Estimate the costs of selling a house with our calculator
From agent commissions to other settlement fees, there are a number of costs associated with selling a property. So how much does it really cost to sell your home? Rateseeker’s calculator gives you an estimate of how much selling a home will cost at the time of sale. By entering figures such as current market price of the property, agent commission and advertising, lender’s fees as well as legal and moving costs, homeowners can prepare for the expenses that will arise when the time to sell comes.
The costs of selling your home can be quite substantial. With the Property Selling Cost Calculator, you can obtain a more realistic figure of your net proceeds from the sale of your home, which is essentially how much you make the sale. You get this amount by subtracting the Total Selling Costs from the Sale Price of Property, and this figure is often less than the actual value of your home.
Rateseeker’s calculators are free self-help tools so homebuyers and sellers can make more informed decisions. If you want to know more costs to budget for when selling or buying home, contact one of our mortgage specialists today.
Accurate property selling cost calculator
Selling your home and then buying a new one? With Rateseeker’s calculator, you can anticipate accurate costs you need to prepare for a more organised approach. It’s also important to get around your finances, such as how much equity you have in your current home and how much borrowing power you have. If you’re moving to a bigger property, you might need to put down a bigger deposit than the amount you will receive from your buyer. If this is the case, a mortgage specialist can assist you in finding the right solution — whether it’s refinancing to another lender or transferring your current loan.
The accurate costs of selling a house calculator is one of Rateseeker’s free online tools to help you get started on your journey to sell your home. If you’re looking for in-depth home loan advice it pays to talk to an expert. Contact our mortgage advisors today to work out the best approach. We can help you understand your options and find the right lender for your situation – plus, we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.
How to use the property selling costs calculator?
Using the property selling calculator is quite intuitive. It requires you to enter in certain information related to the selling of your home, including:
- Sale price of property
This is how much you think you can sell your property for. This can be quite hard to do but if in doubt, you can request an indicative selling price from your local real estate agent or request property report from your mortgage specialist.
- Agent commission
Real estate agents generally charge a commission which is calculated as a percentage of the sale to help you sell your property. This commission is not set in stone and varies from state to state. Below is an average of how much selling agents typically charged. (based on Agent select comparison)
- New South Wales: 2.11%
- Victoria: 2.13%
- Queensland: 2.47%
- ACT: 2.18%
- Western Australia: 2.45%
- South Australia: 2.07%
- Tasmania: 3.26%
- Northern Territory: 2.68%
- Agent advertising cost
Not all real estate agents include marketing and advertising cost in their commission. You can obtain this information directly from your selling agent otherwise the recommended budget is typically around $5,000 – $9,000 depending on the selling price.
- Auction Cost
This refers to hiring an auctioneer to facilitate the sale during the auction and the fee can range anywhere from $0 to $625. You can inquire the auction fee with your selling agent.
- Prepayment Fee
When selling your property, you are paying off your existing home loan secured by the property. If your home loan is fixed, lenders may charge you a break cost or prepayment fee. You will need to speak to your lender to work out if there are any prepayment or break cost fee. The prepayment or break cost fee will form part of your payout figure provided by your existing lender.
- Settlement Fee
Your existing lender may charge a discharge fee ($150 to $500) to cover the administration cost. The settlement fee will form part of your payout figure provided by your existing lender.
- Early exit fee
This fee is akin to deferred establishment fee where some lenders may charge additional fee if you pay off your home loan in full within a specified period. The deferred establishment fee was abolished on 1st July 2011 on all new loans, so it is unlikely this fee is applicable to you.
- Mortgage Registration fees
This fee is to registers your property as the physical security for your home loan. The registration fee typically costs between $116 and $187.
- Solicitor & Conveyancing
Buyers is likely to engage a solicitor or conveyancer to help with drafting up sale contracts for your property. The legal fees vary significantly ranging from $600 to $1500 plus disbursement.
- Removalist costs
These are costs you need to consider if you are moving into another property after the sale. This cost is discretionary because you can save money by doing it yourself or with the help from friends and family. If you do choose to hire removalists, the cost will vary depending on where you’re moving from and to. For example, Sydney removalists charges around $90 -150 per hour and can take anywhere between 4 to 6 hours to finish. This cost is not applicable if you are selling your investment property.
- Settling cost / Outstanding debts
This refers to any outstanding bills such as water rates, electricity, strata fees (if applicable) etc.
This field is for other expenses that you may wish to consider such as capital gain tax if you are selling an investment property or any other expenses that you wish to consider
While some of these costs are nominal, others are not and using a property selling calculator allows you to estimate just how much selling your home will cost you.
Do I have to pay anything else besides commission to the real estate agent?
If you are using a real estate agent, there is a chance that you may need to pay other fees such as advertising fees and auction fees.
Advertising costs can include (non-exhaustive):
- Sale signs
- Open house signs
- Property listing in newspapers and property website (realestate.com.au, domain.com.au etc.)
Auction costs can include (non-exhaustive):
- Extra marketing for the auction
- An auctioneer
- Extra help on auction day