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What makes the discount company HouseKey Flat Fee Realty different from traditional real estate agencies in the Springfield Missouri area?

Mainly price, HouseKey offers you all the services and access that any other full-service traditional Realtor does but, instead of charging you a percentage for listing agent representation, you only pay a flat fee of $1995.00 plus 3% of the final sales price!  Let's be honest, our effort is almost the same on all listings but the traditional pay for the same effort can vary greatly so we capped the fee.If a seller requests additional advertising or other services our fees can be increased, but for most home sellers we only charge a low discount flat fee for our services. The buyer's agent is still compensated at a rate they are accustomed to getting for procuring a buyer.

What is the difference between other full-service brokerages and the discount real estate company HouseKey Real Estate?

Again, mainly just price, First, and most importantly, you are being represented by a full-service real estate brokerage that has your best interests in mind. Most home buyers engage a real estate agent to help start the home buying process with finance choices and to help them find a home AFTER they have already seen one online, agents help them negotiate a purchase price and close the transaction. With HouseKey Real Estate LLC, we work with buyers and sellers alike and complete the entire process for sellers including placing the listing on the Greater Springfield area MLS, we take some pics and we may hire professionals for  photographs, showing the home and drawing up and executing all paperwork and negotiations, it is all we know as we come from traditional full service companies. It is our goal to make the process of selling your home as simple and efficient as possible for you, while still earning you the highest return on your investment. Also we want to help you find your next home.


What is the MLS (Multiple Listings Service)?

The Multiple Listings Service (MLS) is a SHARED marketing database that is set up by a group of cooperating real estate brokers in the Southwest Missouri area (Including Branson ) , whats important is that every member company of ( Greater Springfield Board of Realtors & Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors ) input all their listing into it. In this area it is called SOMO Southern Missouri MLS. Every member company & agent places all their listings into this huge database to share information about their listings with other member brokers and also marketed to the world through what is called MLS syndication to hundreds of members websites and to 3rd party websites like Zillow, Homes, Realtor.com and so many more. Normally not much advertising is needed in addition to putting a home into the MLS but some agents do do additional advertising but normally the MLS listing syndication will find your buyer and they will use their agent to view your home. In the end the MLS provides accurate and structured information about properties available for sale and is the most popular way that buyers, sellers and agents find available homes for sale in our Springfield area market. 


Do I need to be on the MLS to sell my home?

Homes can sell that aren't on the MLS, but it takes significantly more work. Over 90 percent of buyers start their search on the Internet, and over 80 percent of agents utilize the MLS to stay up to date with what is on the market. When considering these statistics, the MLS stands out as undoubtedly the best way to get your home in front of potential buyers. Especially those buyers who are working with the 1,500+ agents in the Springfield Missouri area. The bottom line is an MLS listing gives your home the exposure and placement necessary to be found by motivated agents and buyers, not to mention reduce its time on the market by weeks or months to sometimes just hours.


When does payment occur when selling my home with HouseKey Real Estate LLC?

At closing, the discounted flat fee of $1995.00 plus our flat transaction fee ASK AGENT ( Covers errors & omissions insurance, contract broker review for state compliance, document storage )  will be paid to HouseKey Real Estate LLC at closing as a line item on the settlement statement, in addition to the buyer's agent's commission paid to their brokerage which is normally 3%. The MLS listing, marketing material, photography other than professional, and other miscellaneous items are all covered by the listing agent throughout the process.


Are there any additional Listing Agent fees?

No. The flat fee of $1995.00 and our transaction fee is it besides the 3% fee paid to the agent who brings a buyer. It includes everything related to listing and selling your home with all the benefits of a full-service broker, but at a much lower cost to most sellers. The buyer's agent is also compensated at a very competitive and compelling rate for your home's sale.


How do negotiations work with HouseKey Real Estate LLC during a home sale?

HouseKey Real Estate  wants you to receive the maximum value possible for your home. Like any traditional Realtor, HouseKey helps and guides you in negotiates with the sale with the potential buyer's agent, presenting all offers to you and providing recommendations on counter offers and more. With HouseKey, you are in the driver seat.


How long does it take to list my home?

FAST! When listing your home with HouseKey Real Estate LLC, it will appear in the MLS and on 100's of real estate websites within one to three business days. you will get GREAT exposure!


Can I cancel my listing?

Yes. You can cancel your MLS listing at any point during the selling process, its on the last page of our listing agreement. That being said, we have are incredibly confident you will be happy with our service.


Do you also help in finding homes while we are in the selling process?

Yes. We help you in every step of the home buying process as well and we work with great agents with other real estate companies in the area who will make finding you a great home a top priority.


Do you do any other types of advertising?massive

Yes, we also advertise in the HOMES magazine, and other magazines, We also may do some additional internet marketing for paid placement ads, some open houses, and other proprietary marking efforts, rest assured we may do more than most brokers.  


Can I edit my MLS listing?

Absolutely! To request changes, simply call us or send us a email and we will take care of it.  We will coordinate the requested changes quickly. You will also be able to approve your listing when it hits the MLS.

What about showing feedback?
At HouseKey Real Estate LLC we pride ourselves on communication, in fact lack of communication is one of the biggest issues with sellers in our industry. We have an automated system in place that helps inform sellers quickly of the showing feedback by automatically emailing the showing agent with a small questioner when they open your door and when they are done for the day and answer the form it is sent directly to your email, we can also follow up with them on their comments and concerns.







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Any savings advertised is based upon a 6% brokerage service fee. HouseKey Flat Fee Realty is a Full Service flat fee real estate brokerage serving Missouri specializing in home seller services that include for sale by owner selling assistance to flat fee MLS home selling choices.


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1824 South Lone Pine Suite F  Springfield, MO 65804


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