7 Best Arizona Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2021

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Trevor Wallis

May 17th, 2021
Updated May 17th, 2021

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Whether you’re selling a townhouse in downtown Phoenix or a ranch house just outside Grand Canyon National Park, paying 6% in realtor fees is a lot.

That’s why some sellers use a flat-fee MLS company to list their home on the MLS — the main place where realtors find homes to show their clients — in exchange for a small one-time fee.

What’s the catch?

  • Less support: You manage your own sale — without a full-service agent to handle pricing, photography, paperwork, and negotiations.
  • Lower sales price: For sale by owner (FSBO) homes usually sell for significantly less than homes sold by agents — 6% less on average compared to agent-represented properties.
  • You still pay a buyer’s agent fee: 88% of buyers work with an agent — who still needs to get paid. In Arizona, you’re on the hook for 2.50%-3.00% of the final sale price.

If you want to save on fees but aren’t ready for a “Do-It-Yourself” experience, Clever can match you with full-service realtors who work for a low flat fee of $3,000 or 1%.

Clever is the best alternative to the full DIY approach if you're in Arizona! You'll save thousands on listing fees, while still getting the support you need to sell your home fast AND for top dollar.

» SAVE: List with a full-service agent for just $3,000 or 1%

If you’re still interested in finding flat-fee MLS listing options in Arizona, read on! We’ve reviewed the best (and worst!) services in The Grand Canyon State.

The 8 best Arizona flat-fee MLS companies*


AZ FSBO Pro
Congress Realty
Flatlist.com
Mountain Lake Realty
Sell By Owner Arizona
Flat Fee Group
Houzeo

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$89-299

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AZ FSBO Pro

AZ FSBO Pro

AZ FSBO Pro

Best For

Sellers who are confident their home will sell quickly

Price Range

$89-299

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • You can pay less for a shorter listing if you're confident your home will sell within three months.
  • The cheapest package includes 10 photos. Many other companies include only six.
  • If you don't know what your listing price should be, you can see how much homes have sold for in your area recently for a small fee.

Cons:

  • You have to pay extra to add open house dates to your MLS listing — a service that most companies include in their packages.
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Congress Realty

Congress Realty

Congress Realty

Best For

Sellers who want a lot of a-la-carte options

Price Range

$299

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Congress Realty has a phone system that forwards any phone calls about your listing directly to you.
  • You can request a free Comparative Marketing Analysis if you want a better idea of what homes in your area have sold for recently.

Cons:

  • Congress Realty costs a lot more than competitors with similar MLS packages.
  • You have to pay an extra $50 if you want more than four photos in your listing.
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Flatlist.com

Flatlist.com

Flatlist.com

Best For

Sellers who want to stand out in crowded markets

Price Range

$299

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • You can list up to 25 photos without paying extra. Other companies limit you to 10 or fewer on their base packages.
  • Your listing comes with all the state and federal disclosure forms, plus counter offer forms, HOA addendums, and seller's property disclosures.

Cons:

  • The service is only available in Oahu, Maui County, Big Island, and Kauai.
  • Flatlist.com doesn't give you the choice of a smaller, cheaper listing package.
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Mountain Lake Realty

Mountain Lake Realty

Mountain Lake Realty

Best For

Sellers who want a specific MLS package without having to buy services a la carte

Price Range

$295-999

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • You can choose from seven different packages based on your home's value and the extra services you need (like professional photography, Docusign, and an electronic lockbox).
  • Every package includes a contract review with the broker.

Cons:

  • Each package includes a maximum home value. Most companies will list any home, regardless of price.
  • The base package doesn't include electronic form signing.
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Sell By Owner Arizona

Sell By Owner Arizona

Sell By Owner Arizona

Best For

Sellers who don't need a lot of guidance from the listing broker

Price Range

$299-499

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • If you decide to go with a full service agent, Sell By Owner Arizona will refund your listing fee when you use an agent it refers you to.
  • If you spring for the top package, your listing will get a custom web address that you can share with potential buyers.

Cons:

  • Sell By Owner Arizona doesn't offer any extra assistance like contract reviews. Most brokers in this price range provide some kind of guidance.
  • Its unlimited listing changes apply only to price and status — not photos or the property description.
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Unique Homes AZ

Unique Homes AZ

Unique Homes AZ

Best For

Sellers who want a single package that comes with everything you need to advertise and sell a property

Price Range

$599

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Your package comes with a yard sign, sign post, and a flyer box for your front yard. Most companies make you pay up to $100 extra for these.
  • You'll also get a custom flyer design that you can print and give out to potential buyers.

Cons:

  • There's only one package, and it's more expensive than many other flat-fee MLS companies in Arizona.
  • Unique Homes AZ is available only in Coconino, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, and Mojave counties.
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Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Best For

Experienced investors who need only a basic MLS listing

Price Range

$499

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • You can set up a free FSBO web page along with your MLS listing.
  • It's easy to switch to a full-service agent if you decide FSBO isn't for you.

Cons:

  • This broker offers only one flat-fee MLS package. However, the company offers a higher-priced full-service option if you want help with facilitating your sale.
  • The company's flat-fee MLS option allows fewer photos and changes to your listing.
  • The flat-fee MLS service is good for a shorter listing duration than usual (three months) and boasts a higher price than many other options.
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Houzeo

Houzeo

Houzeo

Best For

Experienced sellers who know what services they do and don’t need

Price Range

$199-399

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • You can fill out, sign, and submit all your seller's paperwork on the Houzeo app.
  • When you enter your address, Houzeo auto-fills publicly available data about your property.
  • Houzeo lets you buy additional services like contract reviews, agent showings, and professional showings a la carte.

