7 Best California Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in California, 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 Golden State is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for California homes, as of November 2019, that translates to about $17,040.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in California are in the $195 to $1,295 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 California 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 California.

Top California 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.

Congress Realty

Congress Realty

Price Range

$299

Number of Photos

4

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Congress Realty is a licensed brokerage in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Free comparative market analysis (upon request)
  • You set buyer’s commission (Congress Realty recommends 3%)
  • Listings typically go live in 1 business day
  • Free, unlimited changes
  • Your phone number displayed on the MLS listing

$299

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 4 photos
  • Downloadable contracts, addendums, and disclosure forms
  • ShowingTime showing scheduling and feedback service


A-la-carte services include: more photos, open house advertisements, listing renewals, professional photography, yard signs, lockbox, and more.

Pros

  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find the buyer
  • Free, unlimited changes
  • Wide variety of a-la-carte services
  • Home buyer rebates if you buy with Congress Realty (in states where available)

Cons

  • May not cover every part of your state
  • Fewer photos than other comparable flat-fee MLS services

As of August 4, 2020, Congress Realty has an average rating of 4.8/5 based on 30 reviews across Yelp and Zillow.

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Discount Realty Team

Discount Realty Team

Price Range

$195-795

Number of Photos

Max allowed on MLS

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Discount Realty Team is a licensed real estate brokerage that offers flat-fee MLS listing services, as well as limited- and full-service options
  • Listings typically go live on MLS within 24-48 hours
  • Listing fee is paid after closing — if escrow doesn’t close, you owe nothing
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (Discount Realty Team recommends 2-3%)
  • Includes free home valuation
  • Covers most (but not all) California counties — call to check availability in your area
$195 - MLS Entry
  • 6-month listing on the MLS
  • Unlimited photos (up to max allowed by MLS)
  • Listing syndicated on Realtor.com, Zillow, Yahoo, Trulia, and more
  • Buyer phone calls forwarded to you
$295 - Broker Support
  • Same as MLS Entry package, plus:
  • Receive broker support through close of escrow to answer questions regarding the home-selling process
$795 - Broker Assist “For Sale by Owner” Listing
  • Same as Broker Support package, plus:
  • Receive California Association of Realtor forms and disclosures as required by California law, as well as forms for leasing, counters, and addendums

Additional representation options for a 3-month listing on the MLS:

  • Limited Service Listing - 0.75% Listing Commission
  • Limited Service Plus - 1% Listing Commission
  • Full Service Broker Representation - 1.5% Listing Commission
  • Visit website for specifics on above service packages

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • No upfront fees — you pay only if and when your home actually sells
  • Home valuation included
  • Packages can be customized to fit your specific needs
  • MLS inquiries forwarded to you

Cons

  • Not clear if Realtor.com inquiries are forwarded to you directly
  • Not available throughout the entire state
  • Pricing can vary by location

As of August 4, 2020, no third-party review information was available for Discount Realty Team. We will update when this information becomes available.

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HomeListers.house

HomeListers.house

Price Range

$1,295

Number of Photos

Unlimited

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • HomeListers.house is operated by a licensed California real estate broker and specializes in flat-fee MLS listings
  • Available in 10 Southern California markets with access to 20 local MLSes
  • Reviews all offers, prepares counteroffers and disclosures
  • Provides “full broker support” throughout the listing process
  • Email inquiries are forwarded directly to you
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (HomeListers.house recommends 2.5%-3%)

$1,295

  • 6-month listing on the MLS
  • Unlimited photos (max allowed by MLS)
  • Listing syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Reviews all offers
  • Prepares counteroffers and required disclosures
  • Provides full broker support through to closing

Pros

  • No upfront costs — fee due at closing
  • Hands-on support and guidance
  • Email inquiries are forwarded to you 7 days/week

Cons

  • No budget options — only one pricing tier and it’s relatively high (though it includes a lot of built-in support)
  • Cancellation policy is unclear

As of August 7, 2020, HomeListers.house has an average rating of 5/5 based on 10 reviews on Zillow.

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Robinhood Flat Fee Realty

RobinHood Flat Fee Realty

Price Range

$99-499

Number of Photos

10 to unlimited

Listing Term

3-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • RobinHood Flat Fee Realty is a licensed real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee listing services for FSBO home sellers
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (RobinHood recommends 2.5%)
  • Listings typically go live on MLS within 1-2 business days after agreements are signed
  • Cancel your listing any time with no additional fee
  • Free, unlimited listing changes 24/7 access via Robinhood’s online dashboard (takes up to 1 business days for changes to appear on MLS)
  • Buyer inquiries are forwarded directly to you
  • Offers a money-back guarantee if a traditional real estate broker is deemed necessary to sell your property
$99 - Basic
  • 3-month listing on the MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, Redfin, and more
  • 10 photos
  • Secure document storage
  • Property-specific URL homepage
  • Calls and emails forwarded to you
$599 - Standard
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • 25 photos
  • Free MLS listing edits
  • Market analysis
  • California forms and disclosures included
  • Link tour on MLS
  • Open house advertisements



$599 - Plus
  • Same as Standard package, plus:
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • Unlimited photos (up to max allowed by MLS)
  • Professional sign and post
  • Put your direct contact information on marketing materials
  • Three directional open house signs

















