The average cost to sell a house in Illinois is 7.14% of a home’s final sale price, which includes realtor commission (5.24% of the sale price) and seller closing costs (1.9%).
That means it costs Illinois home sellers an average of $16,522 to sell a home priced at $228,698 (the average home price in the Prairie State).
However, Illinois realtor commission and seller closing cost figures vary widely by market.
You can also save thousands on your home sale by using an agent matching service like Clever Real Estate. Clever has negotiated a reduced listing commission of 1.5% – far lower than the average Illinois rate of 2.68%.
Cost of selling a house in Illinois
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*Costs assume a sale price of $228,698. Numbers are rounded off and may not be 100% precise.
It’s relatively expensive to sell a house in Illinois. The table above shows that it costs 7.14% when factoring in Illinois realtor commissions and closing costs.
That’s higher than the national average of 6.53%. But given Illinois’ relatively low home values, it’s cheaper to sell on a total cost basis compared to the national average.
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Overall home prices in Illinois are the highest in the region, as is the cost to sell as a percentage of the home price.
As a result, Illinois’ average cost to sell in dollars at $16,522 is higher than in neighboring Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Iowa.
Of course, Illinois home values vary quite a bit across the state, so your total home sale costs will also vary. For example, the median sale price as of March was $340,000 in DuPage County but only $82,750 in Knox County, according to data from Illinois Realtors.
To determine the current market value of a your home, you can ask a real estate agent for a free comparative market analysis (CMA). Most real estate agents consider it a part of their job to provide a CMA report when you ask about listing your home. (It’s a way for them to show you that they’re knowledgeable about the local market and hopefully earn your future business.)
Here’s an example of your potential costs at various price points, including realtor fees and seller closing costs.
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Factors that may impact your Illinois home sale costs include:
Typical Illinois realtor commission rates in your area
While the state-wide average rate is 5.24%, rates may be higher or lower depending on what’s normal in your area.
Your success (or failure) in negotiating rates
Illinois realtor commission rates are completely negotiable. You may be able to negotiate a rate lower than what’s typical in your area.
How you find a realtor
You can potentially save thousands in realtor fees by using an agent-matching service like Clever Real Estate to find a realtor. For example, Clever has pre-negotiated a 1.5% listing agent fee with agents in its network, much lower than the typical listing agent commission rate of 2.68%.
The estimated total cost to sell of 7.14% in Illinois does not include other potential costs like home staging, deep cleaning, and pre-listing repairs, which could add thousands more to your home sale costs.
Your negotiated contract
Illinois closing costs are split between the buyer and seller in most transactions. Sellers typically pay all commissions, realty transfer fees, recording fees, and prorated property taxes.
Home sellers may also be on the hook for homeowners association (HOA) fees, attorney fees, property appraisal fees, and a mortgage payoff.
Buyers take on most of the other expenses including inspection costs, appraisal costs, due diligence, owner’s title insurance, and buyer closing costs for their mortgage.
Here’s a deeper look at your expected home sale costs.
1. Illinois realtor commission (5.24%)
Using a realtor costs Illinois home sellers an average of 5.24% of the home’s sale price, which is deducted from the seller’s net proceeds at closing. That fee covers both the listing agent and the buyer’s agent commission.
Your actual cost depends on your home’s value, as it costs much less to sell a $200,000 home compared to a $700,000 home, for example.
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*Median sale prices as of Q1 2022 according to Illinois Realtors. Commission costs assume an average realtor commission of 5.24%.
Since commission is the single largest home-selling expense in Illinois, it’s also your best cost-saving opportunity.
How to save on Illinois realtor fees
Here are some tips on how to save money on your home sale.
Use a discount broker
A discount real estate broker is a company that offers sellers a reduced commission fee with no strings attached. The broker’s listing agents charge less than the average rate, such as a 1–2% listing fee vs. the typical 2.5%–3% rate.
Selling at a higher price point leads to even bigger commission savings using a discount broker vs. finding a realtor through traditional sources, like through a family member or friend.
For example, Clever offers listing fees of just 1.5%, compared to the average New Jersey listing commission rate of 2.68%. That could save you more than $8,000 on a $300,000 home sale.
Agents that partner with these firms also provide all of the services you’d expect to receive from a traditional realtor. The service is free to try with no obligation, so it’s worth starting out here.
List your home without a realtor
You can avoid paying Illinois listing commission entirely by selling without a realtor. Expect to save 2.68% off of your home sale.
