Frequently Asked Questions

What does HouseMax charge?

The standard Real Estate Commission in S.C. is 6% – 3% going to the Seller’s agent and 3% to the Buyer’s agent.

As a seller of, let’s say, a $500,000 home, instead of paying the 3% or $15,000 to HouseMax, you are only charged 2% ($10,000) at closing, saving you $5,000. All this while still getting all the services (and more) you’d expect from a real estate firm.


What is a "side?"

A side indicates which side of the real estate transaction you are on – the Buyer or the Seller. HouseMax Charleston works hard for our clients on both sides!

I thought the Buyer doesn’t pay commission?

The Buyer doesn’t pay directly, but the price of commission for the Buyer’s agent (usually 3%) is built into the price of the home. 

Do I have to pay anything up front?
No, we don’t get paid until we have found you the perfect home or have sold your existing home and the deal is closed.
Are there any extra fees?

We have additional services that you can add onto your agreement to add even more power to your listing! These include:

  1. Drone video.
  2. 3D photography.
  3. Twilight photography.
  4. Pre-market home inspection.
What is included when you sell my home?

We offer full real estate services to ensure that you see results! This includes:

  1. MLS listing.
  2. Professional photography and editing.
  3. A 30 minute consultation with a professional stager so that your house looks its best!
  4. An electronic lock box so other agents have access to your home during scheduled showings.
  5. An eye-catching sign for your front yard (if allowed by your neighborhood’s HOA).
  6. Home listing on great sites like Zillow, Trulia, and more.
  7. Social media advertising on Facebook, Instagram and more.
  8. A lower commission rate of only 2%.
Is a yard sign included?

Of course, if allowed by your neighborhood’s HOA! And, our advertising efforts don’t stop there! We also put your home on great sites like Zillow, Trulia, and, and use social media advertising to make sure that the right people are seeing the ads for your home!

Is an electronic key box included?
Absolutely! This is part of our full service that we offer. The electronic key box is powered by Bluetooth, so you know that the keys inside are secure.

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