5 Best Austin Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Austin, 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 Live Music Capital of the World is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Austin homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $9,300.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Austin are in between $45 and $1,195. 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 Austin 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 Austin.

Top Austin 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.

Crawford Realty Inc

Crawford Realty LLC

Price Range

$550 + $1,000 at closing

Number of Photos

N/A - information not available

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Crawford Realty LLC is a licensed, Texas real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • You set buyer’s agent commission
  • Listing is live within 48 hours
  • No cancellation fee
  • Contract negotiations
  • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
  • $550 + $1,000 at closing - Flat Fee package
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • No cancellation fee
    • Contract negotiations
    • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
    • Lockbox
    • Yard sign


Crawford Realty also offers a 1% listing package for the same items included in the Flat Fee package

Pros

  • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
  • No cancellation fee
  • Contract negotiations

Cons

  • Transaction fee of $1,000 at closing
  • No information available regarding the number of photos on the MLS

As of January 21, 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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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Austin

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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Fizber

Fizber

Price Range

$295-$395

Number of Photos

6-25

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Fizber is a flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with local brokers and agents who will list your home on the MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • Requires that you offer buyer’s agent commission between 1-3%
  • Listing is typically live within 24 hours of submission
  • Fizber also offers an array of free resources and online tools (including home valuations), as well as à-la-carte downloadable forms and guidelines, such as disclosures, contracts, counteroffers, and more
  • $295 - MLS Boost
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • 6 photos
    • Featured listing on Fizber.com plus unlimited photos
    • Open House Manager Tool
    • Listing on Redfin, Zillow, Realtor.com, and Trulia
    • Social media sharing


  • $395 - Premium MLS Boost
    • Same as MLS Boost, plus:
    • 25 photos
    • Social media sharing, plus Facebook and Instagram Ads


Fizber also offers two non-MLS listing options:

  • $0 - Free Listing:
    • Unlimited photos on Fizber.com


  • $95 - Digital Boost
    • Same as Free Listing, plus:
    • Featured Listing
    • Open House Manager Tool
    • Listing on Redfin

Pros

  • Basic package includes social media postings — premium package includes target social ads
  • Listing appears on MLS within 24 hours of submission
  • Refundable up to 30 days

Cons

  • Listing expires after 6 months — can renew listing for a discounted rate
  • Only 6 photos with basic MLS listing package
  • Making changes to your listing may incur additional fees

As of January 1, 2020:

  • B- rating with the Better Business Bureau and a 2.25-out-of-5-star rating from customers (12 reviews)
  • 3.5-out-of-5-star rating on Trustpilot (82 reviews)
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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Austin

The Austin real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 5% over the past year and is expected to increase by 4.5% 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%.