5 Best Philadelphia Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Philadelphia, 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 City of Brotherly Love is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Philadelphia homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $6,360.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Philadelphia are in between $399-$1,399. 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia.

Top Philadelphia Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2020

Philadelphia FSBO

Philadelphia FSBO

Price Range

$398.50

Number of Photos

1

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Philadelphia FSBO is a for sale by owner property advertising service that partners with local realtors to offer MLS/marketing services for a flat fee
  • Retain right to sell FSBO
  • Internet and physical advertising included with purchase
  • Specialized ad distributed on your behalf
  • Free cancellation at any time

$398.50 - Standard

  • 6-month listing on the MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com and local realty websites
  • 5.5 months of FSBO advertising services
  • Free yard sign
  • 1 Photo
  • Free listing cancellation

Pros

  • Free cancellations
  • Specialty marketing and advertising services
  • Free yard sign


Cons

  • Only 1 Photo - difficult to showcase interior of property
  • Company does not specialize in real-estate transactions, and does not offer a free alternative for consultations
  • No CMA/market analysis provided

N/A — as of August 12th, 2020, no third-party review information was available for Philadelphia FSBO. We will update when this information becomes available.

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Simple Choice Realty

Simple Choice Realty

Price Range

$399-$1,399

Number of Photos

50

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Simple Choice Realty is a licensed real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS services, operating throughout most of Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania
  • Listings typically go live on MLS within one business day
  • Cancel anytime with no fee
  • Required state disclosures included
  • Free listing changes
  • Requires buyer’s agent commission of at least 2% (but no commission if you find an unrepresented buyer)
  • Additional agent assistance included in premium packages
$399 - MLS Listing Only
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Up to 50 photos
  • Required disclosures included
  • Free listing changes
  • All buyer leads forwarded to you
  • 24/7 live receptionist
  • Open house ads on the MLS
  • For Sale sign ($10 shipping)
  • Paperless Listing Process with eSignatures








$699 - Contract Review
  • Same as MLS Listing Only package, plus:
  • 1 contract review with a Simple Choice agent to go over the pros and cons of an offer (each additional review is $100)
$1,999 - Negotiation Assistance
  • Same as Contract Review package, plus:
  • Unlimited contract reviews with a Simple Choice agent
  • Negotiation assistance (including after inspections)
  • A Simple Choice agent will communicate with buyer’s agents on your behalf
  • Review of the final settlement sheet prior to closing


Additional, a-la-carte options include: 12-month listing on MLS, customized sign, combination lockboxes, adding of your contact info on Zillow, Realtor.com Weekly Report, expedited listing (entered on the MLS same business day), listing on multiple MLSs

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Free MLS listing changes
  • No buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Additional assistance from a licensed agent (in premium packages)

Cons

  • Minimum 2% buyer’s agent commission required
  • Does not cover all of Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania

As of August 11, 2020, Simple Choice Realty has an average rating of 5/5 based on 29 reviews on Zillow, as well as an A rating on Angie's List.


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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Philadelphia

Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Price Range

$399-1,999

Number of Photos

25-50

Listing Term

12 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Group is a national network of independent brokers that offer flat-fee MLS services in Pennsylvania
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you
  • Contracts, disclosures, and addendums included
$399 - Premium
  • 25-50 photos
  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Contracts, addendums, and disclosures
  • Phone/Email support
  • Printable color MLS sheet
$699 - Contract Review
  • Same as Premium package, plus:
  • Contract review
$1,999 - Full Service
  • Same as Contract Review package, plus:
  • Lockbox, showing scheduling, and comparative market analysis (upon request)
  • Negotiation assistance


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

  • No home valuation included (except Full Service package)

As of August 10, 2020, Christopher Carr, the Pennsylvania Flat Fee Group broker, has a 5-out-of-5-star rating on Zillow (24 reviews).

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Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$250-399

Number of Photos

6 to max allowed

Listing Term

3-6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Houzeo is a flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with Pennsylvania 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
$250 - Bronze
  • 3-month listing on MLS
  • 6 Photos
  • Virtual tour
  • $25 for each listing change
  • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
$299 - Silver
  • Same as Bronze plan, plus:
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • 24 Photos
  • 10 free listing changes
  • Select and communicate with Escrow Agent
$399 - Gold
  • Same as Silver plan, plus:
  • Max photos allowed by MLS
  • Federal and state disclosures forms














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

As of August 10, 2020, Houzeo has an average rating of 4.8/5 based on 21 reviews on Google.

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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 Pennsylvania 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

$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 $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 Philadelphia

The Philadelphia real estate market is cooling down. According to Redfin, the median sale price rose 5.4% over the past year and is expected to decline by 1.1% 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%.