5 Best Illinois Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Illinois, 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 Prairie State is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Illinois homes, as of November 2019, that translates to about $6,600.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Illinois are in the $79 to $795 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 Illinois 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 Illinois.

Top Illinois 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.

Price Range

$299-$399

Number of Photos

1-25

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Mentor Listing Realty is a licensed real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services in Indiana and Illinois
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • No cancellation fee
  • Unlimited open house postings
  • Broker support and assistance
  • As of January 23, 2020, Mentor Listing Realtor is a member of MLSs in 62 counties in Indiana and 10 counties in Illinois
  • A-la-carte services include signs, lockboxes, market surveys, flyers, and full representation options
  • $299 - Basic package
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 1 Photo
    • Contracts and disclosures
    • Phone/Email support
    • Buyer leads forwarded to you
    • Unlimited open house postings
    • Broker support and assistance
    • Unlimited listing changes
    • No cancellation fee


  • $349 - Standard package
    • Same as Basic package, plus:
    • 6 Photos
  • $399 - Premium package
    • Same as Standard package, plus:
    • 25 Photos



A-la-carte services include signs, lockboxes, market surveys, flyers, full representation options, and listing renewal



Due to Indiana state laws, listing agent is required to attend closing, and an additional $200 is due at closing

Pros

  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • No cancellation fee
  • Unlimited open house postings
  • Broker support and assistance

Cons

  • As of January 23, 2020, Mentor Listing Realtor is a member of MLSs in 62 counties in Indiana and 10 counties in Illinois
  • Only 1 photo in base package
  • Additional $200 closing fee in Indiana

As of January 23, 2020:

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Prello Realty

Prello Realty

Price Range

$295-795

Number of Photos

25

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Prello Realty is a licensed, Illinois real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • You set buyer’s agent commission (Prello Realty recommends 2.5% to 3%)
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Unlimited open house postings
  • Contracts and disclosures
  • A-la-carte services include signs, lockboxes, brochure boxes, and more
  • Offers money-back guarantee if you decide to list with a full-service agent referred by Prello Realty
$295 - MLS Basic Package
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 25 Photos
  • Phone/Email support
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Unlimited open house postings
  • Yard sign
  • Contracts and disclosures

$495 - MLS Plus Package
  • Same as MLS Basic package, plus:
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • 25 Professional photos
$795 - MLS Pro Package
  • Same as MLS Plus package, plus:
  • Listed until sold
  • Professional wood post yard sign
  • Showing appointment service
  • Lockbox




A-la-carte services include signs, lockboxes, brochure boxes, and more

Pros

  • Offers money-back guarantee if you decide to list with a full-service agent referred by Prello Realty
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Unlimited open house postings

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer full coverage in Illinois — see website for details on specific MLS access
  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis

As of August 11, 2020, Prello Realty has an average rating of 4.6/5 based on 30 reviews across Google, Facebook, and Yelp.


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beycome

beycome

Price Range

$99-299

Number of Photos

36

Listing Term

Until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Beycome is a real estate brokerage that offers flat-fee MLS listing services to for sale by owner (FSBO) sellers in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia, and Rhode Island.
  • Beycome’s lower-tier programs are also offered in California and South Carolina.
  • Listing will be syndicated on other sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Redfin, IDX, and more
  • Listing typically goes live within 36 hours
  • Unlimited changes, photos, and no expiration on listing term
  • Built-in comparative market analysis (CMA) tools
  • Offers a 90-day money-back guarantee
$99 - Flat Fee MLS 
  • Listing on your local MLS and other sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Redfin, IDX, Homes.com, and more
  • Unlimited photos
  • Receive legal offers online
  • Downloadable legal forms & documents
  • Real estate support from beycome team
  • Virtual tour & YouTube video
  • Printable promotional items
  • Home visit manager
  • Open house scheduler
  • Messaging center
  • Dual comparative marketing analysis (CMA) tools
  • Craigslist easy click & share Ad
  • Social media sharing

$199 - Flat Fee MLS Premium
  • Same as Flat Fee MLS package, plus:
  • Full listing featured on beycome.com
  • Customizable flyers and brochure
  • Maximum pictures allowed
  • 1 key lock box
  • 1 sign in yard
  • 1 open house signage package
$299 - Flat Fee MLS Max 
  • Same as Flat fee MLS Premium package, plus:
  • 24 professional HDR pictures
  • 1 photography session
  • Full ownership of the photos
  • Additional, a-la-carte services available with Max package:
  • Video walkthrough - $49
  • Drone pictures - $69


Pros

  • All inquiries and leads directly forwarded to you
  • Built-in home valuation tools
  • Unlimited listing term
  • 90-day money-back guarantee (unless you close, are under contract, or you receive at least 2 legitimate offers)
  • Live customer support

Cons

  • While beycome offers more built-in services than most flat-fee MLS companies, you’ll still get limited service and support with your listing
  • Free downloads for forms and documents, but no support or legal oversight
  • Flat Fee MLS Max package not offered in California or South Carolina

As of July 31, 2020, Beycome has an average rating of 4.4/5 based on 228 reviews across Zillow, Facebook, and Google.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Illinois

Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Price Range

$199

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 Illinois 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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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 Illinois 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 10, 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 Illinois

The Illinois real estate market is hot. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 1.2% over the past year and is expected to see an increase of 3.4% 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%.

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