Cons:

  • You have to pay extra for pricing assistance — several local competitors offer this for free.
  • You're limited to 10 free changes for price, status, and description in their two most popular packages. Most competitors offer unlimited free changes.
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Hidden costs of flat-fee MLS companies

Some companies claim to offer flat-rate MLS services but charge "hidden" fees at closing. We've even seen some companies that claim to offer a "free" MLS listing only to charge you a percentage of the sale price at closing.

These predatory practices could cost you thousands of dollars when you expect to pay only a few hundred.

Always make sure to read the fine print for any service. Look out for "closing fees" or "admin fees" that you'll owe the broker in addition to an up-front flat fee.

Further, some flat-fee MLS companies offer a la carte services like photography, paperwork help, and signage. These services can reduce some of your DIY work, but watch out. These add-ons can add up!

At a certain point, you may be better off finding a full-service agent who charges a clear and upfront discounted rate.

💰 Incredible savings, none of the DIY

Selling your home is difficult, even with a flat-fee MLS company to handle your listing. Add in hidden fees, a la carte services, and premium service tiers, and you'll save a lot less than you planned, but still be stuck with most of the work.

There's a better option. Clever pre-negotiates cheaper listing fees with the top agents in your area. You still save on commission, while getting the support of a full-service agent.

  • Clever partner agents offer full-service support for a fraction of the full-service price: a flat $3,000 listing fee or 1% for homes over $350,000
  • Clever sellers save an average of $9,000 on commission AND they get offers 2.8x faster than the national average

Ready to find real estate agents who can help you save thousands on your sale? Enter your zip code below to get started!

Frequently asked questions

How much do flat-fee MLS services cost in Arizona?

Typically, you should expect to pay about $300-500 for a flat-fee MLS listing in Arizona. However, we've seen basic plans for as low as $89 and more comprehensive services that charge as much as $1,500.

Do I still need to pay the buyer's agent commission?

Although you'll save some money by not having to pay commission to a listing agent (typically 2.00%-3.00% of the sale price), we strongly recommend offering a commission to the buyer's agent. This will incentivize agents to bring their clients to your home.

How much to offer a buyer's agent is up to you, but most selling agent commissions in Arizona range from 2.50%-3.00%.

» READ: Average Real Estate Commission in Arizona

How do I sell by owner in Arizona?

Arizona real estate laws require sellers to disclose all important information about their property, including:

  • Building and safety information
  • Utilities
  • Environmental information (like erosion, noise pollution, and whether it's in a flood plain)
  • Sewer and wastewater treatment

The Arizona Association of REALTORS® uses the Residential Seller's Property Disclosure Statement (SPDS) to document all this information. You can download the form directly from the AAR.

» READ: How to Sell a House for Sale by Owner in Arizona

What are the alternatives to using a flat-fee MLS service in Arizona?

Discount and flat-fee real estate agents

Discount real estate brokers will list your property for as little as 1% — keeping in mind that you usually still have to pay a 2.6–3% buyer’s agent fee.

We’ve reviewed six national and regional discount brokers that operate in Arizona.

Discount Broker
Listing Fee
Review

Clever

1% or $3,000

Help-U-Sell

Varies

Homie

$2,500

Redfin

1.5% (minimum varies)

Assist-2-Sell

Varies

Trelora

$3,000

In Arizona, Clever offers the lowest rates, with an added advantage: Clever lets you compare multiple agents from major brands like Keller Williams, Century 21, and RE/MAX.

Clever is an agent-matching service that can match you with a pre-vetted, full-service agent for only $3,000 (or 1% if your home is priced above $350,000), plus the typical buyer's agent commission.

Your Clever agent will handle everything for you, from helping you accurately price your home to high-quality photography to negotiating with prospective buyers and filling out the paperwork.

You'll pay only a little more than you'd pay a flat-fee MLS service but save hours of effort by not having to do it all yourself!

Ready to start saving?

Find top agents who charge a flat $3,000 or 1%. Clever's agent-matching service is free, with NO obligation!

Selling without an MLS listing

It's always possible to try selling your house by owner without listing on the MLS. But this makes sense only if you already have a potential buyer lined up.

That's because not listing on your local MLS means not getting the most effective exposure for your property. MLS listings are posted to every major real estate website. Plus, real estate agents access MLS listings to find properties for their clients.

If you don't secure an MLS listing, you'll be limited to sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace and relying on a yard sign.

iBuyers

iBuyers are companies that buy homes for cash outright at what they claim are market prices. When you sell to an iBuyer, you could have a preliminary offer in as little as 24 hours.

The major downside of selling to an iBuyer is that these companies make money by charging steep service fees — typically 5-14% of the purchase price. So they're a good alternative only for sellers more concerned with convenience and speed than costs.

There are currently three iBuyers operating in certain Arizona markets. Click below to learn more.

iBuyer
Arizona Market(s)
Fees
Review

Knock

Phoenix, Tucson

6%

Opendoor

Phoenix, Tucson

5%

Zillow Offers

Phoenix, Tucson

7-7.5%

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