5 Best Birmingham Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Birmingham, 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 Birmingham is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Birmingham homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $6,180.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Birmingham are in between $89 and $999. Nationwide, 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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham.

Top Birmingham Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2020

Alabama Flat Fee MLS

Alabama Flat Fee MLS

Price Range

$99-149

Number of Photos

6-max allowed on MLS

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Alabama Flat Fee MLS is a local affiliate of Brokerless, a licensed real estate brokerage, that offers MLS listing services.
  • Listing live within 24 to 48 hours of submission of all necessary paperwork
  • Cancelations and status changes to your listing are free — no refunds given for early cancelation
  • Select your own buyers agent commission or pay no commission if you find your own buyer
$99 MLS by Owner
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, MSN.com, and more
  • 6 photos
  • State required form and disclosures
  • Free status changes to your post

$149 MLS by Owner
  • Same as $99 MLS by Owner package, plus:
  • Premium Realtor.com listing
  • 25 photos or the max allowed by the MLS


Pros

  • Low cost compared to other flat-fee MLS services
  • Change your post for free
  • Includes the state-required forms and disclosures necessary for selling your house

Cons

  • Limited support services, such as help assessing the value of your home
  • Only 6 photos with basic package

As of July 30, 2020, no third-party review information was available for Alabama Flat Fee MLS. We will update when this information becomes available.

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List With Freedom

List With Freedom

Price Range

$89-295

Number of Photos

1 to 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, Mississippi, 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
  • 25 photos 
$295 - Platinum Plus
  • Same as Platinum package, plus:
  • Max photos allowed by MLS
  • 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 August 17, 2020, List With Freedom has an average rating of 4.7/5 based on 762 reviews on Trustpilot.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Birmingham

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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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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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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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Birmingham

The Birmingham real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 10% over the past year and is expected to increase by 5.6% in the next year. 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%.