This is one of beycome's most frequently asked questions - are we a licensed broker?
Yes! beycome Inc. is a licensed Florida real estate brokerage under license number #BK3187552, in Illinois under license #471-020006, in California under license CalBRE #01737574, in Connecticut under license #coming soon, in South Carolina under license SC #116486, in North Carolina under license #coming soon, in Minnesota under license #40493701, In Georgia under License #396707 and in Rhode Island under license REB.0018814.
This means we are able to list your home on local MLS databases around Florida, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Connecticut, South Carolina and beyond.
What's a Real Estate Broker?
Many people unfamiliar with the real estate industry use the terms real estate agent, broker and realtor interchangeably. There are differences between the three titles. However, the most important being the services each real estate professional offers to those in need of real estate services.
A real estate agent is a real estate professional who has taken and passed all required real estate classes and passed the real estate licensing exam in the state in which he or she intends to work. It is the most encompassing of the titles since it is the starting point for most real estate professionals. Agents are also referred to as real estate associates.
A realtor is a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors. To become a member, a real estate agent has to agree to abide by the association's standards and uphold the code of ethics.
A real estate broker has continued his or her education past the real estate agent level and passed the real estate broker license.
Real estate brokers can work as independent real estate agents or have other agents working for them.
The biggest distinction between the three is that a broker can work on his or her own, while an agent or associate has to work under a licensed broker. A hybrid position, referred to as a real estate associate broker, is an agent who is working toward achieving a broker's license. Associate brokers have to work under a licensed broker but many shares in the brokerage profits above and beyond the typical agent commission.
Source: What are the Differences Among a Real Estate Agent, a broker, and a Realtor? |
Will my MLS listing update when I update my beycome.com listing?
It’s important to note that while beycome.com is an amazing and super cool website, we are not the MLS itself. The MLS is a website/database that real estate brokers/agents created together… thus, we are already very different from them! But, this doesn’t mean we don’t have access to this huge database (we just refuse to take a commission for providing this service to you).
Having said all of this, the answer to this FAQ would have to be: unfortunately, no.
However, can we still help you with updating your MLS listing? Of course, we can! It’s what we’re here for. The only thing you’ll need to do is send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the updates you would like to make, et voila! We take care of the rest (and typically can make your updates within just 2-3 hours).
Now, we are able to do just about any sort of change on an MLS listing – what we can’t do (and no one else can either), is to place your specific listing at the top of a search list. For everything else – you’re good!
Feel free to use our below contact information for anything you may need!
Just let us know what’s on your mind and we’ll get back to you faster than you can say “ No commission”!
By Phone, Toll Free:
310 NW 26th St #3,
Miami, Florida 33127
Monday - Friday: 9:30am to 7:00pm EST
Saturdays: 10:00am to 5:00pm EST
Sundays: Closed 24/7
You can also always reach out to us via contact form!
Hours of Operations:
beycome is here to serve you Monday through Friday from 9:30 A.M to 7:00 ET P.M and Saturday from 9.30:00 A.M to 5:00 ET P.M… we think that’s enough for you since we want you to rest from us on our weekends, you deserve it after dealing with us all week.
We know and we thank you for it. also, remember this is because we are always thinking about you and your convenience, beycome is and will be always closed on the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- President’s Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Easter Day
- Day after Easter
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- Your birthday 😉
Before we explain how to view your Flat Fee MLS listing, we need to understand what the MLS® is.
The MLS® is a service used by a group of real Realtors® / brokers to disseminate information.
This means that you will not be able to access the listing yourself. But no worries, we are here for you and will represent you as your Listing Agency.
So, now that all this is clear let's go back to the original question.
How can you view your flat fee MLS listing (also known as just your MLS listing)?
Once you choose one of our Flat Fee MLS® listing packages, you will be required to fill out a survey with detailed information that the MLS® platform requires. This survey will be provided by one of our listing agents and is extremely important in making sure that we have the most accurate/up-to-date information on file to add to your MLS® listing.
Once your listing is active you will receive an email containing a link to view your listing.
If your MLS listing requires updates, simply let the beycome team know and they will be happy to assist you.
(email@example.com or by phone (Toll Free): 844.239.2663).
Yes, WE ARE A REAL ESTATE COMPANY! Probably a new and better "version" of a real estate company;) In fact, the whole idea of our platform is to cut out the middlemen and help you save thousands on your real estate needs by doing it yourself.
