My wife and I went to a couple of Sunday open houses recently, and I have to say neither provided the showing experience we were expecting. It was our first time going as prospective buyers, so maybe there’s a lot to learn.
Three more MLSs with a total of 43,000 subscribers - First MLS in Atlanta, Intermountain MLS in Boise and Ontario Regional Technology Information Service in Ontario, Canada - signed licensing agreements to provide ShowingTime's online scheduling and feedback solution to subscribers.
How easy is it to become a go-to Realtor? Can technology help? Those of you who don’t consider yourselves “tech savvy” might get intimidated by the seemingly endless parade of new social media sites, tips, and tech gadgets that are being marketed as, “the next big thing.” The truth of it is, you’re probably doing better than you give yourself credit for.
Real estate professionals belonging to an MLS that has ShowingTime for the MLS installed (formerly ShowingAssist) can take advantage of a simple, quick solution to schedule showings: the ShowingCart. If you use ShowingTime for the MLS, you're already familar with the highly visible 'Schedule a Showing' link appearing next to listings. Now you can put listings in a cart and quickly build a 'buyer's tour'.
Lorri and Darwin Briggs are not real estate agents; they are homeowners. So why, then, is this Florida couple so uniquely qualified to discuss the headaches inherent in the showing process? It’s simple, really. In the course of a three-decade marriage, they’ve sold five houses in four states. So they’re quite familiar with the process, especially its inefficiencies.
Selling listings doesn't happen without getting showings. Listing agents put a lot of effort into getting the listing priced properly and having it look great, and then marketing it for maximum visibility. But the benefits from doing all that work could be greatly diminished if nobody is around to answer showing calls. So what do you do?
It's a tough job being a listing agent and doing it well. Here's a quick list of what sellers are looking for in an agent.
Residential real rstate agents sometimes say they prefer handling the showing appointment scheduling process themselves. That they prefer a personal touch vs. outsourcing the work to an appointment center service that specializes in scheduling showings. Here's a question worth asking: What do your sellers say?
Have you ever thought about how much does it cost your residential real estate office to schedule a showing? We've put together an example to hopefully trigger some thoughts on the things you'll want to consider.
Did you know that every day, six billion text messages are sent in the U.S.? And that the very first one, sent 20 years ago, said 'Merry Christmas." But is it compatible with residential real estate? How?