5 Best Spokane Flat-Fee MLS Companies

If you're selling your home for sale by owner (FSBO) in Spokane, 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 Lilac is approximately 3%. Based on the median sale price for Spokane homes, as of January 2020, that translates to about $7,470.

In contrast, typical rates for flat-fee MLS companies in Spokane are in between $95-$500. 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 Spokane 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 Spokane.

Top Spokane 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 4 Flat Fee

List 4 Flat Fee

Price Range

$185-$285

Number of Photos

10-40

Listing Term

3-6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • List 4 Flat Fee is a local Washington state brokerage that specializes in discount MLS services
  • Seller retains right to sell by owner and pay no commission
  • Unlimited free listing changes in all packages
  • Custom website and domain
  • Free marketing materials and flyer templates
$185 - Basic Plan
  • 3-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and 100+ more.
  • 10 Photos
  • Free “For Sale” sign
  • Unlimited free changes to listing
  • Custom website and domain
  • Free marketing materials and flyer templates
$285 - MLS Listing Plan
  • Everything in Basic, plus:
  • 6-month MLS listing
  • 40 Photos
  • Forms and disclosures provided by email

Pros

  • Free sign and marketing support provided in all packages
  • Free changes to listing
  • Seller retains right to FSBO


Cons

  • Despite short listing time, no discount options for renewal
  • May not cover all areas evenly
  • Forms and disclosures not provided in base plan

As of June 8, 2020:

  • 5-out-of-5 star agent rating on Zillow (7 reviews)
  • 5-out-of-5 star rating on Better Business Bureau (1 review)
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MLS4Owners

MLS4Owners

Price Range

$95-$500+

Number of Photos

8-25

Listing Term

3-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • MLS4Owners is a licensed, Washington real estate brokerage that specializes in flat-fee MLS listing services
  • You set buyer’s agent commission (MLS4Owners recommends 2.5% to 3%)
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • No cancellation fee
  • MLS market reports included in base package
  • Facilitator service
  • A-la-carte services include additional photos, signs, flyer boxes, lockboxes, and more
  • $95 - MLS Entry package
    • 3-month listing on MLS
    • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
    • 8 Photos
    • Facilitator service
    • Buyer leads forwarded to you
    • MLS market reports
    • Personal property webpage
    • Custom flyers
    • Open house advertisements
    • Photo slideshow
    • No cancellation fee
  • $295 - Gold package
    • Same as MLS Entry package, plus:
    • 6-month listing on MLS
    • 16 Photos
    • State disclosures and purchase agreements
    • Open house scheduling


  • $495 - Classic package
    • Same as Gold package, plus:
    • 12-month listing on MLS
    • 25 Photos
    • Custom yard sign
    • Real estate contracts
    • Unlimited listing changes
    • Listing activity reports
    • Virtual tour
  • $500 + 0.5% at closing - Classic Plus package
    • Same as Classic package, plus:
    • Broker facilitation and review of listing, purchase agreements, offers, counteroffers, and escrow


A-la-carte services include additional photos, signs, flyer boxes, lockboxes, and more

Pros

  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • No cancellation fee
  • MLS market reports included in base package
  • Facilitator service

Cons

  • State disclosures and forms not included in base package
  • Additional fees for photo captions, photo replacements, document retrieval, broker review reports, and more

As of January 23, 2020:

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National Flat-Fee MLS Services & Brokers Operating in Spokane

Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Price Range

$299

Number of Photos

6

Listing Term

6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Realty is a nationwide flat-fee MLS referral service, licensed in Connecticut, that connects you with Washington brokers and agents who will list your home on the MLS for a pre-negotiated rate
  • You set buyer’s agent commission
  • MLS photo upgrade available for $50
  • State disclosures and forms available
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Refund available within 30 days of purchase

$299 - MLS Listing package

  • 6-month listing on MLS
  • Syndicated to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 6 Photos
  • Free state disclosures
  • Unlimited listing changes
  • No cancellation fee
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you


MLS photo upgrade available for $50

Pros

  • Unlimited listing changes
  • No cancellation fee
  • Free state disclosures
  • Buyer leads forwarded to you
  • Refund available within 30 days of purchase

Cons

  • No built-in home valuation or market analysis
  • Limited coverage in Pasco area

As of August 11, 2020, no third-party reviews exist for Flat Fee Realty. We will update when this information becomes available.

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Houzeo

Houzeo

Price Range

$225-399

Number of Photos

6 to max allowed

Listing Term

3-6 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Houzeo is a flat-fee MLS referral service that connects you with Washington 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
$225 - Bronze
  • 3-month listing on MLS
  • 6 Photos
  • Virtual tour
  • $25 for each listing change
  • Syndicated to Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and more
$299 - 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 listing’s price, status, and property description; $10 for additional changes

As of August 10, 2020, Houzeo has an average rating of 4.8/5 based on 21 reviews on Google.

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Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Price Range

$95-495

Number of Photos

8-25

Listing Term

3-12 months

Description
Pricing
Pros & Cons
Reviews
  • Flat Fee Group is a national network of independent brokers that offer flat-fee MLS services in most states, including Washington
  • Pay no buyer’s agent commission if you find an unrepresented buyer
  • Buyer and agent inquiries forwarded to you
  • Contracts, disclosures, and addendums included


$95 - MLS Only
  • 3-month listing on the MLS
  • Listed to Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and more
  • 8 Photos
  • Includes all necessary forms and disclosures
  • Phone and email support available
  • Free color flyer download
  • Free Supra key box for duration of listing







$295 - Gold
  • Everything in MLS Only, plus:
  • 6-month listing on the MLS
  • 16 Photos
  • Custom signpost (w/ installation and removal)
  • Free market analysis
$495 - Classic
  • Everything in Gold, plus:
  • 12-month listing on the MLS
  • 25 Photos
  • Unlimited free listing changes


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

  • Certain features of packages not available in all areas

As of August 10, 2020, no third-party review information was available for Chris Nye, the Washington Flat Fee Group broker. We will update when this information becomes available.

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Alternatives to Flat-Fee MLS in Spokane

The Spokane real estate market is increasing steadily. According to Redfin, the median sale price rose 13.1% over the past year and is expected to increase by 1.4% 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%.