The only place you can find out what real estate companies and agents charge in commission and fees is directly from the real estate companies/agents themselves.
But consumers like you, often want to find this out prior to making any contact with any real estate company. So here it all is.
This is the only independent property and real estate hub where you can find so much information and advice, all about real estate fees.
Calculating Real Estate Fees, Marketing & Advertising Costs
We've done the research, worked out the issues and provide you with practical ways to prevent incurring unnecessary costs and keep your expenses to a minimum. We also include some help about achieving the highest sale price, putting you at greater advantage than others in your area, in your price range.
- How much is real estate commission? This covers fees, percentages, example calculations and how agencies divide commission
- Negotiating real estate commission and fees plus ball park advertising costs, marketing costs, incentives offered, tips and trips to avoid
- How to avoid paying double commission and when you are at risk of this occurring
- Examples of real estate agents' expenses and legal responsibilities, real estate company and compliance.
Legal Clause avoids double commission fees
Until it happens, most people don't realise that this is even a problem so it certainly hits hard when it does.
Real Estate Commission disputes are often referred to the Real Estate Authority for their complaints process. So we explain what the problem is and how you can avoid it.
Find out how much your real estate commission fees will cost
Circumstances that can incur double commission fees
If you have had your property listed with one real estate agent, but have not sold it, and are now going to list with another agent, (whether they are with a new or the same company), you need to be aware of the risk of paying two commissions (one to the first agent and one to the new agent).
When the first listing contract ends, that is a) when the time period concludes, or b) when you cancel it in accordance with the terms of the agreement, the first agent must give you a list of the people who have made contact and you should pass this to the new agent.
The main reason for this is that should the property be sold to a person on that list by the second agent, the first agent may try to make a claim for part of the commission from the second agent or claim a second commission from you. It can get very messy.
What is the solution?
There have been grey areas around this issue and as a result, a new legal clause was introduced in November 2015 and recommends that when signing an agency agreement to sell a property, the clause should be included and initialed.
Prevention is better than the cure
You can completely avoid the risk of paying two real estate commissions by taking the following steps:
1. The best method of prevention is to be sure that you list with a vetted real estate agent who can sell your property first time around. This can make a substantial difference.
2. If you are in the unfortunate position of having to re-list your property for sale, provide your new agent with the list of inquirers from the first agent and ask the new agent to exclude those named parties from the listing agreement you enter into with them.
3. If you find a real estate agent does not want to include this, you might want to reconsider using a vetted agent.
Two clause types
There are two types of clauses, one for rural properties and one for residential and lifestyle properties.
Be mindful that you are signing the correct listing authority type. For residential or lifestyle properties, you should be signing a residential listing authority and for a rural property, you should sign the rural agreement.
We recently came across a vendor who signed a rural listing authority for a small lifestyle block and the real estate commission fee was higher than for a residential property so it is worth checking.
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