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There is a new site that rates and reviews all flat fee services. It's like an Angie's list for flat fee mls. <Removed by Zillow Moderator. Please see Good Neighbor Policy.>
You'd have to become a Realtor yourself. The only way sellers can list their real estate in the MLS is through a Realtor who is a member of the MLS. Realtors can only list real estate in the MLS when they have the seller under contract to pay a commission in the event a Realtor sells the property.
There are many real estate companies that will list your home in the Realtor MLS for a flat fee. However, it's usually best to find a local broker that offers flat fee MLS listings in your area. Simply search the web for "flat fee mls" in your area and try to find a local brokerage offering flat fee MLS listings.
A few real estate companies and FSBO companies claim to offer MLS listings throughout most of the country. This would mean the broker would have to be licensed in each state and be a member of every MLS in the country. They get around this by having relationships with local brokers whom they will assign your listing to…after they take their cut.
Please avoid the companies that are just assigning listings. They add little, if any, value and the broker to whom your listings is assigned is only receiving a fraction of what you paid for their service.
I'm a flat fee MLS broker in Florida and I'm a member of the My Florida Regional MLS which covers over 10 different counties throughout Central and South Florida. I'm also a member of the Florida Gulf Coast MLS which is the predominate MLS for Lee County.
It's very important that your property is listed in the MLS that is local to your area. Otherwise, all the local Realtors won't see it.
You can expect to pay around $300 for a flat fee MLS listing service, depending on the services you want. I try and stay very competitive in my market. I'm currently offering 1 year in the MLS for $248 to sellers who list via my website. For sellers in Lee and Charlotte Counties, I also offer "in person" listings for $298 where I meet with the seller and handle all the listing details such as taking photos, gathering all the property information, etc. This way, sellers that are not comfortable and/or capable of completing the listing online, can still list in the MLS for a flat fee. Best of success!Mark HetrickBroker - List In MLS Realty, LLC
It is very important to reach the company your are doing business with. During the week phone number should be available and on weekends and after business hours email support should be available.
Brokers willing to sell a subset of real estate brokerage services, often called fee-for-service brokers, have emerged throughout the country. Fee-for-service brokers "unbundle" the package of real estate services typically offered by traditional full-service real estate brokers and charge a set or hourly fee for specific services, such as listing the house in the MLS, negotiating or closing contracts, and pricing the home. These brokerage models typically enable consumers to save thousands of dollars by allowing them to purchase only those services they want.
Learn more: Fee-for-Service Brokers
Rebates and Inducements
Some real estate brokers have increasingly begun to compete for customers by offering cash rebates or other inducements to home buyers and sellers. Rebates that go directly to buyers or sellers lower costs on both sides of the transaction. Cash rebates are usually calculated as some fraction of the broker's commission and can result in thousands of dollars being returned to the consumer.
Most consumers want to make as much money as possible on the sale of their home and spend no more than necessary when purchasing a home. In many cases, the standard broker's commission can offset a portion of the equity value that has been building up in a seller's home or push the price of a home beyond a buyer's purchasing power. Consumers who want to perform some of the steps involved in selling a home can reap significant financial savings by purchasing only those real estate brokerage services they actually want.
Just as the Internet has made it easier for consumers to save money by directly purchasing plane tickets and stocks, it is now making it feasible for home sellers and buyers to do more of the work themselves and pocket the savings."
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