In simple words our whole idea behind this website is not only to have a cool one ;) but also for you to save the most chunk of money or the biggest piece of the pie or however you want to call it, at the end is the same… YOU DON’T PAY COMMISSIONS and you save the standard 6% / 10% you usually give to the agents.
So, without further Do.
Allow me to introduce ourselves, we are beycome.com and we are changing the rules of real estate by empowering home buyers and renters to access everything they need for finding and securing their new home, 24/7, all online - and by immediately refund 100% of the typical agent commission, we save buyers and renters thousands of dollars, every sale, every time. It’s that simple.
beycome is all about making buying and renting a home easier, faster, cheaper, and fair by helping buyers and renters through every step of the process, consolidating all necessary logistics in one spot, online, and putting commission dollars back where they belong: your pocket.
What’s the catch? You might be wondering, or so how do we make money?? And both are great questions, to answer the first one, there is no catch we are legit and free, the second one is a bit more difficult to understand due to the simplicity of it…. We are not in for the monetary privileges, we are somewhat a new website and we want to first gain your trust and business before we can charge you anything what so ever.
Believe us when we say this will save you thousands of dollars when you close on your property.
How To Access Your beycome Account:
To access your account first you need to be logged in. When you're logged in, you will see your name in the top right-hand corner of the homepage. Scroll your cursor over your name and a drop down box will appear, then select "I am an Owner"
You will now be in your "Owner Area". This is where the magic happens! Every aspect of your selling process can be controlled from this page. Click on "Edit Your Listing" to make adjustments to your listing!
You will now now see where you can start changing and adding your property information! To your left hand side you will see all of the different fields that are available to edit! This is also where you can access your marketing tools and add on the MLS premium option! Therefore if you want to upgrade just come here and purchase one of our premium packages.
Otherwise known as Flat Fee MLS listing duration:
We always received this great question, so before we answer it, let us give you a few proven facts in regards to what you can expect out there.
You can expect to pay anything from $199, all the way to $499 for you to list your property on the Florida MLS... yeah crazy, we know... and to make things worse, they only last 6 months. And let's say you weren’t lucky enough to sell or rent your house within that time frame; of course, you want to be shown again since the MLS generates the maximum amount of exposure, so you pay again. Now, we are talking about a $199 to $998 investment within a year that you did not see any results from.
It really is too bad, but do not panic, that is why we are here. For those who don't know, our Flat Fee MLS listing service is the most affordable MLS listing rate you will find in Florida, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Rhode Island and Minnesota. You only pay a one-time fee of $99 - forever. (Or at least until your property is under contract or until you want to stop).
Isn’t this how real estate is supposed to be? Again, you do not need an agent, so you won't pay any commission.
There are actually two answers here, as this question can apply to two different scenarios. beycome offers homeowners two options for online property exposure:
- The free exposure where home sellers can list their property on beycome.com
- Exposure through beycome.com plus the Florida MLS (through one of our Flat Fee MLS listing packages)
With those in mind, let's go over each one:
In Scenario A, you list with us as a FSBO (rightly so), so it is logical that your contact information, like your phone number and email address will be shown to all potential buyers and/or renters. Answer: yes.
In Scenario B, you chose one of beycome's Flat Fee MLS packages and will have your property listed on the Florida MLS. So, we need to remember that this is an exclusive database that only licensed real estate broker/agents have access to, with their own set of regulations - one of which is that if an individual is not a licensed real estate professional, the MLS will not list you as the main contact. Rather, it will list the brokerage firm (layman's terms: the MLS will list beycome as the main contact). HOWEVER, to put you at ease, the MLS does include a special section to share instructions/additional information with other real estate agents - this is where beycome will always write: "For showings and/or more information, please contact the homeowner directly, Mr/Ms XXX by phone at XXX-XXX-XXXX or by email at XXX@XXX.COM."
In the cases where a potential prospect contacts beycome, we will always redirect them to contact you directly. Then you'll just be in charge of sealing the deal!
Just in case you didn't know by now, the MLS Listing Service is a database that was made by real estate broker/agents for real estate broker/agents. Therefore, the MLS does not permit the main contact to be a non-real estate broker/agent. Thus, it is our broker information that appears as the main point of contact on a property listing.
