• Top 10 Real Estate Agencies in Australia: The Ultimate Guide

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    Australia continues to be one of the most popular destinations for overseas property buyers in Asia Pacific.

    Here, you’ll find dozens of international real estate agencies and tens of thousands of real estate agents. If you’re about to buy Australian property, you need to assure that you work with a credible agency that has a decent track record.

    In this article, I’ve listed some of the biggest and most reputable real estate agencies in Australia.

    1. Ray White

    Ray White is one of the oldest and biggest real estate companies in Australia. With over 116 years of experience, they’ve expanded to numerous locations overseas, namely: New Zealand, Indonesia, China (including Hong Kong S.A.R), the Middle East and Atlanta (USA).

    Despite having around 1,000 individually owned offices, it continues to be a family owned business. You’ll notice that Ray White has a strong presence in places with a high concentration of Australians, for example in Bali.

    Services

    Below are examples of services offered by Ray White.

    • Residential property sales
    • Commercial property sales
    • Auctions
    • Insurance
    • Project marketing

    Key Information

    • Website: Click here
    • Year of registration: 1902
    • Number of professionals: Around 11,500
    • Locations: Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Southbank (Victoria), Brisbane

    2. RE/MAX

    Founded in Colorado (US) in 1973, RE/MAX is an international franchised real estate network with more than 110,000 employees worldwide. In Australia, they opened their first office in 1996 and you’ll find their offices in Queensland (Gold Coast and Brisbane).

    RE/MAX is not as old as many other real estate agencies in Australia and they currently only have offices in Queensland (Brisbane and the Gold Coast). As such, Australia is not its strongest market, even if it operates in more than 100 countries worldwide.

    Services

    Below are examples of services offered by RE/MAX.

    • Residential property sales
    • Commercial property sales
    • Rentals
    • Project marketing
    • Financing
    • International property sales

    Key Information

    • Website: Click here
    • Year of registration: 1973
    • Number of professionals: 110,000
    • Locations: Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Southbank (Victoria), Brisbane

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    3. Harcourts

    Harcourts was founded in Wellington (New Zealand) in 1888 and accounts for 40% of the market share in the country. Over the years, or should I say decades, it has expanded into different international markets, including: Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mainland China, the US, Canada and more.

    Like Ray White and RE/MAX, Harcourts is a franchised company with more than 400 offices and 1,700 professionals in Australia.

    Services

    Below are examples of services offered by Harcourts.

    • Residential property sales
    • Commercial property sales
    • Rural property sales
    • Property management

    Key Information

    • Website: Click here
    • Year of registration: 1888
    • Number of professionals: Around 5,400
    • Locations: All over Australia

    4. Century 21

    Century 21 was founded in 1971 and one of the biggest franchised real estate networks globally. They started out in California, but have expanded much since, currently having more than 127,000 professionals in more than 80 countries.

    In Australia, the company has 250 offices that help property buyers to find everything from modest to luxury real estate.

    Services

    Below are examples of services offered by Century 21.

    • Residential property sales
    • Commercial property sales
    • Rentals
    • Project marketing

    Key Information

    • Website: Click here
    • Year of registration: 1971
    • Number of professionals: 127,000
    • Locations: All over Australia

    5. LJ Hooker

    Founded in 1928, LJ Hooker is one of Australia’s biggest real estate agencies with offices in 730 locations. Compared to other franchised companies, LJ Hooker has a stronger focus on the Australian- and nearby markets.

    In addition to Australia, you can find their offices in New Zealand, Indonesia, China (including Hong Kong), Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

    The company is currently family owned, like Ray White, even if it was publicly listed until 2009.

    Services

    Below are examples of services offered by LJ Hooker.

    • Residential property sales
    • Commercial property sales
    • Property management
    • Auctions
    • Home loans and financing
    • Conveyancing and settlements
    • Project development
    • Project marketing

    Key Information

    • Website: Click here
    • Year of registration: 1928
    • Number of professionals: Around 8,000
    • Locations: All over Australia

    6. Raine & Horne

    Raine & Horne established in 1883 and run as a fourth generation family business. Previously, they only had offices in Australia, but has expanded to new markets like Malaysia, Dubai (UAE), India and Fiji. They also have affiliate offices in many other countries around the world.

