5 Best Connecticut Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Connecticut, 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 Constitution State is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Connecticut homes, as of November 2019, that translates to about $7,770.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Connecticut are in the $0 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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

Top Connecticut 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.

Entry Only

Entry Only

Price Range

$399-999

Number of Photos

20

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Entry Only is a real estate brokerage licensed in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT that specializes in flat-fee MLS services
  • You set the buyers commission (1% minimum) and pay no commission if you find the buyer
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • Free, unlimited photo edits
  • A variety of a-la-carte services like additional photos, longer listing contracts, listing on a second MLS, custom yard sign, lockbox, custom domain name, and more 
$399 - Basic
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 20 Photos
  • 1,000 character description
  • Purchase forms and disclosures (downloadable)
  • Listing shared on social media
  • Property flyer
  • 24/7 receptionist to forward buyer and agent inquiries
  • Yard sign
  • Open house ads
$699 - Enhanced
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • Contract review

$999 - Premium
  • Same as Enhanced package, plus:
  • Negotiation assistance
  • Closing services







Available a-la-carte services include: more photos, longer listing contract, listing on a second MLS, custom yard sign, lockbox, custom domain name, and more

Pros

  • Work directly with a local broker, not a referral service
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • 24/7 receptionist
  • Double money back guarantee if you decide to sell with a realtor Entry Only refers you to (up to $999)

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or CMA

As of August 5, 2020, Entry Only has an average rating of 4.9/5 based on 529 reviews across Trustpilot, Google, and Facebook.

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Landfall Properties, LLC

Landfall Properties

Price Range

Free to $499+

Number of Photos

40

Listing Term

2 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Landfall Properties in a licensed broker in CT, MA, ME, NH, and VT that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Free, unlimited changes
  • Listings go live in 24 hours
  • Set buyer’s agent commission of 2% (pay nothing if you find the buyer)
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded directly to you
  • Cancel anytime
Free - Level One
  • 2-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 40 photos
  • Unlimited consultations if also buying with Landfall Properties
$499 - Level Two
  • Same as Level One package, plus:
  • Unlimited listing/delisting/relisting of property over 2 years
  • For Sale sign
  • Forms, contracts, addendums (downloadable)
  • Dedicated property website
  • Virtual tour
  • Showing feedback
  • 100 business cards with your contact information
  • Closing services and statement review
  • $25 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
1% at closing- Level Three
  • Same as Level Two package, plus:
  • Professional photography
  • Pricing assistance
  • Bluetooth lockbox
  • In-person showing assistance
























Pros

  • Free MLS listing package (+2% buyer’s agent commission)
  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Free, unlimited changes, including listing/delisting/relisting (Level Two and Three packages)
  • Home buyer rebate if you also buy with Landfall Properties

Cons

  • No built-in comparative market analysis (CMA) (except with Level Three package)
  • Set buyer’s agent commission of 2% (unless you find a buyer)

As of August 12, 2020, Landfall Properties’ principal broker, Paul Marino, has an average rating of 5/5 based on 29 reviews on Zillow.

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Realty By Design

Realty By Design

Price Range

$495-995+

Number of Photos

40

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Realty By Design is a licensed real estate brokerage that offers flat-fee, full-service, and hybrid real estate services in Connecticut
  • You choose the buyer’s commission (minimum of 2%)
  • Unrepresented buyers sent directly to you
  • Free listing changes
  • Cancel anytime with no fee
  • Wide variety of a-la-carte services to choose from
$495 - Flat Fee MLS
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Up to 40 photos
  • State disclosures included
  • 3D virtual tour
  • Unlimited open houses (hosted by you)
  • MLS online showing and feedback system
  • On-demand property flyers
  • Social media sharing tools



$995 + 0.75% at closing - Hybrid Listing
  • Same as the flat-fee package, plus:
  • Professional photography
  • For sale sign
  • Electronic lockbox
  • A Realty By Design agent will hold showings for unrepresented buyers
  • Agent-hosted open houses
  • Showing feedback system
  • An agent will communicate with buyer’s agents on your behalf
  • Agent email blast
  • Negotiation assistance


Available a la carte services include: premium For Sale sign, electronic lockbox, professional photography, 2D floor plan, CMA, agent email blast, Facebook ads, negotiation, showing, and open house assistance, and more

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Free MLS listing changes and no cancellation fee
  • No buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • 3D Virtual Tour, online showing system, and social sharing tools included with basic package

Cons

  • No built-in comparative market analysis (CMA)
  • Longest listing term is 6 months
  • No budget, entry-level option

As of August 12, 2020, Realty By Design has an average rating of 5/5 based on 5 reviews on Google, as well as an A+ accreditation on the Better Business Bureau.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Connecticut

Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Price Range

$399-999

Number of Photos

20

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Group is a national network of independent brokers that offer flat-fee MLS services in Connecticut
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you
  • Contracts and disclosures included
$399 - Basic
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Up to 20 photos
  • Purchase forms and disclosures (downloadable)
  • Listing shared on social media
  • 24/7 receptionist to forward buyer and agent inquiries
  • Yard sign
  • Phone/Email support
$699 - Enhanced
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • Contract review
$999 - Premium
  • Same as Enhanced package, plus:
  • Negotiation assistance
  • Contract preparation
  • Closing services
  • eSignatures


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 built-in home valuation or CMA

As of August 7, 2020, Jason Saphire, the Connecticut Flat Fee Group broker, has a 4.8-star-out-of-5-star rating on Zillow (80 reviews).

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Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$199-399

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 Connecticut 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
$199 - 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 Connecticut

The Connecticut real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 1.2% over the past year and is expected to see an increase of 3.7% 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%.