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  • Writer's pictureAttorney Jason A Greller

What is Flat Fee MLS in Wisconsin and How Can a Wisconsin Attorney Help a Flat Fee MLS Seller?

Flat fee MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is a service offered by some real estate brokers in Wisconsin and other states. With this service, the broker lists your property on the local MLS for a flat fee, rather than charging a traditional commission based on the sale price. This allows sellers to gain exposure for their property to a wider audience of potential buyers while potentially saving on the costs associated with selling the property.

Here's how an attorney can help a flat fee MLS seller in Wisconsin:

  1. Reviewing the flat fee MLS agreement: An attorney can review the flat fee MLS agreement to ensure that the terms are fair and in the seller's best interest. They can also help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the agreement.

  2. Drafting or reviewing sale documents: An attorney can assist in drafting or reviewing important sale documents, such as the offer to purchase, counteroffers, amendments, and other related paperwork. This can help ensure that the documents are legally compliant and protect the seller's interests.

  3. Negotiating with buyers: Although the flat fee MLS service typically does not include assistance with negotiating offers or dealing with potential buyers, an attorney can provide guidance on negotiating terms and conditions, ensuring that your interests are protected during the negotiation process.

  4. Navigating legal issues: An attorney can help navigate any legal issues that may arise during the sale process, such as issues related to title, liens, easements, or zoning restrictions.

  5. Closing assistance: An attorney can guide you through the closing process and ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed correctly. They can also help you understand the closing costs and tax implications associated with the sale.

By involving an attorney in the flat fee MLS process, a seller can ensure that their legal interests are protected throughout the transaction. However, it's important to note that an attorney's assistance is not a substitute for the services provided by a full-service real estate agent, such as marketing, showing the property, or providing pricing guidance. Sellers should carefully consider their needs and weigh the potential cost savings of a flat fee MLS service against the value of a full-service agent.

Please note that this information is for general informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. Consult with a qualified attorney to discuss your specific situation and understand your legal options.

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