Flat Fee Listing FAQ

Our FLAT FEE LISTINGS save sellers an average of $12,000.

Flat Fee Listings generally work the same way a traditional listing does. Real estate agents in Michigan typically charge 6% to list your property, 3% goes to the listing agent and the other 3% goes to the buyer’s agent. With our Flat Fee Listings, you pay a flat fee upfront instead of the 3% listing commission. You choose how much commission you want to offer a buyer’s agent. If your buyer doesn’t have an agent, you pay no commissions at all. Either way you save THOUSANDS.
  • Choose the listing option that works best for you (Basic or Full Service).
  • The required paperwork is generated online.
  • All owners electronically sign the paperwork.
  • You send us your property photos by email.
  • We list your property on the MLS.
  • You will be contacted by buyers and agents to show your property.
  • Depending on the type of listing you choose either you take care of the rest of the sale process or we do.
We actually get this question a lot and the answer is YES! There is NO law or regulation in Michigan that says Realtors must charge a 6% commission or any set amount to list a property. What an agent charges to list a property is completely up to the owner/broker. Flat Fee Listings may be new to some but they have actually been around for over 20 years. With the increasing use of the internet, Flat Fee Listings have become more and more popular over the last few years. Watch this short video clip from an episode of 60 Minutes that aired back in 2010 about Flat Fee Listings.
The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is used by licensed agents and brokers to share their listings with each other. The MLS feeds data directly to hundreds of websites nationally including Realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia as well as local Realtor websites like RE/MAX, Century 21 and Keller Williams. Being listed on the MLS exposes your property to thousands of potential buyers everyday. No other form of marketing or advertising can give a property for sale more exposure than being listed on the MLS.
The MLS feeds data directly to hundreds of websites nationally including Realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia as well as local Realtor websites like RE/MAX, Century 21 and Keller Williams. Being listed on the MLS exposes your property to thousands of potential buyers everyday.

PLEASE NOTE: Some websites do not include commercial listings.

We list your property on the MLS within 24 hours (excluding holidays) of receiving your signed paperwork and photos.
Due to the rules of the MLS, only an agent who is logged into the MLS will be able to view your contact information. A person who views your property listing from any of the third party websites like Realtor.com will see our contact information but we will forward all interested parties directly to you. We will use your contact info whenever possible so that buyers can contact you directly.
Yes, but many of them share data with each other. All listings from each MLS feed data directly to Realtor.com, Zillow and Trulia as well as hundreds of other websites both locally and nationally regardless of which MLS your property is listed on.

CONTACT US if you have any questions about MLS coverage.

Yes, we can list properties from anywhere in the state of Michigan.

We belong to several MLS in Michigan that cover the following Michigan counties: Allegan County, Barry County, Berrien County, Branch County, Calhoun County, Cass County, Clinton County, Eaton County, Genessee County, Hillsdale County, Huron County, Ingham County, Ionia County, Isabella County, Jackson County, Kalamazoo County, Kent County, Lake County, Lapeer County, Lenawee County, Livingston County, Macomb County, Manistee County, Mason County, Mecosta County, Monroe County, Montcalm County, Muskegon County, Newaygo County, Oakland County, Oceana County, Osceola County, Ottawa County, Saginaw County, Sanilac County, Shiawassee County, St Clair County, St Joseph County, Tuscola County, Van Buren County, Washtenaw County, Wayne County

Many MLS in Michigan share data with each other so we can list your property even if your property is located outside of our coverage area.

CONTACT US if you have any questions about MLS coverage.

We offer Flat Fee Listings for all residential properties for sale (single family homes, condos, manufactured homes on private land, multi family homes with 2-4 units, vacant land).

We offer Flat Fee Listings for residential properties for rent/lease (single family homes, condos, manufactured homes on private land, apartment, vacation rentals, rooms for rent).

We offer Flat Fee Listings for all commercial properties for sale or rent/lease.

WE CANNOT LIST MANUFACTURED HOMES IN PARKS/COMMUNITIES.

Yes, we can list residential properties (single family homes, condos, manufactured homes on private land, apartment, vacation rentals, rooms for rent) as well as commercial properties for rent/lease.

