5 Best Atlanta Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Atlanta, 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 ATL is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Atlanta homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $7,230.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Atlanta are in between $99 and $499. 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 Atlanta 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 Atlanta.

Top Atlanta 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.

Simply List Atlanta

Simply List Atlanta

Price Range

$199-$399 (+ closing fees)

Number of Photos

25-36

Listing Term

Until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Simply List Atlanta is a licensed, Georgia real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Set your buyer’s agent commission (Simply List recommends 2% to 4%)
  • Up to 575 characters in the MLS description
  • Listing is live within 24 hours of purchase
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • $75 cancellation fee
  • $199+0.3% commission - Free to List package
    • Nothing is paid until closing
    • Listed until sold
    • Serviceable areas include Greater Atlanta and all 159 Georgia counties
    • 25 photos
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Represent yourself and negotiate contracts yourself
    • Contract and property disclosure forms available for free
    • Yard sign, upon request
    • Unlimited listing changes
    • $75 cancellation fee


  • $399+0.65% - Limited Full Service package
    • Same as Free to List package, plus:
    • 36 photos
    • Serviceable area limited to Greater Atlanta
    • Seller representation
    • Contract negotiations
    • Comparative market analysis (CMA), upon request
    • Listing price suggestion, upon request
    • Selling strategy advice from listing agent
    • Open house postings by listing agent
    • Follow-ups with closing attorneys
    • Settlement statement review



A-la-carte services include signs, lockboxes, open house postings, copywriting, and floor plans

Rental and commercial property packages also available; see website for details

Pros

  • 25 photos in base package
  • Fees are not paid until closing for base package
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation / CMA for base package
  • Limited Full Service package doesn’t offer full coverage of Georgia

As of January 16, 2020:

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Georgia Listing Express

Georgia Listing Express.com

Price Range

$195

Number of Photos

5

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Georgia Listing Express.com is a flat-fee MLS service operated by Select Premium Properties, a licensed real estate brokerage in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.
  • Listings typically go live in a business day
  • Free listing changes within the first 24 hours ($20 per change after that)
  • $45 fee to cancel contract early
  • You choose the buyer’s agent commission
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you via email
  • $195
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 5 Photos
    • Contracts and forms (downloadable)
    • Color brochure
    • ShowingTime scheduling and feedback system


Additional a-la-carte services include: For Sale sign, lockbox, additional photos, open house announcements, and more


Pros

  • Offers money-back guarantee if you decide to list with a full-service agent referred by Georgia Listing Express.com
  • Buyer inquiries forwarded directly to you

Cons

  • Only one option
  • $175 processing fee when home closes and $45 cancelation fee

As of January 15, 2020:

  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on Google (1 review)
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Dream Street Properties, LLC

Dream Street Properties

Price Range

$99-$499 (+0.49% at closing)

Number of Photos

32

Listing Term

Until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Dream Street Properties is a licensed, Georgia real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (Dream Street recommend 3%)
  • Contract and closing document review
  • Additional 0.49% fee due at closing for all plans
  • $99 
    • Listing on GAMLS until sold
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 32 photos
    • Contract and closing document review
  • $199
    • Same as basic package, plus:
    • Unlimited listing on GAMLS and FMLS


  • $499
    • Same as basic and mid-level packages, plus:
    • Live help with listing data entry
    • MLS Supra lockbox
    • Yard sign


Additional 0.49% fee due at closing for all plans

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Unlimited listing term (until property sells or you cancel)

Cons

  • 0.49% fee at closing
  • No home valuation included
  • Information on the Dream Street website is limited. Contact company directly for more information.

As of January 17, 2020:

  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on Facebook (1 review)
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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Atlanta

Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$199-$349

Number of Photos

6-24

Listing Term

3 to 6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Houzeo is a flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with Georgia 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
    • $25 for each listing change
    • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
  • $295 - Silver
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • 24 Photos
    • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
    • 10 free listing changes
    • Open Houses included in 10 free changes
    • Select and communicate with Escrow Agent


  • $349 - Gold
    • Same as Silver plan, plus:
    • Federal and state disclosures forms
    • eFile Federal & State Disclosures

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
  • $30-50 for changes to photos and additional open houses

As of January 1, 2020:

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FSBO.com

FSBO.com

Price Range

$399.95

Number of Photos

Varies by state

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • FSBO.com is a nationwide flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with licensed brokerage MLSmart Realty, LLC. MLSmart Realty then handles the listing or refers you to a local brokers who will put your home on the MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (FSBO.com recommends 2-3%)
  • Making changes to your MLS listing may have additional fees
  • Cancel anytime (possible additional fee)
  • $399.95 - MLS package
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Approx. 20 photos
    • Yard sign (where available)


FSBO.com also has a package for listing on their website — not the MLS — for $99.95


Services, price, and details of FSBO.com flat-fee MLS packages vary by state. States with minimum service requirements may also have additional fees due at closing. Check the website for specifics in your area. 

Pros

  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission

Cons

  • Only one package to choose from
  • Experience, additional fees, and service quality may vary depending on your state’s broker
  • Doesn’t have full coverage in every state and not available at all in North Dakota

As of January 23, 2020:


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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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Atlanta

The Atlanta real estate market is stable. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 2.4% over the past year and is expected to increase by 4.2% 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%.