Real estate commissions are the fees you pay to your real estate agent for their services. In B.C., buyer and seller real estate agents charge a graduated commission based on the transaction value that usually ranges between 3% to 4% for the first $100,000 of a property's price and between 1% to 2% for the remaining total.
Commission scales in B.C. vary from region to region. For example, seller or listing agents in the Greater Vancouver Area usually charge 3.875% on the first $100,000 of a transaction's value while seller agents in the Greater Victoria Region usually charge 3%. However, there is no standard commission rate and agents may offer different commissions. In almost all cases, the home seller pays the commissions of both the seller and buyer real estate agents.
Buyer’s Agent Commission:
Buyers usually do not pay any commission directly to their agents. The buyer’s agent commission is paid by the seller after the real estate transaction closes. Buyer agents in B.C. usually set their commission using a graduated scale based on the final sale or transaction price of a property. While most agents stick to commonly used commission rates in their region, commissions will vary between different cities in British Columbia and are up to the individual buyer agent to determine.
Seller’s Agent Commission:
Seller agents in British Columbia usually set their commission using a graduated scale based on the final sale or transaction price of a property. There is no standard commission and the typical commission for the seller agents varies between different cities in British Columbia.