With that said, because this is your home and you should have full control over the home selling/buying process, beycome makes it known to potential prospects that 'any interested buyer or renter needs to contact the owner directly'... and thus, we list your contact information in the Broker Remarks section (a section visible only to individuals with access to the MLS - AKA typically real estate broker/agents).
This also means that our brokerage firm will be the main contact on all sites that syndicate your listing from the MLS (ex: Realtor.com©, Zillow©, Trulia©, Redfin©, Century21©, Coldwell Banker©, IDX© etc) - but, be assured that if/when we are directly contacted about your property, we immediately relay that information to you (and we provide the interested homebuyer or renter with your contact information), by email and to your beycome dashboard so that you can seal that deal directly!
Just think of us as your secretaries, constantly available to make your home closing process easy and fair.
There is NO additional benefit to listing on the MLS® with a traditional agent vs. a flat fee MLS listing service.
You will be listed on the same exact Multiple Listing Service (MLS®), however there is an important difference to note . When you list with a broker or agent, they are going to charge you in commissions and other fees. That, frankly, makes no sense. You have all the power to successfully sell or rent on your own using an MLS listing. This not only keeps you in the center of the transaction but puts more money in your pocket. It's your home, after all.
The Flat Fee MLS is a service provided by real estate companies and some property listing platforms to help property owners - who are interested in selling or renting their house - gain more exposure for their home. The MLS is used by a group of real estate brokers who band together to create an MLS® that allows each of them to see one another's listings and properties that are up for sale or for rent. It is accessible by brokers for brokers and real estate agents. It provides the most accurate information on whether a house is still listed as active or if it's under contract, pending, closed, photos, contact information, etc.
Having said all of this, the answer is a big YES! The MLS used by Realtors® and real estate brokers/agents alike is the same one accessed and used and provided by beycome.
All participating MLS REALTORS® belong to their regional association of REALTORS®. So, your property will be listed in your county’s MLS® where all the other agents will be able to see and contact you to receive more information in regards the property or to schedule a showing.
Keep in mind that this is the highest step you can reach in online exposure. Once your property is listed on the MLS®, you will be receiving the maximum exposure possible and beycome can list our Florida homeowners, starting at just $9.
We should also add that by listing with beycome your flat fee will last you until your home is under contract (NOT like those other flat fee MLS listing services that ask for payment every 6 months).
So, in closing:
Maximum Exposure + Super Affordable Price + Listed Until Your Home is Under Contact = WHY NOT?!
* For more information on our Flat Fee MLS for Florida homeowners, please visit: beycome.com/flat-fee-mls
Property showings happen whether MLS is involved or not. It is important to understand that Realtors® don't just only show properties that are associated with their own company. Realtors® show homes that fit their potential prospect's wishlist. The MLS is used for Realtors® to find, show, and close on properties - and whether a property is listed by a traditional real estate company or by an FSBO, FRBO homeowner, rest assured that it will be shown (should it be something potential prospects want, of course). So, no worries on that.
Flat Fee MLS Listings
Flat fee MLS listings are not shown less than any other listing. Real estate agents and traditional real estate companies use this as a scare tactic. They do this to try and convince homeowners to list with them instead of a flat fee listing service. There is no way to know that a flat fee listing service was used. Furthermore, no designated area on an MLS® listing would indicate that you did not pay commission to a listing agent, or traditional real estate company. In the end, the buyer's agent/broker only cares about the commission that you are willing to give to them. Realtors® will show your property to their buyers (your future prospect) regardless!
Only licensed real estate brokers can list on the MLS®. Brokers pay the MLS® dues/fees in order to list their properties. The MLS® isn't a place where just anyone can come on a post their property. There are many rules and regulations with the MLS® that the Broker must abide by. They must ensure that the listing is completely accurate and follows all MLS® restrictions.
We are a licensed Real Estate Brokerage company since 2009!
This means we are able to list your home on local MLS® databases around Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia, Rhode Island and beyond.
What is a Real Estate Broker?
A real estate broker is a person who has taken their education beyond the agent-level, as required by state laws and has passed a broker’s license exam.
Many people unfamiliar with the real estate industry use the terms real estate agent, broker, and realtor interchangeably. There are differences between the three titles. However, the most important difference being the services each real estate professional offers.
