5 Best Idaho Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Idaho, 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 Gem State is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Idaho homes, as of November 2019, that translates to about $8,580.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Idaho are in the $99 to $425+ 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 Idaho 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 Idaho.

Top Idaho 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.

Congress Realty

Congress Realty

Price Range

$299

Number of Photos

4

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Congress Realty is a licensed brokerage in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Free comparative market analysis (upon request)
  • You set buyer’s commission (Congress Realty recommends 3%)
  • Listings typically go live in 1 business day
  • Free, unlimited changes
  • Your phone number displayed on the MLS listing
  • $299
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 4 photos
    • Downloadable contracts, addendums, and disclosure forms
    • ShowingTime showing scheduling and feedback service


A-la-carte services include: more photos, open house advertisements, listing renewals, professional photography, yard signs, lockbox, and more.

Pros

  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find the buyer
  • Free, unlimited changes
  • Wide variety of a-la-carte services
  • Home buyer rebates if you buy with Congress Realty (in states where available)

Cons

  • May not cover every part of your state
  • Fewer photos than other comparable flat-fee MLS services

As of January 14, 2020:

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Price Range

$299-$425+

Number of Photos

10-25

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Lowe’s Flat Fee Realty is a licensed, Idaho real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing and discounted real estate services
  • Comparative market analysis (CMA) only available with Premium and Realtor Assist Plans
  • You set the buyer’s agent commission (no commission if you find a buyer)
  • Listing goes live within 24-48 hours of completing paperwork
  • Cancel listing anytime
  • Free listing and price changes
  • $299 - Basic Plan
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • 6-month listing on FlatFeeIdaho.com
    • Syndication to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 10 photos
    • Double-sided yard sign (upon request, stand and frame not included)
    • Forms, contracts, and legal paperwork (downloadable)
    • Free listing changes
    • Lockbox ($40-$200)
  • $399 - Premium Plan
    • Same as Basic Plan, plus:
    • 12-month listing on MLS
    • 12-month listing on FlatFeeIdaho.com
    • 25 photos
    • CMA and pricing assistance (available upon request)
    • Free combo lockbox (upon request)


  • $425+0.5% at closing - Realtor Assist Plan
    • Same as Premium Plan, plus:
    • Unlimited listing on MLS (until home sold)
    • Unlimited listing on FlatFeeIdaho.com (until home sold)
    • Following services available upon request:
      • Marketing suggestions
      • Follow-up and feedback from showings
      • Additional CMA for price adjustments
      • Negotiation assistance
      • Contract review
      • Vetting buyer’s financing pre-qualification
      • Inspection follow-up and addendums
      • Closing assistance

Pros

  • Work directly with a local broker, not a referral service
  • Free listing changes
  • Cancel listing anytime
  • Full refund if you decide to sell with a full-service agent Lowe’s Flat Fee Realty refers you to

Cons

  • CMA only available for Premium and Realtor Assist Plans

As of January 14, 2020:

  • 4.8-out-of-5-star rating on Google (32 reviews)
  • 3.5-out-of-5-star rating on Yelp (3 reviews)
  • A+ rating on Better Business Bureau with a 5-out-of-5-star customer rating (1 review)
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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Idaho

Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Price Range

$349-$399+

Number of Photos

10-25

Listing Term

6 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 Idaho
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Contracts, disclosures, and addendums included
  • $349 - Showcase
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Up to 10 photos
    • Listing support
    • Contracts, addendums, disclosures
    • Sign
    • Electronic lockbox (additional fee)
  • $399 - Premium
    • Same as Showcase package, plus:
    • 1-year listing on MLS
    • Up to 25 photos
    • Combo lockbox
    • Comparative market analysis (CMA)
    • Virtual tour link


  • $399+0.5% at closing - Full Service
    • Same as Premium package, plus:
    • Unlimited listing on MLS (until sold)
    • Open house announcements
    • Contract review and offer advice
    • Counteroffers preparation
    • Negotiation assistance
    • Closing cost estimate
    • Follow up through closing
    • Phone/Email support
    • Digital signatures
    • Full agency representation

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Pay no commission if you find an unrepresented buyer

Cons

  • No comparative market analysis in Showcase plan

As of January 22, 2020:

  • Roger Lowe, the Idaho Flat Fee Group broker, has an A+ rating on Better Business Bureau with a 5-out-of-5-star customer rating (1 review)
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Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Price Range

$299

Number of Photos

6

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 Idaho 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 $79
  • State disclosures and forms available
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Refund available within 30 days of purchase
  • $299 - 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 $79

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 January 22, 2020:

  • 4.5-out-of-5-star rating on Facebook (4 reviews)
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Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$99-$395

Number of Photos

6-24

Listing Term

3-6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Houzeo is a flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with Idaho 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
  • $99 - 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


  • $395 - 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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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Idaho

The Idaho real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 9.4% over the past year and is expected to see an increase of 5.5% 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%.