5 Best Baltimore Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Baltimore, 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 Charm City is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Baltimore homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $3,450.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Baltimore are in between $249-$999. Nationwide, 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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore.

Top Baltimore Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2020

Price Range

$299-999

Number of Photos

8-30

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Cottage Street Realty is a flat-fee MLS service operated by Flat Fee Group, a licensed real estate brokerage in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
  • Contracts, addendums, and disclosures
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Printable color flyer
  • A-la-carte services include signs, market analyses, open house announcements, and more
  • Unlimited listing changes can be purchased for $45
$299 - Basic package
  • Sale or Rent
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 8 Photos
  • Contracts, addendums, and disclosures
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
$399 - Showcase package
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • 30 photos
  • Lock box upon request
  • Yard sign
  • Showing service

$599 - Premium package
  • Same as Showcase package, plus:
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
  • Printable color flyer
  • Contract review, guide to settlement
$999 - Full Service package
  • Same as Premium package, plus:
  • Listed until sold
  • Professionally installed sign post
  • Handling of negotiations

A-la-carte services include signs, market analyses, open house announcements, and more

Unlimited listing changes can be purchased for $45

Pros

  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • 50 photos in base package

Cons

  • $45 for unlimited listing changes
  • Market analysis not included in base package

As of August 4, 2020, Cottage Street Realty has an average rating of 5/5 based on 10 reviews across Google, Yelp, and Zillow.

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DNK Real Estate

DNK Real Estate

Price Range

$249-799

Number of Photos

6-25

Listing Term

12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • DNK Real Estate is a licensed real estate brokerage in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • DNK Real Estate offers flat fee MLS listing services, as well as full- and limited-service real estate agents
  • The company offers many a-la-carte services with their flat fee packages, but all their services are non-refundable
  • A-la-carte services include: Expedited flat fee mls listing, uploading extra photos, virtual tours, yard signs, realtor lock box, and printable flyers
  • It typically takes two to three business days to list with DNK Real Estate
  • Buyer’s agent commission isn’t required, but if a buyer’s agent brings a buyer you’re expected to pay their commission fee
  • Sales comps are available at certain pricing tiers
$249 - Basic
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to MLS, Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, and more
  • 6 photos per listing

$499 - Deluxe
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • 15 photos per listing
  • Sale comps
  • Printable online flyers

$799 - Premium
  • Same as Deluxe package, plus:
  • 25 photos per listing
  • Yard signs


Pros

  • 1% limited service options available for home sellers that need help with contracts
  • Lots of a-la-carte options help home sellers customize the service to their needs

Cons

  • Upsells on services that are standard for other flat fee MLS services, e.g., $10 for extra photo uploads, $25 to change listing info, etc.
  • Other flat fee MLS services charge less and provide more out of the box
  • $2000 non-refundable fee to use access 1% limited-service agent
  • Need to pay for sales comps in your area

As of August 4, 2020, DNK Real Estate has an average rating of 4.9/5 based on 10 reviews across Facebook and Zillow.

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Mr. Lister Realty

Mr. Lister Realty

Price Range

$450-650

Number of Photos

20-30

Listing Term

12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Mr. Lister is a licensed Maryland real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Listings typically go live in 24 hours
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find a buyer
  • Your phone number included on MLS listing and buyer inquiries forwarded directly to you
  • Cancel anytime
$450 - Quick List
  • 1-year listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com and numerous other websites
  • 20 Photos
  • Unlimited agent support
  • Sales contract template




$650 - Sellers Choice
  • Same as Quick List package, plus:
  • 30 photos
  • 2 free listing changes
  • Professionally installed yard sign
  • 2 open house announcements on MLS and Realtor.com
  • Settlement sheet review
  • Closing cost estimate


Also offers MLS listing packages for rental properties and vacant land. See website for pricing details

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Cancel any time
  • Home buyer rebate if you also buy a home with Mr. Lister

Cons

  • No free changes with the Quick List package and only 2 with the Sellers Choice
  • No built-in home valuation service

As of August 17, 2020, Mr. Lister Realty has an average rating of 4.34/5 based on 10 reviews across Google and Yelp.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Baltimore

One Rate MLS

One Rate MLS

Price Range

$275

Number of Photos

Max allowed by MLS

Listing Term

Until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • OneRateMLS is a nationwide 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
  • State required disclosures and forms provided
  • Buyer leads forwarded directly to you
  • No cancellation fees
  • Personal property website
  • Pre-negotiate buyer’s agent commission
$275 - MLS Pro
  • Listed on the MLS until sold
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Unlimited photos on the MLS (or max allowed)
  • State required disclosures and forms provided
  • Buyer leads forwarded directly to you
  • No cancellation fees
  • Personal property website


Pros

  • Unlimited photos and listing term for a low price
  • Buyer leads are forwarded directly to you
  • No cancellation fees


Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis

N/A — as of August 12th, 2020, no third-party review information was available for OneRateMLS. We will update when this information becomes available.

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Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$79-999

Number of Photos

6 to max allowed

Listing Term

3 months to Until Sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Houzeo is a national 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
  • Draft your listing, upload photos, set your price, and sign MLS contracts via Houzeo’s 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
$79 - Bronze
  • 3-month listing term
  • 6 photos on MLS
  • Virtual tour
  • $25 for each listing change
  • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
$179 - Silver
  • Same as Bronze plan, plus:
  • 6-month listing term
  • 24 photos on MLS
  • 10 free listing changes
  • Select and communicate with Escrow Agent 
$279 - Gold
  • Same as Silver plan, plus:
  • Max photos allowed by MLS
  • Federal and state disclosures forms
$999 - Platinum
  • Same as Gold plan, plus:
  • Unlimited listing term
  • Contract and form review
  • ShowingTime Automated Showing Service
  • Pricing assistance
  • Yard sign

Houzeo also offers a-la-carte services like professional photography, pricing assistance, contract review, etc.


Packages and prices may differ from market to market. Some states require additional closing fees or have limited services.

Pros

  • Free cancellation anytime (no refunds)
  • Freedom to specify any buyer’s agent commission
  • Listings typically go live within 24 hours

Cons

  • Currently limited coverage in IA, KS, MO, MS, NE, ND, SD, WV, and WY
  • “Free changes” only apply to listing 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 Baltimore

The Baltimore real estate market is steadily cooling down. According to Redfin, the median sale price rose 1.0% over the past year and is expected to decline by 2.7% in the next year. 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%.