A real estate agent is a professional who has passed all required real estate classes and the licensing exam in the state they work in. It is the most encompassing of the titles since it is the starting point for most real estate professionals. Agents are also referred to as real estate associates.
A realtor is a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors®. They must agree in abiding by the association's standards and upholding their code of ethics.
A real estate broker has continued his or her education past the real estate agent level and passed the real estate broker license. Real estate brokers can work as independent real estate agents or have other agents working for them.
The biggest distinction between the three is that a broker can work on his or her own while An agent or associate has to work under a licensed broker.
Source: What are the Differences Among a Real Estate Agent, a broker, and a Realtor®? | Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/101314/what-are-differences-among-real-estate-agent-broker-and-realtor.asp
So you think you've found it. Your dream home. You can already see your children playing in the backyard with the dog and family coming over for a BBQ. Then you look at the price of the house and you realize you still have to negotiate with the seller. You need to know how to make an offer on a house so let’s discuss that.
Because making an offer is such an important step in purchasing a home, you want to make sure that you cover all the bases and don't leave anything out. Although this can seem like a daunting task here at Beycome.com we have compiled all the steps to a successful offer in an easy to navigate format.
Creating an Offer
Click on the property you have chosen and look to the right side menu bar. Underneath “Contact Owner” click on “Make an Offer”
You will then be taken to another screen with the property’s basic information. Make sure that this is the property you want and then, click on the “Get Started” button on the bottom.
On the "Buyer Info" page, enter your first and last name, your address and unit number, if there is one. After that, if you are purchasing the property with a co buyer, you will need to enter the Co-buyer’s first and last name. When you are done click Next.
Now you will be entering the Financing page. Here you will need to give the amount you wish to offer and initial deposit. Answer the yes or no questions and then enter an amount for Other Deposits if there is one.
If you answered yes to the questions, there will be additional information needed.
- “Are you Financing?”
- Did you receive the pre qualifications from a lender (Y/N)
- Enter the financing amount using a whole number or percentage
- “Do you want to ask the owner to contribute on the closing cost?”
- Enter how much you want to be paid by the owner
- “Do you want to add a home warranty to your offer?”
- Select who will pay this warranty (Buyer/Owner)
- What is the maximum amount for the home warranty
- “Do you have a title escrow?”
- Escrow/Title company name, address, and phone number
When you have finished, click Next to continue creating an offer.
On the deadline page, enter the date you wish to close along with the date your offer will expire, if no action is taken. Then, select the time you wish for the owner to respond by selecting from the dropdown box. You can chose to have an inspection period entered, as well. If you have any additional items to include in your offer or would like to request any additional terms or conditions, select yes and input them in the box.
Click Next to continue
The review page is the final step in making an offer. Make sure to take your time and read the user agreement before continuing.
The buyer signature box and the co-buyer signature box MUST be signed by typing in your name and the name of the co-buyer, if there is one.
You then have the option to preview and print your offer by clicking on preview and print. After you have read the terms and conditions and have signed, click “Send My Offer”. Remember that by clicking “Send My Offer” you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.
After you’re done, the details of the offer will be sent to the owner who will review the offer and act on it.
Keeping a line of communication open is crucial when wanting to do business with someone new and that first phone call is one of the most important because it begins the interaction between buyer and seller. That is why knowing how to contact a homeowner on Beycome.com is crucial. Here at Beycome, we understand that privacy is important, which is why we use an extension system along with a private emailing system to connect buyers and sellers. This way we keep the seller’s information private, while also giving the buyer an easy way to contact a homeowner.
Calling the Seller
The first way to contact a seller is by calling
Take a look at the “Owner Info” for the property you're interested in.
You will see the phone number 844-799-7886 we will call this the “Main Number”. That phone number is the same for all properties and will not change. We recommend saving this number in your contacts so that you always have it.
Underneath the phone number is a four-digit number unique to the property. When you want to contact a homeowner, that is the number that will be used. Saving this number in your notes is a great way to always have it ready in case you forget it.
If the property's extension is 1234 you will dial 844-799-7886 first then, when prompted for the extension, enter extension 1234. The property owner and you will then be connected.
Messaging the Seller
The second way to contact a seller is by sending them an email.
In the “Owner Info” box right below "Request Appointment" click on the "Contact Owner" tab.
A popup should appear.
Type in the subject and message you wish to send the owner.
You may also include a file by simply checking the box and then clicking "Choose your file".
