Selling your own house and saving money on real estate commission is really smart. Choosing a high-quality, accessible and local Flat Fee MLS Listing Service is the best investment you can make in your home sale.
At Realty by Design, we offer professional yet personal advice, resources, local support services, additional marketing, in-person meetings and real help when you need it.
We start by spending hours making sure your listing is as complete and well-presented as possible. Our competitors will post sparse, incomplete information, making your property listing look unprofessional. When you complete for the attention of buyers and their agents, a well-presented listing is crucial.
We go all in with customer support and are accessible when you need us. Think about this for a minute. How much time will a broker who’s charging a mere $99 put into making your listing its best, and making sure you have all the tools you need to succeed?
We have knowledgeable agents in your area ready to help you be successful. We are your “agents on the ground”. Our showing and open house hosting services are a life saver when you’re unavailable, at work or on vacation.
You won’t get that for $99 or even $199.
With Realty by Design’s MLS Listing Service, you sell your home on your own, but not alone.
Get More Services. Get Local Support …for only $495
Free MLS Listing Guide
Learn how to create an MLS listing that sells your home.
in your Flat Fee MLS listing.
Listing on 1 MLS System
Choose either the CT Statewide MLS or Fairfield County MLS depending on where your property is located. You can add an additional MLS system if your property borders both MLS coverage areas.
Please note that the 2 MLS systems will merge this summer!
6 Month Listing Term
Your MLS listing is available to agents and their buyers for 6 months. You also have the option of upgrading your listing to a 12 month term.
We will meet with you one-on-one at your home or in our office to guide you through the process, offer advice and complete the listing forms. You may also download the listing forms online.
Syndication to Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow & 100's of other sites
Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com are among the 100’s of websites where your listing will appear online.
View additional syndication partnerships.
Zillow Walkthrough Video Upload
Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com are among the 100’s of websites where your listing will appear online. Zillow is now offering the ability to upload a walkthrough video shot using their app. If you shoot the video, we’ll upload it to your Zillow listing. Listings with videos get priority position in search results.
Listing Syndication and IDX to other Broker Sites
Here’s the power of the MLS! You don’t have to list with the big name brokers to be on their websites. With Internet Data Exchange (IDX) they promote your listing on their site. Your listing is syndicated to 100’s of sites & appears on broker websites like Raveis, Keller Williams, etc. for complete exposure.
3 Free Open House Postings (Value $66)
If you’re holding a public open house, we’ll post your open house on the MLS, Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com. If you’re holding a broker open house, we’ll post it on the MLS. You get 3 free postings. Additional open house postings are available at an additional cost of $22 each.
1 Free Agent Email Blast (Value $39)
Another very effective tool is sending out email ads directly to the Board of Realtors® membership.
We create the ads to be very graphically rich, and attractive, and include valuable information to sell your property to the agents. This email blast goes out to up to 500 local area agents. It’s a great way to reach agents who may not monitor the MLS daily.
Create an On-Demand Property Flyer
The ability to create a property flyer is just one of the additional marketing tools we provide you. When you login to the client portal, you’ll be able to enter a headline and other information to generate and download a property flyer you can use for open houses, brochure boxes or posting wherever you’d like.
Social Media Sharing Tools
Using Facebook and other social media sites is one of the most cost-effective ways to spread the word about your listing, but formatting your listing information for property display on each site takes a lot of time. The good news, is we’ve done it for you. We’ve created a perfectly formatted listing page you can share on Facebook and other social media sites.
Additional Marketing Exposure
Your home is featured right alongside our full-service listings in our monthly newsletter and bi-weekly digital digest and on our website.
Include 25 or 40 Photos
Photos are the key to your online listing. You can include 25 or 40 photos (supplied by you) depending on the MLS system.
Listing Photo Descriptions
The MLS offers the ability to describe what’s in the listing photos. These descriptions appear under the photo and provide more detail than just the photo alone. If you provide the description, we will add them to your listing photos. Other MLS broker won’t take the time to do this to make your listing stand out. There are even full-service agents who don’t take this additional marketing step. We take your listing seriously.
Online Showing and Feedback System
Agents can request showings of your property right through the MLS system. You will receive an email and/or text notification where you can accept or decline the showing from your cell phone, tablet or computer. The system keeps a log of every showing request and automatically captures the agent’s identification information.