Yes, your listing will be identical to all the other listings on the MLS and will get the same amount of exposure.
Yes, we are a licensed brokerage in the state of Michigan by the name of Modern Way Realty, license #6505410245

We are not a referral service. We only list properties in the state of Michigan where we are licensed.

BEWARE OF COMPANIES THAT OFFER FLAT FEE LISTINGS IN MICHIGAN BUT ARE LOCATED IN ANOTHER STATE
These companies charge you for the listing but then they must refer your listing to an agent that is licensed in the state of Michigan who can list it on the local MLS. You have no idea who your listing will be referred to. We are not a referral service. You deal with us directly from listing to closing. We only list properties in the state of Michigan where we are licensed.

When you sign up, one of our licensed agents will be assigned to work with you. You will be given your agent’s contact info so that you can contact your agent directly whenever you have questions or need assistance.
Yes, to be listed on the MLS, you must offer a buyer’s agent commission. You choose how much commission you want to offer a buyer’s agent. If your buyer doesn’t have an agent, you pay NO commissions at all. Either way you save THOUSANDS!
No, you only pay us the flat fee. We do not collect any commission at closing for listing your property.
If you are comfortable selling on your own, we offer a Basic Listing. We list your property on the MLS, then you are responsible for the entire selling process from the showings all the way to the closing.

If you are unsure of the selling process and need professional assistance, we offer a Full Service Listing. With our Full Service Listing, you approve the showing requests but we take care of everything else including answering any and all questions relating to the sale process, advising you on all offers, negotiating offers on your behalf, taking care of all the paperwork, scheduling inspection and appraisal, ordering title insurance, and coordinating your sale to closing. We guide you through the entire sale from listing to closing just like a traditional agent would but for a fraction of the cost.

Full Service Listings also include upon request a yard sign with our brokerage name, a comparable market analysis, printable property flyer, an open house added to the MLS, and a virtual tour added to the MLS.

A Comparable Market Analysis is not available for commercial properties or rental properties.

Yes, you can upgrade at anytime. The cost is the difference between the listing prices plus an additional $65

No, you only pay a commission if the buyer has an agent AND that sale closes successfully. If the sale falls through, you don’t owe any commission to the buyer’s agent.
No, you are listing your property through our brokerage but still retain the right to sell your property to a buyer that is not working with an agent and pay no commission.
Yes, you will be required to fill out and sign a Listing Agreement, Agency Relationship Disclosure, MLS Data Sheet, Seller’s Disclosure Statement, and Lead-Based Paint Disclosure.

All of these forms are generated online then sent to each owner for their e-signature. All owners must signed the required paperwork before we can list the property on the MLS.

If the buyer has an agent, their agent will show your property. It will be up to you to give the buyer’s agent access to your property either by meeting them there to let them in or by using a lockbox. If the buyer doesn’t have an agent, it will be up to you to show them your property.
Your listing on the MLS does not show how much you paid to list your property only what you are offering an agent who brings you a buyer. Your listing will look identical to all the other listings on the MLS.

Buyer’s agents don’t get paid until their buyer closes on a property. All buyer’s agents want to find a property for their buyer as quickly as possible so they can earn their commission. If a buyer wants to see your property, their agent will show it to them.

It’s important to have your property available to show as many potential buyers as possible. Having a lockbox makes it easy for buyer’s agents to show your property even when you can’t be there to let them in. You can purchase a Lockbox from us for $35 which includes shipping.
Price changes and status changes are included with all listings and can be requested anytime.

Other changes to a Full Service Listing are FREE with the exception of photo changes.

Other changes to a Basic Listing (besides price and status) including changes to your description or photos once your property has been listed on the MLS (unless we made an error which we will correct immediately) is an additional fee.

Yes, you can cancel your listing at anytime and we will withdraw it from the MLS. There is no cost or fee to cancel your listing.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE:
Flat Fee Listing
Flat Fee Listing FAQ
Flat Fee Listing Features & Benefits
Flat Fee Listing vs Traditional Listing
Flat Fee Listing vs For Sale by Owner
For Sale by Owner Agent Assistance

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