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Estate Agent Fees

What fees do estate agents charge to sell your house?

Estate Agent fees range from around £299 for the cheapest online agent to 3% for some London high-street agents. Our data puts the average estate agent fees at 1.1% nationwide.

The size of your home and its physical location play a big part in the fee an agent will quote for selling your home, as will the type of agent you approach - whether that’s a high-street estate agent or an online/hybrid estate agency.

What do my estate agent fees pay for?

Estate Agents are very good at selling houses and offering expert advice but there is a lack of understanding around the services they offer and the cost of selling. Research suggests that only 7% of homeowners fully understand the range of services that estate agent fees cover - the list of services an estate agency can offer as part of their fee includes:
  1. Market valuation to establish the current house price
  2. Advice on how to make the property presentable
  3. Photography
  4. Floorplans
  5. Introducing keen and willing buyers
  6. Portal listings (Rightmove, Zoopla and others)
  7. Property Descriptions
  8. For Sale Boards
  9. Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  10. Screen potential buyers and ensure people viewing the property are genuine
  11. Accompanied viewings
  12. Open days
  13. Collect offers
  14. Negotiate offers
  15. Act as a point of contact during conveyancing (legal) process
  16. Give you the keys on completion day!
A local agent may do everything from point 1 - 15 without any payment. If point 14 doesn’t happen, a local agent makes no money. An online agent would usually charge a fixed fee upfront to cover all of the above points. (An explanation of the differences between local and online agents follows)

We know selling your home can look expensive, but agency fees cover a lot of time and effort to help you make the most out of your property - selling a property isn't just listing a property on Rightmove or Zoopla.

Remember though, if you agree to pay a % of your final property price as a fee, the more the agent makes for you, the more they make, so you both win.

What is an online estate agent?

For many years, high-street estate agents were the only way to sell your house. Over the last few years, a new breed of agent has emerged to help you sell your property, delivering estate agency with a digital focus. These have become known as ‘online’ and ‘hybrid’ agents.

The differences between ‘local’ and ‘online’ estate agents

To help you choose an agent, we have outlined the main differences between ‘local’ and ‘online’ estate agents:

Local Estate Agents

  • High street presence and local knowledge
  • Higher fee, paid only when your home sells as a % of the selling price, or a fixed-fee
  • Point of contact and expert advice all the way to completion

Online/Hybrid Estate Agents

  • 24/7 ‘always on’ service
  • Low fee, often paid up front
  • Allow the homeowner to take a bigger role in the sales process

How can I find out what an estate agent will charge me?

Historically, picking an estate agent required you to visit or call a number of agents, ask them to come out to your property, establish an asking price and then discuss what you could expect to pay to sell your house.

netanagent.com gives you a free and simple way to understand the cost of selling, allowing you to compare estate agent fees and services of estate agents instantly, without the need to contact multiple agents and giving vendors a clear and transparent choice. Just fill in a quick form and we’ll show you agents’ fees and services.



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