Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission Calculator 2021

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What Are Real Estate Commissions?

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The average real estate agent commission in Nova Scotia is 5%, but it can range from 4% to 6%. The seller of the home would pay this commission, not the buyer. This commission is usually split equally between the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent.

Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission

%
You will pay around...
$23,00023k
Buying Agent Commission
$10,00010k
Selling Agent Commission
$10,00010k
15%HST
$3,0003.00k
The seller of the property will pay for both buying and selling agents' commission. For example, if the seller agent commission is 2.5% and the buyer agent commission is 2.5%, you will pay a total commission of 5%.

What is the Average Real Estate Commission Rate?

$750,000 Property Selling Price Example

~$706,875
~$37,500
~$5,625
You Receive
Buyer+Seller Agent Commission
HST on Commission

The above chart demonstrates the following: 5% commission on the selling price and a 15% tax that is applied to the total commission. The remaing values is what you receive.

Seller/listing real estate agent commissions are negotiable in Nova Scotia. In some cases, the seller agent may take a smaller cut of the commission and provide the buyer’s agent with a larger portion. This incentivizes buyer agents to show the house to prospective buyers.

Do you pay tax on real estate commissions?

HST applies to real estate agent commissions. This means that on top of paying both the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent commissions, the seller would pay tax on the commission. The HST rate in Nova Scotia is 15%.

Can real estate agents split the commission with buyers?

Real estate agents may provide incentives to homebuyers, such as giving buyers a portion of their commission. This is known as a cashback rebate, and it is provided by cashback agents.

Comparison of Real Estate Commission Across Provinces

ProvinceTypical Real Estate Commmission RateAverage Sold Prices of Homes in September 2020Average Total commission Paid to Both Agents
Alberta7% for 1st $100K and 3% for the remaining balance$403,163$16,095
Ontario5% of total price$741,395$37,070
B.C. (Greater Vancouver Area) 7% for 1st $100K and 2.5% for the remaining balance$801,039$24,526
Saskatchewan 6% for 1st $100K, 4% for the 2nd $100K, and 2% for the remaining balance$403,163$16,095
Manitoba 5% of the total price$308,689$15,434
Quebec 5% of the total price$477,609$23,880
Nova Scotia $1,500 flat fee for properties under $25,000, and 5% of the total price for other properties$319,726$15,986
New Brunswick 5% of the total price$203,907$10,195
Prince Edward Island 5% of the total price$300,538$15,778
Newfoundland and Labrador 5% of the total price$249,368$13,091
Housing market data was retrieved from the Canadian Real Estate Association.

Ontario and British Columbia have some of the highest housing prices, which results in higher average total real estate commissions. Although British Columbia’s real estate commission rates are one of the lowest in the country, homeowners ultimately end up paying a comparatively higher real estate commission due to the higher average selling price of homes.

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