Moving house can be an expensive business, but what can we expect to pay, and how does this differ across the country?
The latest research from OkayLah has looked at the average cost of selling a home across England, where has seen home sellers pay the most in total fees, which area is home to the hottest market based on the total number of transactions, and which is the nation’s most valuable property market based on the total value of properties transacted.
Average estate agent fee still hitting £7,000 in parts of England despite slower market conditions
OkayLah calculated the current average estate agent fee paid by home sellers across each region of the country by: –
- Multiplying the average house price by the number of transactions over a 12-month period to find the total value of property sold in the last year.
- OkayLah then found the total amount of fees paid in that 12-month period by calculating the 1.42% average agent fee for the total value of property sold.
- Finally, OkayLah divided the total fees paid by the number of transactions to find the average fee for each region.
The research shows that despite the London market suffering the most from price reductions as a result of Brexit uncertainty, the average estate agent fee is still as high as £6,804 with the English average almost half of this at £3,425.
However, with fewer transactions completing in the capital it is, in fact, the South East that has paid the highest amount in estate agent fees. With 142,007 properties sold the region is home to the highest total value at £45.8bn also equating to the highest in total fees paid at £651,055,062 – an average of £4,585 per property.
The North East is not only home to the most affordable average house price, but it has seen the lowest number of transactions in the last year, resulting in the lowest value of property sold (£4.9bn), the lowest in total fees paid (£70.7m) and the lowest average fee per property (£1,824).
When looking at a more local level, the diversity of the national property market is clear.
With 40,654 transactions in the last 12 months, Greater Manchester is the UK’s house selling hotspot, shaking off the Brexit blues to enjoy the most buoyant market conditions. However, the much lower average house price of £165,146 means that the average fee per property is just £2,345.
With an average house price of £488,820, it’s Windsor and Maidenhead that tops the table with the highest estate agent fee at £6,941 per property, and no wonder with property costing more than the capital itself.
Surrey isn’t far behind with an average fee per property of £6,305 but as a result of higher transaction levels, the county is home to the highest total of fees paid at a whopping £107.9 million in the last 12 months. With £7.6 billion worth of property sold in the last year, Surrey is also England’s most valuable area where the property market is concerned.
Hartlepool is home to the lowest amount of total fees paid to estate agents at just £1.9 million in the last year, while County Durham is home to the lowest average fee at just £1,454.
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