The average total real estate commission in Vermont is 5.49%. This includes a 2.83% listing agent commission and a 2.66% buyer’s agent commission. In Vermont, sellers typically cover the real estate commission fees for both agents out of their sale proceeds at closing.
Vermont sellers pay an average of $21,190 in realtor fees, based on the average Vermont home price of $385,968.
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 Vermont. We’ll also explain why Vermont commissions are what they are (and offer up some tips that could help you save).
Vermont 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 $385,968.
|Listing agent commission
|Buyer’s agent commission
|Total realtor fees
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If you’re selling a home in Vermont, you’ll spend an average of 5.49% in total realtor fees, compared to the national average of 5.49%.
How much are realtor fees in Vermont?
Not all realtors in Vermont charge the exact same commission. To get the best listing commission for your home sale, shop around among local agents. Even within your town, agents may charge different rates for different neighborhoods, depending on the effort needed to sell a home there.
For example, selling a pristine home in Burlington might be easier and require a smaller marketing budget than selling a rural fixer-upper ski lodge near Killington.
The state of the local real estate market also heavily influences what agents charge for commission. In Vermont, housing prices are down 1.2% from a year ago, and the number of homes sold is down 28.5%. Properties are also taking three days longer to sell than in 2022.
With listing agents selling fewer homes than they were a year ago, they might be less likely to reduce their commissions. They’ll need every bit of the remaining commissions they have to turn a profit.
How real Vermont agents and brokers set commission rates
Agents usually charge a similar rate as other realtors in the area. However, agents usually have some degree of flexibility based on the specifics of the listing, especially how much time, energy, and upfront expenses they’ll need to invest to sell the home.
But agents don’t want to reduce their commission too much, because they split it with their broker. Of the average 2.83% listing commission in Vermont, half would go to the listing agent and half would go to their broker. The buyer’s agent commission is split the same way.
Realtors also need to pay for a number of overhead expenses with their commission. In Vermont, realtor expenses include:
- Taxes: Most real estate brokers and agents are considered self-employed and must pay taxes on their transaction earnings each year
- Association dues: $150–300
- Multiple Listing Service (MLS) fees: $252 every year
- State license fees: $100 every two years
- Administrative staff: Assistants can help with bookkeeping, scheduling, and other day-to-day operations
- Marketing costs: Professional photos, advertising, open houses, and staging
Selling a home takes a lot of time, work, and money, and commission compensates Vermont realtors for this.
How can I save on realtor fees in Vermont?
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
When preparing to negotiate with a real estate agent, take into account how much work you think will be involved in selling your home. In a hot neighborhood where home listings are moving quickly, you can make the case that your home will require minimal time and effort to sell.
But if you’re selling a property in a remote area with less interest, your agent will need to put in more effort and will expect a higher fee.
Negotiating can be awkward and uncomfortable. If you’d rather avoid it, you can find an agent through our agent-matching service. We’ve already pre-negotiated a low listing fee with experienced agents in Vermont, so you don’t have to. Find a Vermont 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, our agent-matching service 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 Vermont 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.
Other FAQs about Vermont real estate commissions
Who pays real estate commission in Vermont?
In Vermont, the seller typically pays both the listing agent and the buyer's agent commission. These fees come out of the home sale proceeds at closing.Learn more about how real estate commission works in Vermont.
Can you negotiate realtor fees in Vermont?
Yes, you can always negotiate realtor fees. Before approaching your agent, remember they have upfront costs for marketing and promoting your property. If your home needs a lot of work to sell, your realtor may be hesitant to lower their fees. Learn more about how to negotiate realtor fees.
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 one agent across Vermont.