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The average total real estate commission in Kansas is 5.66%. This includes a 2.96% listing agent commission and a 2.70% buyer’s agent commission. In Kansas, sellers typically cover the real estate commission fees for both agents out of their sale proceeds at closing.
Kansas sellers pay an average of $12,213 in realtor fees, based on the average Kansas home price of $215,770.
Realtor commission rates vary considerably by region, city, or even neighborhood. The agent and brokerage you choose, as well as the specifics of your sale — like your home’s value, location, and condition — are also factors.
This guide breaks down how much commission sellers can expect to pay in Kansas. We’ll also explain why Kansas commissions are what they are (and offer up some tips that could help you save).
Kansas real estate commission: How much will you pay?
Here’s what you can expect to pay in realtor commission based on the average home price of $215,770.
|Listing agent commission||2.96%||$6,387|
|Buyer’s agent commission||2.70%||$5,826|
|Total realtor fees||5.66%||$12,213|
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How much are realtor fees in Kansas?
The average Kansas real estate commission is 5.66%, which is a bit higher than the national average of 5.37%. Real estate agents receive their commission at closing from the proceeds of the sale.
The current average realtor fees in Kansas may be higher than the national average, but they’re actually down from 6% in 2021. This could be for any number of reasons, but the strong housing market in major metros like Kansas City are likely a major factor.
When a housing market is strong, realtors are buying and selling more homes than usual, and often at higher prices. This allows them more flexibility with their rates.
Although housing market data offers some insight into changes to realtor fees, the best thing you can do is talk to multiple realtors in your area to find out what the fair market rate is in your area.
How real Kansas agents and brokers set commission rates
Real estate agents in Kansas set their rates based on a variety of factors, including:
- The state of the housing market
- The location of the home
- Competition in the area
- The amount of work required to sell a home
- If you’re a repeat customer
Although realtor fees in Kansas are technically negotiable, there’s a limit to how flexible agents and brokers can be. Agents need to make a living, so they can’t be expected to provide top-notch service for unfair compensation.
And don’t forget, realtor commissions are split four ways between the buyer’s agent, the listing agent, and both of their brokers.
Your realtor has to be a lot of fees and expenses using their quarter cut of the commission. Here are just a few of the fees to be a real estate agent:
- Taxes: Real estate agents must pay a self-employment tax of 15.3% on all commission earned
- Association dues: $170–195 annually
- MLS fees: $200–800 annually
- State license fees: $125–175 biennially
- Administrative staff: Assistants can help with bookkeeping, scheduling, and other day-to-day operations
- Marketing costs: Professional photos, advertising, open houses, and staging
- Ongoing education: $30–80 annually
Ultimately, realtors just want to be fairly compensated for the risk and effort required for them to do the best job possible selling your home.
How can I save on realtor fees in Kansas?
While it may take some outside-the-box thinking, there are a few ways you can save on realtor fees:
- Negotiate with a traditional real estate agent or broker
- Work with a discount real estate broker
- Sell without a realtor
Negotiate with a traditional realtor
The only way to find out if your agent is willing to adjust their realtor fees is to ask. There’s no guarantee they will budge, but there’s no harm in trying.
From their perspective, agents see their commission as compensation for the time, effort, and money they invest in selling your home. So, if you want your agent to work for a lower rate, your best bet is to minimize the investment and effort they need to make to successfully sell your home.
Ways to negotiate lower realtor fees
- Shop around. Not only will talking to multiple agents help you find out who offers the lowest rate, but it also encourages competition, which can incentivize realtors to give you their best rate.
- Improve the home. Getting your home up-to-date and in great shape will not only make it easier to sell but will probably yield a higher sale price.
- Be a repeat customer. Drumming up business is often the biggest hurdle realtors need to clear, so ensuring that they will get multiple commission checks from you could help you get a discounted rate.
Negotiating can be awkward and uncomfortable. If you’d rather avoid it, you can find an agent through Clever Real Estate. They’ve already pre-negotiated a 1.5% listing fee with experienced agents in Kansas, so you don’t have to. Find a Kansas agent for less.
Work with a discount real estate broker
Some brokerages offer discounted realtor fees up front. These companies can help you save money, but some come with risks or worse-than-average customer service. Do your research to understand what you’ll get for the discounted fee. See how we ranked discount real estate brokers in your area based on savings, customer reviews, and our experience mystery shopping with each company.
To save an average of $7,000 on your listing fee without sacrificing service, Clever Real Estate is your best option.
Sell without a realtor
The ultimate way to save on realtor fees is to sell without a realtor — though we don’t recommend this to most Kansas sellers.
You’ll avoid paying a listing commission, but you’ll have to do all of the work of a listing agent on your own. Plus, you’ll still want to pay a full buyer’s agent commission to incentivize other agents to show your home to their buyers.
Learn more about how to sell a house without a realtor in Kansas.
Other FAQs about Kansas real estate commissions
How much do real estate agents make in Kansas?
According to Indeed.com, the average real estate agent in Kansas makes about $93,000 per year. The average real estate commission rate in Kansas is 5.66%, but that is split between the buyer’s agent, the listing agent, and both brokerages. Learn more about how much a realtor in Kansas makes.
How much are closing costs in Kansas?
According to data collected by ClosingCorp, the average homebuyer in Kansas spends about $2,042 on closing costs. Learn more about how much your closing costs might be.
We regularly survey our pool of 14,000 partner agents nationwide on the commission rates they use for buying and selling. These data points are averages based on responses we’ve received from 10 agents across Kansas.
- Clever Real Estate Commission Survey Data
- The Kansas City Star
- Kansas Association of Realtors
- Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors
- Kansas Real Estate Commission
- Internal Revenue Service
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