5 Best Fort Worth Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Fort Worth, 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 Cowtown is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Fort Worth homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $7,350.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Fort Worth are in between $275 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 Fort Worth 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 Fort Worth.

Top Fort Worth 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.

List Smart Texas

List Smart Texas

Price Range

$499-$849

Number of Photos

Up to 36

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • List Smart Texas is a flat-fee MLS service operated by Linda Waller, a licensed real estate brokerage servicing North Texas
  • Comparative market analysis (CMA) available upon request
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded directly to you
  • Listing typically go live by the next business day
  • You choose the buyer’s agent commission and pay no commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Free cancelation anytime
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee if you decide to sell your home with an agent they refer you to
  • Because of Texas’s minimum service requirements for brokers, List Smart Texas will present all offers to you and answer your questions regarding offers, counteroffers, notices, and contingencies
  • $499 - Basic
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Up to 36 photos
    • Yard sign with your phone number
    • CMA (upon request)
    • State required form (downloadable)


  • $599 - Deluxe
    • Same as Basic package, plus:
    • Supra lockbox (requires a $100 refundable deposit)
    • Centralize Showing Service (CSS) for showing scheduling and feedback
  • $849 - Premium
    • Same as Deluxe package, plus:
    • Professional photos


A-la-carte services include CSS and yard sign. List Smart Texas also offers a negotiation and closing assistance packages. See website for details

Pros

  • Free cancelation anytime and 100% money-back guarantee
  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • CMA available upon request

Cons

  • Only 6-month listings length available

N/A — as of January 21, 2020, no third-party review information was available for List Smart Texas. We will update when this information becomes available.

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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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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Fort Worth

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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Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Price Range

$399-$999 (varies by state)

Number of Photos

Up to max allowed by MLS

Listing Term

3 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Group is a network of independent brokers that offer flat-fee services in their respective state(s)
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you (in most states)
  • Contracts, disclosures, and addendums included (in most states)
  • $399 - Showcase
    • 6-month listing on MLS in most cases
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Up to 25 photos
    • General marketing tools (e.g. flyers, yard sign)


  • $549 - Premium
    • Same as Showcase package, plus:
    • Contract, offer, and document review
  • $999 - Platinum
    • Same as Premium package, plus:
    • Negotiation assistance


Packages, services, and pricing vary by state. Check the website for details about options in your area.

Pros

  • Work directly with the broker, not a referral service
  • Buyer inquiries forwarded directly to you
  • Pay no commission if you find an unrepresented buyer

Cons

  • As of January 21, 2020, does not have an independent broker in Alaska, Montana, West Virginia, and Wyoming
  • Experience and service quality may vary depending on your state’s broker

N/A — as of January 22, 2020, no third-party review information was available for Flat Fee Group. However, as a network of independent brokers, you can check the website, find your state’s broker and research their individual reviews.

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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Fort Worth

The Fort Worth real estate market is stable. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 3.7% over the past year and is expected to increase by 3.7% 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%.