When you're all set, click "Send Message" and wait for the owner to respond.
*If you want to be kept up to date on your favorite properties consider adding them to your favorites. You can do this by simply creating a profile and then saving the listing to your collections which is right below the contact owner button.
What is the Multiple Listing Service? Why should I be featured on it?
The Multiple Listing Service(MLS) is used by brokers and realtors to list and search for properties. As a result, being featured on the MLS is a surefire way of getting your property noticed because it is accessible to agents in the MLS system, giving you the most exposure to buyers.
Is the Multiple Listing Service the same as MLS?
Yes indeed. Other names would be local MLS and MLS listing. They're all one in the same.
Is the MLS used by Beycome the same one used by Brokers and agents?
Yes. There is absolutely no difference as they are the same service.
How do I get listed on the MLS?
There are two packages that we offer which will feature you on the Multiple Listing Service.
The $99 Flat Fee MLS package, which comes with the listing and features your property on over 1000's different websites.
The $199 Flat Fee MLS Premium package comes with the MLS listing and syndication to the other websites but, also includes promotional items to give your property more exposure. Lockboxes, for sale/rent signs, sold stickers, and much more!
If you're interested in purchasing a premium MLS package or want more information check this page out here
How much commission do I have to pay Beycome.com for listing my property?
None at all! The best part about these MLS packages is that there is no commission, contracts, or hidden fees, ever!
Is this a nationwide listing?
No. Each county has its own MLS. We currently cover MLS listings in Florida, Illinois, Georgia, California, South Carolina, Minnesota and Rhode Island but, are working on expanding to other states in the near future.
How will buyers contact me?
The Buyer’s Agent will contact you via call or email. Your number and email address will be shown in the “Broker’s Remarks” if you so choose to have them put there. If not, we will enter Beycome’s number with the extension and email address.
How long does the MLS listing last?
MLS listings last until the closing of the property.
I’ve paid for the Premium Package. What now?
A brief questionnaire will be sent after a premium package has been paid for. After you complete the questionnaire, our broker will activate your listing. The survey is there to ensure accuracy when listing the property on the MLS and to get information otherwise unavailable through public means. Make sure to sign at the end of the survey, giving Beycome the greenlight to start your MLS listing.
How can I view my MLS listing?
Once you complete the survey and your listing is active, you will receive a link to view your listing. For more details check out our other FAQ here
How many pictures can/should I have? Are there restrictions on what can or can’t be in the picture?
There must be minimum of 3 and no more than 34 pictures. The inside and outside of the house must have pictures. There can not be any type of propaganda or advertisements in the pictures. Therefore, anything with a company logo, including for sale signs, are not acceptable.
Can I hire someone to take professional pictures for me?
Of course! The only thing we ask, is that there be proof that you have permission to use the pictures.
What is and is not allowed in the MLS?
Certain words are not allowed. Anything describing a person such as, race or religion is strictly forbidden. The property should be the only thing being described in the description.
How do I make changes to my MLS listing?
Changes on the MLS can only be made by a broker, licensed to list on the MLS for that area. Therefore, you will need to make changes to your listing on Beycome.com. Afterwards a message will be sent to our broker informing him of the updates.
How can I remove pictures from the MLS or the syndicated websites?
If you ever need to change or remove pictures from the MLS or the syndicated websites let us know. You can call or email us with the request and we will make the changes ASAP. Changes to the syndicated websites will take more time but should usually populate within 2-3 hours.
How long does it take to update my MLS listing?
All MLS updates are worked on in the order they came in but, should be updated between 2-3 hours after changes are made on beycome.com. After the change is made on the MLS, give the system another hour or two to populate on the syndicated websites. Changes made on Sunday will be updated on Monday.
Why does my name not appear on the syndicated websites? Why is Beycome.com's information there instead?
The reason that beycome.com is listed on the syndicated websites is because we are listing the property on the MLS for you. Because you have to be a broker to list on the MLS, your name cannot appear. There must be a broker license number attached to every MLS listing.
What if I close the property or the property is no longer available?
Beycome.com must be notified immediately so that the changes can be made on your listing. Doing so ensures that the status of your listing is not only up to date, but also meets the requirements of the MLS.
Absolutely. A real estate transaction is complex, and education is helpful to get the best deal. Many of the services earn their living off of commissions so it's critical to know as much as you can.