5 Best Texas Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Texas, 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 Lone Star State is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Texas homes, as of November 2019, that translates to about $7,410.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Texas are in the $45 to $1,195 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 Texas 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 Texas.

Top Texas 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.

Congress Realty

Congress Realty

Price Range

$299

Number of Photos

4

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Congress Realty is a licensed brokerage in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • Free comparative market analysis (upon request)
  • You set buyer’s commission (Congress Realty recommends 3%)
  • Listings typically go live in 1 business day
  • Free, unlimited changes
  • Your phone number displayed on the MLS listing
  • $299
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 4 photos
    • Downloadable contracts, addendums, and disclosure forms
    • ShowingTime showing scheduling and feedback service


A-la-carte services include: more photos, open house advertisements, listing renewals, professional photography, yard signs, lockbox, and more.

Pros

  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find the buyer
  • Free, unlimited changes
  • Wide variety of a-la-carte services
  • Home buyer rebates if you buy with Congress Realty (in states where available)

Cons

  • May not cover every part of your state
  • Fewer photos than other comparable flat-fee MLS services

As of January 14, 2020:

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Creekview Realty

Creekview Realty

Price Range

$495-$1,195

Number of Photos

Unlimited

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Creekview realty is a licensed real estate brokerage that specializes in MLS listings and other for sale by owner (FSBO) services across Texas
  • Also offers full-service, flat-fee representation
  • Listings can be posted on the same day if they are properly submitted before 11am (weekdays only)
  • Cancel any time without penalty (no refunds)
  • $495 - Plan A
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Maximum number of photos allowed by MLS
    • Creekview Realty yard sign and lockbox
    • CSS scheduling service
    • Legal forms (downloads)
  • $1,195 - Plan B
    • Same as Plan A, plus:
    • Full representation (dedicated agent to advise and represent you in negotiations and necessary paperwork)


  • A-la-carte services:
    • Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) - $100
    • Electronic Lockbox - $100 deposit
    • Professional Photographer - $175
    • Flyer Box - $25

Pros

  • Legal forms included with package
  • No fee to change listing description or pictures
  • Free yard sign with basic package

Cons

  • Entry-level package pricier than similar flat-fee MLS listing services
  • No built-in home valuation
  • The only option for listing term is 6 months

As of January 10, 2020:

  • 4.8-out-of-5-star rating on Google (68 reviews)
  • 4.5-out-of-5-star rating on Yelp (47 reviews)
  • 4.8-out-of-5-star rating on Facebook (18 reviews)
  • 4.8-out-of-5-star rating on BirdEye (90 reviews)
  • A rating on Better Business Bureau with 5-out-of-5-star rating (6 reviews)
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FlatFeeByYou

FlatFeeByYOU

Price Range

$45 - $295

Number of Photos

Max. allowed on MLS

Listing Term

6-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • FlatFeeByYOU is a licensed texas real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing service
  • Includes a comparative market analysis (CMA) in basic package
  • Status/description updates and price changes allowed in higher-tiered packages
  • Cancel anytime — refund available if you haven’t yet signed your listing agreement
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission
  • Avoid paying buyer’s agent commission if you bring in your own buyer
  • 24-hour turnaround to get you listed on the MLS
  • $45 - Basic
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Unlimited photos (up to the maximum allowed on the MLS)
    • Free comparative market analysis
    • Phone, SMS and email support
  • $95 - Best
    • Same as Basic package, plus:
    • An additional 6 months on your listing (12 months total)
    • Free broker consultation
    • Unlimited status updates
    • Unlimited description updates
    • Unlimited price changes
    • Yard sign
    • Form support
    • For lease listings


  • $295 - Premium
    • Same as Best package, plus:
    • A professional photoshoot

Pros

  • Cancel anytime with no fee — refunds available if no listing agreement signed
  • CMA included with basic package
  • Changes and updates included in higher-tiered packages

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer full coverage in Texas — see website for details on specific MLS access
  • Lockbox not included
  • Photo assistance only available in Premium package

As of February 19, 2020:

  • 4.3-out-of-5-star rating on Google reviews (19 reviews)
  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on Yelp (1 review)
  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on Facebook (2 reviews)
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TexasMLSBroker.com

TexasMLSBroker.com

Price Range

$175-$399

Number of Photos

10-50

Listing Term

6-18 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • TexasMLSBroker.com is a real estate brokerage that offers flat-fee MLS listing services to for sale by owner (FSBO) sellers across the state of Texas
  • Listings go live within 2 business days
  • Same-day listing option for additional $100
  • $175 - Standard MLS
    • 6-month listing term on MLS and Realtor.com
    • Syndicated to hundreds of other sites, including Zillow, Trulia, Homes.com
    • Local realtor sites included
    • 10 photos
    • Cancel anytime (unless under contract)
    • Includes your phone / email in MLS listing
    • Agents can contact you directly
    • Online broker support
    • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (2-3%)


  • $280 - Premium MLS
    • Same as Standard MLS, plus:
    • 12-month listing term on MLS and Realtor.com
    • 50 photos (or max allowed by your local MLS)
    • Contract and state disclosures provided
    • Includes home valuation (comparative market analysis)
    • Contract review (via email)
  • $399 - Showcase
    • Same as Standard MLS, plus:
    • 18-month listing term on MLS and Realtor.com
    • Pay at Closing Option $899 — rather than pay upfront you can elect to pay only if and when you close (higher fee)

Pros

  • Will answer questions and offer guidance via email, per minimum service requirements
  • No fee for changes to listing — listings are updated within 24 hours of request
  • Exclusive agency agreement lets you retain the right to sell “by owner” and avoid a buyer’s agent fee
  • Cancel listing at any time (if not under contract) with no fee — no refunds
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission

Cons

  • No initial refund period
  • No built-in home valuation

As of January 8, 2020 has the following online reviews::

  • 4.5-out-of-5-star rating on U.S. Directory of Real Estate (17 reviews)
  • 3-out-of-5-star rating on Yelp (2 reviews)
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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Texas

Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$275-$395

Number of Photos

6-24

Listing Term

3 to 6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Houzeo is a flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with Texas 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
  • $275 - Bronze
    • 3-month listing on MLS
    • 6 Photos
    • $25 for each listing change
    • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
  • $325 - 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


  • $395 - 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 listings 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 Texas

The Texas real estate market is steady. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 3.3% over the past year and is expected to see an increase of 3.8% 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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