Latest Thing: Enter the property without a Realtor. 99 cents!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP 0524642

I had just left a listing appointment when I saw the "sign" in front of the neighbors yard. Check out the rider promoting the ability to "see the home yourself."

enter the home yourself


This rental property is indeed listed by a local Realtor. That part surprised me because the list of things that can go wrong are astounding. 


Here's the reminder notice on the combination lock box .... that has the key to the home!




In order to gain access an individual must offer a credit card number, provide their personal information and pay 99 cents to enter the property. 



No homeowner that I have ever met should subject themselves to trusting the general  public THIS much. Realtors are paid a fee, and in my opinion, they should earn it. The listing agent should be anxious to screen customers, ensure a conversation has taken place and actually meet the individuals before letting them in the home. 

Are you seeing this in YOUR market? What do you see wrong with this idea?



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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)




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  1. Sonja Patterson 12/01/2016 04:34 PM
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Greg,

Sounds like it might work with the majority of clients, who are honest, but we always get new forms & regulations for the few, who are too slick to play by the rules. In addition, many people would like some questions answered & would like the process to work out well & fair. This shortcut would likely lengthen the process to rent, because confused tenants would just go down the road, where they can get some proper help.

Dec 02, 2016 08:20 PM #61
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

This has to be one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. 

Dec 02, 2016 09:39 PM #62
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Yeah, wrote about this last year. There will be a bunch of trolls coming along shortly to tell you all the great 'benefits'. I personally don't care as if the seller can't figure out this isn't good - nothing can be done.

Rently has been around I guess for a few years but I got to deal with them last year. They think it's safe as they have the renter/buyers credit card. Like that stops them from punching holes in the walls or stealing the frig. They pleaded with me last year not to cut the lockbox off the listing with bolt cutters. An out of state agent owns the LB.

It's just another bad idea. I guess it costs the agent $30 a month which I'm sure someone makes up with those $1 showings.


Dec 03, 2016 04:47 AM #63
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I am amazed at how agents go to such lengths to become irrelevant.

Dec 03, 2016 05:36 AM #64
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

Haven't seen this in our area, but I'm sure someone will give it a try.  

Dec 03, 2016 06:03 AM #65
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

There will always be ways to cut out agents. However, real estate is still a person to person business.

Dec 03, 2016 06:06 AM #66
Tony Romero
Autaugaville, AL
A Positive Force in Real Estate

Too much exposure for both the owner and the brokerage.  A true, "Fiducuary" keeps the interests above all others - and that is clearly not happening here.  Additionally, you must treat customers fairly - that is also missing in this instance.

Dec 03, 2016 06:20 AM #67
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Have not experienced this Greg, hope not to! We are required to use the e-boxes here. There are so many things that are not right about this. Wow!

Dec 03, 2016 08:38 AM #68
Sherry Washington
Scottsdale, AZ

Have not seen this yet in Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Wow! Is all I can say. This sounds like such an irresponsible idea. Will see how long this lasts.

Dec 03, 2016 09:18 AM #69
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

We've not seen this in the SE Wisconsin area.  And I hope we never do.  You asked, "what's wrong with it?"  I say "absolutely everything!"

Dec 03, 2016 02:14 PM #70
James Renfro SRS, SFR, CPRES
Renfro Realty Group - San Diego, CA
Internet Marketing Specialist

It's amazing what agents find OK!  Thank you for letting us know what's out there these days! Hopefully 99.999% of agents out there would find "absolutely everything" wrong with that.

Dec 03, 2016 02:47 PM #71
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I haven't seen that here ..... yet! Asking for trouble!

Dec 03, 2016 05:40 PM #72
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Is it a rental or for sale?  Either way it seems like a really bad idea.

Dec 03, 2016 06:26 PM #73
The Derrick Team - Indy Metro Realtors
Carpenter Realtors - Avon, IN
Your Pet Friendly Realtors

We've seen it here in central Indiana on vacant rentals. First time a home get's trashed it will go away...

Dec 04, 2016 08:53 AM #74
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Shockingly.  Stupid.    Thanks Greg Nino for letting us know about this, and to several AR members who've also seen it.    

We have a fiduciary duty to protect our clients!    How about standard of care? Criminals with bad intentions already have or could easily obtain and use a stolen credit card number....

Dec 05, 2016 10:13 AM #76
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Greg Nino ~ I've never heard about this until now. I just checked out the website and I saw that there are many rental properties on their site to view near me. Needless to say "I'm shocked."  As a rental property owner, I would never go for such a thing. Too much risk for too little reward if you ask me. I have over 200 individual units, and at any given time, I never have more than 3 vacancies in any given month. It's just not that difficult to vet potential tenants and properly show my vacancies. There's no way I would ever use this company

Dec 05, 2016 10:36 AM #77
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Yikes! What's to prevent squatters from moving in?

Dec 06, 2016 07:49 AM #78
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Ranks right up there with Open Door in our area.  Crazy!  

Dec 06, 2016 10:28 AM #79
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

This is a product designed for rentals, not for sales. As a property manager, I network with thousands of Brokers around the country and many of them use this product. I am not aware of a single instance of damage to the home, missing refrigerators, etc. Even if something did happen, Rently provides insurance to cover the damages.

Without this box, someone has to drive to the property, open it, show it, and lock it back up. On a home for sale, that may be once a week or once a month. On a home for rent, it could be ten times in a day! This is a time-saving option for property managers and their teams.

Think it through. If someone wanted to enter the home and cause damage, they would have to use their credit card which gives us a record of who they are. Wouldn't it be just as easy to break out a window and enter the home? This rently box is just like a door lock: it keeps the honest people out.

Dec 31, 2016 06:58 AM #80
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Will wonders never cease? The force must be with him to keep bad tenants out.

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