Real Estate Agent Fees in New South Wales

With a slowdown expected in 2018 in the property market, finding a real estate agent who can get you the price you need for your home has never been more important. This is particularly true in Sydney, where high median house values and tighter lending restrictions are cooling the market.House prices are still the highest in the country in NSW. The Sydney median house price increased by 4% last year, sitting at $1,179,519 in December 2017. However, only the median house price only increased by 0.5% in the last quarter. (Source: Domain Group House Price Report, December 2017).

Commissions + Fees by State How do real estate agent fees shape up in New South Wales?

A competitive property market combined with low interest rates causes  low average commission rates in New South Wales. While the state is showing some of the lowest real estate agent fees across Australia in the capital city Sydney, often falling below the 2% mark, the average fee varies depending on location and can rise to high levels in regional areas.

A deregulated market in New South Wales means that real estate agents can set their own rates, and those rates are often driven by free market regulation. Agents often base their fees on a number of factors, including the level of market activity and competition in an area. It’s for this reason that agents in rural regions often charge more than agents in built-up city areas, where a higher population often means higher competition among agents and lower rates.

The state commission rate average sits at 2.02%. Fees are generally lower in urban areas of Greater Sydney, with the average at the average sitting at 1.84%. In regional areas outside of Sydney, the average commission rate starts to creep up.

While low commission rates are an important factor when choosing your agent, it is crucial to ask an agent what is included in the agent fee. Some agents include services like marketing in their commission rate, while other agents charge extra for these services.

What to consider when finding the right agent to sell your home

An agent based in a country or regional area of New South Wales is likely to charge a higher fee compared to a Sydney-based agent, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t worth the extra. A local agent who knows the area may also know potential buyers, or how to market your property in just the right way.

Selecting an agent on price alone is not a great idea. Consider other factors like experience and expertise; an agent who keeps up-to-date on the latest New South Wales property law and taxes, like Stamp Duty, is worth their pay packet.

The property market is quite competitive in New South Wales so most agents will offer good deals, but it is always better to compare a number of agents in your local area to see who is best suited to selling your property.

Interested in finding out more about your local real estate agent fees?

Discover what agents are charging in your area by comparing a range of fee information from local agents. If you’re thinking about selling your property, you can compare real estate agents at LocalAgentFinder, including performance data, homeowner reviews, agency information, fees, commissions and more. Find out more about real estate agent fees and commissions across Australia.

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To determine the average commission by state, LocalAgentFinder took the average commission of all active agents in each state respectively on 21 March 2018. This included agents with tiered and fixed commission structures based on a $500,000 selling price. The same method was applied to calculate the average commission in capital cities.

This article was updated on 11th April 2018