Our Story; So You've just located the perfect Flat Fee Listing Company. So now it's Time to Pull out that Credit Card
So you going to pay a Flat Fee (example) say $550.00 AND ZERO LISTING COMMISSIONS. Great you're all set!
But there's a Catch!
If your home is listed in one of the following counties you might want to keep reading!
These counties are mandated by the FMLS and are mandatory listing counties AND Charge a Closing Fees to the Listing Broker's Firm.
So how much is this fee?
Answer: .0012 times the Sale Price of the Home
With this Fee being percentage based shows why it's impossible for a Brokerage Firm to charge a true Flat Fee Listing in the FMLS areas.
So on a $400,000 home the fee is $480.00
So let's do some simple math.
The Company Lists your Home for $550.00 YET THEY ARE CHARGED $480.00 by the FMLS. So they just made $70.00
Folks this isn't feasible
But their Website States Absolutely "NO LISTING COMMISSIONS" Right?
Here's the Catch
When you break out that shiny new credit card for a $550.00 Flat Fee Listings. The company may send a follow up email stating that you agreed to the "Terms of Service" from their web page.
And that's the catch!
Who's going to go back and read this (People Using Facebook® Didn't)
Or they will send the Listing Agreement for you to sign after you've paid the up-front listing fee and spent several hours trying to input your own listing.
Either Way it Shakes Out Your Going to Pay a "Closing Fee, Commission Fee or an Administration Fee" Call it what you want.
Flat Fee Listing Companies which fail to disclose this type of information (up front) aren't being very honest to say the least.
Just Google® the companies reviews that's always a good starting point.
If the listing company has their closing fees (for the above listed counties) prominently advertised then it's probably a reputable company.
If you would like a copy of our listing agreement (which shows all fees) simply give us a call or send us an email.
Our Fees are prominently advertised on our website as well!
Before you pay a listing broker money you should demand to see the entire listing agreement up front! The Listing Agreement will disclose all Fees!
If they won't provide the listing agreement up front then you may want to think twice!
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I highly recommend Mark. He made it easy to sell our home. He absolutely did everything a traditional listing agent does and I saved over 7k by using him instead. I paid 400.00 to list the home on mls with him and he took .5% when it closed. He was there to answer any questions, gave knowledgeable recommendations, was there when we had questions, and kept us in the loop with all conversations with the buyers agent. No way I would ever use a traditional listing agent ever again. I was curious before we met Mark if a flat rate agent would provide same quality of service as a traditional agent. Now I know I will get the same quality of service and will get to keep over 2.5% of my equity I would have given away to any traditional agent. I will use Mark again without hesitation and will never consider a traditional agent ever going forward. No brainier to use Mark!M Kotula Cumming, Ga.
It was certainly a pleasure working with Mark. His many years of experience eased the burden often associated with the real estate process. Mark has lived in the Atlanta area for many years and is keenly aware of local markets ups and downs. To put some icing on the cake, Mark's unique business model saved me thousands of dollars at the closing table. What is cool, Mark offers everything a traditional Realtor offers but at a considerable savings! I believe in Mark and his approach so much, I have referred him to close friends and business associates. Take my word it was a wonderful experience working with Mark.John Stevens / Dacula,Ga. Hamilton Mill
We received Mark's information from a friend when he recommended we use him to sell our home in September. Mark's experience and knowledge of the selling process helped us get top dollar for our house when compared to the surrounding comps. We sold and closed on our house about 5 weeks after listing it for sale with Mark. We have since passed along the same recommendation to several friends and family members who have plans to sell their house in the near future. Will call him again if/when the need to sell a house arises!Mr. Beaumont / Dacula, Ga.
I could not have asked for a better experience working with Mark Tidwell as my selling agent. He was always very prompt in communicating everything related to the sale process and that was super! His flat fee service $saved me A LOT of money and I'm VERY GLAD I decided to try the flat fee listing service. Some charged much more while others charged much less but offered very little or no service at all besides listing on MLS and other sites. With Mark, I got professional pictures done, home listed on MLS & all major listing sites, he represented me and successfully negotiated with the buyers' agents, reviewed and signed all contracts with me. He delivered exactly as his service offered. There was almost nothing I had to do besides staging my home, filling out some forms and making a few repairs after the inspection report came in. THANKS again Mark Tidwell for helping me sell my home!! I highly recommend his services to anyone looking to sell their home or buy one :)Keleman / Atlanta Ga.
Mark helped me list and sell my town home. His flat fee listing program saved me $$$ while still providing a very high level of service. I highly recommend Mark.Ryan Mills / Suwanee, Ga.
Additional Customer Reviews!
Dave & Katie Sells
Mark Tidwell did an outstanding job of helping us sell our home and purchase a new one. From beginning to end, Mark continually went above and beyond and exceeded our expectations. He is an extremely motivated, knowledgeable, and driven person. When we chose to move to an area that Mark was not licensed in he took the initiative to go through all the steps to obtain licensure in that county. His attention to detail and ability to step us through the entire process was priceless. One of my main concerns when selecting an agent was finding someone who was not just going to be chasing commission but rather, taking the time to really provide quality service. I would highly recommend to Mark to anyone in need of a real estate professional.
-Dave and Katie Sells, Bishop, GA
We would highly recommend Mark Tidwell. We used his Flat Fee listing program and saved TONS of money on commissions. He did a great job. I would recommend him to family and friends. We sold our home in just a couple days.
Thanks so much for your help!!
I used Mark to represent me in purchasing a HUD home for my Family. He knows the HUD system very well. I would highly recommend Mark to future friends and family.
Clint & Sarah Roberts
We used Mark Tidwell's Flat Fee Listing service to sell our home. Mark is extremely knowledgeable in his profession. Mark was very easy to work with and always responsive. Dealing with Mark was a refreshing experience. We have already referred Mark to an associate and we would definitely use his services again!
Mark went over and beyond expectations while locating my residence. He was very patient with me as we spent 6 months finding my place that I am extremely happy with!
I have, and would recommend Mark to anyone that requires an excellent agent.
We have used Mark Tidwell to help us market a number of properties and we continue to call him as we have other properties to sell. He is professional, responsive and an excellent communicator. He is very knowledgeable and has years of experience with both residential and commercial properties.
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