This is something we're asking all the time, and we get lots of interesting answers. If you’re looking to buy a product, it always helps to hear someone else describe why they bought it, what they like, even what they don’t like.
The scheduling process, on the surface, seems easy enough. Take, for instance, scheduling a hair appointment. It typically involves two people, and typically requires one call. Done. Scheduling a residential real estate showing is more complex.
No calls, no phone tag, no delays. That's how quickly the 'blocking and tackling', a.k.a. the busywork, 'the administrative part' of showings can be completed in some real estate markets. That is, if you use an appointment center service.
When Realtors use an appointment center service to help them manage appointments on their listings, they can choose among several options for the 'appointment type'. One of the fastest options is called 'Courtesy Call'.
If you're a real estate listing agent or listing office, you may go to Google in search of showing software or an appointment setting service and type something like, 'Which is better, ShowingTime, ABC Co., or XYZ Co.'
Real estate offices like using ShowingDesk, the front desk software that enables them to effectively handle calls from agents, schedule and manage showings, generate feedback and create reports.
MLSs, Associations, real estate offices, brokers and agents are all involved in showings in some way. Whatever the process is where you are, requests are being made and responded to, calendars are being updated, and schedules are set. What does all this cost?
One of the great things about residential real estate is that agents can decide how to run their businesses. You can plan your schedule based on other commitments, which is harder to do in a traditional 9-5 job; you can decide how to market your listings; you can choose how many calls to make; you can take a sales course to improve your skills; you can leave one brokerage and join another.
It's time consuming to call showing agents to ask about the showing; it's equally challenging for the showing agent, who may have taken their buyer to view several listings, to remember which listing you're talking about.