Flat Fee Realtor® Houston: Flat Fee Listings & Buyer Rebates

FLAT FEE REALTOR HOUSTON - FLAT FEE LISTINGS AND BUYER REBATES by Creekstone Real Estate

HOUSTON’S BEST FULL-SERVICE FLAT FEE REALTOR®

Proudly serving the Houston & surrounding community with Flat Fee MLS Listings and Buyer Rebates of up to 2% on home purchases.

FLAT FEE REALTOR HOUSTON - FLAT FEE LISTINGS AND BUYER REBATES by Creekstone Real Estate

Houston Flat Fee MLS Listings

  • Save thousands with a flat fee MLS listing
  • Pay no buyers agent commission if you sell it yourself
  • No hidden fees / upfront pricing
  • Two upfront flat fee MLS pricing options from $495 and $795
  • We have a no upfront fee option with no cancellation fee.  It’s a great way to try a flat fee listing without the financial commitment.
  • We offer the most comprehensive flat fee listing package options of any broker in the Houston area.

Typical savings of $14,505 on a $500,000 home sale.

Houston Buyer Rebate Services

  • Get 2.5% cash back on a new home purchase
  • Get up to 2% cash back on a pre-owned home purchase
  • Rebates available in Houston, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Katy, Pearland, Humble, The Heights, Rice Village, Bellaire, Cypress, Spring, and most other Houston Area communities
  • Email rebates@creekstonere.com before you go shopping to see how much rebate you qualify for

Typical $12,500 rebate on a $500,000 new home purchase.

When not to use a Flat-Fee MLS Listing Service

When not to use a Flat Fee MLS listing service

Dave Ramsey absolutely 100% beyond a shadow of a doubt nailed it in his article titled “2 Crazy Ways to Sell Your Home (That You Should Avoid)“.  Dave made some excellent points in his article (it’s worth the 5 minute read), we’re here to give a little color commentary on some of the key points.

Take Full Advantage of The Power of The Internet

Thanks to the internet, selling your home is a lot easier than it was even a decade ago.

The internet is responsible for a whopping 50% of all home sales, another 28% comes from licensed agents, 7% from yard signs, and the rest of the numbers are less impressive from there but that’s 85% of all sales.  The catch is that FSBO website that charges $99 for a “listing on their website” isn’t going to cut it – you need the power of the local MLS (HAR.com had over 850 million page views in 2019).

Let that sink in for a bit – 850 million page views, and that doesn’t even take into account the curated searches set up specifically for qualified buyers by Realtors®.

Don’t Get Stuck With A Limited Service Listing

With a flat-fee MLS listing service, you’ll be on your own when it comes to the nitty gritty aspects of a real estate transaction.

Most budget priced flat-fee MLS listings available on the internet are what’s called a “limited service” listing – nothing more than a way to get your property listed in MLS. After that you’re truly on your own. The trick is they don’t call it a limited service listing, instead they spell out what they will do and just don’t mention what they won’t do. Sneaky sneaky.

We only offer full service listings – that means we do everything a traditional agent does except visit with you in person or anything that requires physically appearing at your property. We’ll help you negotiate the terms of your contracts, formulate counter offers, answer all your questions, give you pricing assistance, staging advice, help with showing scheduling, and whole a lot more.

Limited Service Listing? Brother Can I Interest You In A Yard Sign?

Some flat-fee services even charge you an extra fee to load more than six photos on the MLS site.

You got a stellar deal on your limited service flat fee MLS listing – the lowest priced one out there.  Get ready for all the hidden fees for everything else you’ll need to get your property sold.  Most budget priced flat-fee MLS listing services also charge you for listing changes, yard signs, lockboxes, open house advertising, photo descriptions, eSignatures for contracts, extra listing photos over the minimum required, and even to add required docs like your Seller’s Disclosure to the listing. Talk about death by paper cut.

By the time you’re done adding all the extras to your listing from one of those other brokers, you could have just purchased one of our listings where that’s all included included and more.

Don’t Leave Money On The Table By Using An AVM

Online home value sites often miss the mark when it comes to accurate pricing.

