5 Best South Carolina Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in South Carolina, 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 Palmetto State is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for South Carolina homes, as of November 2019, that translates to about $7,260.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in South Carolina are in the $89 to $875 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina.

Top South Carolina 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.

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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iSave Realty

iSave Realty

Price Range

$299-$399

Number of Photos

25

Listing Term

12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • iSave Realty is a licensed real estate brokerage in South Carolina that specializes in flat-fee MLS listings
  • You set the buyer’s agent commission
  • Policies on listing changes and cancellation not specified on website — contact company directly for more information
  • $299 - Silver Package
    • 12-month listing on the MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and other MLS feeds
    • 25 photos
    • You set the buyer’s agent commission


  • $399 - Gold Package
    • Same as Silver package, plus:
    • Unlimited contract reviews with a licensed Realtor
    • Advice on sales strategy, negotiations, inspections, and other questions
    • iSaveRealty will also write your sales contract for you

Pros

  • 12-month listing term with entry-level package
  • 25 photos with entry-level package
  • Gold package offers lots of hands-on support and guidance

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or pricing support
  • No yard sign, printable filters, or lock box included in any offers
  • No a-la-carte features

As of January 13, 2020:

  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on Google (1 review)
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South Carolina Flat Fee MLS

South Carolina Flat Fee MLS

Price Range

$99-$149

Number of Photos

6-25

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • South Carolina Flat Fee MLS is a local affiliate of Brokerless, a nationwide, flat-fee referral service that connects sellers with local brokers
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission
  • Free status changes and access to listing on Realtor.com
  • Cancel anytime
  • Does not offer home valuation or pricing consultation
  • Listing is live within 24-48 hours of submission of all necessary paperwork
  • $99 - Basic package
    • 6-month listing on the MLS
    • Listing syndicated to Realtor.com (basic), Zillow, Trulia, MSN, and more
    • 6 photos
    • Set your own buyer’s commission
    • Provides state required forms and disclosures
    • Free status changes
    • Buyer leads are forwarded to you
    • Cancel anytime


  • $149 - Premium package
    • Same as Basic package, plus:
    • 25 photos
    • Premium Realtor.com listing


Open house alerts on Realtor.com can be purchased for $25 each

Pros

  • Cancel anytime
  • Free status changes
  • Buyer leads are forwarded to you

Cons

  • No listing options beyond 6 months
  • No home valuation or pricing consultation

As of January 13, 2020:

  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on the Better Business Bureau (6 reviews)
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United Brokers LTD

United Brokers LTD

Price Range

$99-$875

Number of Photos

6-Unlimited

Listing Term

3 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • United Brokers LTD is a real estate brokerage licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • You choose the buyer’s agent commission (must be 2-4%)
  • Buyer and agent inquires forwarded directly to you
  • Free status and price changes (not in Basic plan)
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • $99 - Basic
    • 3-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 6 photos
    • Phone and email support from the broker
    • Required forms and disclosures (downloadable)
  • $195 - Standard
    • Same as Basic plan, plus:
    • 3-month listing on MLS
    • 16 photos
    • Free price and status changes
    • Centralized Showing Services (CSS) and e-Showings scheduling and feedback services (where available)
    • Sample purchase contract


  • $295 - Enhanced
    • Same as Standard plan, plus:
    • 12-month listing on MLS
    • Unlimited photos (max allowed by MLS)
    • Negotiation and closing services ($800)
  • $875 - Full Service
    • Unlimited listing on MLS (until sold or you cancel)
    • For Sale sign
    • Comparative market analysis (CMA) for pricing assistance
    • Negotiation and closing services (included)


A-la-carte services include: For Sale signs, listing renewals, photo editing, listing on a second MLS, CSS, e-Showing, and more

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find a buyer

Cons

  • Website can be difficult to navigate; contact broker with questions or for more information.

As of January 12, 2020:

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in South Carolina

List With Freedom

List With Freedom

Price Range

$89-$295

Number of Photos

1-Unlimited (max allowed on MLS)

Listing Term

6-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • List With Freedom is a flat-fee MLS listing brokerage licensed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
  • Set your own buyer’s commission (List With Freedom recommends 2.5% to 3%)
  • Listing is typically live on MLS within 24 hours of approval
  • All buyer inquiries are forwarded to you
  • Free unlimited listing changes
  • Offers a range of additional, a-la-carte services, including professional comparative market analysis (CMA), contract preparation, transaction management services, yard signs, lockboxes, and more
  • 14-day refund period BEFORE listing goes live with a $50 fee
  • Cancel live listings at any time with no fee
  • $89 - Silver
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Listing syndicated to sites like Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, and more
    • 1 photo
    • All buyer inquiries forwarded to you
    • State disclosures provided
    • Free unlimited changes to your listing
  • $149 - Gold
    • Same as Silver package, plus:
    • 6 photos


  • $195 - Platinum
    • Same as Gold package, plus:
    • 12-month listing on MLS
    • Unlimited photos (max allowed by MLS)
  • $295 - Platinum Plus
    • Same as Platinum package, plus:
    • Showing Assist (where available)
    • Post your own Virtual Tour
    • Weekly activity report
    • Unlimited open houses

Pros

  • Make unlimited changes to your listing at no additional cost
  • No cancellation fee
  • All buyer inquiries are directly forwarded to you

Cons

  • Only 1 photo included in base package
  • No built-in pricing support or home valuation

As of January 9, 2020:

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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in South Carolina

The South Carolina real estate market is hot. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 3.9% over the past year and is expected to see an increase of 4% 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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