    Services

    Below are examples of services offered by Raine & Horne.

    • Residential property sales
    • Commercial property sales
    • Rentals
    • Auctions
    • Financing

    Key Information

    • Website: Click here
    • Year of registration: 1883
    • Number of professionals: Unknown
    • Locations: All over Australia

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    7. Barry Plant Real Estate

    Barry Plant started out in 1979 and currently has 78 offices around Australia. As such, it’s a bit smaller than the above listed agencies, but have managed to gain a great reputation over the years.

    It’s also a franchised real estate network and you can find their offices in Melbourne, the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas, regional Victoria and Adelaide.

    Services

    Below are examples of services offered by Barry Plant.

    • Residential property sales
    • Leases
    • Appraisals
    • Maintenance

    Key Information

    • Website: Click here
    • Year of registration: 1883
    • Number of professionals: Unknown
    • Locations: All over Australia

    8. Phillips Pantzer Donnelley

    Phillips Pantzer Donnelley (PPD) started out as late as 2013, but have managed to build up an impressive track record since. The company was selected as the Agency of the year by Ratemyagent in 2017-2019, which speaks for itself.

    Services

    Below are examples of services offered by PPD.

    • Residential property sales
    • Leases
    • Appraisals
    • Auctions

    Key Information

    • Website: Click here
    • Year of registration: 2013
    • Number of professionals: Unknown
    • Locations: Woollahra (NSW), Coogee (NSW)

    9. First National

    First National established in 1982 and currently has more than 400 offices across Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu. The company claims that it has Australia’s happiest clients, according to independent research.

    Interestingly, it snapped the first spot when Business Review Weekly listed Australian real estate agencies with the best inbound marketing.

    Services

    Below are examples of services offered by First National.

    • Residential property sales
    • Commercial property sales
    • Rural property sales
    • Leases
    • Appraisals

    Key Information

    • Website: Click here
    • Year of registration: 1982
    • Number of professionals: Around 5,500
    • Locations: All over Australia

    10. Methven Professionals

    Methven Professionals, sometimes just referred to as Professionals, was founded in 1962. Having around 450 offices in Australia and New Zealand, it’s won many awards and has been selected as a top agent in various publications.

    Services

    Below are examples of services offered by Methven Professionals.

    • Residential property sales
    • Commercial property sales
    • Rural property sales
    • Leases
    • Auctions

    Key Information

    • Website: Click here
    • Year of registration: 1962
    • Number of professionals: Unknown
    • Locations: Mooroolbark (VIC), Lilydale (VIC), Mt. Evelyn (VIC), Croydon (VIC), Marysville (VIC)

    FAQ

    Below I’ve included frequently asked questions and my answers.

    How much do I need to pay my real estate agent in Australia?

    Real estate is comparably expensive in Australia and commissions average at around 2%. However, keep in mind that rates can range between 1% – 4%, depending on where you buy, the property type and its value.

    How many real estate agents are there in Australia?

    According to REIA (Real Estate Institute of Australia), there were almost 65,000 registered agents as of August 2011. Unfortunately, REIA hasn’t published any data since then.

    How can I get a real estate agent license in Australia?

    Before you can start working as a real estate agent, you need to have a valid real estate license. Having said that, you don’t need to be an agent to successfully buy and sell properties.

    If you want to become an agent and get a license, you need to:

    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Pass the required training

    To read more about the courses required, I recommend you to visit your local government’s website.

    How much do real estate agents earn in Australia?

    Figures vary and there’s a big difference between starters and professionals, of course.

    According to Au.indeed.com and Au.neuvoo.com, the median income for agents is AUD 145,000 – 150,000 a year. Entry level agents start at AUD 45,000 while professionals can make AUD 195,000 yearly.

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