However, the typical FSBO home sells for about $58,000 less than agent-listed homes, according to the National Association of Realtors, so you might lose money on the sale. You’ll also be on the hook for all of the tasks normally handled by a real estate professional.
“The benefits of using a good agent heavily outweigh the cost, time commitment, and headache of working with a bad agent or FSBO,” notes Chase Michels, a real estate agent based in Downers Grove, a western suburb of Chicago.
“By hiring a top agent in the area, you set yourself up to put the most money in your pocket at the end of the day and that is what’s most important.”
Negotiate a lower rate
There’s no law setting a fixed realtor fee in Illinois or any part of the country, so you can try to negotiate a lower commission rate with Illinois realtors.
Negotiating commission is more likely to work on a high-value property, since the agent will still earn a substantial commission on the home sale, despite the lower rate.
You also have more wiggle room to reduce the commission rate if you plan to buy a new home with the same agent that’s helping you sell.
2. Closing costs for sellers in Illinois (1.1%)
Seller closing costs typically add another cost of 1.9% or more to the home’s final sale price, according to our data. (Closing costs do not include realtor commission.)
Based on the average Illinois home value of $228,698, the typical home sellers pays $4,538 in closing costs.
Illinois seller closing costs typically include survey fees, title insurance, and search fees, transfer taxes, prorated property taxes, recording fees, and attorney fees.
Other seller fees could include Homeowners Association (HOA) fees, mortgage payoff and/or prepayment penalties, and seller concessions (anything the seller gives the buyer to close the deal).
As a home seller in Illinois, you are almost always responsible for proving that the property’s chain of title is in your name, so you typically have to pay for a plot survey and a title search.
Land surveys in Illinois cost anywhere from $70 to $125 on average, while boundary surveys range from about $416 to $841, according to ProMatcher.com.
Title insurance and search fees
Title insurance protects the owner against any legal claims made against their home or possible mistakes on their deed, and usually covers the cost of legal fees when defending a claim.
Illinois home sellers pay for owner’s title insurance. Buyers must also pay for their own policy, called lender’s title insurance, protecting the mortgage lender against problems with the title.
The seller generally pays more than the buyer. For example, a typical breakdown in Illinois might have the seller pay $3,000 for owner’s title insurance and the buyer pay $500 for lender’s title insurance.
The Illinois government charges a real estate transfer tax on every home sale, amounting to $0.50 for each $500 of value, or 0.1%. Counties may also impose a tax of $0.25 per $500 of value.
So home sellers have to pay a total transfer tax of 0.15% as part of their closing costs. On the flip side, buyers have to purchase a municipal stamp through the village where the home is located, which typically ranges from $1,500 to $2,500.
Transfer taxes for sellers in Illinois cost an average of , much lower than the national average cost of , according to our data.
Prorated property taxes
Illinois home sellers are required to pay property taxes on the days they’ve owned their home in the calendar year. Taxes are prorated and split between the seller and buyer.
The tax is due at closing. Actual costs depend on your annual taxes, and how many days you live in your home up until the closing date.
Speak with your agent or attorney for more details on what you might owe in prorated taxes.
Illinois sellers face average recording fees of $30, compared to the national average of $0.
Your county charges recording fees to register the property’s transfer of ownership. The fee amount varies by county and is usually included in the attorney’s fees.
Illinois home sellers are not required to use an attorney to handle the closing, but most sellers choose to do so.
Real estate attorneys review all of your contracts and legal documents and protect you from potential issues that may arise during your sale. A good attorney can help you navigate a complex transaction and provide some peace of mind.
Real estate attorneys charge an average of $326 per hour in Illinois, according to legal technology firm Clio.
» LEARN: Do I Need a Lawyer to Sell My House?
3. Other potential costs
Home preparation costs
The cost of preparing your home for sale could add thousands more to your total upfront costs.
Home staging costs between $745 to $2,659 on average in the U.S., according to HomeAdvisor. But actual costs vary widely depending on location, the size of the home, and the number of rooms being furnished.
The average cost of a home staging in Chicago is $1,500, Illinois real estate brokers Rafael Velasco and Ryan Reynolds state on their website. A fully staged home can cost over $2,200.
Stagers can also charge around $150 to $500 per hour if you hire them for a consultation, the Velasco and Reynolds added. Staging companies normally charge $35 to $100 per room if they are staging by the hour or by square footage, not including delivery and pick-up costs for the furniture.
Expect to spend at least $300 for deep cleaning, if required.
