5 Best Ohio Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Ohio, 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 The Buckeye State is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Ohio homes, as of November 2019, that translates to about $4,800.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Ohio are in the $199 to $999+ range. 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 Ohio 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 the state of Ohio.

Top Ohio 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.

Ohio Property Group, LLC

Ohio Property Group

Price Range

$297-$997

Number of Photos

25-45

Listing Term

6-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Ohio Property Group is a licensed, Ohio real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Realist Market Analysis included with Gold and Platinum packages
  • You choose the buyer’s agent commission
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded directly to you
  • Listing typically goes live in 48 hours
  • Unlimited webpage updates
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • $297 - Silver
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 25 photos
    • Your own property webpage with unlimited updates
    • Unlimited printable flyers
    • Email support directly from broker
  • $395 - Gold
    • Same as Silver package, plus:
    • 35 photos
    • Targeted social media marketing
    • Offer consultation and review
    • Combination lockbox
    • Open house signs
    • Yard sign with your phone number
    • All state forms and disclosures (downloadable)
    • Realist Market Analysis (market trend and home valuation report)
    • Email and phone support directly from broker


  • $997 - Platinum
    • Same as Gold package, plus:
    • 12-month listing on MLS
    • 45 photos
    • Custom address for your property’s webpage
    • Broker handles negotiations and closing process


List on more than one Ohio MLS for $97 per additional MLS. Contract to closing services available for $297 (already included in Platinum plan)

Pros

  • Work directly with broker, not a referral service
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • Pay no commission if you find an unrepresented buyer

Cons

  • Home valuation report not included with Silver plan
  • Not a member of every Ohio MLS

As of January 15, 2020:

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Team Results Realty

Team Results Realty

Price Range

$299-$999+

Number of Photos

Unlimited

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Team Results Realty is a licensed, Ohio real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Comparative market analysis (CMA) is included with Premium and Full Service packages
  • You set the buyer’s agent commission (Team Results Realty suggest 3%)
  • Listings typically go live within 48 hours
  • Buyer and agent inquiries are forwarded to you
  • Unlimited free changes
  • Free cancellation anytime
  • $299 - Showcase
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Max photos allowed by MLS
    • Printable flyer
    • Buyer lead forwarding
    • Downloadable disclosures and contracts
    • Yard sign
    • Phone/Email Support
  • $699 - Premium
    • Same as Showcase package, plus:
    • Lockbox
    • ShowingTime showing scheduling and feedback system
    • CMA
    • Sales contract review and discussion
    • Unlimited open houses (hosted by you)


  • $999 or $299+1% at closing - Full Service
    • Same as Premium package, plus:
    • Closing costs estimate
    • Closing services (including managing inspections, following up on appraisals and buyer financing, and reviewing closing documents)
    • Negotiate and process offers
    • Dotloop eSignatures

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find a buyer
  • Covers all of Ohio
  • Unlimited free changes
  • Free cancellation anytime

Cons

  • CMA not included with the basic package

As of January 14, 2020:

  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on Facebook (6 reviews)
  • B+ rating with Better Business Bureau with a 5-out-of-5-star customer rating (1 review)
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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Ohio

Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Price Range

$199

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 Ohio 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
  • $199 - 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

20

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 Ohio 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 - Ohio Flat Fee MLS
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Up to 20 MLS photos
    • FSBO.com Listing
    • Unlimited photos on FSBO.com
    • Video Upload on FSBO.com


A-la-carte services (purchased directly from local broker) include: unlimited open house postings and yard sign

Pros

  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission

Cons

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

As of January 23, 2020:

  • FSBO.com has an A+ rating with Better Business Bureau
  • Broker MLSmart Realty has a 4.9-out-of-5-star rating on Zillow (26 reviews)
  • Note: As a referral service, the reviews and service quality of your local FSBO.com broker may vary. Be sure to research your Ohio broker before signing a listing agreement.
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Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$199-$399

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 Ohio 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
  • $199 - Bronze
    • 3-month listing on MLS
    • 6 Photos
    • $25 for each listing change
    • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
  • $299 - 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


  • $399 - 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 listing’s 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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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Ohio

The Ohio real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 5.4% over the past year and is expected to see an increase of 4.5% in 2020. 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%.

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