5 Best Delaware Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2021

Trevor Wallis

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Trevor Wallis

July 27th, 2021
Updated July 27th, 2021

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Whether you’re selling a townhouse in Wilmington or a house in the Dover suburbs, paying 6% in realtor fees is a lot.

That’s why some sellers use a flat-fee MLS company to list their home on the MLS — the main place where realtors find homes to show their clients — in exchange for a small one-time fee.

What’s the catch?

  • Less support: You manage your own sale — without a full-service agent to handle pricing, photography, paperwork, and negotiations.
  • Lower sales price: For sale by owner (FSBO) homes usually sell for significantly less than homes sold by agents — 6% less on average compared to agent-represented properties.
  • You still pay a buyer’s agent fee: 88% of buyers work with an agent — who still needs to get paid. In Delaware, you’re on the hook for 2.50%-3.00% of the final sale price.

If you want to save on fees but aren’t ready for a “Do-It-Yourself” experience, Clever can match you with full-service realtors who work for a low flat fee of $3,000 or 1%.

Clever is the best alternative to the full DIY approach if you're in Delaware! You'll save thousands on listing fees, while still getting the support you need to sell your home fast AND for top dollar.

» SAVE: List with a full-service agent for just $3,000 or 1%

If you’re still interested in finding flat-fee MLS listing options in Delaware, read on! We’ve reviewed the best (and worst!) services in The First State.

The 5 best Delaware flat-fee MLS companies

Simple Choice Realty

Simple Choice Realty

Simple Choice Realty

Price Range

$399-$1,399

Number of Photos

50

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Simple Choice Realty is a licensed real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS services, operating throughout most of Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
  • Listings typically go live on MLS within one business day
  • Cancel anytime with no fee
  • Required state disclosures included
  • Free listing changes
  • Requires buyer’s agent commission of at least 2% (but no commission if you find an unrepresented buyer)
  • Additional agent assistance included in premium packages
$399 - MLS Listing Only
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Up to 50 photos
  • Required disclosures included
  • Free listing changes
  • All buyer leads forwarded to you
  • 24/7 live receptionist
  • Open house ads on the MLS
  • For Sale sign ($10 shipping)
  • Paperless Listing Process with eSignatures








$699 - Contract Review
  • Same as MLS Listing Only package, plus:
  • 1 contract review with a Simple Choice agent to go over the pros and cons of an offer (each additional review is $100)
$1,999 - Negotiation Assistance
  • Same as Contract Review package, plus:
  • Unlimited contract reviews with a Simple Choice agent
  • Negotiation assistance (including after inspections)
  • A Simple Choice agent will communicate with buyer’s agents on your behalf
  • Review of the final settlement sheet prior to closing


Additional, a-la-carte options include: 12-month listing on MLS, customized sign, combination lockboxes, adding of your contact info on Zillow, Realtor.com Weekly Report, expedited listing (entered on the MLS same business day), listing on multiple MLSs

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Free MLS listing changes
  • No buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Additional assistance from a licensed agent (in premium packages)

Cons

  • Minimum 2% buyer’s agent commission required
  • Does not cover all of Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania

As of August 11, 2020, Simple Choice Realty has an average rating of 5/5 based on 29 reviews on Zillow, as well as an A rating on Angie's List.


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Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Price Range

$399-1,999

Number of Photos

25-50

Listing Term

12 months up 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 Delaware
  • 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 - Premium
  • 25-50 photos
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Contracts, addendums, and disclosures
  • Phone/Email support
  • Printable color MLS sheet
  • Electronic lockbox (additional fee)
  • PremiumsSign (additional fee)
  • Basic yard sign included
$699 - Contract Review
  • Same as Premium package, plus:
  • Contract review
$1,999 - Full Service
  • Same as Contract Review package, plus:
  • Listed until sold
  • Lockbox, showing scheduling, and comparative market analysis (upon request)
  • Negotiation assistance


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 (except Full Service package)

As of August 7, 2020, Christopher Carr, the Delaware Flat Fee Group broker, has a 5-out-of-5-star rating on Zillow (24 reviews).

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Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Price Range

$199

Number of Photos

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 Delaware 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 $50
  • 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 $50

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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FSBO.com

FSBO.com

FSBO.com

Price Range

$395

Number of Photos

20

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • FSBO.com is a flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with licensed brokerage MLSmart Realty, LLC. MLSmart Realty then refers you to a regional Delaware broker who will list your home on your local MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (FSBO.com recommends 2-3%)
  • Edit or cancel anytime

$395 - Delaware Flat Fee MLS

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 20 MLS Photos
  • FSBO.com Listing
  • Unlimited photos on FSBO.com
  • Video Upload on FSBO.com

Pros

  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission
  • Edit or cancel anytime

Cons

  • Only one package to choose from
  • No home valuation included

As of August 12, 2020, FSBO.com has an average rating of 4.9/5 based on 26 reviews on Zillow and an A+ rating with Better Business Bureau.

