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Think UK estate agents charge too much? Check out how they compare to the rest of the world

by James Lockett
10th Jun 21 11:15 am

Despite what we might think about estate agent fees in the UK, the cost of selling a home is pretty palatable when compared to some other global housing markets. In fact, when compared to the most expensive countries in which to sell a home, the fees charged by UK estate agents could be considered a bargain.

This property market revelation comes after GetAgent.co.uk analysed the average estate agent fee including VAT across a number of major cities around the world to see how the UK ranked against the rest.

In terms of the percentage charged in commission, the UK is actually home to one of the lowest at 1.57% on average. In fact, just Singapore (1.5%), the Netherlands (1.5%), Ireland (1.5%), Hong Kong (1%) and South Korea (0.55%) came in lower. 

In contrast, Mexico and South Africa were home to the highest cost of selling at a giddy 7.5% commission on the value of a home. Australia also ranked high at 5.7%, with the US (5.5%), Canada and Brazil (5%) also coming in at 5% or more. 

Of course, the percentage of commission charged is just one aspect and the value of a property can also play a big part in how high the fee actually is. So GetAgent also looked at the average cost of selling the same sized property in each nation to see how the price of property impacted the estate agent fee rankings. 

With the higher price of property in the UK, the average fee comes in at £2,935 pushing the UK up the table, but only to number 15.

The most expensive place to sell a home? Australia, where the average 5.7% estate agent fee equates to an eye-watering £10,866. Hong Kong also placed high, with the average fee coming to £9,908, with France (£8,562) and Singapore (£8,230) also home to a fee of over £8,000. 

A further 10 nations also came in more expensive than the UK including Japan, Canada, New Zealand, the US, Germany, Israel, Spain, China, Italy and South Africa. 

Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, Colby Short, commented:“UK estate agents have previously come under fire for charging high commission fees that many homesellers felt were somewhat unjustified. But if you think fees are high in the UK, you should thank your lucky stars you’re not selling in Australia, Hong Kong or France. 

While the cost of selling a home can still be fairly considerable in the UK, there seems to have been a change in home seller sentiment towards estate agents and their fee structure in recent times. This has undoubtedly been driven by the online, fixed-fee model and the poor customer experience that many have had with these DIY agents. Home sellers have now realised you really do get what you pay for and when it comes to the most expensive asset you’re ever likely to own, it’s not worth cutting costs.”

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