|Upfront Cost||$600 – sale|
|Cost at closing||$1400 to us |
+ 3%* to buyer agent**
|Listing term||You decide! up to 6 months|
|Contract Work & Guidance||Yes!|
|Listing on HAR.com, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, etc.||Yes!|
|LOCAL Houston Broker||Yes!|
|Prof. Agent-Friendly Sign||Yes!|
|Seller-hosted Open Houses in MLS||Yes!|
|Market Price Analysis||Yes!|
|Unlimited Listing Updates||Yes!|
3% to buyer’s broker is the customary and suggested rate in Houston, but not required. **If you procure the buyer through your own marketing and networking efforts, you will not need to pay any buyer’s agent commission!
4 Easy Steps to Sell Your Home
By phone or message to discuss our services and to request a copy of our Seller Packet.
Complete and Return the Seller Packet, Order photos (or take your own), & Pay for the listing by Zelle, Check, Venmo, or Paypal. Paypal link below (including convenience fee). Contact us for other methods.
We'll type up your listing and meet you at your home to set up the yard sign and supra keybox - then publish the listing to the MLS!
SHOWINGS, CONTRACTS, & CLOSING.
We'll set up the showing service to get your approval for showings and request feedback. We'll present all offers to you and mediate all communications, negotiations, and contracts.
We don’t have a broker to pay or report to – we are the broker! We have created a highly-efficient business model without expensive overhead.
The extra $6,000-$10,000 most sellers pay above our flat fee is an entirely optional payment to subsidize all the baggage of traditional real estate companies.
Every day, thousands of flat fee listed homes sell throughout the country, just like their more expensive 6% homes. Nowhere does the MLS tell any agent what any seller is paying for a listing. Nothing in our listings, signage, phone answering, etc suggests anything less than a standard full-price listing, so they probably won't even know (or care) how much you're paying us. Perhaps a handful of buyer agents might steer clients away, but most real estate agent don't care how much you pay us so long as you pay them 3%! Our listings and signage are indistinguishable from full price listings, so they probably won't even know. We get the same (if not better) results as full price 6% listings. We believe we get faster sales than 6% agents because our low flat fee gives sellers more flexibility (more money to work with in negotiations with buyers).
Not all discount broker are created equally — choose your flat fee broker carefully!
Among discount brokers, Southern Homes offers the best: 1) Results, 2) Experience, 3) Customer Satisfaction, 4) Professionalism, 5) Simplicity, and 6) Benefit for the Cost. With professional signs, supra keyboxes, and appointment service, and broker point of contact, our listings are indistinguishable from full-price listings. No Deposits! No complicated smorgasbord with multiple plans and a la carte services to decipher! No nickel-and-diming you for essential services!
Southern Homes markets your home the only way that really matters: on the MLS. Any home on the MLS — properly priced — will bring qualified buyers and buyer agents. No gimmicks required! A good sign also helps, as many buyers frequently drive through their target neighborhoods. Finally, good pictures on the MLS, especially your cover shot, are also important. While not necessary, we suggest you consider a professional photography package for a small additional cost.
What about Open Houses? Based on firsthand experience, we do not believe open houses attract qualified buyers who would not otherwise see the home. However, you are welcome to host as many open houses as you want and we will publish every one of them on HAR.com.
Probably. Most likely, your future buyers will already have their own agent who will show your home to them and expect 3% for bringing the buyer. However, Southern Homes will not try to get both sides of the deal. If unrepresented buyers cold call us off the sign or listing requesting a showing, we will refer them to you (or advise them to select their own realtor, if you'd prefer it that way). If you show the home to an unrepresented buyer and reach an agreement with them, without another realtor involved, you can avoid paying the buyer agent commission!
If you’ve read this far, you’ve probably seen the ads for ultracheap MLS listing services. $500! $150! Only $99! It’s become a race to the bottom. Ultracheap flat fee agents have to make their profits through a very large volume of listings. With so many listings, how much time can they reasonably devote to talking with your prospective buyers and buyers’ agents (or even with you after they've taken your money)? We believe most sellers are looking for more personal contract and professional services than can be provided for these ultracheap fees. Our service gets homes sold with guidance and all essential realtor services along the way.
The only difference between our two plans is the timing and amount of our commission. Plan 1 offers the very best price for sellers who are willing to pay $600 up front. Their total cost for seller services is $2000, including the $1400 at closing. Plan 2 is for sellers who would rather pay more at closing if they can avoid an up-front fee. They pay nothing upfront, but pay 1% at closing (subject to $3000 minimum).
Yes! Rebate Texas LLC dba Southern Homes pays our buyer clients 2% rebates for resales homes and 2.5% rebates on new construction homes! See our website RebateTx.com for all the details! Like our service for sellers, our value proposition to buyers is the best in the market today!
Rebate Texas LLC dba Southern Homes is a Broker firm licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC), under individual broker W. David Beutel.
My aim in business is to help savvy Texans Save Thousands on Real Estate — and to make a reasonable profit at the same time. I follow the late Zig Ziglar’s edict that you can have whatever you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want in life.
I have saved my clients over $1,900,000, in the form of reduced listing commissions and buyer rebates at closing, while providing a high level of service for well-prepared, low-maintenance clients.
Overall Service Rating in each Category
Explained the process clearly, ensured paperwork was correct, used technology efficiently, negotiated effectively, exhibited attention to detail, represented and protected my interests
Exhibited knowledge of the real estate market, the neighborhood and community
Updated me regularly, responded in a timely manner, communicated with me in the way I wanted
Understood my needs, gave me personal attention, made me feel valued as a client, was on time and prompt. I would recommend this Realtor to a friend or colleague.
Sold in 6 days, Seller saved $23,600
Sold in 16 days, Seller saved $19,540
Sold in 12 days, Seller saved $17,150
Sold in 4 days, Seller saved $13,615
Sold in 9 days, Seller saved $11,170