Frequently Asked Questions
With our self- represented flat fee MLS listing programs (EXpres, Silver & Gold), the seller doesn't pay a “listing commission” (which is typically 3%) because you (the seller) in essence become the “listing agent” for a flat fee. As well, with a flat fee MLS listing, if you are successful in finding a buyer for your property without the assistance of a real estate agent, then you would pay NO commission; just the flat fee. It's that simple.
- For same day listing entry Mon-Fri: listing must be complete* by 4PM EST. (If holiday, listing entered following business day.)
- Saturday: If your listing is in by 12:00 noon EST, your listing will be listed in the MLS the same day. After 12:00PM noon on Saturday, your listing will be in our ready queue and will be entered into the MLS on the following business day (Monday unless holiday).
- Sunday: Completed listings will be entered on the next business day (Monday unless holiday).
Agents will see your MLS listing the moment it is entered and saved into the MLS by our MLS Admin team. Realtor.com is updated every 15 minutes and takes 5 - 48 hours (not including weekends & holidays), depending on the MLS you are listed in. The photos are usually the last thing to populate through the feeds so a listing typically comes through without photos initially. This is normal. Please be patient and allow time for the photos to appear.
Downstream third party sites such as Zillow, Trulia and the IDX feed (feeds agent and broker sites such as Remax, Coldwell Banker, KW etc.) will show your listing within 48 - 72 hours (not including weekends & amp;holidays) after your listing goes live on the MLS. The exact timing all depends on third-party functionality. GetMoreOffers.com does not have control over third-party websites and does not guarantee the placement of your listing nor it's accuracy on third-party sites.
GetMoreOffers.com guarantees your listing will be placed in the appropriate local MLS and all listing permissions will be set in the MLS to feed your listing to Realtor.com, IDX and all other real estate marketing sites available.
Depending on the GetMoreOffers program you choose, your MLS listing will fall under one of two of Keith R. Gordon’s brokerages:
Express, Silver or Gold plans: ADDvantage Real Estate Services
Platinum PRO plan: Altru Realty
1. When we enter your data into the MLS, the listing will contain your contact information with clear instructions to contact you directly for showings, negotiations and offers. Therefore, Realtors with potential buyers should be contacting you directly. If by any chance they miss these instructions and call our office, we instruct them to contact you directly.
2. Realtor.com and other partner sites do not allow an owner's contact information to be displayed. The phone number that appears associated with our company will be answered live according to our posted hours of operation. All leads that we receive will be forwarded to you and documented in your account.
A note about Realtors® and the importance of taking calls live… Realtors® are professional but impatient. There is no time to waste. They want answers fast and want support in gaining access to a property. They may not hang on for “I'll get back to you, or sorry, we're not available, please leave a message.” Realtors® represent 80% of real estate sales in Florida. Therefore, just as you should be diligent about answering calls when your property is listed, at our company, Realtors® and un-represented buyers get full phone service, 7 days per week. Agents who call us are given any and all information requested on a listing, in real time. All calls are documented in real time and sent to you via email and stored in your account for future reference.
While some of sites allow the potential buyer to pick which agent to submit a contact form through, some simply auto-assign the lead to whichever agent has purchased the exclusive zip code (the latter is how Realtor.com works).
The good news is that typically agents who are paying for these leads are quick to jump and assist the potential buyer and show them your property. As always, any leads that do end up contacting us either via phone or email, will be documented in your account and sent to you via email in a timely manner.
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- Send a Check or Money-Order to:
Express, Silver, Gold
ADDvantage® Real Estate Network
2515 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
2515 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
As stated by Broker of Altru Realty, Keith R. Gordon: "As the discount broker for ADDvantage® Real Estate and Altru® Realty of Florida and Colorado, I have the opportunity to speak with hundreds of Realtors each month, as well many of our flat fee MLS clients about contracts and situations involving difficult real estate questions.
I have first hand knowledge about the pros and cons of being a self-represented seller using our basic flat fee MLS listing plan (our $299 or $399 program) v. a client that is represented by me in our ALTRU PLATINUM PRO listing plan $499 plus ⅞% at close ($1,500 min).
Money is always the answer as to whether or not you should allow me to represent you. The question I ask is this: As the broker, can I negotiate a better deal for you, both in terms of the amount of the sale and the ‘terms’ of the contract, then if you represent yourself?
Without any doubt, the answer is yes. This comment below is from a recent email that I received from an ALTRU PLATINUM PRO client that I just successfully negotiated an additional $70,000 in their contract. While this sale was in excess of $2,000,000, the savings are significant.
'Bill and I signed the new contract. Lee (the buyer's agent) was to e-mail to his client in Switzerland. They should arrive home today, review contract, sign and return with $500k deposit. Lee expects the ck by Thurs. I'll pray it comes by Fri. Once received he will issue the inspection.
Thanks for the extra $70k. Pray they mail the check.
Not sure if house should be pending prior to receipt of check. Your call.'
