The Benefits of Using Self Showings at Your Rental Property

By Jennifer Bajema | Leasing

Jan 14

 

Our last blog post went over what Self Showings are and the difference from Agent Showings. So now that you understand the difference between self showings and agent showings, we can discuss which one is better. There are very real benefits to allowing prospects to self show a unit. We use this technology in homes, condos, and apartment buildings with great success. In this post we will discuss the real-life benefits we have seen since implementing self showings at Access Property Management Group.

More Showings

First of all, your rental will get more showings. Because the home is more easily accessible, the rental is going to get more people walking through it. When someone is interested, they will often even return for multiple showings.

Showings Start Sooner

For an agent showing, when a home hits the market, the agent is already booked ahead 3 or 4 days. With self showings, once that home hits the market, the prospect can immediately set up their self-showing and view the rental. There isn’t any lag time to set up and schedule showings.

Rental Is Secure!

We have a lot of questions about home security with self showings. There are a number of items that we perform as well as safeguards the lockbox software has in place to help remove risk. When a prospect wants to view one of our rentals, they have to provide:

  • credit card or debit card (which is actually ran)
  • copy of their ID
  • phone number
  • email

All of this information is captured before the prospect can even get a code to get in the home. So yes, it is secure! During the next blog post, we will show you some of the things that we do inside the homes to provide security.

Faster Occupancy

Your rental leasing quicker is a result of the efficiency of the self showings system. Quicker and more showings = quicker and more applications = faster occupancy. The faster we can get a prospect through a home, the more applications you get, and the sooner you get them.

No Extra Charges

We’ve seen some companies charge extra for self-showings. We do not. There’s no extra cost to our owners AND we get their rentals leased faster.

Record of Who, Where, When

The self-showings technology is more than just a lockbox. There is an entire software system supporting it. Because of this we can tell who views our rentals, when they are being viewed, which rentals they are viewing. We can even drill into when when they actually show up, access the lockbox and when they leave.

Survey for Feedback

Feedback is so important and harder to come by in our digital world. But with this software, our prospects are automatically sent an email when they leave a unit. They give feedback on what they liked about the home, what they didn’t like, and also if they want to apply or not. It also allows them to choose to keep looking at more homes we have available.

Don’t Get Left Behind

The truth is that our world is becoming more automated. People expect results faster. They don’t want to have to make calls to a bunch of leasing agents and wait days to see a home. With self-showing technology, we can provide a better service to both our residents and our owner clients.

Our last blog “Self Showing vs Agent Showing at a Rental Property” discussed the differences between self and agent showings. Interested in how a self-showing works? Next video will take you out to one of our available properties. Eddie will guide you through an actual self showing onsite!

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Jennifer Bajema is the Co-founder of Access Property Management Group. She has worked in every part of the company, but now focuses on client education and business growth. Her experience in running a property management business is now over 10 years!

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