5 Best Charlotte Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Charlotte, 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 the Queen City is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Charlotte homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $7,650.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Charlotte are in between $99 and $995. 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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte.

Top Charlotte 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.

Charlotte Home Zone

Charlotte Home Zone

Price Range

$250

Number of Photos

Up to 48

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Charlotte Home Zone is a flat-fee MLS service operated by Realty Dynamics, a licensed real estate brokerage in North Carolina
  • Comparative market analysis (CMA) included
  • Choose a buyer’s agent commission between 2.5% and 3%

$250

  • 6 -month listing on MLS (free extension up to a year)
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Up to 48 photos
  • Supra iBox lockbox rental
  • ShowingTime scheduling and feedback system
  • Virtual tour
  • Printable flyer
  • For Sale sign
  • Neighborhood market report


Charlotte Home Zone also offers a full-service package for a 1% listing commission or for free if you buy your home with them. See website for details

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Free contract extension up to 1 year

Cons

  • Only one flat-fee MLS package to choose from

As of August 3, 2020, Charlotte Home Zone has an average rating of 5/5 based on 35 reviews on Google. Charlotte Home Zone’s broker has an average 5/5 rating based on 22 reviews on Zillow.

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Carolina Realty Solutions

Carolina Realty Solutions

Price Range

$299-$549

Number of Photos

36

Listing Term

6-24 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Carolina Realty Solutions is a licensed real estate brokerage that offers flat-fee MLS and discount, full-service real estate services in North and South Carolina
  • Available to sellers in Charlotte, Fort Mill / Rock Hill, Greensboro, Asheville, Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill, Charleston (SC), and Hilton Head Island (SC)
  • Download all required forms and documents
  • Cancel or edit your listing anytime without charge (no refund period for early cancelation)
  • Listing term can be extended for up to 24 months with no additional charge
  • Built-in home valuation in select markets
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (Carolina Realty Solutions recommends 3%)

Below, we've provided an overview of Carolina Realty Solution's flat-fee MLS pricing options; however, exact terms and costs vary by location. Look up your area for specific pricing options.

$299 to $399 - Level 1
  • 6-12 months on MLS
  • Extend your listing for up to two years with no additional charge
  • Listing syndication to Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com
  • 15-36 photos
  • Cancel anytime without penalty (no refund period)
  • No charges for edits or changes to your listing
$399 to $449 - Level 2
  • Everything included in Level 1, plus:
  • Access to ShowingTime to coordinate and manage showings with potential buyers

A-la-carte services (only available in some locations):

  • Professional photography - $50
  • Professional comparative market analysis (CMA) -$75

Pros

  • Listing term can be extended for up to two years without additional charges
  • Cancel or edit your post without penalty

Cons

  • Built-in professional home pricing restricted to Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill listings

As of August 3, 2020, Carolina Realty Solutions has an average rating of 4.6/5 based on 11 reviews on Facebook and Yelp.

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Clickit Realty

Clickit Realty

Price Range

$299-995

Number of Photos

3-25

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Clickit Realty is a licensed real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, and Connecticut
  • You set buyer’s agent commission
  • Comparable market analysis (CMA) included in base package
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Offers price matching for competitor’s equal tools and systems
  • Offers money-back guarantee if you decide to list with a full-service agent referred by Clickit Realty
  • Retain rights to FSBO

$299 - Silver package

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 6 Photos
  • Yard sign
  • All state contracts and disclosures
  • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
  • Color flyer
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • 24/7 Automated phone system
  • Unlimited listing changes

$399 - Gold package

  • Same as Silver package, plus:
  • 25 photos
  • Featured tour link
  • Listing showcase



$599 - Platinum package

  • Same as Gold package, plus:
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • Lockbox
  • Open house
  • Brochure box

$995 - Full Service package

  • Same as Platinum package, plus:
  • Listed until sold
  • Electronic lockbox
  • Scheduling assistance
  • Contract/Offer support
  • Negotiating assistance
  • Contract Presentation



A-la-carte services include signs, brochure box, sign frames, additional photos, lockbox, home warranty, professional photography, and more

Pros

  • Comparable market analysis (CMA) included in base package
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Offers price matching for competitor’s equal tools and systems
  • Offers money-back guarantee if you decide to list with a full-service agent referred by Clickit Realty
  • Retain rights to FSBO

Cons

  • Only 3 photos in base package

As of August 3, 2020, Clickit Realty has an average rating of 3.9/5 based on 42 reviews on Google and has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Charlotte

Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$195-$395

Number of Photos

6-24

Listing Term

3-6 Months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Houzeo is a flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with North Carolina brokers and agents who will list your home on your local MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • Draft your listing, upload photos, set your price, and sign MLS contracts via Houzeo’s online 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
  • $195 - Bronze
    • 3-month listing on MLS
    • 6 Photos
    • $25 for each listing change
    • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
  • $295 - Silver
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • 24 Photos
    • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
    • 10 free listing changes
    • Open Houses included in 10 free changes
    • Select and communicate with Escrow Agent


  • $395 - Gold
    • Same as Silver plan, plus:
    • Federal and state disclosures forms
    • eFile Federal & State Disclosures

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited coverage in rural areas
  • “Free changes” only apply to listings price, status, and property description
  • $10 for additional changes
  • $30-50 for changes to photos and additional open houses


As of January 1, 2020:

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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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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Charlotte

The Charlotte real estate market is steady. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 4.5% 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%.