5 Best Kansas City Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Kansas City, 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 K.C. is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Kansas City homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $6,450.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Kansas City are in between $99 and $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 Kansas City 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 Kansas City.

Top Kansas City Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2020

Flat Fee Guy

Flat Fee Guy

Price Range

$99-798.97

Number of Photos

36

Listing Term

6-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Guy is a licensed, real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services in Missouri and Kansas
  • Listing live within 1-2 business days
  • Yard sign and lockbox provided
  • Service has been reconfigured for remote consultations and distancing
  • Website offers unclear information regarding services and pricing
$99/month - Flat Fee Monthly
  • Listed valid on MLS for 12 months, paid monthly
  • Syndicated to Local MLS and Realtor.com
  • Listing live within 1-2 business days
  • 36 photos
  • Yard sign and lockbox provided

$399 + 0.33% at closing - Flat Fee Optimizer
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • Listed for 12 months
  • Showing service
  • Negotiating assistance
  • Marketing materials
$299 - Flat Fee Basic
  • Same as Monthly package, but:
  • Single upfront fee
  • Listed for 6 months

$699 - Flat Fee Maximizer
  • Same as Optimizer package, plus:
  • No closing fee

$798.97 - Flat Fee Advertiser
  • Same as Maximizer package, plus:
  • “Additional advertising”


Pros

  • 36 photos in base package
  • Service has been reconfigured for remote consultations and distancing

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis
  • Website offers unclear information regarding services and pricing

As of August 12, 2020, Flat Fee Guy has an average rating of 2.3/5 based on 3 reviews on Google and an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau.

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The Realty Dot

The Realty Dot

Price Range

$199-399

Number of Photos

25

Listing Term

3-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • The Realty Dot is a licensed national real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • You set buyer’s agent commission (Realty Dot recommends 2.5%-3%)
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • No cancellation fee
  • Listing is live within 24-72 hours
  • A-la-carte services include additional signs, lockboxes, and more

$199 - 3 Months Package

  • 3-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com and Zillow
  • 25 Photos
  • Contract forms and disclosures

$299 - 6 Months Package

  • Same as 3 Months package, plus:
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Yard sign

$399 - 12 Months Package

  • Same as 6 Months package, plus:
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • Lockbox
  • Brochure box
  • Virtual tour


A-la-carte services include additional signs, lockboxes, and more. Realtor Assisted Listing package also available for $659; includes benefits of previous packages as well as paperwork, contract, pricing, and closing support

Pros

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

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis
  • Website does not specify area coverage

As of August 10, 2020, The Realty Dot has an average rating of  3.5/5 based on 12 reviews across Trustlink and Zillow.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Kansas City

MLS My Home

MLS My Home

Price Range

$49-99

Number of Photos

5-25

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • MLS My Home 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
  • Listings posted on the MLS within 24-48 hours
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (within a required range in some locations, e.g. 2-3%)
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Cancel anytime
$49
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com and other major sites
  • 5 photos
  • Personal web page
  • Cancel any time
  • Pricing varies by city
$69
  • Same as $49 package, plus:
  • 15 photos
$99
  • Same as $69 package, plus:
  • 25 photos

Available packages, services, and pricing depend on location. Check the website for details about your local options.

Pros

  • Cancel anytime
  • No commission if you find the buyer
  • Buyer inquiries forwarded directly to you

Cons

  • Limited options and many states
  • No built-in home valuation
  • May not offer complete coverage in your state

As of August 17, 2020, MLS My Home has an average rating of 2.5/5 based on 280 reviews across Trustpilot, Yelp, and Facebook.


Note: MLS My Home will refer you to an independent, local broker who’s level of service and customer reviews may vary from MLS My Home’s, so be sure to research the broker before signing a listing agreement.

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Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Price Range

$399-479+ (varies by state)

Number of Photos

25

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Group is a network of independent brokers that offer flat-fee services in their respective state(s)
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you (in most states)
  • Contracts, disclosures, and addendums included (in most states)
$399 - Showcase
  • 6-month listing on MLS in most cases
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Up to 25 photos
  • General marketing tools (e.g. flyers, yard sign)
$549 - Premium
  • Same as Showcase package, plus:
  • Contract, offer, and document review
$479 + 0.5% at closing - Platinum
  • Same as Premium package, plus:
  • Negotiation assistance

Packages, services, and pricing vary by state. Check the website for details about options in your area.

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Buyer inquiries forwarded directly to you
  • Pay no commission if you find an unrepresented buyer

Cons

  • As of August 10, 2020, does not have an independent broker in Montana, West Virginia, and Wyoming
  • Experience and service quality may vary depending on your state’s broker

As of August 10, 2020, no third-party review information was available for Flat Fee Group. However, as a network of independent brokers, you can check the website, find your state’s broker and research their individual reviews.

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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 Kansas City

The Kansas City real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 3.6% over the past year and is expected to increase by 3.8% 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%.