5 Best Maine Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Maine, 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 Pine Tree State is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Maine homes, as of November 2019, that translates to about $6,750.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Maine are in the $0 to $999+ 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 Maine 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 Maine.

Top Maine Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2020

Discount Realty

Discount Realty

Price Range

$299-999

Number of Photos

30

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Discount Realty is a flat-fee MLS service operated by Maine’s Listing Solution, a licensed brokerage in Maine
  • Listings go live within 72 hours
  • Your contact information included in the MLS listing
  • You choose the buyer’s agent commission (must be at least 1%)
  • Pay no commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Free cancelation anytime
$299 
  • 6-month listing on MLS (Unlimited listing contract for $499)
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Up to 30 photos
  • Documents and forms (downloadable)
  • Printable flyers

$499
  • Same as $299 package, plus:
  • Listed until sold

$299 + $700 at closing 
  • Same as $499 package, plus:
  • Inspection, negotiation, and closing assistance

Discount Realty also offers a discounted, full-service package for 3.5% (2% buyer’s agent commission and 1% listing commission). See website for details

Pros

  • Free cancelation anytime
  • Work directly with a local broker, not a referral service

Cons

  • No home valuation or CMA

As of August 4, 2020, Discount Realty has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau.

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Entry Only

Entry Only

Price Range

$399-999

Number of Photos

20

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Entry Only is a real estate brokerage licensed in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT that specializes in flat-fee MLS services
  • You set the buyers commission (1% minimum) and pay no commission if you find the buyer
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • Free, unlimited photo edits
  • A variety of a-la-carte services like additional photos, longer listing contracts, listing on a second MLS, custom yard sign, lockbox, custom domain name, and more 
$399 - Basic
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 20 Photos
  • 1,000 character description
  • Purchase forms and disclosures (downloadable)
  • Listing shared on social media
  • Property flyer
  • 24/7 receptionist to forward buyer and agent inquiries
  • Yard sign
  • Open house ads
$699 - Enhanced
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • Contract review

$999 - Premium
  • Same as Enhanced package, plus:
  • Negotiation assistance
  • Closing services







Available a-la-carte services include: more photos, longer listing contract, listing on a second MLS, custom yard sign, lockbox, custom domain name, and more

Pros

  • Work directly with a local broker, not a referral service
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • 24/7 receptionist
  • Double money back guarantee if you decide to sell with a realtor Entry Only refers you to (up to $999)

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or CMA

As of August 5, 2020, Entry Only has an average rating of 4.9/5 based on 529 reviews across Trustpilot, Google, and Facebook.

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Landfall Properties, LLC

Landfall Properties

Price Range

Free to $499+

Number of Photos

40

Listing Term

2 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Landfall Properties in a licensed broker in CT, MA, ME, NH, and VT that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Free, unlimited changes
  • Listings go live in 24 hours
  • Set buyer’s agent commission of 2% (pay nothing if you find the buyer)
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded directly to you
  • Cancel anytime
Free - Level One
  • 2-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 40 photos
  • Unlimited consultations if also buying with Landfall Properties
$499 - Level Two
  • Same as Level One package, plus:
  • Unlimited listing/delisting/relisting of property over 2 years
  • For Sale sign
  • Forms, contracts, addendums (downloadable)
  • Dedicated property website
  • Virtual tour
  • Showing feedback
  • 100 business cards with your contact information
  • Closing services and statement review
  • $25 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
1% at closing- Level Three
  • Same as Level Two package, plus:
  • Professional photography
  • Pricing assistance
  • Bluetooth lockbox
  • In-person showing assistance
























Pros

  • Free MLS listing package (+2% buyer’s agent commission)
  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Free, unlimited changes, including listing/delisting/relisting (Level Two and Three packages)
  • Home buyer rebate if you also buy with Landfall Properties

Cons

  • No built-in comparative market analysis (CMA) (except with Level Three package)
  • Set buyer’s agent commission of 2% (unless you find a buyer)

As of August 12, 2020, Landfall Properties’ principal broker, Paul Marino, has an average rating of 5/5 based on 29 reviews on Zillow.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Maine

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 Maine 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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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 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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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Maine

The Maine real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 5.6% over the past year and is expected to see an increase of 5.1% 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%.