Whether you're selling a beach house on Hilton Head Island or a townhouse in downtown Greenville, 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 South Carolina, you’re on the hook for 2.50%-3.50% 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 South Carolina! You'll save thousands on listing fees, while still getting the support you need to sell your home fast AND for top dollar.
If you’re still interested in finding flat-fee MLS listing options in South Carolina, read on! We’ve reviewed the best (and worst!) services in The Palmetto State.
The 5 best South Carolina flat-fee MLS companies*
Carolina Realty Solutions
South Carolina Flat Fee MLS
United Brokers LTD
List With Freedom
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Sellers willing to pay for the convenience of an all-in package
- Includes access to Showingtime, an app Realtors use to schedule showings. Many flat-fee MLS companies either don't offer or charge extra for this service.
- You can extend your listing for up to two years without paying an extra listing fee.
- You'll get both a yard sign and a key lockbox — even with the cheapest package.
- Carolina Realty Solutions doesn't currently offer flat fee MLS services to Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, and Cleveland counties.
Sellers looking for a no-frills flat fee MLS listing
- The base package comes with a 12-month listing term. This could be helpful if you think your home could take some time to sell.
- The gold package includes a lot of input from the broker like contract reviews, advertising assistance, and help with sales contracts.
- It's unclear if iSave Realty charges you to make changes to your MLS listing.
Cash-strapped sellers looking for the cheapest option possible
- Even though the packages are cheap, you still get the same basic services (like a six month listing, six photos, and all the state-required forms) that other, more expensive companies offer.
- If you go with the upgraded package, you can get an upgraded listing with a virtual tour on Realtor.com.
- Free changes only include the status, not the listing information or pictures.
Budget-conscious sellers who need an affordable basic listing
- You can get the basic bundle for cheaper than many other companies if you don't need much additional support from the broker.
- For an extra fee, you can add a virtual tour to your MLS listing.
- If you buy the basic package, any changes to your listing cost $10 each, but free changes to your price, status, and description are included in the Standard, Enhanced, and Full-Service bundles.
- You can e-sign forms only if you sign up for the Full-Service bundle ($875).
Experienced sellers who know what services they do and don't need
- If you know exactly what you need, you can go with a cheaper package and buy the extras on their own.
- There's no cancellation fee for live listings.
- You can pay a little more for showing and open house assistance.
- There's only one photo included in the base package.
- List With Freedom offers no built-in pricing support or home valuation.
Flat-fee MLS companies in South Carolina by city
In South Carolina, you'll also find some smaller flat-fee MLS companies that specialize in particular cities. These uber-local companies are more likely to offer flexible service packages and to bring more area expertise than the big guys.
Every South Carolina flat-fee MLS service is different. Always make sure to read the fine print when evaluating offerings to make sure you're getting a fair deal.
Flat-fee MLS companies in Greenville
We found that flat fee MLS companies in Greenville vary widely — both in price and services. You can find packages from $250 to $2,000 with a lot of a la carte options to make sure you have everything you need to sell your property.
» EXPLORE: The Best Greenville Flat-Fee MLS Companies
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.
Frequently asked questions
How much do flat-fee MLS services cost in South Carolina?
Typically, you should expect to pay about $100-400 for a flat-fee MLS listing in South Carolina. However, we've seen basic plans for as low as $89 and more comprehensive services that charge as much as $875.
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 2.00%-3.50% 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 South Carolina range from 2.50%-3.50%.
How do I sell by owner in South Carolina?
South Carolina real estate laws require sellers to disclose all important information about their property, including:
- Water supply and sewer systems
- Structure details and changes
- Mechanical systems (plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling)
- Present insect infestations or past infestation damage that hasn't been repaired
- Zoning and land-use restrictions
- Environmental issues
- If the property is used as a rental property
- Meter conservation charges
The South Carolina Association of REALTORS® uses the Residential Seller's Property Disclosure Statement (SPDS) to document all this information. You can download the form directly from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.
What are the alternatives to using a flat-fee MLS service in South Carolina?
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 South Carolina.
In South Carolina, 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!
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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.
iBuyers are companies that buy homes for cash outright at what they claim are market prices. When you sell to an iBuyer, you could have a preliminary offer in as little as 24 hours.
The major downside of selling to an iBuyer is that these companies make money by charging steep service fees — typically 5-14% of the purchase price. So they're a good alternative only for sellers more concerned with convenience and speed than costs.
There is currently only one iBuyer operating in South Carolina. Click below to learn more.