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NSW agent commissions

How much will it cost you to sell a house in NSW in 2021

September 2, 2021 10:00 am by Upside

Australian property prices have experienced a cooling down since the astronomical rise in March of this year, although price growth still sits well above the thirty-year average.

As locked-down Sydneysiders welcomed Spring from home, property values saw another bump of +1.8% in median property values for the month, according to CoreLogic’s latest Home Value Index. The median value of a home in Sydney is now $1,039,514.

Elsewhere in regional NSW, property values also saw a significant growth of +2.0% this month, with the median home value now sitting at $615,005 - a whopping +24.8% rise since 12 months ago!

What are real estate commissions in NSW in 2021

If you’re planning to sell a property in NSW, it’s important to know the fees and commissions that can come with selling through a traditional real estate agent. We’ve put together the average cost of selling a home in NSW in 2021.

Average NSW real estate commissions

What commission you pay makes a big difference - in fact it is the largest single cost associated with a property sale.

Unfortunately, a ‘standard’ real estate agent commission doesn’t exist, nor is there legislation that governs how much real estate agents can charge to sell your property. Real estate commission fees can depend on a few different factors, some of which are your location, the value of your home, the type of agencies you choose to sell with, as well as the current market conditions.

Some rates that agents charge will include advertising and marketing costs in their commission structure, while others break these costs out and charge you separately for them.

The overall average commission rate in NSW is 2.1%, but this can range as low as 1.8% in more competitive metropolitan areas, to as high as 3.5% in some regional areas.

City/Town Average commission rate
Sydney 2.01%
Newcastle 2.33%
Wollongong 2.40%
Orange 3.00%
Broken Hill 3.20%
Mudgee 3.25%
Source: OpenAgent

What is the property market currently like in NSW?

In the 12 months to June, the national median price for a house in Sydney rose by +24%. We’ve covered why house prices have been on the upwards trajectory, but in a few words, record prices have been achieved off the back of historic low supply and strong buyer demand.

With the rise in house prices, real estate commissions in NSW have also risen. Let’s take a look at two examples:

  • A house sold in a Sydney suburb for the 2020 median house price of $1,137,246 would have attracted a commission of $23,882 (based on the average NSW real estate commission rate of 2.1%)
  • The same house sold for the 2021 median house price of $1,410,133 would now attract a commission of $29,613
  • That’s about a $5,700 pay rise out of your pocket!

Selling a property in this hot seller’s market should benefit you, instead of putting extra commissions into an agent’s pocket.

Upside = no-commission NSW real estate agent

At Upside, we’re not your typical NSW real estate agent. Our experienced property agents all have proven track records before joining Upside, and provide everything you’d expect from a traditional real estate agency – including marketing, auction management, buyer negotiation, and more – but we never charge a commission on our services. Instead, we charge an all-inclusive fixed fee (no matter how much you sell for) which is payable at settlement.

What's included in your fixed-fee?

What's included at Upside

Find out more about our fees here.

But sometimes, it’s not so much about what an agent charges you, but more about what it could cost you if you get the wrong agent to sell. This is why it is important to do your market research, and speak to a few local agents from different agencies before deciding which agent to go with.

RELATED: 17 questions to ask a real estate agent before selling your home

Worried about selling at this time? Upside is your safest choice. With remote appraisers, virtual open for inspections & meetings, digital contracts and agents that have always worked from home, there is no agency in a better position to look after you when selling in the current climate. Book your free, no obligation (and digital if you'd prefer) appraisal with us today.



Upside is an Australian-owned, full-service real estate agency with local real estate agents, low fixed fees and zero commission. Our standard is other agents’ ‘extras’, delivering vendors a complete agent managed service including a full appraisal, open home management, copywriting, photography, signage and advertising. It's the way real estate should be.

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