5 Best Alabama Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Alabama, hiring a flat-fee MLS service can help you increase your listing's visibility without breaking the bank.

The average commission rate for full-service listing agents in the The Yellowhammer State is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Alabama homes, as of November 2019, that translates to about $5,970.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Alabama are in the $89 to $999+ range. The most basic plans can be as low as $50 to $99, while more comprehensive services range upwards of $1,000 to $3,000.

It's important to remember that every Alabama flat-fee MLS service is different. When evaluating offerings, be sure to read the fine print: look at things like the length of the listing term (and how much it costs to extend); whether there's a fee to make changes to your listing; how many photos are allowed; the policy on buyer's agent commission; and more.

>> LEARN more about flat-fee MLS services and how to evaluate them.

To help you make the right choice, Clever has picked some of the top flat-fee MLS services across the state of Alabama.

Top Alabama Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: Clever doesn't offer a basic flat-fee MLS-only service, so we've compiled objective overviews of local companies that do based on publicly available data. We do offer a free service that lets you work with top-rated realtors for a reduced, flat fee — you can check it out (and read reviews) here.

Crawford Realty Inc

Crawford Realty LLC

Price Range

$550 + $1,500 at closing

Number of Photos

N/A - information not available

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Crawford Realty LLC is a licensed, Texas real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • You set buyer’s agent commission
  • Listing is live within 48 hours
  • No cancellation fee
  • Contract negotiations
  • Comparable market analysis (CMA)

$550 + $1,500 at closing - Flat Fee package

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • No cancellation fee
  • Contract negotiations
  • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
  • Lockbox
  • Yard sign


Crawford Realty also offers a 1% listing package for the same items included in the Flat Fee package

Pros

  • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
  • No cancellation fee
  • Contract negotiations

Cons

  • Transaction fee of $1,500 at closing
  • No information available regarding the number of photos on the MLS

As of August 4, 2020, Crawford Realty, LLC has an average rating of 4.9/5 based on 24 reviews across Yelp and Google.

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List With Freedom

List With Freedom

Price Range

$89-$295

Number of Photos

1-Unlimited (max allowed on MLS)

Listing Term

6-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • List With Freedom is a flat-fee MLS listing brokerage licensed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
  • Set your own buyer’s commission (List With Freedom recommends 2.5% to 3%)
  • Listing is typically live on MLS within 24 hours of approval
  • All buyer inquiries are forwarded to you
  • Free unlimited listing changes
  • Offers a range of additional, a-la-carte services, including professional comparative market analysis (CMA), contract preparation, transaction management services, yard signs, lockboxes, and more
  • 14-day refund period BEFORE listing goes live with a $50 fee
  • Cancel live listings at any time with no fee
  • $89 - Silver
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Listing syndicated to sites like Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, and more
    • 1 photo
    • All buyer inquiries forwarded to you
    • State disclosures provided
    • Free unlimited changes to your listing
  • $149 - Gold
    • Same as Silver package, plus:
    • 6 photos


  • $195 - Platinum
    • Same as Gold package, plus:
    • 12-month listing on MLS
    • Unlimited photos (max allowed by MLS)
  • $295 - Platinum Plus
    • Same as Platinum package, plus:
    • Showing Assist (where available)
    • Post your own Virtual Tour
    • Weekly activity report
    • Unlimited open houses

Pros

  • Make unlimited changes to your listing at no additional cost
  • No cancellation fee
  • All buyer inquiries are directly forwarded to you

Cons

  • Only 1 photo included in base package
  • No built-in pricing support or home valuation

As of January 9, 2020:

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Alabama

Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Price Range

$399-999

Number of Photos

20-50

Listing Term

6 months to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Group is a national network of independent brokers that offer flat-fee MLS services in Alabama
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you
  • Contracts, disclosures, and addendums included
$399 - Showcase
  • Up to 20 Photos in MLS
  • Listing Term of 6 Months
  • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, and many more
  • Printable Color Flyer
  • Yard Sign With Your Number
  • Showing time app for Realtors
  • Contracts, Addendums, and Disclosures
  • Email Support
$999 - Platinum
  • Same as Premium package, plus:
  • Listing Term of until sold
  • Combo Key Box
  • Handle negotiations with buyer’s agent
  • Docu-Sign Sales Contracts
$799 - Premium
  • Same as Showcase package, plus:
  • Up to 50 Photos in MLS (or max allowed by MLS)
  • Listing Term of 12 Months
  • Phone and email Support
  • Market Analysis
  • Contract review, offer advice.



Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Buyer inquiries forwarded directly to you
  • Pay no commission if you find an unrepresented buyer

Cons

  • No home valuation included

As of August 5, 2020, Tracy Hood, the Alabama Flat Fee Group broker, has an A+ rating with Better Business Bureau

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Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Price Range

$199

Number of Photos

6

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Realty is a nationwide flat-fee MLS referral service, licensed in Connecticut, that connects you with Alabama brokers and agents who will list your home on the MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • You set buyer’s agent commission
  • MLS photo upgrade available for $79
  • State disclosures and forms available
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Refund available within 30 days of purchase
  • $199 - MLS Listing package
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 6 Photos
    • Free state disclosures
    • Unlimited listing changes
    • No cancellation fee
    • Buyer leads forwarded to you


MLS photo upgrade available for $79

Pros

  • Unlimited listing changes
  • No cancellation fee
  • Free state disclosures
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Refund available within 30 days of purchase

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis
  • Limited coverage in rural areas

As of August 11, 2020, no third-party reviews exist for Flat Fee Realty. We will update when this information becomes available.

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Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$229-399

Number of Photos

6 to max allowed

Listing Term

3-6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Houzeo is a flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with Alabama brokers and agents who will list your home on your local MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • Draft your listing, upload photos, set your price, and sign MLS contracts via Houzeo’s online dashboard
  • Autofills listing details using publicly available info about your home to expedite the listing process
  • Home valuation not included in service
  • Does not require that you offer buyer’s agent commission
  • Listing is typically live within 24 hours of submission
$229 - Bronze
  • 3-month listing on MLS
  • 6 Photos
  • Virtual tour
  • $25 for each listing change
  • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
$299 - Silver
  • Same as Bronze plan, plus:
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • 24 Photos
  • 10 free listing changes
  • Select and communicate with Escrow Agent
$399 - Gold
  • Same as Silver plan, plus:
  • Max photos allowed by MLS
  • Federal and state disclosures forms














Pros

  • Free cancellation anytime (no refunds)
  • Freedom to specify any buyer’s agent commission
  • Listings typically go live within 24 hours

Cons

  • Limited coverage in rural areas
  • “Free changes” only apply to listing’s price, status, and property description; $10 for additional changes

As of August 10, 2020, Houzeo has an average rating of 4.8/5 based on 21 reviews on Google.

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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Alabama

The Alabama real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 5.1% over the past year and is expected to see an increase of 4.5% in 2020. To realize your home's full value (or ideally more), it's important to weigh all of your options for selling before making a final decision.

Quick Tip: Don't let upfront "savings" cost you thousands when you sell your home...

Yes, a flat-fee MLS service can save you money on commission — if you know what you're doing. However, homes listed "For Sale By Owner" with an MLS service typically sell for thousands less than agent-assisted homes. 

Plus, there's no guarantee your home actually sells. Since flat-fee MLS services are paid upfront, that means you're out the hundreds of dollars you already spent. 

The Alternative: List with Clever and get a top agent for a reduced rate. 

At Clever, our free service connects you to top-rated agents from name brands like Keller Williams, RE/MAX, Century 21, and more — full-service agents with a proven record of selling fast, for top dollar. 

You pay $0 upfront. So if you don't see the value when you talk to an agent, you're free to walk away. No strings attached. But if you do decide to work with any agent, you'll also get an exclusive low rate — a flat $3,000 or a reduced commission of just 1%.

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