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

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.

Flat Fee Guy

Flat Fee Guy

Price Range

$399 + $320 + 0.33% at closing

Number of Photos

25

Listing Term

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
  • Full-service package with listing fee, broker fee, and transaction fee
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Unlimited open house postings
  • Effective For Sale by Owner Strategies ebook included with purchase
  • $50 cancellation fee
  • $399* - Full Service MLS Listing package
    • *$399 listing fee + $320 broker fee + 0.33% transaction fee
    • 12-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 25 Photos
    • Yard sign and 2 directional signs
    • Lockbox and brochure box
    • Showing appointment service
    • Unlimited listing changes
    • Unlimited open house postings
    • Effective For Sale by Owner Strategies ebook
    • Offer Runway automated transaction software


A-la-carte services include lockbox, brochure boc, FSBO sign, and ebook

Pros

  • 25 photos in base package
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Unlimited open house postings

Cons

  • Only one pricing option
  • $320 broker fee and 0.33% transaction fee
  • $50 cancellation fee
  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis

As of January 21, 2020:

  • 4-out-of-5-star rating on the Better Business Bureau (4 reviews)
  • 1-out-of-5-star rating on Google (1 review)
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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 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 January 21, 2020:

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

MLS My Home

MLS My Home

Price Range

$99+

Number of Photos

Up to 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
  • $99
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com and other major real estate sites
    • 6 photos (can upgrade to 25 for additional fee)
    • Property webpage with own URL


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 January 21, 2020:

  • 2.5-out-of-5-star rating on Trustpilot (207 reviews)
  • 1-out-of-5-star rating on Yelp (17 reviews)
  • 3.9-out-of-5-star rating on Facebook (99 reviews)
  • F rating with Better Business Bureau with a 2-out-of-5-star customer rating (20 reviews)


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-$999 (varies by state)

Number of Photos

Up to max allowed by MLS

Listing Term

3 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
  • $999 - 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 January 21, 2020, does not have an independent broker in Alaska, Montana, West Virginia, and Wyoming
  • Experience and service quality may vary depending on your state’s broker

N/A — as of January 22, 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 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 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%.