Real Estate Agent Fees in Adelaide

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How do commissions work when selling your Adelaide house?

A quick introduction to real estate agent fees in Adelaide

In recent years, Adelaide (the capital city of SA) saw a growth in economy. The capital city is home to 75% of the SA population, is the South Australia’s government centre and home to many governmental and financial institutions. Typically ranking high is terms of quality of life, The Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Adelaide in the top ten world’s most liveable cities three times over the last decade. One contributing factor to this may have been the climate, with Adelaide boasting a well-known Mediterranean climate with warm and dry summers and short, mild winter. Adelaide is also an arts and culture hub, home to many renowned museums such as the Art Gallery the South Australian.

So, it comes as no surprise that Adelaide is a sought-after destination for many Australians relocating within South Australia. Affordability is the name of the game in this capital city’s emerging market, as low interest rates and lower house prices encourage investment. Boasting one of the lowest capital city average rates in terms of commissions and fees, it’s good news for those selling a property in the area.

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How do real estate commissions and fees work in Adelaide?

Like the rest of the state, Adelaide commission rates are deregulated. This means that an agent who works in Adelaide is empowered to decide and create their own commission and fee structure. The market demand in Adelaide is higher and as a result there are more real estate agents who work in the city. This creates increased competition and we see a drop in commission rates averages as agents work to compete for business.

The location of your home in Adelaide and the property type will also have an effect on the total fee you will pay for commission. With this in mind, it makes sense for you to compare agents in the Adelaide market. Comparing local agents will help you understand how commission is charged and the variable factors that contribute to the final figure and the different ways in which agents will attribute various factors to commissions and fees.

It’s also a good idea to understand what an agent considers under the term “commission” and “fee”. It’s common to consider these terms as having the same of similar meaning but when it comes to selling your home, this is not the case. Here are some definitions that will help guide you:

Commission: This is the term usually referring to the percentage allocation of the total price of the property sold.

Fee: This is a term that is commonly associated with marketing, advertising and administrative costs.

Agents will have different allocations for both these terms so make sure you know what is included in this fee to help you understand the bottom-line figures. Real estate agents are usually willing to negotiate fees and commissions due to the competition found in the city, so you are in a strong position to negotiate.

What is the average commission rate in Adelaide?

It’s good news for those selling in Adelaide, we’re seeing lower commission rates that are amongst the lowest in the country. The average commission rate is 1.90% in Adelaide. The below chart shows how Adelaide compares to the rest of the country in terms of average state commissions.

City Ave. Fee
Canberra 2.19%
Sydney 1.87%
Darwin 2.49%
Brisbane 2.52%
Adelaide 1.90%
Hobart 2.67%
Melbourne 1.93%
Perth 2.28%
From LocalAgentFinder Data Researched September 2022, based on a $500,000 property sale

We see that Adelaide has amongst the lowest commission and fees rates in the country, next only to Sydney. The city rate is lower than the overall average for the state which sits at 1.94%. This drop is expected and the lack of competition for real estate agents in higher populated areas like Adelaide drive down the cost of commissions in order for agents to compete in the market.

The average commission fee starts to increase in areas further into rural South Australia, for example, the Barossa region where the average commission rate jumps up to 2.60%. This is an Australian wide trend that we see in most states. Generally, real estate agent fees tend to be lower in built-up urban areas with high population density and where there is stronger competition among agents, for example in Norwood or Rose Park, where commission rates stay at 1.88% on average.

The price of your property will have a direct impact on the total cost of your commission. The below gives an indication of what you can expect in Adelaide depending on the value of your property.

Property Value Ave. Commission Rate
$300K 2.10%
$500K 1.90%
$750K 1.84%
$1M 1.82%
$1M+ 1.79%
From LocalAgentFinder Data Researched September 2022

To summarise, while the cost of commission rates in Adelaide are amongst the lowest in the country – there are still contributing factors to consider (suburb, property type, property value). With that said, LocalAgentFinder data gives you a strong indication using relevant and up to date data to help you make an informed decision on the amount of commission you are willing to pay.

Agent fees and commissions vary between metro and regional areas. Factors such as average sale prices impact this. Finding out what this means for you is made easy with LocalAgentFinder’s leading online comparison service offering local agent information for sales performance, average sales price, fees and agent commission and more.

Negotiating fees and commissions in Adelaide

With the current commission and fee rate in Adelaide, you’re already in a strong position for negotiations. Agents are aware that competition is out there and are more likely to drive down commission costs in order to win your business.

