5 Best Grand Rapids Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Grand Rapids, 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 River City is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Grand Rapids homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $6,030.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Grand Rapids are in between $249 and $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 Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids.

Top Grand Rapids Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2020

Modern Way Realty

Modern Way Realty

Price Range

$295-595

Number of Photos

25

Listing Term

12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Modern Way Realty is a licensed, Michigan real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission
  • Listing is live within 24 hours of purchase
  • 100% paperless; all required paperwork is generated online
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing price and status changes
  • No cancellation fee
$295 - Basic package
  • 12-month listing on the MLS
  • 25 photos
  • Listing syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Online appointment service
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing price and status changes; changes to photos or description once posted to MLS are an additional fee
  • Real estate forms and disclosures
  • Personal property page
  • No cancellation fee

$595 - Full-Service package
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • Yard sign with brokerage name
  • Comparative market analysis (CMA)
  • Open house postings on MLS
  • Virtual tour
  • Printable color flyer
  • Full agent support with offers, negotiations, paperwork, and escrow


A-la-carte services include lockboxes, CMAs, and yard signs




Pros

  • 25 photos in base package
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • No cancellation fee

Cons

  • No yard sign in Basic package
  • No built-in home valuation

As of August 17, 2020, Modern Way Realty has an average rating of 5/5 based on 66 reviews on Zillow.

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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-$899

Number of Photos

6-50

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
  • 6 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
  • Virtual tour
  • Contracts, addendums, and disclosures
  • Up to 3 open house postings
  • Lockbox
  • ShowingTime App

$899 or $449 + 0.5% at closing - Full Service package
  • Same as Limited Plus package, plus:
  • Listed until sold
  • 50 photos
  • Phone/Email support
  • Pull comparables
  • Offer negotiation and processing
  • 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

  • Cancel anytime

Cons

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

As of August 11, 2020, Kermath Realty has an average rating of 3.6/5 based on 33 reviews across Google and Facebook and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Grand Rapids

FSBO.com

FSBO.com

Price Range

$399.95

Number of Photos

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 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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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 $50
  • 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 $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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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 6.9% over the past year and is expected to increase by 5.2% 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%.