5 Best Rhode Island Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2021

Trevor Wallis

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Trevor Wallis

July 27th, 2021
Updated July 27th, 2021

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Whether you’re selling a home in downtown Providence or a vacation home on the beach, paying 6% in realtor fees is a lot.

That’s why some sellers use a flat-fee MLS company to list their home on the MLS — the main place where realtors find homes to show their clients — in exchange for a small one-time fee.

What’s the catch?

  • Less support: You manage your own sale — without a full-service agent to handle pricing, photography, paperwork, and negotiations.
  • Lower sales price: For sale by owner (FSBO) homes usually sell for significantly less than homes sold by agents — 6% less on average compared to agent-represented properties.
  • You still pay a buyer’s agent fee: 88% of buyers work with an agent — who still needs to get paid. In Rhode Island, you’re on the hook for 2.50%-2.65% of the final sale price.

If you want to save on fees but aren’t ready for a “Do-It-Yourself” experience, Clever can match you with full-service realtors who work for a low flat fee of $3,000 or 1%.

Clever is the best alternative to the full DIY approach if you're in Rhode Island! You'll save thousands on listing fees, while still getting the support you need to sell your home fast AND for top dollar.

» SAVE: List with a full-service agent for just $3,000 or 1%

If you’re still interested in finding flat-fee MLS listing options in Rhode Island, read on! We’ve reviewed the best (and worst!) services in The Ocean State.

The 5 best Rhode Island flat-fee MLS companies

Entry Only

Entry Only

Entry Only

Price Range

$399-999

Number of Photos

20

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Entry Only is a real estate brokerage licensed in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT that specializes in flat-fee MLS services
  • You set the buyers commission (1% minimum) and pay no commission if you find the buyer
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • Free, unlimited photo edits
  • A variety of a-la-carte services like additional photos, longer listing contracts, listing on a second MLS, custom yard sign, lockbox, custom domain name, and more
$399 - Basic
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 20 Photos
  • 1,000 character description
  • Purchase forms and disclosures (downloadable)
  • Listing shared on social media
  • Property flyer
  • 24/7 receptionist to forward buyer and agent inquiries
  • Yard sign
  • Open house ads
$699 - Enhanced
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • Contract review

$999 - Premium
  • Same as Enhanced package, plus:
  • Negotiation assistance
  • Closing services







Available a-la-carte services include: more photos, longer listing contract, listing on a second MLS, custom yard sign, lockbox, custom domain name, and more

Pros

  • Work directly with a local broker, not a referral service
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • 24/7 receptionist
  • Double money back guarantee if you decide to sell with a realtor Entry Only refers you to (up to $999)

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or CMA

As of August 5, 2020, Entry Only has an average rating of 4.9/5 based on 529 reviews across Trustpilot, Google, and Facebook.

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MLS Island Rhode Island

MLS Island Rhode Island

MLS Island

Price Range

$299

Number of Photos

Max allowed on MLS

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • MLS Island Rhode Island is part of the MLS Island network, a nationwide flat-fee MLS service
  • Phone support and advice 7 days a week
  • Pay no commission if you find a buyer
  • All state-required documents and forms included
  • Lists to the Rhode Island statewide MLS

$299

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, RILiving.com, Homes.com, and more
  • Unlimited photos
  • Downloadable contracts and forms
  • Professional advice and phone support
  • Free open house management

Pros

  • Covers all of Rhode Island
  • Buyers and agents contact you directly (who find your listing on statewidemls.com, Realtor.com, RILiving.com, Homes.com, etc.)

Cons

  • Limited options — only one listing package available
  • No built-in support or review with contracts, disclosures, counteroffers, etc.
  • Limited information available on the website (policy on listing changes and cancellations, how much — contact service directly for more details

As of August 17, 2020, no third-party review information was available for MLS Island. We will update when this information becomes available.

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beycome

beycome

beycome

Price Range

$99-299

Number of Photos

36

Listing Term

Until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Beycome is a real estate brokerage that offers flat-fee MLS listing services to for sale by owner (FSBO) sellers in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia, and Rhode Island.
  • Beycome’s lower-tier programs are also offered in California and South Carolina.
  • Listing will be syndicated on other sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Redfin, IDX, and more
  • Listing typically goes live within 36 hours
  • Unlimited changes, photos, and no expiration on listing term
  • Built-in comparative market analysis (CMA) tools
  • Offers a 90-day money-back guarantee
$99 - Flat Fee MLS
  • Listing on your local MLS and other sites like Realtor.com, Zillow, Redfin, IDX, Homes.com, and more
  • Unlimited photos
  • Receive legal offers online
  • Downloadable legal forms & documents
  • Real estate support from beycome team
  • Virtual tour & YouTube video
  • Printable promotional items
  • Home visit manager
  • Open house scheduler
  • Messaging center
  • Dual comparative marketing analysis (CMA) tools
  • Craigslist easy click & share Ad
  • Social media sharing

$199 - Flat Fee MLS Premium
  • Same as Flat Fee MLS package, plus:
  • Full listing featured on beycome.com
  • Customizable flyers and brochure
  • Maximum pictures allowed
  • 1 key lock box
  • 1 sign in yard
  • 1 open house signage package
$299 - Flat Fee MLS Max
  • Same as Flat fee MLS Premium package, plus:
  • 24 professional HDR pictures
  • 1 photography session
  • Full ownership of the photos
  • Additional, a-la-carte services available with Max package:
  • Video walkthrough - $49
  • Drone pictures - $69


Pros

  • All inquiries and leads directly forwarded to you
  • Built-in home valuation tools
  • Unlimited listing term
  • 90-day money-back guarantee (unless you close, are under contract, or you receive at least 2 legitimate offers)
  • Live customer support

Cons

  • While beycome offers more built-in services than most flat-fee MLS companies, you’ll still get limited service and support with your listing
  • Free downloads for forms and documents, but no support or legal oversight
  • Flat Fee MLS Max package not offered in California or South Carolina

As of July 31, 2020, Beycome has an average rating of 4.4/5 based on 228 reviews across Zillow, Facebook, and Google.

