Frequently Asked Questions
Flat Fee MLS Listings:
Why do you Gift a portion of your commission?
This is simply our way of saying, "Thank You" for using Utah Home Central. Most Realtors give a gift basket or some other token gift to thank their clients. We wanted to give our clients something that would be useful for their new home. However, it is a cash rebate so you can use it for whatever you like. To learn more about our buyer reward program, click here -Buyer Reward Information.
How do I find houses to look at?
When you sign up for our Buyer Services, Utah Home Central will start sending you properties that match your criteria. When you find a home you are interested in, simply send us the MLS number and we'll set up an appointment to show you the property.
How do I sign up for the Buyer program?
If you would like to sign up for our Buyer program, you can either register with our Easy Home Finder program, or you can call us at 801-414-5790.
Flat Fee MLS Listings:
What is the MLS?
The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a list of all properties offered for sale by real estate brokerages in your area. The Utah MLS is only available to Realtors and is the primary tool used by Realtors to find homes for their buyers. Realtors search the MLS daily to find potential matches for their buyers.
The MLS provides the biggest marketing advantage in selling houses. This kind of exposure to Realtors and their buyers is not available anywhere else. You will have a greater chance of selling your house when it is listed on the MLS.
What is a Flat Fee Listing?
Traditional brokerages provide real estate services for a percentage of the selling price of the home they are selling. A Flat Flee or Discount brokerage charges a fixed price for specific real estate services, but usually only provide limited services. These types of brokerages typically have a low sell rate and though this kind of service saves homeowners a considerable amount of money, it doesn't serve the customer very well, and sometimes makes for a very discouraging experience. See our article on The Dangers of Using a Limited Service Brokerage.
Utah Home Central is a Full Service Flat Fee brokerage. We combine the full service with the flat fee so our customers get the best of both worlds and Utah Home Central has a fairly high sell rate. We are dedicated to saving our customers money, but also want to make sure the home-selling experience is a good one. Therefore, Utah Home Central offers a Full-Service, Flat Fee, MLS listing. This way it doesn't matter if you are experienced or inexperienced in selling real estate. Anyone can now sell their home confidently and still save thousands of dollars in commissions.
*Warning* - be careful of flat fee MLS listing companies that claim full service. If they only charge a very small fee (i.e. $200 - $300) then the only way they make money is by listing hundreds of homes on the MLS each year. There is no way they can physically provide adequate full service to all those clients, they are simply spread way too thin and you won't get the service you need.
Do I have to pay a commission in addition to the Flat Fee?
The MLS requires that a commission be offered to a buyer’s broker. However, the commission offered is up to you. You must state up front on the MLS what that commission will be and any Realtor who brings you a buyer and successfully closes on the sale of your property, must be paid that commission.
How long does it take to get my property listed?
Your property will be listed on the Utah MLS within 24 hours after you have correctly signed all MLS listing documents and returned them to Utah Home Central. It usually takes about 48 - 72 hours before your listing is visible on other real estate websites.
Do you provide any advertising for my property?
Your property will be advertised on 100+ websites. To see an example of the various websites your property will be advertised on, Click Here
If I find my own buyer do I still have to pay a buyer's agent commission?
No, you only pay a buyer's agent commission if your sale occurs as a result of the buyer's agent bringing you a buyer. This is not true for other traditional agencies. If you agree to pay them 6%, you will pay them 6% regardless if there is a buyer's agent or not.
How will offers come to me?
Utah State Statute - 61-2-27 requires that all Brokers using an Exclusive Brokerage listing accept delivery of all contracts. We request that all offers be submitted to Utah Home Central. Utah Home Central will then present the offer to you the client.
If I decide to negotiate my own offers, do I still need to provide a copy to Utah Home Central?
YES, if the offer is from another Realtor or has come as a result of the MLS listing. If you sell your house by owner and handle all your own contracts, then no.
Will Realtors and potential buyers call me or you to arrange showings?
Agents will call our scheduling service and the scheduling service will text you. This way if we are busy with another client and can't take a call, you won't miss out on any showings. If it's an unrepresented buyer, they will most likely call us and we will arrange to get them in.