Searching for a new home can be a tiresome process, especially if you have incomplete information about the property market where you desire to rent or invest. In this blog, we shall give you an update on the ongoing rate of commission of real estate agents on property deals that takes place in the country.
Property agents, also known as brokers, usually charge a commission for facilitating a property deal by connecting buyers with sellers and tenants with landowners. After all, they help you find a property that fits your budget and suits your needs, which can be a daunting task for many first-time clients, who could be a seller, a buyer, a landowner, or a tenant. If a real estate agent deals with two parties to broker a deal, both are liable to pay commission to the agent; however, this can vary if the concerned parties have agreed upon a different set of conditions before deal takes place.
Let’s take a look at the percentage of commission of real estate agents for providing their services in Pakistan in the light of different scenarios.
Commission on Sale/Purchase Deal
The rate of commission that an agent gets in property sale/purchase deals for residential properties in Islamabad usually hovers around 1 percent of the final property price. Similarly, in some situations, based on a mutual understanding of the concerned parties, the rate of property agent’s commission is set anywhere between 1-2 percent of the property price. However, in most cases where realty deals involve commercial properties, the amount of commission can go up to 2 percent of the total property value.
In the real estate market of Lahore, it’s been observed that the rate of commission of real estate agents on residential property sale/purchase deals is around 0.5 to 2 percent of the decided property price depending on its type. However, in the majority of cases the commission amount collected by property agents in Lahore is kept at 1 percent of the total property value.
The case of Karachi is a bit different from the aforementioned cities. The real estate agents in this city get 2 percent of the total property price as commission amount in sale/purchase property deals, if the value of a property is under PKR 1 crore. However, if its value significantly goes over PKR 1 crore, than the rate of commission of a real estate agent is set anywhere between 1 and 2 percent. This practice is observed in a majority of the cases involving sale and purchase of properties in Karachi.
Commission on Rental Deal
The percentage of commission that an agent gets on closing a rental deal in Islamabad is half of one month’s rent. However, some also rake in a full month’s rent; it mostly depends on the type of property and mutual agreement between the client and agent.
It’s a common observation that upon closing a rental deal in Lahore, the commission of real estate agents is one month’s rent. The amount is split based on the terms and conditions of the agreement struck between the concerned parties. Furthermore, in some cases pertaining to rental property deals in Lahore, the commission varies between half month’s and full month’s rent, however, again, it depends on the terms agreed upon by the agent, tenant and/or landlord.
Be it a posh locality or an affordable neighbourhood, the modus operandi of agents to get their commission on rental deals is more or less uniform across the City of Lights. Usually, the commision of a property agent on a rental deal is a month’s rent of that particular property, which is paid by both tenants and landlords separately. There is one exception, though. It’s been observed that in the area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi, property agents charge one month’s property rent as commision only from tenants. However, it might not always be the case and the situation may vary, depending on the terms of agreement between the real estate agent and tenant/landlord of the property.
Meanwhile, if you are also planning to go for a property hunt, then take a look at these tips to find the best real estate agent that will assist you in closing a perfect deal and also beware of these six most common property frauds in Pakistan.
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