- What is Flat Fee Real Estate?
Flat Fee Real Estate is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of paying a traditional real estate agent a percentage of the sales price of your home, you only pay a low, flat fee for their service. In a traditional real estate transaction, you can expect to pay anywhere from 5% – 7% in commission fees when selling a home. However, with Scout Realty, you can list your house for a low, flat fee instead, which allows you to retain more of the equity that you’ve built up in your house.
Scout Realty adopted this strategy in order to shift the real estate experience in favor of the homeowner. By doing so, we are able to provide an unparalleled customer experience, regardless of the price of your home. Whether your home sells for $200,000 or $2,000,000, you still pay the same flat rate. As our founder, Jonathan Harris, explains it, “We’re on a mission to eliminate commission fees. This is how we best serve and create value for our clients.”
- What are the Benefits of Using a Flat Fee Broker vs. a Traditional Agent?
There are a variety of reasons to sell a home – whether relocating for a job, up or down sizing, or maybe the equity in your home is too good not to capitalize on. Making a profit might not always be the reason you’re selling a home, but one thing is for sure – no one wants to lose the equity that they’ve built up by paying outrageous commission fees. In fact, by selling your home for a flat fee, you’re able to save over $10,000 on average. This is cash that can be used to make a down payment on a new home, or maybe to take that dream vacation you’ve been wanting to take for years.
In order to truly capitalize on the equity you’ve gained in your home, it’s important to understand the difference in how much money you’ll be spending when selling your house with a traditional agent vs. a flat fee broker, like Scout Realty. With Scout, we don’t charge a crazy 6% commission fee that most traditional brokers do. We only charge one flat rate for you to sell your home. Because a traditional real estate transaction has a standard brokerage fee anywhere from 5% – 7%, the listing agent and the buyer’s agent typically split that commission fee. If a listing agent doesn’t offer the standard rate of 2.5% – 3% commission split, buyers’ agents might refer their clients to other properties, which will slow down the process of your home being sold.
- How Do Commission Fees Really Work?
Ss mentioned previously, in a traditional home sale, the commission fee is typically around 6% of the final sales price of your home. The commission is split evenly between the listing agent and their broker, which means each party receives roughly 3% of the sales price,
Here’s an example: If your home sells for $500,000 and you agreed to pay your agent and the buyer’s agent a total of 6% percent of the sales price, then you’re automatically out $30,000 in commissions, and can be down over half of YOUR equity!
When you choose a flat fee broker, there’s no need to worry about the crazy overhead of selling your home, regardless of how much a buyer agrees to buy your home for. Instead of worrying, you’ll know BEFORE you go under contract exactly how much you’ll pay to sell your home. There’s no hidden fees or charges – with Scout, it’s one flat fee no matter what.
- Is Scout Realty Considered a Discount Brokerage?
At Scout Realty, we believe that discounting your cost and discounting your value are two totally different things. We create something that we call ‘Value Innovation’. We’re often asked “how do we create value for people if we don’t charge a full 6%,” or “if we don’t charge 3% on the seller’s side, are we considered a ‘discount brokerage’?” Our goal at Scout is to 1. Eliminate or reduce our costs for our clients, and 2. Raise or increase the value we provide for them. So, whenever we reduce or eliminate commission fees, this automatically increases the value we have for our customers, and provides them the opportunity to retain as much of their home equity as possible.
- Will My Home Be Listed on the MLS?
An important thing to note is that even when you use a flat fee realtor like Scout Realty, your home will still be listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), so that it can be found just like every other home that’s listed in Nashville. The MLS is the main online directory that real estate agents use to list their properties and share them with other agents that also belong to the local MLS. This is an important thing to note because many third-party services, such as Zillow, Realtor.com, NextDoor, Trulia, etc. pull their listings from the same MLS, so your home will get maximum exposure for only a fraction of the price.
- Would My Home Sell Faster With a Traditional Broker?
In the month of October, Scout Realty sold our flat fee Nashville listings in an average of 11 days. The average for all other Nashville homes that were sold by other brokerages during the month of October was 21 days. So, Scout’s listings sold in 10 less days, on average. This is great news for anyone looking to move quickly and avoid paying thousands of dollars in commission fees.
Another thing to note is that when you meet with a traditional real estate agent to discuss the sale of your home, you’ll generally get a presentation on how well they plan to market your home. However, an overwhelming majority of properties are sold by the cooperating MLS agent, rather than a listing agent. So, why would you invest a large portion of your equity in someone who will more than likely lean on another agent to sell your home instead?
This is where Scout Realty comes in. In our basic listing package, we provide professional photographs listed on the MLS, an open house to generate maximum exposure, a feature in our email blast, organic posts on social media and much more! We offer a fully-integrated marketing strategy for every property that lists with us, designed to help your home sell as quickly as possible.