Global Estate Agent commission comparison

Global Estate Agent commission comparison

9:41 AM, 26th August 2020, About 3 years ago 3

Text Size

The latest research by leading property recruitment specialists, Rayner Personnel, has revealed that despite the stick UK estate agents receive for their high commission fees, they actually rank mid-table when compared to other prominent property selling nations.

Rayner Personnel looked at the average agent commission fee across 28 global nations, factoring in VAT and other similar taxes where applicable, and found that at 1.8%, the UK was actually home to one of the lowest fees going.

In fact, only China (1.75%), India (1.7%), Singapore (1.5%), Netherlands (1.5%), Honk Kong (0.75%) and South Korea (0.55%) came in lower.

The highest was in South Africa, where according to the Global Property Guide, agents charge a whopping 7.5% average commission on a sale! The United States (6%), Australia (5.7%) and Mexico (5.2%) were also home to particularly high estate agent fees.

Of course, while UK fees might be some of the lowest, the high price of UK property means the actual money earned pushes UK estate agents up the table.

Rayner applied each nations fee to the average cost of a 50 square metre city centre apartment to see how the monetary fee re-jigged the running order.

Based on an apartment costing £219,542, the average UK commission would result in a monetary fee of £3,952, bumping the UK from the 22nd most expensive percentage fee to the 14th most expensive in a monetary sense.

While estate agents in the likes of Indonesia, Mexico and Brazil earn a much higher percentage fee, the lower property prices in each nation see them fall below the UK in terms of actual money earnt.

The lowest fee of all is in Nigeria, where the average city centre apartment costs just £32,811 and the average agent will earn just £656 selling one.

However, the UK was still eclipsed by the earnings per property sale in Argentina, China, Italy, Germany, United States, New Zealand, Canada, Honk Kong, Japan, Singapore, Israel, France and Australia, where agents earn between £4,000 and nearly £13,000 a sale.

Founder and CEO of Rayner Personnel, Josh Rayner, commented:

“There’s a pretty unfair perception in the UK that estate agents get paid a lot for very little, but when you compare the average commission fee to other nations around the world, it’s clear this simply isn’t the case.

That’s not to say estate agency can’t provide a fulfilling and lucrative career path for those that opt to work in the sector and those that put in the effort will be rewarded with great earning potential.

While we could still do with some form of regulation, we’re lucky to work across a property market that remains largely consistent in terms of transactional volume, holds its value almost whatever the weather and can provide so many with such rewarding work, day in, day out.” 

28 global nations ranked by the highest monetary fee per sale to the lowest.
Nation Average Agent Fee/Commission Cost of 50 Sqm City Centre Apartment Average Commission (£)
Australia 5.70% £225,583 £12,858
France 3.90% £306,517 £11,954
Israel 4.00% £294,777 £11,791
Singapore 1.50% £762,022 £11,430
Japan 3.15% £342,342 £10,784
Hong Kong 0.75% £1,199,896 £8,999
Canada 5.00% £172,153 £8,608
New Zealand 4.30% £191,287 £8,225
United States 6.00% £119,705 £7,182
Germany 2.70% £233,240 £6,297
Italy 3.40% £159,903 £5,437
China 1.75% £275,963 £4,829
Argentina 4.20% £96,986 £4,073
United Kingdom 1.80% £219,542 £3,952
Spain 2.75% £137,975 £3,794
United Arab Emirates 3.00% £116,997 £3,510
Indonesia 5.00% £63,440 £3,172
South Africa 7.50% £42,285 £3,171
Netherlands 1.50% £187,592 £2,814
South Korea 0.55% £465,082 £2,558
Mexico 5.20% £44,128 £2,295
Brazil 4.50% £49,141 £2,211
Morocco 3.00% £59,496 £1,785
Russia 3.50% £46,568 £1,630
Turkey 3.00% £33,128 £994
Egypt 3.03% £28,855 £873
India 1.70% £50,408 £857
Nigeria 2.00% £32,811 £656
Sources Global Property Guide – Adjusted to include VAT or similar if applicable Numbeo Percentage fee of property price

Share This Article


George T

18:52 PM, 26th August 2020, About 3 years ago

This table must have been based on Southern values as is normal.
Here in the Northwest the norm is 1% or less for the higher end of the market say over £500,000.

Monty Bodkin

21:58 PM, 26th August 2020, About 3 years ago

I'm filling up here!
Where can I donate to this worthy cause?

Rob Crawford

17:22 PM, 27th August 2020, About 3 years ago

It beggars belief, the majority of us utilise the services of estate agents and expect to receive a good professionally service - for nothing.

Leave Comments

In order to post comments you will need to Sign In or Sign Up for a FREE Membership


Don't have an account? Sign Up

Landlord Tax Planning Book Now