In addition to having an understanding of your local commission average, there are other steps you can take to put yourself in a stronger position to negotiate. One of which is to have a solid understanding of how commission is calculated. In general, an agent will advise of one of two options.

Option 1 - Fixed rate

This method means that the fee you pay is fixed and regardless of the price your property will sell for, this fee will always stay the same. The benefit of this method is the fact that it creates clarity for both parties around the final sum of money. However, some people feel that this can encourage the agent to sell the house quickly and as a result they will sell the house for a lower sale price.

Option 2 - The tiered percentage

This option operates on a sliding scale. The benefit of this method is that it is generally thought to encourage agents to secure a higher sale price. For example, you may agree to a 2% commission rate if the sale price is $480,000 or less, and an additional amount if the property is sold for more than that. So, if the sale price is $500,000 you’ll pay 2% on first $480,000 (being $9,600) and, for example, 10% on the additional $20,000 (being $2,000). The total commission payable would be $11,600. The potential disadvantage of this is that you don’t have certainty of the final price and it may be higher than what you had initially anticipated.

Agreeing the type of commission you pay your agent is also sometimes dependant on the property type. For example, if you are selling a larger property in a popular area, it makes sense to operate on a tiered percentage rate as you are in a better position to secure a higher sale price. With that said, it’s up to you as the homeowner to agree the commission structure.

Top tips for selling your house in Adelaide

We help Australian’s sell their property in Adelaide by recommending them with the most suitable agents available in their location. If you’re selling your property in Adelaide, we have some tips that can help you go through this process with as much ease as possible.

  1. The averages act as a guide to help you get an understanding of what other homeowners like you are currently paying for commission. There are also a number of factors that can contribute to the overall cost for commission – like the size and type of property you are selling. So, while having an average from local data is certainly useful, it doesn’t mean that it’s a certainty for your home.
  2. Comparisons are necessary when choosing an agent. Considering your home is one of the most valuable assets you will ever sell, it makes sense to get the right real estate agent to help you secure the highest possible price. LocalAgentFinder can compare agents in Adelaide for you and deliver you with the best agents for the job in the area.
  3. Hidden fees are a concern for everyone when selling your home. At LocalAgentFinder, our comparison tool is completely free for homeowners. The agent you choose will only pay LocalAgentFinder a referral free after successfully selling your property.

So, if you’d like to compare real estate agents in the Adelaide region, take a look at LocalAgentFinder today and see if we can help. We also have a fully operational Australian based call centre, so if you have any questions, give us a call on 133 033.

Knowing the agent’s fees, commissions and performance in your suburb before you meet them puts you in a great position to negotiate. LocalAgentFinder’s leading online comparison platform, selling guide and agent questionnaire gives you access to this information and much more.


Which suburbs have the highest real estate commission in Adelaide?

The suburb with the highest real estate commission rate in Adelaide as of May 2021 is Cromer which has an average commission rate of 3.30%, followed by Birdwood, Chain Of Ponds, Gumeracha, Kenton Valley, Kersbrook and Millbrook at 2.75%. This is based on a property sale of $500k.

Which suburbs have the lowest real estate commission in Adelaide?

The suburbs with the lowest real estate commission in Adelaide are College Park, Evandale, Hackney, Maylands, St Peters, Stepney and Upper Sturt with an average commission rate of 1.50% followed by Ashford, Auldana, Black Forest, Bridgewater, Everard Park, Forestville, Keswick, Keswick Terminal, Magill, Mount George, Rosslyn Park, Skye, Teringie and Woodforde at 1.60%. This is based on a property sale of $500k.

Do you pay more commission closer to the centre of Adelaide's CBD?

In areas closer to the Adelaide CBD, commission rates are generally lower because there's high competition and the agents try to offer competitive rates. When it comes to regional areas, the commission rates tend to be higher because there's less competition for the agents and they can charge higher rates.

Which regions have the highest real estate commission in Adelaide?

As of May 2021, Adelaide - North has the highest real estate commission rate in Adelaide with an average commission rate of 1.87% followed by Adelaide - Central and Hills region and Adelaide - South at 1.86%. This is based on a property sale of $500k.

Which regions have the lowest real estate commission in Adelaide?

As of May 2021, Adelaide - West has the lowest commission rate in Adelaide with an average commission rate of 1.84%. This is based on a property sale of $500k.

Real Estate Agent Fees & Commissions by City

To determine average commission rates, LocalAgentFinder took the average commission of all active agents respectively on September 2022. This included agents with tiered and fixed commission structures based on a $500,000 selling price. This page was updated on 20 October 2022.