Here is a collection of Texas Broker Flat Fee MLS frequently asked questions that we have put together to help you in selling a home using a flat fee MLS broker. If you have any other questions, not listed here, feel free to call or send an e-mail.
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No, we never charge hidden or surprise fees. We are committed to transparency in ever Flat Fee MLS Listing we service. We NEVER keep payment information on file. You will NEVER be charged by us for something you did not request. All of our payments are done through encrypted processing making your information completely secure. We also never charge a fee that hasn’t been quoted and agreed to by you. We will never obligate you to pay for any service unless it is something you want.
We list our properties ourselves and do not refer any listings to other agents or 3rd Party companies like a lot of other nationally owned unlicensed Flat Fee MLS companies do. If it’s in the state of Texas, we handle it ourselves. If it’s outside of Texas, we won’t take the listing.
We list our properties ourselves and do not refer any listings to other agents or third-party companies like a lot of other Flat Fee companies do.
If your property is located in Texas - then it’s handled in office by ourselves. If it’s outside Texas, we won’t offer a listing.
Absolutely! Of course! If you have any questions throughout the listing term or process, we will help you out. You can reach us a number of ways. Preferably by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org—for the fastest and most complete response, use the email address on this page. Ask away!
To a certain extent, yes. We are required to enter properties in the MLS that is primary to your county. However, certain counties border two MLS systems. In those cases, you may choose your primary MLS during pre-listing.
We will alert you if this happens. Also, you may choose to list your property in two MLS’s with our brokerage. If you want to double the exposure, this is a great option. Let us know if you want to know more.
Yes. For a small fee, we will consult our exclusive magic 8-ball for the answers. It never fails.
Instead of charging clients 6% or more to list your home, we only charge a one-time flat fee for a select set of services. For example, if you have a $250,000 home and sell through a traditional agency, you would probably pay 6% in most cases, which is around $12,500-15,000 in total listing commissions. These will be due whether you find the buyer, a buyer's agent brings a buyer, or if the listing broker brings a buyer.
We will help you with that same home, but we only charge $125 - $350 depending on which listing package you choose, so you would potentially save well over $12,000!
Not all changes! Price and Status changes to your listing are free forever! All other changes, other than price and status changes which require updates such as, photos, listing description, or other items in the listing do require a small $25 fee each time a request is submitted.
For expedited service - you can pay $25 additional to jump the queue and get your changes made faster- usually same day if requested before 2pm CST. If you choose not to pay the fee, you may have to wait 24 to 48 business hours for your changes to be processed, depending on the volume of requests.
Open houses are the easiest way to get a buyer without an agent, which means you pay NO Buyer's Agent Commission.
You can schedule an open house by visiting our site. Select the “Open House” option and add your dates and times. We will process the information within 48 business hours depending on queue times.
Scheduling showings can be a very stressful task. We highly recommend using ShowingTime® and the companion My Home app. With ShowingTime®, you choose how to receive requests for showings (phone, text, email or push notification), you see the complete contact details of the buyer's agent/ leasing agent, if a rental property, when requesting the showing along with the date/time of the appointment. You can approve or decline the showing and even recommend a better time.
Our system will not allow double booking so you never have to worry about that. You can add showings to your reminder calendar and even get notified when the showing is over if you like. Also, when the showing is over, our system will automatically request feedback for up to five days. Once we get feedback, it is automatically forwarded to you. There are a dozen other features, but it’s safe to say, this is something you really need. The alternative is like the difference between a jet airliner and a scooter.
Yes…we are serious about that.
There sure is! You can email us a request and let us know you’d like to wait a while before listing. We will send you additional paperwork required by the MLS so we can enter your listing as Coming Soon.
This will not affect your listing time, meaning if you buy a 6 month listing, and wait a year to list, we will still list you for six months.
You are not required to offer a Buyer's Agent Commission, although we encourage it and recommend at minimum our seller's offer 2%-3% buyer agent commission in most areas.
