Erica Texada, Broker Associate
I understand your motivations in looking for a flat fee agent/attorney. These folks are definitely out there. For the most part, I agree with the previous answer about your question. If you have previous experience with the real estate marketing side, I'd do the same as you and try to keep costs down even lower. I will quickly tell you about a deal my team is currently in:
Seller hired a Real Estate Attorney to help with the paperwork/process. My buyer's agent ended up having clients who wanted the seller's home. Sellers are a nice older couple and they couldn't get ahold of their attorney and my agent ended up actually drawing up paperwork on the behalf of the seller's (nothing critical, nothing that went against the law, etc.) that should have been done on the part of the seller's side. Several times, deadlines came and went because the seller's couldn't get ahold of their attorney. Attorney also sent in the wrong form once (but we were nice and didn't hurt the nice couple for it). My buyer's agent ended up having to guide the nice couple through a couple of mechanical processes as well.
Moral of the story is that you many times get what you pay for. My buyer's agent actually didn't mind too much simply because he liked the selling couple quite a bit.
Hope this gives food for thought.
PS. I also notice many time FSBOs are under priced...in fact very often your agent can get you top dollar, and do all the work for you, so you net the same or more than doing it yourself...there's more to it than throwing it on the MLS and putting a sign in your yard.