What you need to know BEFORE you list

1) I am a licensed real estate broker in Washington State and  as a broker/member of the NWMLS & RMLS in Washington, I have full rights and privileges of all other broker/members.  Your property will be listed in the MLS and will syndicate to public sites, just like all other mls listings (realtor.com, windermere, johnlscott, redfin, etc.)

2) Once you have created your account on my site and add the property info, you will need to submit the MLS data forms (based on your county) AND the Listing  Agreement.  The Dept. of licensing and MLS require a listing file for each listed property.  The MLS is a complete different system than my website, and your listing.  I have to manually enter the listing into the MLS and will email you a copy with the mls #.  Additionally, the MLS doesn't allow a broker to advertise a property until it is active in the MLS, hence, your ad on my site will be activated when the mls listing is activated (the date you choose to have it activated).

3)  I will copy the photos from my site for the MLS listing in the order you have them or if you prefer, you may email them.  Please allow one business day for entry.  If you want the listing in before the weekend, send the forms to me no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday.  My office is closed on the weekends, so no listings will be activated during that time or on holidays.

4) When completing your listing agreement, make sure to fill in the buyer's agent commission on page 1, #5 "commission" on the List4FlatFee.com addendum.  The MLS requires a commission is offered to the Buyer's agent in order to be listed in the MLS. Hence, if you aren't willing to pay a commission to a buyer's agent if you accept an offer from them, then you CANNOT have a listing in the MLS. Traditionally, agents expect 3%, but its up to you the amount. It cannot be a range, only a flat dollar amount or a percent.  Make sure the amount you write in is the amount you are willing to pay if you accept an offer from an agent because once it is listed, you cannot ask an agent to reduce their commission. (MLS RULE).   You ALWAYS reserve the right to sell the property to your own buyer, not working with an agent and in that case, you would pay ZERO commission.  

5) When completing the data forms, please leave blank those fields that you do not know (tax id, taxes, block, area, etc.), as that is info. I will know or can obtain easily from tax records.

6) Once I enter the listing into the MLS, I will email you a copy PRIOR to activating the listing so you may review the listing for accuracy.  Please check emails often.  

7) YOU MUST notify me within 24 hours of an accepted offer AND also, when it closes (unless you choose the assistance with offers).  The MLS will issue a fine if the listing status is not updated.

8)  You will be provided with a change form to make future (free) changes to your listing, such as price. I will make those changes on the MLS within one business day and email you confirmation.   HOWEVER, you will need to make those changes to the listing on my site yourself.  Remember, the MLS is a different system than my website, and so when you make changes to your listing on the site, it DOES NOT change the MLS listing. You must email the change form, or email me what changes you have made that need to be updated on the MLS.

9)  You will be the contact for agents to call with showings and/or offers to present.  Please make sure to be available via phone and/or email. The seller's contact information does not populate to public sites, this is an MLS rule. Hence, I forward ALL buyer calls/emails to your email.   Agents can see your phone number and showing instructions in the mls, however.

10) You can add your listing to any public site you see fit. With my service you are getting the best of two worlds, the MLS and advertising on your own. All MLS systems are governed by the realtor/broker members and is not a "fsbo" system. Its a database allowing realtors to access other members listings to show/sell and receive a buyer's agent commission if they successfully close on the transaction. You can only have access to this system if you are listed with a licensed broker whom is also a member of the MLS. Most agents charge 6%, so with me you are only paying the buyer's agent commission, and that amount is up to you (traditionally 3%).

11) My office hours are Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00.  My office is closed on the weekends and holidays. The BEST way to reach me is via email, as I am always on my email stacie@list4flatfee.com

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