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fsbo tips for selling your own home plus real estate purchase contracts and legal forms.    
Pay *$199 - $499 for a flat fee mls listing
 and save $6,000
on the typical commission on a $200,000 house
flat fee mls listing service
*Prices are set by local Realtors who provide the service through
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to see if Audrie can list your home
in your local MLS
How does it work?
Flat fee mls works because there are two real estate agents involved in the sale of almost every house: the "listing agent" who works with the Seller, and the "buyer's  agent" who works with the Buyer.  
Listing Agent Typical
Listing agent tasks
  Buyer's agent  Typical
Buyer Agent tasks
The listing agent is the Seller's agent 1. Put home in local MLS
2. Assist in setting price
3. Provide "For Sale"   sign and newspaper   ads.
4. Host an open house
  The Buyer's agent 1. Search MLS for homes that match Buyer's  wishes.
2. Take Buyers to see     homes.

3. Prepare offer and assist with negotiations

$6,000  (3%)   $6,000 (3%)

On a $200,000 house, the Seller typically pays 6% commission ($12,000) which is split evenly, with the "listing agent" getting 3% or $6,000 and the  "buyer's agent" getting the remaining $6,000 (yes, the Seller pays the "buyer's agent"). 

A flat fee listing eliminates the $6,000
that goes to the "Listing Agent"
and replaces it with a "flat" fee of $199 - $499
The Seller is still obligated to pay the Buyer's agent but in most areas the Buyer's agent will accept 2.5% or $5,000 in our example of a $200,000 house.

Instead of $12,000, the Seller pays $5,000 plus the listing fee for a savings of over $6,000


No Free Lunch!
For his relatively small Flat Fee, the "listing agent" is obligated to perform only one task: he puts the home in the local MLS. He or she is *not required to:
  • Assist the Seller in setting a selling price. 
  • Provide a "for sale" sign for the front yard.
  • Provide a "lockbox" so agents can show the house when Seller is not at home.
  • Place ads in local newspapers or
  • Host an "open house" for local realtors and prospective buyers.
But that's okay! Because:
  • provides the most complete price-setting advice on the Internet.
  • Our $59.95 FSBO kit with Yard sign is included with most local offerings.
  • Lockboxes are available in most areas for under $40.
  • provides extensive assistance in writing effective newspaper ads.
  • See our sections on hosting an open house and showing your house. will stay with you and provide guidance through every step of selling your home.
*Much of the difference between our $199 and $499 flat fee listings lay in services provided by the local realtor.
A MLS listing looks like an Internet ad, but is fundamentally different. The Seller must sign a "Listing Agreement" that specifies both the "flat fee" and the 2.5 - 3% to be paid to a "buyer's agent." The Listing Agreement makes the "listing agent" responsible for:
  • The accuracy of a detailed description of the seller's dwelling.
  • Making sure the seller pays the agent who brings a buyer that purchase his home.


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