5 Best Hawaii Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2021

Trevor Wallis

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Trevor Wallis

May 17th, 2021
Updated May 17th, 2021

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Whether you're selling a Big Island bungalow or a Maui mansion, 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 Hawaii, you’re on the hook for 2.50%-2.75% 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 Hawaii! 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 Hawaii, read on! We’ve reviewed the best (and worst!) services in The Aloha State.

The 5 best Hawaii flat-fee MLS companies*


Flatlist.com
Hawaii Flat Fee
Fizber
FSBO.com
Houzeo

Price range

$299

$250

$295-395

$399.95

$199-399

Money-back guarantee

Unlimited listing updates

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Downloadable forms

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For sale sign

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Lockbox

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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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Hawaii Flat Fee

Hawaii Flat Fee

Hawaii Flat Fee

Best For

Sellers who need a simple MLS listing without a lot of extras

Price Range

$250

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The standard listing term is 12 months. Many other companies limit you to six months or fewer.
  • If you decide that you want more help selling your home, you can upgrade to a full-service package for 1% of the final sale price.

Cons:

  • You can only make 10 free changes to your MLS listing.
  • Hawaii Flat Fee is only available on Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu.
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Fizber

Fizber

Fizber

Best For

Sellers who want to attract people looking for a FSBO property

Price Range

$295-395

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Fizber will promote your listing for you on social media.
  • If you change your mind before your listing goes live, you can get a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

Cons:

  • The basic MLS package only includes six photos. Other companies include up to 25.
  • You'll have to pay extra if you want to make changes to your listing.
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FSBO.com

FSBO.com

FSBO.com

Best For

Sellers who also want to list on a large FSBO marketplace

Price Range

$400

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Your home will appear in your local MLS and on FSBO.com. A lot of people shop directly for FSBO properties on their site.

Cons:

  • FSBO.com refers you to a broker in your area instead of listing your property itself. Your experience could vary greatly dependin on the broker you're matched with.
  • You have to pay for seller disclosures, for sale signs, and lock boxes separately.
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Houzeo

Houzeo

Houzeo

Best For

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

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 Hawaii?

Typically, you should expect to pay about $300 for a flat-fee MLS listing in Hawaii. However, we've seen basic plans for as low as $200 and more comprehensive services that charge as much as $400.

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%-2.75% 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 Hawaii range from 2.50%-2.75%.

» READ: Average Real Estate Commission in Hawaii

How do I sell by owner in Hawaii?

Hawaii 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 Hawaii Association of REALTORS® uses the Residential Seller's Property Disclosure Statement (SPDS) to document all this information. You should receive this form from your listing agent.

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

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

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 four national and regional discount brokers that operate in Hawaii.

Discount Broker
Listing Fee
Review

Clever

1% or $3,000

Assist-2-Sell
Varies
Help-U-Sell
Varies

Redfin

1.5% (minimum varies)

In Hawaii, 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.

Better real estate agents at a better rate

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If you don't love your Clever partner agent, you can request to meet with another, or shake hands and go a different direction. We offer this because we're confident you're going to love working with a Clever Partner Agent.