Purchase broker costs - What are the costs and what costs are involved?

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What does a buyer's agent do?

In the current housing market it cannot be a superfluous luxury to use a purchase broker. They can help you find your dream homes and then accompany you to the home you want to view. If there is a house on which you want to make an offer, the purchasing agent will advise you about the purchase and carry out the negotiations. If the offer is accepted, they will of course assist you until the key transfer to the house.

What does a buyer's agent cost?

The costs that a purchasing agent asks for guidance with the purchase of a house is often calculated as brokerage. On average, purchase brokers in the Netherlands charge around 0.75 to 1 percent of the purchase price, which can be in the form of a percentage and a fixed fee. In addition, it can make a difference per purchasing agent whether they are based on no cure no pay withdrawal costs or start-up costs. In the current housing market there is a lot of scarcity, which means that it may just happen that a purchase broker often has to accompany you to viewings. They often want to cover themselves with withdrawal costs or start-up costs, which is why there are more buying brokers who use this nowadays.

purchase broker costs

Apart from the performance, a purchase broker is a costly expense. For many people, the benefits of a purchase broker outweigh the costs. In addition, the broker can negotiate a better price for you, it can also be financially positive for the purchase broker. Because you can agree bonus performance based on purchase price with the broker. This way everyone can come out of the purchase of the house positively

Unexpected costs of buying agent

Before you start working with a buyer's agent, it is advisable to discuss all costs carefully, right down to the fine print. When you discuss the costs with the purchasing agent, ask for the prices including VAT and what the conditions are. Discuss which tasks the purchasing agent can perform for you. This way you avoid unexpected costs. Common extra costs of a purchase broker are:

  • Extra payment per viewing
  • Start-up costs when entering into the contract.
  • withdrawal costs when withdrawing the order
  • Additional costs for drawing up the purchase agreement.

Search for a no-cure, no-pay purchase broker

There may be costs associated with this when you withdraw your search from the purchase broker. After all, the purchasing agent has already been busy finding your perfect home. Therefore, ask the broker what the withdrawal costs are or whether the purchase broker uses no cure, no pay. In some cases, a purchase broker charges start-up costs. While it regularly happens that the withdrawal costs are the start-up costs. Are you interested in a purchase broker who works on a no cure no pay basis? Always ask at an early stage. That way you don't waste each other's time.

Traditional versus internet purchase broker

In most cases, an internet broker does not know the neighborhood well, this can be a disadvantage unless you have done good additional research yourself. The internet broker can help you with administrative tasks and negotiations. This way you save a lot of time!

In most cases you pay a little more for a traditional purchase broker, but he has knowledge of the neighborhood and knows the other brokers. He also knows what negotiation techniques different brokers use and which homes will be put on the market in the area.

Purchase broker costs deductible or not?

When buying a house, various costs are deductible and others are not. Below is a clear overview of which costs are and which are not deductible. The costs of the purchase broker are not deductible, but many other costs are. Have you bought your first home in the past year? Then it is wise to have your tax return done by a professional. Especially since you have many expenses that are tax deductible, which can save you a lot of money. Looking for a good tax advisor? Then make an online appointment with My Online Tax Advisor.

Costs are deductible                     

Expenses not deductible

  • Mortgage Adviser
  • Notary fees for mortgage deed
  • Cadastral rights for mortgage deed
  • Valuation costs
  • Cost of applying for NHG (National Mortgage Guarantee)
  • penalty interest
  • Construction interest
  • Costs for new construction deposit, renovation loan or renovation deposit
  • Costs of a buying agent
  • Notary fees for the purchase deed
  • Costs of the renovation (unless a national monument, then other conditions)
  • Repayment of home acquisition debt
  • Cost of bank guarantee for paying deposit

Starter exemption transfer tax

If you are a starter between the ages of 18 and 35 and are going to buy a home for the first time, it is possible to purchase a home with a starters exemption. This means that you can buy a home without the 2% transfer tax. This is only if you acquire a home for less than € 400,000. For example, if the purchase price of a house is € 401,000. You are not entitled to the exemption.

Other costs to buy a house

The purchase broker's fees are not the only costs involved in purchasing a home. The “buyer costs” rise considerably, so that you must have saved well in addition to the mortgage. The table below provides an overview of the average costs of various services and taxes when buying a house.

Cost of different services                        

Costs including VAT                            

Example (purchase of house € 300,000)

transfer tax (2% of purchase price) € 6000,-
Mortgage Adviser € 2500,- € 2500,-
Application NHG 0.7% of purchase price € 2100,-
Notary € 1000,- € 1000,-
Taxation € 550,- € 550,-
Building inspection € 375,- € 375,-
Mover € 1250,- € 1250,-
Total Depending on purchase price € 13.775, –


Note: If you are a starter between the ages of 18 and 35 and you are buying a home for the first time, the transfer tax of 2% will lapse. You do pay 2% transfer tax for homes above € 400,000.

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What are normal brokerage fees of a buying real estate agent?

In many cases, a purchase agent charges a lower brokerage fee than a selling agent. The average fee in the Netherlands for a buying real estate agent is between 0,5 and 1,0 percent. Also with a buying agent, the commission depends on the purchase price, the activities and the place where you want to buy a house in the Netherlands. Is the place or neighbourhood very popular? Then the estate agent can charge higher costs.

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Can I also get a price list from different real estate agents?

No, because all real estate agents in the Netherlands have different working methods, it is not yet possible to send a standard list. This is partly due to various aspects, such as that you can agree performance bonuses with estate agents, as a result of which the standard commission is lower, or that you carry out a number of tasks yourself. Other reasons for not being able to give a standard price list are: the sales rankings of estate agents, the location of your home, the quality of the estate agent and extra services that estate agents offer.

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