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 or your Multiple Listing Service has an online scheduling system in place.
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.' or 'Why use ShowingTime' or 'Agent reviews of ShowingTime vs. ABC Co. vs. 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. Sometimes, though, they are confused about how ShowingDesk works with ShowingTime's online scheduling product available in more than 60 MLSs. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.
MLSs, Associations, real estate offices, brokers and agents are all involved in showings in some way. And, interestingly, each market might handle the scheduling process differently. Whatever the process is where you are, requests are being made and responded to, calendars are being updated, and schedules are set.
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.
Let's say you're a residential real estate professional with 7 listings and are extremely busy. So, you're considering outsourcing the showing scheduling process so you can focus on all the things you want to do to market your listings.
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.
“Our members are looking forward to online scheduling with ShowingTime,” said Jim Abele, Manager of the MLS of Greater Cincinnati. “Streamlining the appointment request process with 24/7 availability, reducing phone calls, and saving our subscribers time has great value.” But how?
We're pleased to announce that two more Associations/MLSs selected ShowingTime to provide showing management services to members. The Amarillo Association of REALTORS® will go live with the ShowingTime Appointment Center in April, while the Northern Kentucky Multiple Listing Service went live during the first quarter of 2013 with 24/7 online showing appointment scheduling through the MLS.