5 Best Detroit Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Detroit, 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 Motor City is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Detroit homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $1,320.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Detroit are in between $299-$1,499. 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 Detroit 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 Detroit.

Top Detroit 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.

Homefield Real Estate

Homefield Real Estate

Price Range

$149

Number of Photos

35

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Homefield Real Estate is a licensed, Michigan real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Set your own buyer's agent commission (2-3% recommended)
  • Forms sent and signed via DotLoop
  • Full service package available for $1,500+1% at closing or $3,000 up front
$149 - Agent-Assisted MLS Entry
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 35 Photos
  • Access to printable flyers
  • Forms sent and completed via DotLoop
  • No cancellation fee


Full Service options are also available for $1,500+1% at closing or $3,000

Pros

  • No cancellation fee
  • Full service upgrade available if initial listing is unsuccessful


Cons

  • No built-in home valuation
  • No access to lockboxes or yard signs

As of June 8, 2020:

  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on Facebook (1 review)
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Luxury Living Real Estate

Luxury Living Real Estate

Price Range

$149

Number of Photos

35

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Luxury Living Real Estate is a licensed, Michigan real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • No cancellation fee
  • Listing changes cost $25 per change
  • Buyer leads are forwarded directly to you
  • Full service package also available for 1.5% listing commission

$149 - MLS Quik-List

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 35 Photos
  • No cancellation fee
  • Listing changes cost $25 per change
  • Buyer leads are forwarded directly to you


Full service package also available for 1.5% listing commission

Pros

  • No cancellation fee
  • Buyer leads forwarded directly to you


Cons

  • Listing changes cost $25 per change
  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis

As of June 8, 2020:

  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on Facebook (1 review)
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The Flat Fee Pros

The Flat Free Pros

Price Range

$349-$1,499

Number of Photos

15-50

Listing Term

6 months to unlimited

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • The Flat Fee Pros is a 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
  • Built-in comparative market analysis (not with the basic package)
  • You set the buyer’s agent commission (The Flat Fee Pros recommends 2-2.5%)
  • Listing goes live in 2-3 business days (same-day Express Listing Service available for additional $49)
  • Free listing changes
  • Buyer’s agents can contact you directly or leads will be forwarded to you
  • $349 - Basic
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, local real estate sites, and more
    • 15 photos
    • Printable color flyer
    • Yard sign
    • Up to 3 open houses
    • Buyer lead forwarding
    • Combo lockbox
  • $399+0.5% at closing - Bronze
    • Same as Basic package, plus:
    • 12-month listing on MLS
    • Up to 25 photos
    • Unlimited open houses
    • ShowTime app for showing scheduling
    • Contracts, addendums, and disclosures
    • Comparative market analysis (CMA)
    • Phone and email support


  • $749 - Silver
    • Same as Bronze package, plus:
    • Listing on MLS until home sells
    • Up to 50 photos
    • Offer processing and negotiations
  • $999 - Gold
    • Same as Silver package, plus:
    • QR code on your yard sign
    • Digital signatures
  • $1,499 - Ultimate
    • Same as Gold package, plus:
    • Drone photography
    • Rush services

Pros

  • Free listing changes
  • No buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Buyer inquiries are forwarded to you
  • Additional assistance from a licensed agent (in premium packages)
  • Your number listed on yard sign

Cons

  • No phone or email support with Basic plan
  • No CMA or pricing guidance with Basic plan
  • No forms or contracts with Basic plan
  • N/A — as of January 13, 2020, no third-party review information was available for Flat Fee Pros. We will update when this information becomes available.
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Kermath Realty

Kermath Realty

Price Range

$299-$999

Number of Photos

25-50

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Kermath Realty is a licensed, Michigan real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Listing is live within 24-48 hours of completion of necessary paperwork
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Listing documents and forms available for download
  • Cancel listing anytime
  • $299 - Basic MLS package
    • 6-month listing on the MLS
    • 25 photos
    • Listing syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Printable color flyer
    • Buyer leads forwarded to you
    • For sale sign
  • $399 - Limited Plus package
    • Same as Basic MLS package, plus:
    • 12-month listing on the MLS
    • 35 photos
    • Contracts, addendums, and disclosures
    • Up to 3 open house postings
    • Lockbox


  • $799 - Full Service package
    • Same as Limited Plus package, plus:
    • Listed until sold
    • 50 photos
    • Phone/Email support
    • Pull sold comparables
    • Offer negotiation and processing
  • $999 - Full Service Ultra package
    • Same as Full Service package, plus:
    • QR code on your yard sign
    • Digital signatures



A-la-carte services available include “For Lease” options, professional photography, lockbox, market analysis, open houses, yard signs, 12-month listing extension, and same-day rush

Pros

  • 25 photos in Basic package
  • Cancel anytime

Cons

  • No built-in listing changes
  • No built-in home valuation

As of January 14, 2020:

  • 3.2-out-of-5-star rating on Google (24 reviews)
  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on the Better Business Bureau (33 reviews)
  • 3-out-of-5-star rating on Facebook (4 reviews)
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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Detroit

Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Price Range

$249

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 Michigan 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
  • $249 - 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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FSBO.com

FSBO.com

Price Range

$399.95

Number of Photos

Up to 40

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • FSBO.com is a flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with licensed brokerage MLSmart Realty, LLC. MLSmart Realty then refers you to a regional Michigan broker who will list your home on your local MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (FSBO.com recommends 2-3%)
  • Edit or cancel anytime (may include an additional fee)
  • $399.95 - Michigan Flat Fee MLS
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Up to 40 MLS photos
    • FSBO.com Listing
    • Unlimited photos on FSBO.com
    • Video Upload on FSBO.com

Pros

  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission

Cons

  • Only one package to choose from
  • No home valuation included

As of January 23, 2020:


Note: As a referral service, the reviews and service quality of your local FSBO.com broker may vary. Be sure to research your Michigan broker before signing a listing agreement.

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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Detroit

The Detroit real estate market is leveling off. According to Redfin, the median sale price rose 7.7% over the past year and is expected to decline by 0.8% 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%.