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Are Real Estate Commission Fees in Vancouver BC Canada Negotiable?

Updated March 1, 2023 by Mike Stewart PREC

Yes, real estate commission fees are always negotiable in Canada.

This is the answer that all Realtors in Canada are required to give according to the Federal Governments Competition Act.

Is there a Standard Real Estate Commission in Vancouver?

We Realtors are also required to say following when asked the question above:

There is no standard rate of real estate commissions for Buyers & Sellers in Canada.

The Federal Government wants to make sure prospective Buyers & Sellers know that there is not one standard real estate commission rate in Canada and that real estate commissions are negotiable.

Will Realtors negotiate on the cost to sell a home?

We live in a free country and Realtors, operating in a free and competitive market, are free to choose whether or not they will negotiate on what they will charge Buyers & Sellers in terms of fees and commissions.

Therefore, how much a Realtor is willing to negotiate on their commission is completely up to an individual Realtor, Furthermore, Realtors in Canada are allowed to set their commission rates at any amount they choose.

How Much Does it Cost to Sell a Property in Vancouver?

Before we discuss how much to negotiate on the cost of selling a property in BC, we should get a clear idea of what it would cost if you were to hire me. To see exactly how much it costs to sell a property with me, please check out this handy real estate commission calculator for BC!

How Much Will A Realtor Negotiate on Commission?

Consider the example of a Realtor with a lot of business who consistently and regularly sells the properties that they list for sale on behalf of their seller clients. A Realtor (Like me) like this, does not need to negotiate on commission or will negotiate very little because their services are in demand with sellers.

Realtors who have more than enough clients willing to pay the full commission can turn away prospective sellers with unrealistic commission expectations or negotiating demands.

Remember we Realtors are required to say real estate commissions are always negotiable, but that does not require a Realtor to negotiate on commission as the Realtor can refuse the listing.

When choosing a Realtor to represent you in a sale or a purchase, are you looking for cheap or are you looking for the best outcome for you?

Tips when Negotiating Commissions with a Realtor in Vancouver

  1. Use negotiations on the commission to see how good of a negotiator the Realtor you want to hire actually is. When preparing to negotiate the commission with a Realtor, keep in mind that more competent and skilled real estate agents will be very competent professional level negotiators who have LOTS of practice (like me for example).
  2. If the Realtor you’re negotiating with is a pushover or is not very good at negotiating, are you sure you want this person to represent you and give you negotiating advice in the sale of your property? If you’re a better negotiator than the person you have hired to assist you in getting and negotiating offers, I would suggest finding a better person to represent you.
  3. You should bring your “A Game” if you expect to get anywhere in the negotiations with a Realtor on commission.  An example; I negotiate offers and give clients negotiating advice pretty much every day of every week of the year and have been doing this since 2005. Its pretty much all I do and with all that practice, I’ve gotten pretty good at it. So take a shot. 🙂

Who Pays Real Estate Commissions in BC?

In the vast majority of real estate transactions in British Columbia, sellers pay commissions on real estate sales in Canada and not the Buyer.

How Much is My Realtor Earning on My Sale?

Check out this informative video on Buyers Agents Commission Disclosures!

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Hello Mike,
    Hope this note finds you well.

    While reading through your blog post on “” I noted there is a mention that in Canada Sellers pay commissions on RE sales. ” Sellers pay commissions on real estate sales in Canada in most sales and NOT Buyer”

    You have to understand that this narrative and or statement in not the case. It depends who you are talking to. If you are selling a property the owner will always factor in the cost of selling which as your calculator indicates is on average 7%. The seller is going to add that cost plus GST to the selling price. It is a FACT. The above statement is NOT TRUE. The BUYER pays the selling fees 100%.

    And to make matters worse, this 7% fee is amortized over 25-30years. This is what the folks at CMHC, the banks, RE boards, Economists and Valuers have been using and this is what has led to the housing market bubble and house price illusion!! Each time the property changes hands, it gets inflated by 7% artificially.

    Hope you take a closer look at the above and understand what exactly is going on with the RE Industry in Canada and sooner or later it is going to affect the lives of the hard working Canadians.

    1. Hi Mark,

      Good to hear from you.

      Thank you for your input.

      We can safely say we disagree.

      Hope the calculator was helpful to you.

      Just a heads up, I charge only 7% on the first $100K and then 2.5% on the balance of the sale price and NOT 7% on the whole sale price.

      And to clarify, half (50%) of the 7% on the 1st $100K & 2.5% on the balance of the commission goes to the buyers agent who represents the buyer who brings us an offer that completes.

      Hopefully that helps!

      Thanks again!

  2. What I don’t understand is why realtors charge based on the price of the sale? Most services are based on education, etc.. from what I understand it is a fairly short course to do and at the longest it’s about a year to get licensed. I once had a realtor that sold my house and charged full commission although he didn’t even put it on the MLS listing..and didn’t have one showing. I know it was great it sold quickly but I still think the fees are outrageous.

    1. Hi Peggy,

      Good to hear from you.

      You pay for results and results don’t come cheap.

      Like anything, you get what you pay for.


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