Understanding Real Estate Commission Rates: A Guide for Consumers in Singapore 2024

Jun 13, 2024By Zen

What is a Real Estate Commission?

When you buy or sell a property, you often work with a real estate agent. These agents help you navigate the process. For their services, they charge a commission.

A commission is a fee paid to the agent for their work. It is usually a percentage of the property's sale price. Understanding how this fee works is important for both buyers and sellers.

How Are Commission Rates Determined?

In Singapore, commission rates are not fixed. They can vary based on several factors. These include the type of property, its location, and the complexity of the transaction.

Typically, the commission rate ranges from 1% to 2% of the sale price for sellers. For buyers, it is often around 1% of the purchase price.

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with the buyer’s agent. This means that both agents get a portion of the commission.

In some cases, the buyer may also pay a commission. This can happen if the buyer has a separate agreement with their agent.

The Misconception of Fixed Commission Rates

A public perception survey by the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) revealed that many consumers are unaware that commission rates are negotiable. This misconception can lead to consumers paying more than necessary for real estate services.

Why Are Commission Rates Negotiable?

The CEA does not fix commission rates or provide guidelines. This approach allows market forces to drive competitive pricing, encouraging salespersons to price their services competitively. As a consumer, this flexibility empowers you to negotiate the best rates tailored to your specific needs.

Negotiating Commission Rates

Commission rates are negotiable. You can discuss them with your agent before signing any agreement. Some agents may be charging higher or  lower rates depending or the services that they offer.

It is important to understand what services are included in the commission. This can help you determine if the rate is fair.

negotiation table
Eg of Flat Fee commission services
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Eg of higher commission rates(with deposit required) with additional services

Choosing the Right Agent with the right commission rate

Choosing the right agent can make a big difference. Look for someone with experience and a good track record. Ask for references and check their credentials which can be done via the public register of CEA website.

A good agent will provide value for their commission. They will help you get the best deal and make the process smoother.

Salaried agent not commission hungry
Agents drawing salary not commission hungry

Always discuss rates and services with your agent before signing any agreements. This will ensure that you get the best value for your money.

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