5 Best Virginia Beach Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Virginia Beach, 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 Virginia Beach is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Virginia Beach homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $6,900.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Virginia Beach are in between $99 and $2,995. 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 Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach.

Top Virginia Beach 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.

Southerland Real Estate

Southerland Real Estate

Price Range

$495-$2,995 (+$99 transaction fee at closing)

Number of Photos

N/A - information not available

Listing Term

N/A - information not available

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Southerland Real Estate is a licensed, Virginia real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services in Hampton Roads
  • Listing is typically live on MLS within 48 hours
  • Set your own buyer’s commission
  • Money-back guarantee available for Basic and Agent Assist packages
  • Built-in property valuation report, staging advice, for sale sign, and lockbox
  • Additional $99 transaction fee due when house sells
  • $495 + $99 at closing - Basic package
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • Local face-to-face agent
    • Listing contract and disclosures
    • Property valuation report
    • Staging advice
    • Professional photography
    • For sale sign
    • Flyer box with color flyers
    • Lockbox


  • $2,995 + $99 at closing - Agent Assist of package
    • Same as Basic package, plus:
    • Social media marketing
    • Just listed mailings
    • Purchase offers review and advice
    • Preparation and delivery of counteroffers
    • Handling of all negotiations
    • Transaction coordination
    • Resource guidance

Pros

  • Offers money-back guarantee if you decide to list with a full-service agent referred by Southerland Real Estate
  • Property valuation report, staging advice, and professional photography included in base package

Cons

  • Additional $99 transaction fee is due at closing
  • Website is not clear regarding listing terms and number of photos on your listing

As of January 17, 2020:

  • 5-out-of-5-star rating for Steve Southerland (principal broker) on Zillow (52 reviews)
  • 5-out-of-5-star rating for Steve Southerland (principal broker) on Realtor.com (17 reviews)
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Price Range

$299-$999

Number of Photos

30

Listing Term

6 months up to until sold

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Cottage Street Realty is a flat-fee MLS service operated by Flat Fee Group, a licensed real estate brokerage in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
  • Contracts, addendums, and disclosures
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Printable color flyer
  • A-la-carte services include signs, market analyses, open house announcements, and more
  • Unlimited listing changes can be purchased for $45
  • $299 - Basic package
    • Sale or Rent
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 30 Photos
    • Contracts, addendums, and disclosures
    • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • $599 - Premium package
    • Same as Basic package, plus:
    • 12-month listing on MLS
    • Comparable market analysis (CMA)
    • Printable color flyer
    • Yard sign
    • Lockbox
    • Contract review, guide to settlement


  • $999 - Full Service package
    • Same as Premium package, plus:
    • Listed until sold
    • Professionally installed sign post
    • Showing service and feedback


A-la-carte services include signs, market analyses, open house announcements, and more

Unlimited listing changes can be purchased for $45

Pros

  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • 50 photos in base package

Cons

  • $45 for unlimited listing changes
  • Market analysis not included in base package

As of January 24, 2020:

  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on Google (3 reviews)
  • 5-out-of-5-star rating on Yelp (1 review)
  • A+ rating on Vienna, Virginia Better Business Bureau with a 5-out-of-5-star rating (3 reviews)
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DNK Real Estate

DNK Real Estate

Price Range

$249-$799

Number of Photos

6-25

Listing Term

12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • DNK Real Estate is a licensed real estate brokerage in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • DNK Real Estate offers flat fee MLS listing services, as well as full- and limited-service real estate agents
  • The company offers many a-la-carte services with their flat fee packages, but all their services are non-refundable
  • A-la-carte services include: Expedited flat fee mls listing, uploading extra photos, virtual tours, yard signs, realtor lock box, and printable flyers
  • It typically takes two to three business days to list with DNK Real Estate
  • Buyer’s agent commission isn’t required, but if a buyer’s agent brings a buyer you’re expected to pay their commission fee
  • Sales comps are available at certain pricing tiers
  • $249 - Basic
    • 12-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to MLS, Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow, and more
    • 6 photos per listing
  • $499 - Deluxe
    • Same as Basic package, plus:
    • 15 photos per listing
    • Sale comps
    • Printable online flyers


  • $799 - Premium
    • Same as Deluxe package, plus:
    • 25 photos per listing
    • Yard signs

Pros

  • 1% limited service options available for home sellers that need help with contracts
  • Lots of a-la-carte options help home sellers customize the service to their needs

Cons

  • Upsells on services that are standard for other flat fee MLS services, e.g., $10 for extra photo uploads, $25 to change listing info, etc.
  • Other flat fee MLS services charge less and provide more out of the box
  • $2000 non-refundable fee to use access 1% limited-service agent
  • Need to pay for sales comps in your area
  • N/A — as of January 16, 2020, no third-party review information was available for DNK Real Estate. We will update when this information becomes available.
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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Virginia Beach

MLS My Home

MLS My Home

Price Range

$99+

Number of Photos

Up to 25

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • MLS My Home is a nationwide 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
  • Listings posted on the MLS within 24-48 hours
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you
  • Set your own buyer’s agent commission (within a required range in some locations, e.g. 2-3%)
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Cancel anytime
  • $99
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com and other major real estate sites
    • 6 photos (can upgrade to 25 for additional fee)
    • Property webpage with own URL


Available packages, services, and pricing depend on location. Check the website for details about your local options.

Pros

  • Cancel anytime
  • No commission if you find the buyer
  • Buyer inquiries forwarded directly to you

Cons

  • Limited options and many states
  • No built-in home valuation
  • May not offer complete coverage in your state

As of January 21, 2020:

  • 2.5-out-of-5-star rating on Trustpilot (207 reviews)
  • 1-out-of-5-star rating on Yelp (17 reviews)
  • 3.9-out-of-5-star rating on Facebook (99 reviews)
  • F rating with Better Business Bureau with a 2-out-of-5-star customer rating (20 reviews)


Note: MLS My Home will refer you to an independent, local broker who’s level of service and customer reviews may vary from MLS My Home’s, so be sure to research the broker before signing a listing agreement.

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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 Virginia Beach

The Virginia Beach real estate market is increasing rapidly. According to Zillow, the median home value rose 3.3% 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%.