Commentary The Trend of Commission Cashback – Why It Happens And Why It Can Be Harmful

  • April 4, 2021
  • 6 min read
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Aidah Omar is a marketing consultant and digital strategist for various SMEs in Singapore for the past 8 years. Over the last 5 years, she has worked with property agents from various agencies. She has a 2-year old daughter who is obsessed with dinosaurs and Peppa Pig.


In my view, the trend of commission cashback is rooted in a matter of fact: nowadays the property agents NO LONGER add as much value to property transactions as before. We’re in a booming era of knowledge economy, especially in Singapore. The main force of buyers is formed by those young people who are well educated and savvy at information search. There are also abundant data about property market easy and cheap to be obtained. So many buyers don’t necessarily know less than property agents about the properties in which they are interested. As a result, a property agent’s effort… Read more »


I think it’s great that you have shone light on this unwanted practice, however you seem to have put the responsibility on buyers and agents to take the moral high ground and reject such practices. Perhaps you can consider if developers have to bear some of the blame too. When developers have units that they cannot sell, more often than not it is because their asking price is too high. Given the liquidity in the housing market, it is not so much that the unit has traits that makes it un-marketable, it is more because the unit is un-marketable at… Read more »

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Well said P. Lee. I think you bring a great perspective to the table! It’s also true that developers could possibly lower their price (and some do!), but perhaps maintaining their reputation would also be important as the first few buyers would really end up on the losing end if they actually sell for less. Moreover, if we assume a commission of 3% earned, and if the agent gives back 2%, that’s just a discount of 2% on the listing price. The developer would not be thinking that publicly dropping it by 2% will end up with a great sale.… Read more »

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