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A word about flat fee MLS listings
With the market as slow as it is right now, many people wonder about doing flat fee MLS listings to help sell their house and save on their bottom line. During a buyer's market, sellers need all the marketing exposure they can get. In spite of all the marketing that a good real estate agent can provide you, still the #1 thing that sells most residential properties is being placed in the local MLS. Additionally the local MLS will automatically upload your property's listing onto many real estate internet sites like www.Realtor.com, realestate.yahoo.com, realestate.msn.com, and many local and state property sites like fl.living.net . Many of the local Realtor associations have deals with their community newspaper to upload their entire MLS onto the newspaper's classified sites under an MLS search page. For instance in most of Central Florida, our MLS database loads directly onto www.OrlandoSentinel.com .
Many of the big-named corporate real estate firms will discourage flat fee listings over their traditional high-priced model. Although I agree it is good to have a full-time knowledgeable marketing person helping you sell your house during a buyer's market, I personally believe (and it is my experience that many consumers do as well once ... more
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