6 Best Minnesota Flat-Fee MLS Companies in 2021

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Trevor Wallis

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March 6th, 2021

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Whether you're selling a cabin in the Superior National Forest or a condo in downtown Minneapolis, 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 local 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 Minnesota, you’re on the hook for 2.60%-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 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 Minnesota, read on! We’ve reviewed the best (and worst!) services in the The North Star State.

The 6 best Minnesota flat-fee MLS companies*


123 Flat Fee Minnesota
Minnesota Flat Fee MLS
Real Estate Corners, Inc
Savvy Avenue, LLC
Congress Realty
beycome

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$299-599

$99-149

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$295-495

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Unlimited listing updates

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Downloadable forms

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For sale sign

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123 Flat Fee Minnesota

123 Flat Fee Minnesota

Best For

Sellers who expect a lot of in-person showings

Price Range

$299-599

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • You'll have access to ShowingTime, an app that agents use to coordinate showings.
  • The Premium package comes with a lot of materials to help you with open houses and showings like yard signs, directional signs, and property flyers.

Cons:

  • The basic package only allows six photos. You'll usually want to include more photos to give people a better look at your property online.
  • The company doesn't cover all of Minnesota. You can check out its website for specific regions.
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Minnesota Flat Fee MLS

Minnesota Flat Fee MLS

Best For

Sellers on a tight budget

Price Range

$99-149

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The $149 listing option lets you post as many photos as the MLS allows.
  • This service participates in four MLSs that cover nearly all of the state.

Cons:

  • You don't have many options for add ons or additional services
  • Both packages only include a six-month listing. There's no options for longer listing periods.
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Real Estate Corners, Inc

Real Estate Corners, Inc

Best For

Experienced sellers looking for a simple MLS listing

Price Range

$299

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The base package lets you add up to 24 photos to your listing.
  • Your listing will also be posted on RealEstateCorners.com.
  • You can add on a lot of extras like listing brochures, a competitive market analysis, and new sale and listing monitoring in your neighborhood.

Cons:

  • You only have one package to choose from. It's not a great option for people who want a basic listing on a shoestring budget.
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Savvy Avenue, LLC

Savvy Avenue, LLC

Best For

Sellers who expect their home to sell quickly

Price Range

$295-495

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • If you choose the Extended package ($395), you can add a virtual tour to your listing.
  • You can manage your listing entirely online.

Cons:

  • The basic package doesn't include state disclosure forms.
  • The basic package is only a three-month listing term. While this may work well for sellers who expect their property to sell quickly, you might want to go with either the six-month or 12-month listings.
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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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Beycome

beycome

Best For

Tech-savvy sellers who want to manage their listings on an online platform

Price Range

$99-299

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • You can upload photos, manage your listings, and receive and negotiate offers all within the online platform. Great for people who don't like to talk on the phone!
  • If you need help pricing your home, you can check the two home value estimates that come with each package.
  • Sellers who opt for the $199 Premium version can use the platform to automatically list their homes on popular classified sites like Craigslist, Oodle, and Listanza.

Cons:

  • You'll get no assistance with paperwork, even as an add-on service.
  • Beycome's site doesn't make it clear that you may still have to pay a buyer's agent commission.
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Flat-Fee MLS Companies in Minnesota by City

In Minnesota, you'll also find some smaller flat-fee MLS companies that specialize in particular cities. These uber-local companies are more likely to offer flexible service packages and to bring more area expertise than the big guys.

Every Minnesota flat-fee MLS service is different. Always make sure to read the fine print when evaluating offerings to make sure you're getting a fair deal.

Flat-fee MLS companies in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, the state's largest city, offers the largest selection of flat-fee MLS companies as well. You'll find a lot of variety in both price and packages. We saw basic listings for about $100 and more comprehensive options for more than $800.

» EXPLORE: The Best Minneapolis Flat-Fee MLS Companies

Flat-fee MLS companies to avoid

Some companies claim to offer flat-rate MLS services but charge "hidden" fees 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 "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 Minnesota?

Typically, you should expect to pay about $300 for a flat-fee MLS listing in Minnesota. However, we've seen basic plans for as low as $100 and more comprehensive services that charge as much as $600.

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 2.77%-3.17% 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 Minnesota range from 2.60%-3.00%.

» READ: Average Real Estate Commission in Minnesota

How do I sell by owner in Minnesota?

Minnesota real estate laws require sellers to disclose any known defects that could affect a buyer's decision to purchase the 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

Minnesota uses the Seller's Residential Property Disclosure form. You can either get this form from your listing broker or download itfrom the Minnesota Bar Association.

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

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

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 Minnesota.

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

Help-U-Sell

Varies

Redfin

1.5% (minimum varies)

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 two iBuyers operating in certain Minnesota markets. Click below to learn more.

iBuyer
Minnesota Markets
Fees
Review

Opendoor

Minneapolis-St. Paul

5%

Zillow Offers

Minneapolis-St. Paul

7-7.5%