Finally, pre-listing home repairs and improvements could add hundreds, if not thousands more to your budget, depending on your home’s condition.
Homeowners association dues
You may owe homeowners association (HOA) dues if your home is located in an HOA community. Sellers are typically responsible for covering a prorated amount of their annual membership dues at closing.
If the HOA charges fees to transfer homeownership records to the buyer at closing, the seller usually pays them. Costs vary between communities, but they commonly range from $150 to $500. Check with your agent, attorney, or HOA board for more information on what you might owe.
Buyer’s closing costs
In addition to the costs outlined above, buyers may request that sellers cover some of their closing costs. Seller concessions include anything that the seller gives the buyer to close the deal.
Seller concessions often come in the form of seller credits towards the buyer’s closing costs — 2-3% of the home’s sale price is common — or home warranty policies. However, they can also include compromises that don’t hold monetary value, such as an agreement to close on a date that’s preferable to the buyer.
A home warranty offers the homeowner protection from high repair costs on major appliances and electrical and plumbing systems.
Illinois home sellers often cover the cost of the home warranty as a concession to the buyer, especially if the buyer complains about issues with the house. According to Michels, this concession mainly occurs with homes under $500,000. At higher price points, it’s rare for sellers to cover the home warranty.
The annual premium for a home warranty in Illinois averages $593 for a single-family home, according to Review Home Warranties. Premiums for townhomes and condos are lower at about $498 and $618, while premiums for multi-family homes average $1,107.
The cost of a standard home inspection in Illinois typically starts between $200 and $400, according to Eureka-based Lucent Property Inspections. The fee runs higher for larger homes, with an inspection for a single-family home averaging between $300 and $600.
Termites are relatively common in Illinois, so the buyer may request a termite inspection. Lucent Property Inspections charges $75 for this service.
The person requesting the inspection usually covers the cost. Sellers pay for presale or pre-listing home inspections, while buyers generally pay for an inspection when closing on a home.
In a cooler real estate market (like before COVID-19 hit), buyers may ask sellers for a closing cost credit if an inspection turns up any problems with the home, such as a cracked sink or an outdated water heater, Michels notes.
Capital gains tax
The IRS offers a tax break on capital gains from the sale of your primary residence, as long as you meet certain requirements:
- Single homeowners can deduct up to $250,000 of gains from the sale of their property;
- Married couples can deduct up to $500,000 of gains.
- You must have occupied the property for at least two of the past five years.
- You can also deduct certain repairs and improvements from your home’s cost basis.
Cost of selling a house in Illinois calculator
Use our calculator to get a rough estimate of what you might walk away with in your home sale. Change the home sale price and closing costs to fit your particular situation.
For more accurate numbers, we recommend finding a local realtor to provide you with a free seller’s net sheet: a personalized document that estimates how much you may earn in your home sale.
Illinois closing costs: FAQs
How much are closing costs for sellers in Illinois?
Illinois closing costs typically average about 7% of a home's final sale price. That figure includes common closing costs, such as title insurance and transfer taxes, as well as realtor commission fees, which often cost sellers at least 5%.
We break down the best ways to save on Illinois realtor fees.
Who pays closing costs in Illinois?
Buyers and sellers have separate closing costs in Illinois. Prorated property taxes are split between both parties. Sellers are usually responsible for paying all commissions, owner's title insurance, recording fees, and state transfer fees.
However, actual costs depend on your location. We recommend you find a realtor to get a seller's net sheet, which breaks down all of your potential home sale costs.
Do buyers or sellers pay realtor fees in Illinois?
Sellers usually cover both the buyer's agent and seller's agent commission in Illinois, which amounts to about 5% or more of the home's final sale price. Real estate commission will likely be your single largest home-selling cost. Fortunately, it's negotiable.
What is the cheapest way to sell a house in Illinois?
The cheapest way to sell a house is to use an agent matching service like Clever Real Estate, which has pre-negotiated a low listing agent fee with its agents. Clever agents charge a 1.5% listing fee, compared to the national average listing fee of 2.80%. That could save Illinois home sellers thousands in realtor fees.
The True Costs of Selling a Home Revealed: What does it really cost to sell a house in the U.S.? We explore all of the common expenses in a home sale, and how you can save thousands.
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How to Find a Realtor: Find out how you can connect with a great real estate agent. We help you zero in on the best approach, whether you’re selling or buying.
Seller Net Sheet Guide: Learn how a net sheet can help you estimate your potential home sale proceeds, and how to get one for free.
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