Additional, a-la-carte services:

  • Open House Maximum Exposure - $29 for 2 open houses
  • Brokers Tour - $29
  • Transaction Coordination - $150 at sign-up, $445 at close of Escrow
  • Contract Negotiation Package - $495

Pros

  • Make unlimited changes to your listing or cancel any time with no additional charge
  • Inquiries are forwarded directly to you — no buyer’s agent commission if you find your own buyer
  • If your property doesn’t sell, RobinHood will refer a traditional realtor and refund you double your listing fee (up to $999) when your property closes

Cons

  • Basic package does not offer home valuation or comparative market analysis (CMA)

N/A — as of August 11th, 2020, no third-party review information was available for RobinHood Flat Fee. We will update when this information becomes available.

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Yager Realty

Yager Realty

Price Range

$299-$999

Number of MLS Listing Photos

15-45

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Yager Realty is a licensed real estate brokerage that offers flat-fee MLS listings and other for sale by owner (FSBO) services to sellers throughout California
  • Downloadable contracts and disclosures included with basic plan (no advice)
  • For sale sign and property flyer included with basic plan
  • Requires minimum buyers agent commission of 2-3%
  • Additional $150 to remove listing from MLS at closing
  • Offers an array of a-la-carte services, including lockbox rental, extra photos, home valuations / market reports, open house advertisements, and more
$299 - Bronze Plan
  • 6-month listing on the MLS
  • 15 Photos
  • Listing is syndicated to Zillow, Realtor.com, and more
  • Email support
$399 - Silver Plan
  • Same as Bronze Plan, plus:
  • 8-month listing on the MLS
  • 20 Photos
  • No removal fee
  • Free edits to listing and price changes
  • Downloadable purchase agreement and disclosures forms (no advice)
  • For sale sign and property flyer













$999 - Gold Plan
  • Same as Silver Plan, plus:
  • 12-month listing on the MLS
  • 35 Photos
  • Priority email and phone support
  • Help with purchase agreement and disclosures
  • Contract review
  • Docusign for counteroffers
  • Help with pricing strategy and sales comps
  • Calculated closing costs

$699 + .75% at closing - Platinum Pan
  • Same as Gold Plan, plus:
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • 45 (or maximum allowed) Photos
  • Electronic Realtor Key Box
  • Home valuation and pricing support
  • Visits your property for an on-site inspection and offers advice
  • Handles purchase contract and disclosures on your behalf
  • Helps with counteroffers and negotiations


Pros

  • Access to 84+ MLSs in CA
  • 15 photos included with basic plan
  • For sale sign and flyer included

Cons

  • Requires minimum buyer’s agent commission of 2-3%
  • No coaching or support included with base plan
  • $150 fee to remove listing from MLS due at closing

As of August 6, 2020, Yager Realty has an average rating of 4.6/5 based on 50 reviews across Google and Yelp.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in California

Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Price Range

$399-479+ (varies by state)

Number of Photos

25

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Group is a network of independent brokers that offer flat-fee services in their respective state(s)
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you (in most states)
  • Contracts, disclosures, and addendums included (in most states)
$399 - Showcase
  • 6-month listing on MLS in most cases
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Up to 25 photos
  • General marketing tools (e.g. flyers, yard sign)
$549 - Premium
  • Same as Showcase package, plus:
  • Contract, offer, and document review
$479 + 0.5% at closing - Platinum
  • Same as Premium package, plus:
  • Negotiation assistance

Packages, services, and pricing vary by state. Check the website for details about options in your area.

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

  • As of August 10, 2020, does not have an independent broker in Montana, West Virginia, and Wyoming
  • Experience and service quality may vary depending on your state’s broker

As of August 10, 2020, no third-party review information was available for Flat Fee Group. However, as a network of independent brokers, you can check the website, find your state’s broker and research their individual reviews.

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Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$79-999

Number of Photos

6 to max allowed

Listing Term

3 months to Until Sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Houzeo is a national flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with local brokers and agents who will list your home on the MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • Draft your listing, upload photos, set your price, and sign MLS contracts via Houzeo’s 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
$79 - Bronze
  • 3-month listing term
  • 6 photos on MLS
  • Virtual tour
  • $25 for each listing change
  • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
$179 - Silver
  • Same as Bronze plan, plus:
  • 6-month listing term
  • 24 photos on MLS
  • 10 free listing changes
  • Select and communicate with Escrow Agent 
$279 - Gold
  • Same as Silver plan, plus:
  • Max photos allowed by MLS
  • Federal and state disclosures forms
$999 - Platinum
  • Same as Gold plan, plus:
  • Unlimited listing term
  • Contract and form review
  • ShowingTime Automated Showing Service
  • Pricing assistance
  • Yard sign

Houzeo also offers a-la-carte services like professional photography, pricing assistance, contract review, etc.


Packages and prices may differ from market to market. Some states require additional closing fees or have limited services.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Currently limited coverage in IA, KS, MO, MS, NE, ND, SD, WV, and WY
  • “Free changes” only apply to listing 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 California

The California real estate market is steadily rising. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 2.5% over the past year and is expected to see an increase of 4.2% 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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