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Published November 03, 2009
With Flat Fee Realtor you take advantage of the opportunity to get the most for your money, whereas with typical real estate listing agents, you must go by their rules and regulations and turning up with paying high sales commission on closing the sales. You're guaranteed increased exposure on hundreds of real estate listing websites utilizing a Discount Realtor program and you’re in control of everything. Flat Fee Realtor ensures that your home is list on MLS without the expensive sales commission you would pay out because you pick the commission personally. Millions of home buying customers and buyers' agents will have access to your property's information. That's a tremendousness amount of exposure for your property. Your home shows on most of the real estate listing brokerage websites that display property listing information through the MLS listing IDX. But in addition to the MLS by Flat Fee Broker, most Flat Fee MLS listing packages give your property exposure on the Discount Realtor websites. Surveys show more than 80% of all properties sold were listed on the MLS by Flat Fee Broker. In any case, the seller pays less than 7% what he used to pay the traditional real estate listing agent for selling his home. Sometimes they may give more to the buyer's agent because this is the person who actually sells the home (brings the buyer to the table). Discount Realtor offer to sell a home for 3%, 4% or 5% of the sales price, and give half to the buyer's agent. The average co-brokering fee would be 3% (split the fee paid to a buyer’s agent). In most part of US, brokerage fees are as high as 7% of the sales price. You may also think that there would be many traditional agents leaping at the chance to become Flat Fee Realtors and offer discounts. You would think that if there are flat fee Discount Realtors and rebate real estate agents in the market the buyers' and sellers would celebrate. Once your property is list in MLS, your selling agent has agreed to share their commission with anyone who will bring a buyer and complete the transaction. The MLS is a system which acts as a meeting place where buyer and seller agents meet to conduct business and trade buying and selling sources. Your agent markets your property by using the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). You agree to pay sales commission which can be around 6-7% to sell your home and complete the transaction. You hire a real estate listing agent to sell your property. The Traditional method of selling a home works like this. And the major PLUS a Flat Fee MLS listing service gives your home full exposure to Flat Fee Brokers and buyers'. Using a Flat Fee Broker to list your home in your local MLS for a low Flat Fee MLS, rather paying the typical 6-7% sales commission to real estate listing broker will indeed save you money, in a big way. You also retain the right to sell on your own and pay no commission at all. You only pay them if they sell your property at your terms. Buyers' agents will contact you directly with your phone number as the contact number. This is significantly less than the typical 6-7%. You agree upfront to pay a 2% to 3% commission to an agent that brings you a buyer. You don't pay a Discount Realtor- you only pay an agent to bring you a buyer. With a Flat Fee MLS listing service, the Flat Fee Broker will list your property in the MLS system, but you only need to pay one side of the sale commission. In addition, some Discount Realtors are offering full service as before. Home sellers know that the local MLS is where most homes get sold, reaching the eyes of prospective buyers. With rising home prices, commissions too have gone through the roof. The primary reason why home sellers and buyers are turning to Flat Fee Realtor and Discount Realtor is to save money, and lots of it. The home seller will also pay the cooperating fee. A flat fee broker will charge a flat fee upfront for a listing, and pay a cooperating fee on top of that amount to the selling brokers. They want the maximum exposure for their property so that maximum buyers' see the property and maximum number of real estate listing agents come across their listing. For many sellers, their main goal is to get their property list in MLS for a flat fee which is done by Flat Fee Broker. These services are often customized to meet the sellers' needs. In recent years, certain discount realtors have moved away from commission-based pricing and have offered flat fee listing services.