5 Best Houston Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Houston, 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 Space City is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Houston homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $7,050.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston.

Top Houston Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2020

Creekview Realty

Creekview Realty

Price Range

$495-1,195

Number of Photos

Max allowed on MLS

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 August 4, 2020, Creekview Realty has an average rating of 4.7/5 based on 129 reviews across Google, Yelp, and Facebook.

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Eagle Realty Services

Eagle Realty Services

Price Range

$495

Number of Photos

16

Listing Term

12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Eagle Realty Services is a licensed, Texas real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services in Houston
  • Listing is live within 24-48 hours of purchase
  • Full broker representation for a flat fee
  • Unlimited open house postings
  • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
  • Cancel anytime

$495 - 12 Month Listing package

  • 12-month listing on MLS
  • 16 Photos
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Lockbox
  • Yard sign
  • Unlimited open house postings
  • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
  • Full broker representation
  • Offer negotiation
  • Title form preparation
  • Cancel Anytime


Lease/Rental listing and 1% commission packages also available

Pros

  • Unlimited open house postings
  • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
  • Full broker representation with base package
  • Cancel anytime

Cons

  • No budget listing options

As of August 5, 2020, no third-party review information was available for Eagle Realty Services. We will update when this information becomes available.

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FlatFeeByYou

FlatFeeByYOU

Price Range

$45-295

Number of Photos

6-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
  • 6 photos
  • Free comparative market analysis
  • Phone, SMS and email support
$295 - Premium
  • Same as Best package, plus:
  • A professional photoshoot
$95 - Best
  • Same as Basic package, plus:
  • An additional 6 months on your listing (12 months total)
  • Unlimited photos (up to the maximum allowed on the MLS)
  • Free broker consultation
  • Unlimited status updates
  • Unlimited description updates
  • Unlimited price changes
  • Yard sign
  • Form support
  • For lease listings


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 August 11, 2020, FlatFeeByYou has an average rating of 4.4/5 based on 25 reviews across Google, Yelp, and Facebook.

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Houston

Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$275-399

Number of Photos

6 to max allowed

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
  • Virtual tour
  • $25 for each listing change
  • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
$325 - Silver
  • Same as Bronze plan, plus:
  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • 24 Photos
  • 10 free listing changes
  • Select and communicate with Escrow Agent
$399 - Gold
  • Same as Silver plan, plus:
  • Max photos allowed by MLS
  • Federal and state disclosures forms















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

As of August 11, 2020, Houzeo has an average rating of 4.8/5 based on 21 reviews on Google.

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FSBO.com

FSBO.com

Price Range

$399.95

Number of Photos

Varies by state

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • FSBO.com is a nationwide flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with licensed brokerage MLSmart Realty, LLC. MLSmart Realty then handles the listing or refers you to a local brokers who will put your home on the MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (FSBO.com recommends 2-3%)
  • Making changes to your MLS listing may have additional fees
  • Cancel anytime (possible additional fee)

$399.95 - MLS package

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • Approx. 20 photos
  • Yard sign (where available)


FSBO.com also has a package for listing on their website — not the MLS — for $99.95


Services, price, and details of FSBO.com flat-fee MLS packages vary by state. States with minimum service requirements may also have additional fees due at closing. Check the website for specifics in your area. 

Pros

  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission

Cons

  • Only one package to choose from
  • Experience, additional fees, and service quality may vary depending on your state’s broker
  • Doesn’t have full coverage in every state and not available at all in North Dakota

As of August 12, 2020, FSBO.com has an average rating of 4.9/5 based on 26 reviews on Zillow and an A+ rating with Better Business Bureau.

Note: As a referral service, the reviews and service quality of your local FSBO.com broker may vary. Be sure to research your broker before signing a listing agreement.

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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Houston

The Houston real estate market is stable. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 2.8% over the past year and is expected to increase by 3.3% 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%.