A commission is a good way to motivate agents on MLS to sell you property. If an agents notices no commission being offered in the MLS for your property, they will most likely not offer to show your property to their buyer and may take you longer to sell or not.
After all, they’re bringing you a Ready, Willing and Able Buyer so you can sell your home.
Ask yourself - would you want to go to work for free with a client? Most wouldn't.If you decide to offer a commission, you don’t have to offer 2%-3%. A flat fee may work or offer a lower percentage is perfectly acceptable. We have seen everything from 1% to $3,000 flat. Buyer Agent Commission is always your choice and we will never force you to offer a specific number at TexasBrokerFlatFee.com. It's up to you - and so are the consequences if the commission is too low.
YES WE ARE LICENSED AND INSURED! Our broker of record, Ron L. Miranda, is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors and also a member of many (MLS) Multiple Listing Services across Texas.
We just choose to do things differently at TexasBrokerFlatFee.com. Rather than charge a 6% full-service listing commission, we only charge you for the services you need and the fee is not based on the value of your home. All services cost what they cost and we don’t charge people more just because their home happens to be more expensive.
Lots of sellers do and almost all buyer’s ask for one. Since almost all buyers ask for one, better to have you choose the warranty and therefore, control the cost during listing. For a small fee, they will even cover you during the listing period. They run approximately $500 and you don’t pay until closing. You can always take it out of a deal if negotiations get too tight.
Also, offering a home warranty gives buyers the impression you are very confident in your home’s condition. Lastly, having a home warranty can also smooth over some minor issues that come up during inspections. You can say, “Well I see your concerns with the age of the water heater, but hey…we’re giving you a free home warranty so it’s all good!” except, you know…say it like you would say it.
We’re glad you asked! Our broker, Ron L. Miranda, has covered this in his blog.
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A sign is a good choice to bring in buyers. People hunting your neighborhood may notice the sign and decide to grab a Flyer from your Info Box. Agents will also use the sign to help find your house when showing the property. Above all, it’s like a small billboard saying “Hey, come look at me, I’m for sale!” That’s the best message to send when selling!
We do offer high quality custom For Sale signs that are shipped right to your door. Our signs have your phone number professionally printed in large numbers. If your package didn’t include a sign and you’d like to order one, please contact us at the email provided at the top of this form.
Lockboxes are most effective for showing Vacant property. If you plan on leaving for Showings a lockbox would be a great purchase if your package doesn’t include one. If you plan to stay until the agent arrives, then you can go without a Lockbox.
Disclosures refer to two documents specifically:
- Seller's Disclosure
- Lead Based Paint Disclosure
The Seller's Disclosure (SD) is a document that is required at the time an offer is written. If an agent requests this, it’s a good indicator you’re about to receive an offer! When filling out the disclosure, you will be asked to detail any issues/repairs you’ve had with the house. It’s best to be as transparent as possible when filling out the SD.
If you intentionally hide a defect (drain line issue, foundation cracks/shifting, roof damage, etc.) and the buyers can prove you hide the defect intentionally, you’ll be in some serious legal trouble. The form is fillable and if you need help you can always ask us! When you’ve finished filling out the SD, email it to us so we can put it in the MLS. Once uploaded to the MLS, all agents will be able to download it and we won’t have to keep asking you for it.
The Lead Based Paint Disclosure is only required if your home was built before 1978. If you have any knowledge of Lead Paint in your home, you’ll want to say so on this form. If not aware, just check that you have no prior knowledge of lead paint and sign on the line. This will also be required at the time of offer (if your house was built before 1978) and we can also upload it to the MLS.
Tell them you are already listed with a Realtor® and give them my name - Ron L. Miranda, Broker, and my number and email. It is a violation of license law for that agent to do anything after that conversation, except thank you and hang up.
If you prefer, you may email me the agent’s information and I will make sure to follow up personally.
You should be doing cartwheels if that happens. That means you pay no buyer's agent commission to anyone. This is the reason we encourage sellers to hold open houses and blast their listing page all over social media. The more you spread the word about your house for sale, the more likely you will find your own buyer which will save you thousands more.
