2smTo sell your home, Listing on the MLS is absolutely essential – but paying 6% is entirely optional — and not recommended!!

For a flat fee of only $500 up-front + $1000 at closing, our Local Houston broker “Southern Homes” will list your home on the MLS, giving you the same exposure in the marketplace as any 6% listing!  You’ll receive all the same essential services that you’d receive from a 6% agent, including negotiation, guidance, and contract work!

Southern Homes’ Flat Fee listings work! Our results speak for themselves!  On average, our closed listings sold for 98% of asking price, went under contract within 30 days, and saved our clients $7,749 as compared with regular 6% listings !

When you offer 3% to buyers agents, you get the exact same attention from buyers’ agents as other homeowners paying 6% — at close to half the cost! No more subsidizing costly overhead, offices, and broker splits that won’t help sell your home!

4smWe know we’re not the cheapest flat fee service out there, but we believe we offer premium service at a remarkable value! Our plan is a hybid, offering the best of both worlds — the huge savings associated with the flat fee world, but combined with the premium features associated with traditional listings — a personal local agent, higher service level, a broker-hosted open house, broker showings, an elegant colonial style sign, and a premium brand.

We designed our flat fee listings based on client feedback. Sellers have repeatedly told us they value the savings of a flat fee listing and prefer to pay a little upfront and the majority at closing – to ensure we stay motivated to see their sale through to a successful close!

Southern Homes listings are NOT warmed-over For Sale by Owner (FSBO) listings with garage-sale type signs and an unattended phone number where potential buyers disappear down a black hole.  All our Flat Fee listings are professional Realtor listings with legit signage; electronic “supra” keyboxes; a professional showing service that coordinates appointments with you by phone, text, or email; and a LOCAL Houston broker you can meet with in person, who takes your phone calls and those of your prospective buyers and buyer agents!

Got questions? Great! Check out our FAQ.

Upfront Cost $500 – sale
$650 – sale & lease
Cost at closing $1000 to us + 3%* to buyer agent**
Listing term Your choice –
up to 12 months
Contract Work & Guidance Yes!
Negotiation Yes!
Listing on HAR.com, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, etc. with up to 32 photos! Yes!
Local Houston Broker Yes!
Prof. Agent-Friendly Sign Yes!
Showing Service Yes!
Electronic keybox Yes!
Broker-taken photos if desired Yes!
Unlimited Seller-hosted open houses advertised in MLS Yes!
No-penalty Cancellation at any time home is not under contract Yes!
Market Price Analysis Yes!
Unlimited Listing Updates Yes!

*3% to buyer’s broker is the customary and suggested rate in Houston, but homeowners may offer different commission rates.  If you procure the buyer through your own marketing and networking efforts, you will not need to pay any buyer’s agent commission!

**Southern Homes is eligible for the buyer’s broker commission if we procure a buyer whose offer you accept.

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Have a rental property to list for lease? We can help! More lease info here.

Show me the Money!

How much can Southern Homes save you?  Simple: Take your Expected Sales Price x 3% and subtract $1500. This savings represents the amount of which Southern Homes has reduced its sellside commission from the traditional 3%.

For example: when selling a $300,000 home, a seller would pay $7,500 less in commissions! (3% x $300,000 – $1500).  On a $400,000 home, the savings would be $10,500! (3% x $400,000 – $1500).

In more detail:

A) Typical Seller Expense for Real Estate Commissions = Expected Sales Price x 6%

B) Your Expense when listing with us = Expected Sales Price x 3% for buyer agent +  $1500 for us

C) A-B = Your expected savings when listing with Southern Homes!

It’s no wonder the regular agent has to charge 6%. They have a lot of mouths to feed in their food chain!  In addition to their own listing agent fee, there’s a cut to the listing broker, who in turn has to pay for offices, franchise fees, administrative staff, overheads, etc.  Meanwhile, Southern Homes carries its own broker’s license and keeps its overhead low to save our clients massive amounts of money!