5 Best Colorado Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2021

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Trevor Wallis

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January 22nd, 2021

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Whether you're buying a trendy studio in Denver or a spacious ranch-style home in Grand Junction, 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.
  • You still pay a buyer’s agent fee: 88% of buyers work with an agent — who still needs to get paid. In Colorado, you’re on the hook for 2.56%-2.96% 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 agents who work for a low flat fee or 1%. Find a low fee agent near you.

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

The 5 best Colorado flat-fee MLS companies*


Home Savings Realty
HybridMLSListings
Flat Fee Group
Flat Fee Realty
Houzeo

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$399-699 (0.25% at closing)

$299-549 (0.5% at closing)

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Home Savings Realty

Home Savings Realty

Best For

Sellers who expect their home to sell quickly

Price Range

$399-699 (0.25% at closing)

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The broker is involved in all parts of the selling process as long as your listing is active.
  • Your listing package includes professional photos of your home.

Cons:

  • The listing terms are short compared to other Colorado flat-fee MLS companies.
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HybridMLSListings

HybridMLSListings

Best For

Inexperienced sellers who need extra guidance

Price Range

$299-549 (0.5% at closing)

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • You can add as many photos as the MLS allows with all listing packages.
  • The broker will handle all your offer negotiations for you.

Cons:

  • The basic package doesn't include any pricing assistance.
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Flat Fee Group

Flat Fee Group

Best For

Sellers who need help with offer reviews and negotiations

Price Range

$299-549 (0.5% at closing)

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The broker will review your contracts and title documents, offering you advice throughout the process.
  • You'll work with a local broker backed by the reputation of a national company.

Cons:

  • You have to sign up for the premium package to receive any pricing assistance.
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Flat Fee Realty

Flat Fee Realty

Best For

Budget-conscious sellers who need a simple, affordable listing

Price Range

$199 (0.5% at closing)

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Your listing comes with all the state seller's disclosures that you'll need.
  • You can pay a little more to post up to 25 photos on the MLS instead of the standard six.

Cons:

  • Flat Fee Realty doesn't offer any pricing or contract assistance.
  • The company won't be your listing broker. Instead, they'll refer you to a Colorado-based broker who will list your property. If you have problems or questions, you'll end up talking to two companies instead of just one.
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Houzeo

Houzeo

Best For

Sellers looking for a lot of a-la-carte options

Price Range

$199-399 (0.5% at closing)

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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Flat-fee MLS companies to avoid

Some companies claim to offer flat-rate MLS services but charge "hidden" fees at closing. These 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 "closing costs" that you'll owe the broker in addition to an up-front flat fee.

We've even seen some companies that claim to offer a "free" MLS listing only to charge you a percentage of the sale price.

Paying a percentage of the sale price kills any benefits of using a flat-fee MLS company. At that cost, you'll be better off using a flat-fee broker like Clever for more service and transparent pricing.

Frequently asked questions

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

Typically, you should expect to pay about $300-500 plus 0.5% of the purchase price at closing for a flat-fee MLS listing in Colorado. However, we've seen basic plans for as low as $200 and more comprehensive services that charge as much as $800.

Some flat-fee MLS companies offer services such as photography, paperwork help, and signage a la carte. However, watch out. These add-on services can add up! At that point, you might be better off using a full-service agent who charges a flat or discounted fee to handle everything for you.

» FIND: Full-service agents who don't charge an arm and a leg

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 2.50%-2.90% 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 Colorado range from 2.56%-2.96%.

» READ: Average Real Estate Commission in Colorado

How do I sell by owner in Colorado?

Colorado 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

You'll provide this information in the Colorado Seller's Residential Property Disclosure, which you'll get from your listing broker.

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

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

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 nine national and regional discount brokers that operate in Colorado.

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. However, if you’re selling a particularly pricey home, the flat fees charged by Homie and Trelora could offer significant savings.

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.

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Discount Broker
Listing Fee
Review

Clever

1% or $3,000

Assist-2-Sell

Varies

Door Real Estate

$5,000

Help-U-Sell

Varies

Homie

$3,000

Trelora

$3,000

Redefy

1% or $3,500

Redfin

1.5% (minimum varies)

REX Real Estate

2%

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

Your full-service 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.

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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 four iBuyers operating in certain Colorado markets. Click below to learn more.

iBuyer
Colorado Markets
Fees
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Orchard

Denver

6%

Opendoor

Denver

5%

RedfinNow

Denver

6-12%

Zillow Offers

Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins

7-7.5%