Some sellers believe that they save money by representing themselves and gain control but I see it as the complete opposite. In my opinion, sellers are often over-matched by Realtors who have extensive contract knowledge, are extremely aggressive and represent their buyers, not the seller. For all these reasons and many more, sellers should be represented by an agent/broker that is just as skilled at contract negotiations as the agent representing the buyer. The cost of the ALTRU PLATINUM PRO plan is negligible as compared with the potential for loss due to entering into a contract that is not in your best interests. The are many unforeseen risks such as the buyer, their pre-qualification letter, closing costs, survey and who pays for it, commissions, inspection report and how to handle issues, keeping the deal closing on time and the contract language and associated addenda. For all this work, we receive a total of $499 plus ⅞% at close ($1,500 min). The ALTRU PLATINUM PRO plan is truly the best value in real estate today."
For Express, Silver Basic and Gold Premium plans, the answer isL "ADDvantage® Real Estate Network is my listing broker."
Platinum PRO plan, the answer is "Keith Gordon of Altru Realty is my listing broker."
(Whatever commission you chose when you signed up.)
MLS Express, Silver Basic & Gold Premium plans:
Yes! Because you are listing flat fee, there is no requirement for how long the listing must be. It is entirely up to you how long you wish to list your property. You can cancel your MLS listing at any time by doing one of the following:
here is no fee to cancel before the listing expiration.
Platinum Pro MLS Listing Plan:
You can cancel this listing agreement and permanently withdraw the listing from the MLS at any time with no cancellation fee by giving the Broker 30 day notice by changing the status to withdrawn.
- Log on to your account and under MY ACCOUNT, simply go to listing status and change status to withdrawn
- Email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call for live help: 727-942-2929 or 1-877-232-9695
*Note: the following restriction will apply due to MLS rules and regulations: The property can only be temporarily withdrawn for a period of time not to exceed 90 days. For those with a list-til-you-sell listing agreement such as with the Platinum PRO plan, you may temporarily withdraw a property a maximum of 4 times per calendar year.
You may also want to consider ordering a CMA through ADDvantage for $50 in the Add Accessories section of MY ACCOUNT.
Express, Silver & Gold plans:
Only if you opt into our Agent Activate® program, otherwise no. One thing is constant: you will never pay a “listing” commission because “flat fee” takes the place of a listing agent commission (Which would normally be around 3%). Whether or not you pay a "buy side" commission depends on whether a real estate agent brought you a buyer. If so, then you would pay the commission amount that you agree to pay when you list on the MLS. (Typically 3%). However, if you find a buyer that is not represented by a real estate agent, then you will pay no commission at all. Just the flat fee!
Platinum PRO plan:
Yes, in this plan, our listing commission is 7/8% at close. Compared with 3%, this is still a huge savings for full service representation.
- Our sign is unique, professional, bright orange, has our name on it, says nothing about flat fee and is free! You only pay only $14.99 for shipping. Note: You supply your own stand.
- Realtors® are turned off by FSBO signs because:
- Realtors® fear their Buyer will approach the Seller directly in an attempt to circumvent a commission.
- Realtors® drive up to a home with their clients and see a FSBO sign…immediately they assume the Seller is flat fee listed and that is not our message.
- When Realtors® drive by a FSBO sign they think: no commission
Some Realtors® say it is more difficult dealing directly with a flat fee MLS listed seller/owner but the overwhelming majority do not care.
Truth 1: The agent/Realtor® representing the buyer is the one who writes the sales contract every time (never the listing agent). There is no more work on the part of the agent representing the buyer making an offer to an unrepresented seller versus a full service one.
Truth 2:The agent/Realtor® representing the buyer is a real estate professional. The unrepresented seller (flat fee listed) is typically not as knowledgeable about contracts and negotiations as a Realtor. Therefore, unrepresented sellers are typically at a dis-advantage when matched against a Realtor. If a seller feels over-matched, our Platinum PRO plan is a great option.
If an agent objects or complains to the MLS board about the data you provided, you will need to show proof: survey, appraisal, etc. so that this data can be provided to the board.
- Login (with your username & password)
- Click on My Account
- Click Manage My Listing
- Click Manage Photos
Colorado: We serve most of the Front Range including all of Greater Denver metro area via Metro MLS as well as IRES MLS which services the regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for Northern Colorado. IRES services 5 Realtor boards including: Fort Collins, Greeley, Boulder, Loveland/Berthoud, Longmont Estes Park and Logan County.
Silver & Gold plans:
If your home doesn't sell after the listing period ends, you can extend your listing for (30% off) or have a new listing (with “zero days of the market”) for 20% off. Our Florida sales statistics indicate 120 days on the market is the average for our sellers.
Extend the Listing Date prior to expiration: This type of extension involves adjusting the expiration date within the original listing in the MLS. The price to renew by this method is 30% off of the original listing price.
Re-enter Listing after it expires: This renewal is essentially a brand new listing. We will re-enter the listing in the MLS which will create a new MLS number and MAY start the listing at “0” (Zero) DOM (days on market). The cost for this type of renewal is 20% off of the current program price.
Note: It may also be recommended to institute a new price on the listing at the time of renewal. If you need advice on this topic, feel free to contact us and speak witha broker. You may also want to consider ordering a CMA for $50 in the “Add Accessories” section of MY ACCOUNT as this will give you an idea of what other properties like yours are selling for in the current market.
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Call us…727-942-2929 or 1-877-232-9695 and we will be glad to assist you!