How much commission do realtors charge in Canada?


Realtor’s Commission in Canada


How much is the realtor commissions in Canada?

A lot of questions has been asked about how much commission, or a fee, realtors charge in Vancouver compares to elsewhere in Canada. As per Canadian Competition Act, realtors commission aren’t set in stones which means they are negotiable. How much fees to charge are up to the each real estate agent business practices. Most realtors in Metro Vancouver charge the lowest realtors fees in Canada, 7% on the first $100,000 and 2.5% on balance. The average total fees on a $1 million dollars property is 2.95% in Vancouver. The same property in Toronto, you’ll pay 5%. Half this goes to the buyer’s agent for bringing a qualified buyer. Also, don’t forget, it’s commission fee plus GST. GST is collected on behalf of Canada Revenue Agency on commissions paid, as of today, this is 5%.

Most home buyers don’t pay any fees to agents as the seller’s agent is splitting the fees with them. Same goes for mortgage brokers; they get paid by the lender for helping a client with a suitable mortgage.


Canadian real estate commission fee in percentage (on a $1 million):

What's the realtors commission in Canada?


Breakdown of all the real estate commission by Provinces

Realtor Commission in Canada



What do you get for the realtor fee you pay?

When you are selling your home, ask the realtor what he will be doing to market your home. What you’re looking for is a list of things he will be doing to market your home for the amount of remuneration he’s getting and have the agent be accountable to what’s on the list. There are a lot of expenses a selling agent has to cover before going live on MLS. These are expenses that are mandatory to sell your home fast for more money.

What happens if an offer comes from the selling agent?

In a dual agency relationship, where the listing agent represents the buyer and seller. Your agent, first and foremost, must disclose to you this new information. Some realtors may give back the sum of the funds meant for buyer’s agent, or a certain amount. It would be wise to talk to your agent when signing your MLS listing agreement and set this expectation.




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Most expensive property in Vancouver

Vancouver has seen high price tagged properties in the past. After all, this city leads the country for most expensive residence in the country. But the latest listing tops them all and could be the most expensive home to come on the market. This property comes from one of the affluent neighbourhoods in Vancouver, Shaughnessy.

Shaughnessy Properties

Courtesy of Macdonald Realty

This mansion is sold along with two other lots together for a combined amount of $46,800,000. The properties are located at 1238, 1242 & 1248 Tecumseh Ave. All three properties make up to 49,314 sqft (1.13 Acre) in lot size. The house has five bedrooms and four baths. The size of the master bedroom (21 x 20 ft) is that of a starter condo in Vancouver. All in all, this mansion is magnificent and has a lot of the original character.

Another point to consider, and important one, is that fact the City of Vancouver has imposed a bylaw preventing anyone from demolishing homes in this neighbourhood, which First Shaughnessy, that have heritage value. After seeing many of these beautiful mansions being demolished for larger and newer mansions in the past, the City Hall finally stepped in to ban such practices. You’re allowed to renovate inside and out. However, it would be prudent to consult the City of Vancouver and obtain proper documentation and permits before taking on any renovations.

Here is the Fist Shaughnessy Policies and Guideline. 


Vancouver property Mansion Interior Vancouver Mansion Shaughnessy Mansion

Photo curtesy of Macdonald Realty


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