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Has anyone started to use the new product on the market called the showing beacon? I have been hearing more and more about these as our association has been working with this company.
Apparently you place this item in the home and the showing agent is asked to push the red button upon the exit of the showing. Then the showing beacon wirelessly connects to the base unit in the home (up to 100 ft away) that is connected to a house telephone jack. The showing beacon then sends a signal (makes a call) to the service and then it sends up to two phone calls and/or two text messages to the numbers that you have previsouly entered for the sellers notifying that the showing agent is done and they may return home.
Now I do see a benefit to this as I would hate to have to "find something to do" for a period of up to two hours as that is how our system allows agents to set their appointments.
With this item the seller is notified quickly. So let's say they set an appointment from 2-4 pm to show the house and the arrive at 2:30. The average showing takes 15 to 30 minutes so the homeowner is under the impression that they haveto be away from the house until at least 4pm. With this item they would be notified that the showing was over by 3 pm and they could return home an hour earlier.
This is where I see the value in it, more convienece for the seller = a plus to using you as thier service provider and that is what my team (www.MyNewNCHome.com) is all about, taking care of the customer.
Now understand, this item does have a cost...but not to bad...about $35 a piece (from what I read) and then there is a service fee of $50 a year or $20 per listing (that's a no-brainer...). Also, if you are a CSS (Centralized Showing Service) member there are furthur discounts...good ones.
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