Note: As a referral service, the reviews and service quality of your local FSBO.com broker may vary. Be sure to research your broker before signing a listing agreement.

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Houzeo

Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$225-399

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 Delaware 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
$225 - 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 7, 2020, Houzeo has an average rating of 4.8/5 based on 21 reviews on Google.

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Hidden costs of flat-fee MLS companies

Some companies claim to offer flat-rate MLS services but charge "hidden" fees at closing. We've even seen some companies that claim to offer a "free" MLS listing only to charge you a percentage of the sale price at closing.

These predatory practices could cost you thousands of dollars when you expect to pay only a few hundred.

Always make sure to read the fine print for any service. Look out for "closing fees" or "admin fees" that you'll owe the broker in addition to an up-front flat fee.

Further, some flat-fee MLS companies offer a la carte services like photography, paperwork help, and signage. These services can reduce some of your DIY work, but watch out. These add-ons can add up!

At a certain point, you may be better off finding a full-service agent who charges a clear and upfront discounted rate.

💰 Incredible savings, none of the DIY

Selling your home is difficult, even with a flat-fee MLS company to handle your listing. Add in hidden fees, a la carte services, and premium service tiers, and you'll save a lot less than you planned, but still be stuck with most of the work.

There's a better option. Clever pre-negotiates cheaper listing fees with the top agents in your area. You still save on commission, while getting the support of a full-service agent.

  • Clever partner agents offer full-service support for a fraction of the full-service price: a flat $3,000 listing fee or 1% for homes over $350,000
  • Clever sellers save an average of $9,000 on commission AND they get offers 2.8x faster than the national average

Ready to find real estate agents who can help you save thousands on your sale? Enter your zip code below to get started!

Frequently asked questions

How much do flat-fee MLS services cost in Delaware?

Typically, you should expect to pay about $400-1,250 for a flat-fee MLS listing in Delaware. However, we've seen basic plans for as low as $199 and more comprehensive services that charge as much as $1,399.

Do I still need to pay the buyer's agent commission?

Although you'll save some money by not having to pay commission to a listing agent (typically 2.75%-3.00% of the sale price), we strongly recommend offering a commission to the buyer's agent. This will incentivize agents to bring their clients to your home.

How much to offer a buyer's agent is up to you, but most selling agent commissions in Delaware range from 2.50%-3.00%.

» READ: Average Real Estate Commission in Delaware

How do I sell by owner in Delaware?

California real estate laws require sellers to disclose all important information about their property, including:

  • Building and safety information
  • Utilities
  • Environmental information (like erosion, noise pollution, and whether it's in a flood plain)
  • Sewer and wastewater treatment

You'll share all of this information in the California Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement. Your listing broker will provide this document for you to fill out.

» READ: How to Sell a House for Sale by Owner in Delaware

What are the alternatives to using a flat-fee MLS service in Delaware?

Discount and flat-fee real estate agents

Discount real estate brokers will list your property for as little as 1% — keeping in mind that you usually still have to pay a 2.6–3% buyer’s agent fee.

We’ve reviewed four national and regional discount brokers that operate in Delaware.

Discount Broker
Listing Fee
Review

Clever

1% or $3,000

Assist-2-Sell

Varies

Help-U-Sell

Varies

Redfin

1.5% (minimum varies)

In Delaware, Clever offers the lowest rates, with an added advantage: Clever lets you compare multiple agents from major brands like Keller Williams, Century 21, and RE/MAX.

Clever is an agent-matching service that can match you with a pre-vetted, full-service agent for only $3,000 (or 1% if your home is priced above $350,000), plus the typical buyer's agent commission.

Your Clever agent will handle everything for you, from helping you accurately price your home to high-quality photography to negotiating with prospective buyers and filling out the paperwork.

You'll pay only a little more than you'd pay a flat-fee MLS service but save hours of effort by not having to do it all yourself!

Ready to start saving?

Find top agents who charge a flat $3,000 or 1%. Clever's agent-matching service is free, with NO obligation!

Selling without an MLS listing

It's always possible to try selling your house by owner without listing on the MLS. But this makes sense only if you already have a potential buyer lined up.

That's because not listing on your local MLS means not getting the most effective exposure for your property. MLS listings are posted to every major real estate website. Plus, real estate agents access MLS listings to find properties for their clients.

If you don't secure an MLS listing, you'll be limited to sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace and relying on a yard sign.

Better real estate agents at a better rate

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If you don't love your Clever partner agent, you can request to meet with another, or shake hands and go a different direction. We offer this because we're confident you're going to love working with a Clever Partner Agent.