Houston, TX Flat Fee MLS Listing Service

Houston Flat Fee MLS Listings

Ready to sell your home in Houston, TX? Researching flat fee MLS listing services?

Flat rate MLS listings are a fantastic way to list your home for sale in Houston, TX and save thousands in commission at the closing table.

Creekstone Real Estate offers three discount MLS listing packages at attractive rates that won’t force you to compromise on quality or features. We offer two packages with a single upfront flat rate to list your house in MLS and we also offer no-upfront fee package to list in MLS.

All three packages require a Buyer’s Agent commission that is ONLY payable if the buyer is represented, if the buyer isn’t represented you pay NO ADDITIONAL COMMISSSION.

Estimated Flat Fee MLS Savings for Texas Markets

The real estate industry has been fighting to keep the traditional 6%-7% listing model in place for a long time and it’s beginning to lose ground to more appropriately priced flat fee Realtor® services.

Region Median Price 6% Listing 3% + Flat Fee Estimated Savings
Texas overall $245,900 $14,754 $7,872 $6,882
Austin $331,000 $19,860 $10,425 $9,435
Fort Worth $252,300 $15,138 $8,064 $7,074
Dallas $297,400 $17,844 $9,417 $8,427
San Antonio $237,400 $14,244 $7,617 $6,627
Houston $246,300 $14,778 $7,884 $6,894

Data from Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University

Creekstone Real Estate’s processes for flat fee MLS listings are entirely built around providing virutal real estate services to sellers. We’re more accessible than traditional Realtors®, we’re more responsive, and we’re constantly working towards an all digital workflow to try to eliminate the paper shuffle.

Our Goal Is To Get You Sold

Unlike many discount MLS brokers, we don’t just take your listing and let it gather dust in MLS. If you’re not getting showing activity or offers within a reasonable amount for your local market, we’ll often take a closer look to see if there’s something that can be improved on with your listing and we may reach out by phone or email to see how things are going.

We’re A Texas Only Listing Service

Creekstone Real Estate focuses solely on the Texas real estate market unlike other brokers that take listings in multiple states.

We believe that by concentrating our efforts on Texas flat fee listings we can provide you with a much higher level of service than other brokers that try to stay current on local and legal issues in multiple states.

Texas Seller’s Disclosure and You

Sales of residential property in the state of Texas usually require the seller to furnish to the buyer a Seller’s Disclosure of Property Condition except under very specific conditions.

Texas Association of Realtors Sellers Disclosure Header

The two most common reasons I hear for why a Seller doesn’t believe they need to furnish a completed copy of this form to a buyer is that the seller has never lived in the property, as in the case of a Landlord, or the seller is an Executor/Executrix for the estate for a decedent with whom they were related to or were friends with.

In both cases the seller usually has knowledge of the property condition and should disclose anything they know on the Seller’s Disclosure of Property Condition form.  At the very beginning of the form, there is a section for you to state that you are not occupying the property and/or that you have never occupied the property.  You can explain on the form what you do and do not know about the property.

Seller  is  is not occupying the Property. If unoccupied (by Seller), how long since Seller has occupied the Property?  (approximate date) or  never occupied the Property

Sec. 5.008 Sellers’ Disclosure of Property Condition

You can read the full section 5.008 portion of the property code on the Texas Constitution and Statutes website.

Section 5.008(e) spells out the exemptions for giving a Seller’s Disclosure of Property Condition.

  • (e) This section does not apply to a transfer:
    • (1) pursuant to a court order or foreclosure sale;
    • (2) by a trustee in bankruptcy;
    • (3) to a mortgagee by a mortgagor or successor in interest, or to a beneficiary of a deed of trust by a trustor or successor in interest;
    • (4) by a mortgagee or a beneficiary under a deed of trust who has acquired the real property at a sale conducted pursuant to a power of sale under a deed of trust or a sale pursuant to a court ordered foreclosure or has acquired the real property by a deed in lieu of foreclosure;
    • (5) by a fiduciary in the course of the administration of a decedent’s estate, guardianship, conservatorship, or trust;
    • (6) from one co-owner to one or more other co-owners;
    • (7) made to a spouse or to a person or persons in the lineal line of consanguinity of one or more of the transferors;
    • (8) between spouses resulting from a decree of dissolution of marriage or a decree of legal separation or from a property settlement agreement incidental to such a decree;
    • (9) to or from any governmental entity;
    • (10) of a new residence of not more than one dwelling unit which has not previously been occupied for residential purposes; or
    • (11) of real property where the value of any dwelling does not exceed five percent of the value of the property.

Checking Item 7.B (3) on the Residential Resale contract (purchase agreement), stating that you are not required to furnish notice under Texas Property Code when you are required to furnish notice could give the buyer a valid reason to terminate the purchase agreement outside of their option period.

 (3)The Seller is not required to furnish the notice under the Texas Property Code.

Make sure you’re really not required to supply a Seller’s Disclosure before checking that box.

The Texas Association of Realtors has a page dedicated to answering some questions about disclosure.  If you’re still unsure, you should consult a real estate attorney.

UPDATE AUGUST 7, 2019

The 86th Texas Legislature passed two bills that added questions to the Seller’s Disclosure Notice (TXR 1406) specifically regarding flooding, such as whether the seller’s property is located wholly or partly in a 500-year floodplain, whether the seller has ever filed a claim for flood damage, and questions about the nature of any flooding that occurred on the property.

Texas Harvey flooding 2017 - onramp photo leading to Interstate 10

Which Transactions Need to Use the Revised Form?

The revised version of the Seller’s Disclosure Notice becomes mandatory for use transactions when the sales contract is executed on or after Sept. 1, 2019.

It may also be used on a voluntary basis for transactions where the contract is executed prior to that date.

View the previous version of the Seller’s Disclosure provided by TREC.

View the new version of the Seller’s Disclosure provided by TREC, required to be used in transactions after September 1, 2019.

How can I quickly tell which version I’m using?

In the top right corner of the first page, there is a date that indicates which version of the document you’re looking at.

The old version has the date of 8-7-2017, the new version has the date of 09-01-2019.

Old Version

New Version