This one gets us right in the feels and Dave hit another home run with this statement. Using an AVM (Automated Valuation Model) is foolish at best even in states where the AVM has access to actual sales data. In Texas, for example, where Zillow (a very popular AVM site) doesn’t have access to actual sales data it’s like giving money away. You’ll either be over-priced by so much that you’ll sit on the market for-ev-er or you’ll be underpriced and sell so fast that you’ll realize after closing how much you could have made.

Thankfully, with us, you’ll be dealing with a certified Pricing Strategy Advisor (a NAR recognized professional designation). We’ll use actual sold data to determine a list price for your house that should get you the best price given your current market and property condition.

Pick A Pro The First Time You List

It pays to work with a pro.

Yes it does, Dave.  Yes. It. Does.  We also can’t recommend working with a broker that’s not willing to put in the time and effort to help you price and market your house.  You can always find less expensive “deals” out there, but are they really deals if you can’t get ahold of an agent when you have a question or you wind up leaving money on the table or spending forever waiting for your house to sell?

Order a Creekstone Real Estate flat fee listing from us today and let us wow you with our service from contract to close.

Flat Fee MLS Listings vs. Traditional 6% Listings

You need effective marketing to sell real estate properties in today’s digital age.

When you consider the fact that about 90% of home buyers usually take to the internet or go through a Realtor at some point for their home search, you’ll realize how powerful and effective it can be to get your property listed in MLS.

If you plan on selling your home very soon, you have a variety of options to consider.

You can pay for a flat fee MLS service at a low price or go for a traditional 6% listing. While the latter is commission-based, the former involves paying a small but fixed upfront fee for the listing.

Flat fee MLS vs Traditional 6% Listing

Both of these are common options when you need MLS exposure for your property.

While most people would just go for a flat fee MLS, some would go for a traditional listing.

With the latter option, the commission charged depends on how much you’re able to get for your property.

The flat fee MLS option allows you to pay a low fixed upfront fee.

How exactly do both of these options measure up against each other? Let’s see!

Costs savings difference

Traditional listings will set you back a whopping 6%; on a $350,000 property that adds up to $21,000.

That’s quite a bit of money compared to the small amount you’ll pay for a flat fee MLS service.

It’s easy to understand why this is the case, traditional listing agents are locked into charging high commissions because their livelihood depends on it.

A flat fee MLS listing, on the other hand, will help you avoid paying those expensive listing commissions that eat into your profit.

The money you save is what makes the difference between purchasing a flat fee MLS listing and most of the other alternatives.

If you’re concerned about getting real value from your home sales, flat fee MLS listings are the better and less expensive option compared to traditional listings.

Service offering difference

Sure, you’ll save money, but you might wonder what you’ll sacrifice for the savings you’ll get by using a flat fee MLS listing service.

For a flat fee MLS listing service to be successful, we need two things – customer satisfaction and the ability to handle a large volume of listings efficiently.

It’s unlikely that you’ll ever meet your flat fee MLS listing agent in person, however we’re generally more accessible and more responsive than a traditional listing agent.

You’ll have to attach a lockbox to your door to facilitate showings by buyer’s agents.

You’ll have to put a yard sign in your yard to indicate that your property is up for sale.

If you’re handy with a camera you can take your listing photos or you can hire one of the professional photo services that some traditional agents use to take your listing photos for you.

You’ll still have to fill out and sign listing paperwork, fill out forms outlining sales related details about your property and a seller’s disclosure, you still have to clean and prepare your home for sale, and agree on a listing amount.

Your flat fee MLS listing agent can still run a CMA to help you determine list price, give you forms guidance, and help you negotiate from contract to close just like a traditional agent.

Once a traditional agent signs a listing agreement, they rarely re-visit the property again until after closing to pick up their sign and Supra lockbox.

Bottom Line

Flat fee MLS listings help you avoid paying those huge traditional listing commissions in exchange for a little more effort on your part.

If you shop around for a flat fee MLS listing service that offers extras built in to their listing packages like a showing scheduling service, a yard sign, forms, and negotiation assistance, then you probably won’t even notice that you didn’t hire a traditional listing agent until you get to closing and see the increase to your bottom line.