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Average estate agent fees hit £4,500 to £10,300 - claim

A new analysis of the cost-of-moving suggests that the typical seller will incur expenses of £5,867 - and that rises hugely to £12,042 in London.

The largest expense is the estate agent fee; as a function of the sale price, this has inevitably risen as prices have. 

Across the nation, the average fee currently stands at 1.54% which, based on the current average house price of £293,976, comes to £4,527. 

Conveyancing is the second-largest cost coming in at a national average of £1,000, followed by a further £250 for disbursements.

Finally, there’s the additional cost of £90 to pay for an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

If you’re selling in London, the average cost of selling your home more than doubles to hit £12,042. This increase is partly down to agents taking a larger average fee of 1.99% against the capital’s highest average house price of £517,726, which comes out at £10,312. 

Conveyancing is also more expensive in London, averaging £1,390, while the expected cost of disbursements and an EPC remain constant across all regions. 

London is followed by the South East where sellers pay an average of £7,192, while the South West (£6,505), East of England (£6,316), and West Midlands (£4,936) round off five most expensive selling regions. 

The most affordable place to sell a home is the North East which has, by quite some distance, the lowest average house price in the nation (£154,948). This means agent fees cost just £2,270. Conveyancing costs are also the lowest in the country (£880) which means the cost of selling your home comes in at £3,490, almost four-times cheaper than the capital city.

The figures have been amassed by online agency Yopa whose chief executive, Verona Frankish, comments: “While homeowners have generally benefited from a consistently strong level of house price growth in recent years, the cost of selling has also increased due to the fact that, in most cases, estate agent fees are directly linked to the value of a property.”

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    No way these numbers are accurate. 1.54% across the nation? Not a chance.
    Reported only a few months ago that they were 1.42% Inc vat... so 1.18% on average which is in line with previous figures.


    Yopa who are you, ignore. Try selling in Bradford with those fees, you wouldn't get an instruction.

  • Simon Glover

    Absolute garbage article
    More like YOPA trying to use it to get business.
    If you get 1% fee your lucky most of the time . It’s a hard game with so much more to do than ever before, agents fees should be 2.5% to cover what the government are asking us to do.

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    Why no mention of that wonderful TAX ON HOMES, SDLT, stamp duty?? Makes most Estate Agent fees look tiny in comparison.

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    There's no reason to change low fees at all. Our competitors charge from zero to 1.25% and yet we charge 2% on every instruction. It's simply a mindset.


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