5 Best Hawaii Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2021

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Trevor Wallis

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January 11th, 2021

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Whether you're selling a Big Island bungalow or a Maui mansion, 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.
  • You still pay a buyer’s agent fee: 88% of buyers work with an agent — who still needs to get paid. In Hawaii, you’re on the hook for 2.34%-2.73% 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 agents who work for a low flat fee or 1%. Find a low fee agent near you.

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

The 5 best Hawaii flat-fee MLS companies*


Flatlist.com
Hawaii Flat Fee
Fizber
FSBO.com
Houzeo

Price range

$299

$250

$295-395

$399.95

$199-399

Money-back guarantee

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Unlimited listing updates

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Downloadable forms

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For sale sign

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Lockbox

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Flatlist.com

Flatlist.com

Best For

Sellers who want to stand out in crowded markets

Price Range

$299

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • You can list up to 25 photos without paying extra. Other companies limit you to 10 or fewer on their base packages.
  • Your listing comes with all the state and federal disclosure forms, plus counter offer forms, HOA addendums, and seller's property disclosures.

Cons:

  • The service is only available in Oahu, Maui County, Big Island, and Kauai.
  • Flatlist.com doesn't give you the choice of a smaller, cheaper listing package.
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Hawaii Flat Fee

Hawaii Flat Fee

Best For

Sellers who need a simple MLS listing without a lot of extras

Price Range

$250

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The standard listing term is 12 months. Many other companies limit you to six months or fewer.
  • If you decide that you want more help selling your home, you can upgrade to a full-service package for 1% of the final sale price.

Cons:

  • You can only make 10 free changes to your MLS listing.
  • Hawaii Flat Fee is only available on Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu.
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Fizber

Fizber

Best For

Sellers who want to attract people looking for a FSBO property

Price Range

$295-395

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Fizber will promote your listing for you on social media.
  • If you change your mind before your listing goes live, you can get a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

Cons:

  • The basic MLS package only includes six photos. Other companies include up to 25.
  • You'll have to pay extra if you want to make changes to your listing.
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FSBO.com

FSBO.com

Best For

Sellers who also want to list on a large FSBO marketplace

Price Range

$400

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Your home will appear in your local MLS and on FSBO.com. A lot of people shop directly for FSBO properties on their site.

Cons:

  • FSBO.com refers you to a broker in your area instead of listing your property itself. Your experience could vary greatly dependin on the broker you're matched with.
  • You have to pay for seller disclosures, for sale signs, and lock boxes separately.
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Houzeo

Houzeo

Best For

Sellers looking for a lot of a-la-carte options

Price Range

$199-399

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • you can fill out, sign, and submit all your seller's paperwork on the Houzeo app.
  • When you enter your address, Houzeo auto-fills publicly available data about your property.
  • Houzeo lets you buy additional services like contract reviews, agent showings, and professional showings a la carte.

Cons:

  • You have to pay extra for pricing assistance — several local competitors offer this for free.
  • You're limited to 10 free changes for price, status, and description in their two most popular packages. Most competitors offer unlimited free changes.
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Flat-fee MLS companies to avoid

Some companies claim to offer flat-rate MLS services but charge "hidden" fees 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 "closing costs" that you'll owe the broker in addition to an up-front flat fee.

We've even seen some companies that claim to offer a "free" MLS listing only to charge you a percentage of the sale price.

Paying a percentage of the sale price kills any benefits of using a flat-fee MLS company. At that cost, you'll be better off using a flat-fee broker like Clever for more service and transparent pricing.

Frequently asked questions

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

Typically, you should expect to pay about $300 for a flat-fee MLS listing in Hawaii. However, we've seen basic plans for as low as $200 and more comprehensive services that charge as much as $400.

Some flat-fee MLS companies offer services such as photography, paperwork help, and signage a la carte. However, watch out. These add-on services can add up! At that point, you might be better off using a full-service agent who charges a flat or discounted fee to handle everything for you.

» FIND: Full-service agents who don't charge an arm and a leg

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 2.38%-2.77% 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 Hawaii range from 2.34%-2.73%.

» READ: Average Real Estate Commission in Hawaii

How do I sell by owner in Hawaii?

Hawaii 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

The Hawaii Association of REALTORS® uses the Residential Seller's Property Disclosure Statement (SPDS) to document all this information. You should receive this form from your listing agent.

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

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

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 three national and regional discount brokers that operate in Hawaii.

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. However, if you’re selling a particularly pricey home, the flat fees charged by Homie and Trelora could offer significant savings.

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.

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Discount Broker
Listing Fee
Review

Clever

1% or $3,000

Help-U-Sell

Varies

Redfin

1.5% (minimum varies)

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

Your full-service 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.

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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.