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Estate Agent Fees

Agent fees vary widely based on the area, and the type of property. Get quotes from local agents, hassle-free!

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Estate Agent fees across the UK

Agency fees usually range between 0.75 + VAT to 3% + VAT. The fee depends on the location, type and value of the property.

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What do Estate Agent fees include?

An estate agent is an experienced professional who will look after the sale of your most important financial asset. Their fees should include the following.

Most agents will perform viewings as part of their standard fee

Viewings

The estate agent will show people around your home. In addition to saving you time, they'll help portray your home in the best possible light.

Estate agent fees should include photography

Photography

The photos of your property will encourage potential buyers to arrange a viewing, so having them taken professionally is essential!

Agent fees usually incorporate floor plans

Floor Plans

Floor plans give a great overview of your property, and encourage potential buyers to arrange a viewing.

The standard estate agent price will include online portal listings on Zoopla, Rightmove or OnTheMarket

Online Portal Listings

Many buyers begin their search on one of the three big portals. Most agents will list on two of them, and will know how to present the listing to get the most interest.

Estate Agent contracts

Agent contracts can vary quite a bit, so it's important to be aware of what to look for when choosing the right one for you.

Sole agency agreement

Also known as 'sole selling rights', this is the most common type of estate agent contract. It gives your chosen agent exclusivity on the sale of your property. In exchange, the agent will typically charge you a lower fee than with the other contract types.

In our opinion, this is the best contract for most people (but only if you choose an excellent local agent!)

Joint sole agency agreement

This is where two agents will both try to sell your property. They'll then split the comission between them, regardless of who sells it. Because the proceeds are shared, the commission is typically higher than a Sole Agency Agreement, between 2% – 3% + VAT.

Multi-agency Agreement

This agreement allows you to use as many agents as you like, and only pay commission to the one that actually sells your property. However, this usually means the fees are higher (on average, 2.5% - 3.5% + VAT). Doing this only really makes sense if you are in a hurry to sell your property.

Sole selling rights

This clause is sometimes found in Sole Agency contracts. It means that only the agent is allowed to sell your home during for the duration of the contract. If you or someone else finds a buyer, the agent will still be entitled to claim their fee.

Ready, willing & able purchaser

Alongside the 'sole selling rights' clause, you'll occasionally find this. It means that as long as the agency can find a buyer, you will have to pay the fee – even if you decide not to sell.

Fixed fee

Some estate agents charge a fixed fee (payable on completion), rather than as a percentage of the sale price. This is typically found for lower value properties.

Payment terms

Most agents are paid once the sale completes and you've received the money from the buyer. This means if the sale falls through (or you decide not to sell), then you won't have to pay anything.

Beware of some online agents who charge a fixed fee regardless of whether the property sells or not!

Tie-in period

Pretty much every estate agent includes a tie-in period in their contract. Typically, this will last at least 6 weeks. If you change agents during this period, you will still be liable to pay fees to your original agent. Some agents’ contracts can keep you tied to them for as long as 6 months, so it's important to review your contract carefully before signing anything.

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