We are a full-service, virtual real estate brokerage. One of the only ones in Texas. That means we are trained, experienced and licensed to handle almost any request or service you may have.
We offer contract review, digital paperwork with secure signatures, full broker negotiations (including multiple offers and short sales), post-inspection coordination, closing coordination and much more.
We specialize in four main areas: Marketing, negotiating, contract work and closing coordination. And because we focus on just those areas, we have become extremely adept and efficient in those skilled areas.
Let’s face it, when the bullets are flying, you want someone in your corner who has seen a lot of action—that’s us.
Your home, rental, or lot/land will be advertised on 200+ websites and possibly more! The complete list of sites where your listing will be shared varies county by county and is always updating.
Furthermore, some of our partners have syndication agreements with other sites. To maximize your exposure, we allow those sites to syndicate your listing wherever they wish.
We are not able to make any changes to those third-party sites - so please do not ask. We've been doing this for a long time now - and believe me, if we could change those sites - we would have figured it out by now.
We can only control MLS input and Realtor.com - since Realtor.com and MLS work in tandem.
You only pay if and when the property closes and funds. If the offer is not good enough or the deal falls through for a multitude of reasons before closing, you pay nothing.
Also, if your buyer doesn't have an agent representing them, you will pay no commissions to anyone.
We’ll be able to activate your property once you have approved your listing draft and signed the listing documents.
Depending on your availability, that may only take an hour. After the documents are signed, you’ll have 48 Hours to review your draft and make changes before the property goes active, although we can go live right away. We are required to activate the listing by MLS regulations after the 48 hours is over. If you haven’t signed the documents, we will NOT go live until you sign and give us the green light.
Once we have the go ahead, we’ll activate your property and send you an email to let you know it’s now live with an MLS link and PDF sheet so you print and add to your info box.
Yours. We want buyers calling you directly so use a number you’re sure to answer any time.
In the event you can’t answer, be sure to change your greeting to reference your house for sale.
Example: “Hi this is Zach. If you’re calling about the house for sale, please leave your name and number and any questions you have and I’ll call you as soon as I can. If you like, you can email me at email@example.com Thanks and have a fantastic day.”
The Texas Real Estate Commission and the Board of Realtors® requires all brokers have something to prove we are permitted to advertise and market your home or property for sale or lease if applicable.
That’s what the listing agreement does for us and protects you from sketchy brokers.
We use forms approved by our Realtor Board to ensure everything is clear, consistent and makes sense.
A few items of note:
- Exclusive Right to Sell Agreement: We do not collect a Listing Commission at closing. Any reference to commission in the contract refers to Buyer Agent Commission.
The agreement can be voided at any time, as long as it's currently not under a sales contract in progress. If you’d like to switch to FSBO or list with a traditional Realtor® - but who would want to do that? you are welcome to do so.
- Information About Broker Services (IABS): State required form explaining how we represent you.
We ALWAYS put your contact information directly into the MLS under the "Agent Remarks Section". This section is the permitted section for Seller information, phone and email by the Board of Realtors.
Unfortunately, this is the only spot on MLS where we are allowed to add your contact information.
Every other third-party website MLS syndicates to does not allow us or publish the seller's contact information. Instead, they will list Ron as the listing Agent/Broker, since under the law he is your Agent traditionally speaking. Every Realtor® board will always list the listing broker's contact information on every listing.
If we receive any calls, texts or emails about your property our phone system provides instructions for interested agents to contact you directly.
The MLS is only accessible by licensed Realtors®, so you won’t be able to edit your listing directly on the MLS. We have our public website at TexasBrokerFlatFee.com where you can get your changes made quickly and easily. Navigate our website and enter the information you’d like changed. We will make your changes within 48 hours of receiving your request. We also offer a “rush” option for $50 if you’re in a big hurry. It’s like a fast pass—you skip to the front of the line.