I happen to have a rental listing in my inventory and one of the calls I got was rather interesting. We were discussing my listing and the fact that the potential client was going to be viewing some other homes that were available. I naturally asked if he was working with a realtor.
He said no that he was going on his own and that the listing company allowed him to view the home as long as he had a valid credit card. They were charging him .99 cents to view each home and he had a 1 hour window between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. He had a number to call and then he would be given a pin to get into the lockbox and retrieve the key.
I immediately knew who the company was and I thought...ingenious. Imagine if you are one of the top landlords in the country and are charging potential tenants that bypass a realtor .99 cents to view your properties which are all vacant. It's amazing how those .99 cents will add up over time.
So what is your opinion regarding this procedure??