Whether you're selling a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains or a colonial in the Triangle, 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 North Carolina, you’re on the hook for 2.58%-2.98% 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 North Carolina, read on! We’ve reviewed the best (and worst!) services in the The Tar Heel State.
The 5 best North Carolina flat-fee MLS companies*
Carolina Realty Solutions
List With Freedom
United Brokers LTD
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Sellers willing to pay for the convenience of an all-in package
- Includes access to Showingtime, an app Realtors use to schedule showings. Many flat-fee MLS companies either don't offer or charge extra for this service.
- You can extend your listing for up to two years without paying an extra listing fee.
- You'll get both a yard sign and a key lockbox — even with the cheapest package.
- Carolina Realty Solutions doesn't currently offer flat fee MLS services to Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, and Cleveland counties.
Sellers who are still on the fence about FSBO
- You'll get all the documents and disclosures you need when selling your property.
- If you decide to hire a full-service real estate agent, Clickit will refer you to a broker and refund your package price at closing.
- Clickit Realty will match a competitor if you find a better price for the same tools and systems.
- The basic package includes only three photos while most competitors offer at least six.
- You have to sign up for the Platinum package ($599) before you can post open houses on your MLS listing.
Experienced sellers who know what services they do and don't need
- If you know exactly what you need, you can go with a cheaper package and buy the extras on their own.
- There's no cancellation fee for live listings.
- You can pay a little more for showing and open house assistance.
- There's only one photo included in the base package.
- List With Freedom offers no built-in pricing support or home valuation.
Budget-conscious sellers who need an affordable basic listing
- You can get the basic bundle for cheaper than many other companies if you don't need much additional support from the broker.
- For an extra fee, you can add a virtual tour to your MLS listing.
- If you buy the basic package, any changes to your listing cost $10 each, but free changes to your price, status, and description are included in the Standard, Enhanced, and Full-Service bundles.
- You can e-sign forms only if you sign up for the Full-Service bundle ($875).
Sellers looking for a lot of a-la-carte options
- 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.
- 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.
Flat-Fee MLS Companies in North Carolina by City
In North Carolina, 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 North Carolina 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 Asheville
We found that flat-fee MLS companies in Asheville tend to be more limited than other companies around the state. You can expect to pay between $49 and $395 for a complete listing package.
» EXPLORE: The Best Asheville Flat-Fee MLS Companies
Flat-fee MLS companies in Raleigh
If you're in the Raleigh-Durham area, you'll have several local options for flat-fee MLS companies. You can pick the listing package that works best for your property and budget — from simple listings for less than $100 up to premium packages for nearly $1,000.
» EXPLORE: The Best Raleigh Flat-Fee MLS Companies
Flat-fee MLS companies in Charlotte
Charlotte is North Carolina's largest metro area, bringing a large and diverse selection of flat-fee MLS companies as well. You can find packages as low as $49 or more comprehensive packages for as much as $995.
» EXPLORE: The Best Charlotte 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 North Carolina?
Typically, you should expect to pay about $200-500 for a flat-fee MLS listing in North Carolina. However, we've seen basic plans for as low as $90 and more comprehensive services that charge as much as $1,000.
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.
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 2.80%-3.20% 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 North Carolina range from 2.58%-2.98%.
How do I sell by owner in North Carolina?
North Carolina real estate laws require sellers to disclose all important information about their property, including:
- Building and safety information
- HOA information
- Environmental information (like erosion, noise pollution, and whether it's in a flood plain)
- Sewer and wastewater treatment
- Mineral, oil, and gas rights
The North Carolina Real Estate Commission provides the disclosure forms to sellers. You can download the Residential Property and Owners' Association Disclosure Statement (RPOADS) and the Mineral and Oil and Gas Rights Mandatory Disclosure Statement (MOGRS) directly from the NCREC.
What are the alternatives to using a flat-fee MLS service in North Carolina?
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 seven national and regional discount brokers that operate in North Carolina.
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 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.
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 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 North Carolina markets. Click below to learn more.