Agents requesting property showings using the Online Showing System will automatically receive a request for feedback once their showing time has passed. This saves you time and provides you with valuable information about what buyers and agents think about your property.
Free Listing Changes
There is no charge to update your listing price, description or photos.
Unrepresented Buyer Leads
Unrepresented buyer calls and emails to our office about your property will be sent directly to you for follow up. This increases your chances of selling your house to a buyer who does not have an agent resulting in even greater commission savings.
Broker Assistance Option
You can receive Broker Assistance as needed for negotiations, contract review and transaction coordination. Learn more under Listing Enhancements below.
Online Client Portal
The Client Portal is an online notification where you can make open house requests, listing enhancement purchases, listing changes and more. The portal is open 24/7.
State Disclosure Forms
We’ll provide you with CT state disclosure forms so you are in compliance with the law.
Flexible Contract Terms
Need more services? Need less? No problem. We will tailor services to your specific wants and needs. That’s what Realty by Design is all about.
Choose the Buyer’s Agent Commission
Choose a buyer’s agent commission between 2-3%. The buyer’s agent commission is due at closing if the buyer for your house is represented by a broker. No commission due if the buyer is unrepresented.
Ability to Cancel
You may cancel your listing at any time until a buyer is found for your property at which time it must remain on the MLS until the transaction closes or is voided. There is no cancellation fee.
Ability to Transition to Full Service (if needed)
Life can change on a dime. If your circumstances change and you need more help than you anticipated, you’re in luck. You can easily transition to our Full Service Program. Not only will you still save money, but making the switch is easy because we already have your listing information.
Electronic Lockbox Rental ($100)
Make it easy for real estate agents to view your property. Agents with a special electronic realtor key can access your property for showings with their buyers. NOTE: This is a rental. The lockbox remains the property of Realty By Design, LLC.
Premium For Sale Sign & Post Rental ($99)
Rent the same sign used for our full service listings to create a more professional marketing appearance. A for sale sign hanging on a professional post notifies potential buyers that you’re serious about selling your home and you know what you’re doing.
Premium Open House Sign Rental ($49)
Rent the same sign used for our full service listings to create a more professional marketing appearance. You’ll receive 4 Open House Signs to advertise your broker and public open houses. NOTE: This is a rental. The signs remain the property of Realty by Design and must be returned.
Agent Email Blast - $39
We will send an e-flyer to up to 500 agents announcing your new listing or listing change. It’s a great way to reach agents directly.
Luxury Property Marketing ($575 set up + $1750 at closing)
Available only for properties listed at $700,000 or above. We believe the finest homes deserve the finest marketing. That’s why our luxury advertising program is designed to go above and beyond anything offered by any other Flat Fee MLS Listing Broker. In fact, we are the only Flat Fee MLS Listing broker with a luxury advertising program. Your home will be featured in prominent global media brands including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, Jetset Magazine and the International Herald Tribune. It’s also translated and distributed to dozens of prominent Real Estate sites throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, South America, and more. Click here to learn more about the program and associated costs.
Listingbook Promotion ($39)
For Fairfield County MLS Listings Only. Listingbook promotes your featured or open house listing for 7 days to matched buyers and their agents in their Morning Reports. At the end of the promotion, you will receive a detailed report with the results of your promotion. Choose a Featured or Open House Promotion.
Facebook Advertising ($50)
We will do a 1-week promotion on Facebook targeting buyers in your area who Facebook has determined are likely to move.
Broker Assistance Package ($125/hr. or $300/3hrs.)
As we say at Realty By Design…we are here to assist you when you need it. This option provides you assistance for offer/contract negotiations, transaction coordination, troubleshooting, etc.
Property Showings (varies by agent)
We will show your property to potential buyers when you are not available to do so. This is a valuable service to have when you are at work, on vacation or otherwise busy.
Open House Hosting (varies by agent)
We will host an open house for you if you are unable to do it, live out of town or simply don’t want to do it yourself.
Do you have a Luxury Property?
Reach luxury home buyers with the purchase power to buy your home. We’re the only flat fee broker with
a marketing program designed to reach these high-end buyers