5 Best Hawaii Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Hawaii, 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 Aloha State is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Hawaii homes, as of November 2019, that translates to about $17,760.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Hawaii are in the $99 to $400 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 Hawaii 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 Hawaii.

Top Hawaii 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.

FlatList.com

FlatList.com

Price Range

$299

Number of Photos

25

Listing Term

6-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • FlatList.com is a flat-fee MLS service operated by Flat List RE, a licensed real estate brokerage in Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington
  • Unlimited, free listing changes
  • Listing goes live in 1 business day
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you via email
  • You set the buyer’s agent commission (FlatList.com recommends 2-3%)
  • Free cancelation anytime

$299

  • 6-month listing on MLS (Arizona and Hawaii), 1-year listing (Oregon and Washington)
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 25 Photos
  • State forms and disclosures
  • For Sale sign
  • Flyer creator


Packages vary slightly state-to-state. Check website for details.

Pros

  • Free changes, cancel anytime with no fee
  • Pay no commission if you find a buyer

Cons

  • No home valuation or CMA

As of August 11, 2020, no third-party reviews exist for FlatList.com. We will update when this information becomes available.

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Hawaii Flat Fee

Hawaii Flat Fee

Price Range

$250

Number of Photos

25

Listing Term

1 year

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Hawaii Flat Fee is a flat-fee MLS service operated by Hawaii Real Estate Team, a licensed real estate brokerage in Hawaii
  • Set the buyer’s agent commission (1-3%)
  • Listings typically go live in 1 business day
  • 10 free listing status changes
  • Your number in MLS listing and buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you

$250

  • 1-year listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 25 photos
  • Forms, addendums, and disclosures (downloadable)
  • Yard sign
  • Lockbox rental


Hawaii Real Estate Team also offers a full-service option for a 1% commission (plus buyer’s agent commission). Check website for details.

Pros

  • Work directly with a local broker, not a referral service
  • Home buyer rebate available if you also buy with Hawaii Real Estate team
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find the buyer

Cons

  • Only one flat-fee MLS listing package to choose from
  • Only available in Hawaii, Kauai, Maui and Oahu

As of August 1, 2020, Hawaii Flat Fee has an average rating of 4.2/5 based on 10 reviews on Google.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Hawaii

Fizber

Fizber

Price Range

$295-395

Number of Photos

6-25

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Fizber is a 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
  • Requires that you offer buyer’s agent commission between 1-3%
  • Listing is typically live within 24 hours of submission
  • Fizber also offers an array of free resources and online tools (including home valuations), as well as à-la-carte downloadable forms and guidelines, such as disclosures, contracts, counteroffers, and more
$295 - MLS Boost
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • 6 photos
  • Featured listing on Fizber.com plus unlimited photos
  • Open House Manager Tool
  • Listing on Redfin, Zillow, Realtor.com, and Trulia
  • Social media sharing
$395 - Premium MLS Boost
  • Same as MLS Boost, plus:
  • 25 photos
  • Social media sharing, plus Facebook and Instagram Ads






Fizber also offers two non-MLS listing options:


$0 - Free Listing:
  • Unlimited photos on Fizber.com





$95 - Digital Boost
  • Same as Free Listing, plus:
  • Featured Listing
  • Open House Manager Tool
  • Listing on Redfin


Pros

  • Basic package includes social media postings — premium package includes target social ads
  • Listing appears on MLS within 24 hours of submission
  • Refundable up to 30 days

Cons

  • Listing expires after 6 months — can renew listing for a discounted rate
  • Only 6 photos with basic MLS listing package
  • Making changes to your listing may incur additional fees

As of August 5, 2020, Fizber has an average rating of 3.6/5 based on 88 reviews on Trustpilot and has a B- rating on the Better Business Bureau.

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FSBO.com

FSBO.com

Price Range

$399.95

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 Hawaii 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 (may include an additional fee)

$399.95 - Hawaii Flat Fee MLS

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

Pros

  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission

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

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 Hawaii 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 7, 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 Hawaii

The Hawaii real estate market is steady. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 0.4% over the past year and is expected to see an increase of 3.1% 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%.