,835, Ideal Agent has an average customer rating of 4.9, based on 4,343 reviews across Google and Trustpilot.

SHOW MORE

HomeLight

HomeLight

Full Review

💲 Listing Fee

Standard rate (2.5-3%)

💰 Buyer Savings

None

⚡ Avg. Customer Rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

✍️ Editor's Take
✔️ Pros
❌ Cons
🏆 Reviews

HomeLight is an excellent tool for finding a great local agent quickly. However, it offers zero built-in commission savings for sellers or buyers.


Read the full HomeLight review.

  • Get a list of local real estate agents in as little as two minutes
  • One of the largest agent networks in the industry makes it less challenging to find an agent who specializes in short sales and other non-traditional sales
  • Optional Trade-In program makes it easier to buy a new house if you need to sell your current one first
  • No built-in savings for home sellers or buyers
  • No minimum qualifications for partner agents, so quality may vary between locations

As of 44,835, HomeLight has an average customer rating of 4.7 across 921 reviews on Google, Sitejabber, and the Better Business Bureau.


Read reviews from real HomeLight customers.

SHOW MORE

Best by transaction volume

A more objective metric of the a real estate company's performance is its transaction volume: the total dollar value of all its deals.

Transaction volume won't tell you which company offers the best customer experience in the state — just who's earning the most business.

Below are some of the top real estate teams in Maryland based on total transaction volume and team size (small, medium, or large).

🏆 Best small teams

Team
Brokerage
City
Transaction volume (2021)
Gregory Kinnear
RE/MAX Advantage Realty
Ellicott City
$118,775,400
Pennye Green Team
Long & Foster Real Estate
Bethesda
$85,093,806
Gail Nyman Group
RE/MAX United Real Estate
Upper Marlboro
$78,190,439
The Kilner Group
RLAH Real Estate
Potomac
$75,269,185
Murtagh Properties
Long & Foster Real Estate
Bethesda
$67,716,998
Source: RealTrends

🏆 Best medium teams

Team
Brokerage
City
Transaction volume (2021)
The Banner Team
Long & Foster Real Estate
Bethesda
$157,179,001
Dana Rice Group
Compass
Bethesda
$146,854,791
Eric Stewart Group
Long & Foster Real Estate
Rockville
$116,892,113
Laura Snyder Home Group
Keller Williams American Premier Realty
Bel Air
$111,856,500
Heller Coley Reed Team
Long & Foster Real Estate
Bethesda
$109,832,775
Source: RealTrends

🏆 Best large teams

Team
Brokerage
City
Transaction volume (2021)
Nurit Coombe & Alex Martinez Team
The Agency DC
Rockville
$254,483,215
The W Home Group
Next Step Realty
Timonium
$193,380,950
The Maryland & Delaware Group of Long & Foster
Long & Foster Real Estate
Salisbury
$186,611,142
The Sky Group
Long & Foster Real Estate
Bethesda
$173,476,382
Pakulla Professionals
RE/MAX Advantage Realty
Ellicott City
$165,843,888
Source: RealTrends

👋 Looking to grow your real estate business?

Are you a top agent? Join thousands of realtors growing their business with Clever.

  ✅ Qualified clients ready to buy or sell.

  ✅ Grow your brand with more listings.

  ✅ Clever is free to join — never pay for a lead up front.

Ready to see if you qualify to join Clever's partner network?

Fast facts about real estate in Maryland

🏠 Average home sale price (August 2022)
$406,300
💰 Average realtor commission
5.11%
🕑 Average days on market
39
Source: Zillow Research; Clever Real Estate's Average Commission Survey

FAQs about the best real estate companies in Maryland

If you need to sell your house quickly, one of the best solutions in Maryland is to work with an iBuyer like RedfinNow. If you want to go the traditional route, agent-matching services like Clever Real Estate and UpNest let you list with an agent but still save money.

According to RealTrends, based on how much business they generate, one of the largest real estate teams in Maryland is Nurit Coombe & Alex Martinez Team (The Agency DC), in Rockville, Maryland.

Methodology

Our Maryland real estate company categories and rankings are based on hundreds of hours of collective research by Clever's editorial team. Our research included:

  • Interviews with local real estate agents
  • Mystery shopping of real estate companies to learn more about how their services work
  • Comparing each company based on categories like fees, overall customer satisfaction, and additional services

Transaction volume data for brokerages in Maryland was sourced from RealTrends' state rankings.

Related links

Better real estate agents at a better rate

Enter your zip code to see if Clever has a partner agent in your area.

If you don't love your Clever partner agent, you can request to meet with another, or shake hands and go a different direction. We offer this because we're confident you're going to love working with a Clever Partner Agent.