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FSBO.com

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 Rhode Island 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)
  • A-la-carte services include custom yard sign, same day MLS entry, listing on a secondary MLS, Realtor.com Showcase listing, negotiation services, and more

$399.95 - Rhode Island 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 options (purchased directly from local broker) include: custom yard sign, same day MLS entry, listing on a secondary MLS, Realtor.com Showcase listing, negotiation services, and more

Pros

  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission
  • A-la-carte services available

Cons

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

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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Houzeo

Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$199-399

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 Rhode Island 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
  • 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
  • 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

As of August 7, 2020, Houzeo has an average rating of 4.8/5 based on 21 reviews on Google.

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Hidden costs of flat-fee MLS companies

Some companies claim to offer flat-rate MLS services but charge "hidden" fees at closing. We've even seen some companies that claim to offer a "free" MLS listing only to charge you a percentage of the sale price at closing.

These predatory practices could cost you thousands of dollars when you expect to pay only a few hundred.

Always make sure to read the fine print for any service. Look out for "closing fees" or "admin fees" that you'll owe the broker in addition to an up-front flat fee.

Further, some flat-fee MLS companies offer a la carte services like photography, paperwork help, and signage. These services can reduce some of your DIY work, but watch out. These add-ons can add up!

At a certain point, you may be better off finding a full-service agent who charges a clear and upfront discounted rate.

💰 Incredible savings, none of the DIY

Selling your home is difficult, even with a flat-fee MLS company to handle your listing. Add in hidden fees, a la carte services, and premium service tiers, and you'll save a lot less than you planned, but still be stuck with most of the work.

There's a better option. Clever pre-negotiates cheaper listing fees with the top agents in your area. You still save on commission, while getting the support of a full-service agent.

  • Clever partner agents offer full-service support for a fraction of the full-service price: a flat $3,000 listing fee or 1% for homes over $350,000
  • Clever sellers save an average of $9,000 on commission AND they get offers 2.8x faster than the national average

Ready to find real estate agents who can help you save thousands on your sale? Enter your zip code below to get started!

Frequently asked questions

How much do flat-fee MLS services cost in Rhode Island?

Typically, you should expect to pay about $200-500 for a flat-fee MLS listing in Rhode Island. However, we've seen basic plans for as low as $99 and more comprehensive services that charge as much as $999.

Do I still need to pay the buyer's agent commission?

Although you'll save some money by not having to pay commission to a listing agent (typically 2.50%-2.65% of the sale price), we strongly recommend offering a commission to the buyer's agent. This will incentivize agents to bring their clients to your home.

How much to offer a buyer's agent is up to you, but most selling agent commissions in Rhode Island range from 2.50%-2.65%.

» READ: Average Real Estate Commission in Rhode Island

How do I sell by owner in Rhode Island?

California real estate laws require sellers to disclose all important information about their property, including:

  • Building and safety information
  • Utilities
  • Environmental information (like erosion, noise pollution, and whether it's in a flood plain)
  • Sewer and wastewater treatment

You'll share all of this information in the California Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement. Your listing broker will provide this document for you to fill out.

» READ: How to Sell a House for Sale by Owner in Rhode Island

What are the alternatives to using a flat-fee MLS service in Rhode Island?

Discount and flat-fee real estate agents

Discount real estate brokers will list your property for as little as 1% — keeping in mind that you usually still have to pay a 2.6–3% buyer’s agent fee.

We’ve reviewed four national and regional discount brokers that operate in Rhode Island.

Discount Broker
Listing Fee
Review

Clever

1% or $3,000

Assist-2-Sell

Varies

Help-U-Sell

Varies

Redfin

1.5% (minimum varies)

In Rhode Island, Clever offers the lowest rates, with an added advantage: Clever lets you compare multiple agents from major brands like Keller Williams, Century 21, and RE/MAX.

Clever is an agent-matching service that can match you with a pre-vetted, full-service agent for only $3,000 (or 1% if your home is priced above $350,000), plus the typical buyer's agent commission.

Your Clever agent will handle everything for you, from helping you accurately price your home to high-quality photography to negotiating with prospective buyers and filling out the paperwork.

You'll pay only a little more than you'd pay a flat-fee MLS service but save hours of effort by not having to do it all yourself!

Ready to start saving?

Find top agents who charge a flat $3,000 or 1%. Clever's agent-matching service is free, with NO obligation!

Selling without an MLS listing

It's always possible to try selling your house by owner without listing on the MLS. But this makes sense only if you already have a potential buyer lined up.

That's because not listing on your local MLS means not getting the most effective exposure for your property. MLS listings are posted to every major real estate website. Plus, real estate agents access MLS listings to find properties for their clients.

If you don't secure an MLS listing, you'll be limited to sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace and relying on a yard sign.

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