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8 Ways to Integrate Real Estate Showing Software

8 Ways to Integrate Real Estate Showing Software

Integrating a real estate showing software is a great way for rental property managers and companies to streamline their business, save valuable time and money, and boost their business. But, not all real estate showing software programs are the same! It’s important for real estate professionals to thoroughly vet any new software to ensure that it will benefit their business in a positive way.

Rently, the premier real estate lockbox service, is designed with real estate professionals in mind. Using Sentrilock lockboxes and banking-level encryption technology, Rently’s real estate showing software allows potential renters to view rental properties without the physical presence of a property manager. This not only gives renters instant gratification, it frees up the valuable time of property managers.

If you’re thinking about integrating a real estate showing software, here are a few ways to do it successfully:

Weigh Your Options

As mentioned above, always be sure to weigh your options to ensure you find the real estate showing software that best suits the needs of yourself or your rental property management company. If you’re part of a company, consider putting together a group of agents that will be responsible for reviewing the features and benefits of each platform.

Request a Demo

Once you’ve found a few real estate showing software companies you’re interested in, be sure to request a demo to gain a better understanding of how the product truly works. This will help you envision the different ways that you can use the product.

Ensure it Works with Other Systems

Integration with other platforms is important in the real estate business. Rently, for example, allows you to import properties from platforms like Yardi, Appfolio, Propertyware and Buildium to name a few. It also allows you to syndicate your listings to a number of the industry’s leading sites, including realtor.com, zillow.com, homes.com and others.

Commit to the Implement

Technology is only useful if we commit to implementing it and using it. We have to give it a chance. When you select a real estate showing software that will work for you, be sure to take the time to implement it with care and make the commitment to put it into practice. This is particularly important if you’re implementing a new software throughout your entire office.

Encourage Adoption

This step is particularly important for rental property management companies or teams of agents who are working together to manage their properties. You must encourage adoption of the technology by your team members. This can be done by offering support (the next step), by offering incentives for implementation, or by having team training on the new product.

Offer Support and Training

Even the easiest technology can seem overwhelming to a busy real estate professional. But, if you’re a real estate property management company, be sure to take the time to offer support and training on the new product. When you do, you’ll find that your team will be more apt to utilize the software.

Request Feedback

As with all technologies that you implement, always ask your team —and your clients— for their feedback. How is it working? What have been the results? Can you benefit from additional features? With Rently, we offer a host of additional features that help make our real estate showing software a complete one-stop package.

Make it Fun

Lastly, make it fun! Gamification is a great way to encourage the adoption of technology throughout your property management company —by creating games, incentives and fun ways to encourage team members to participate.

Get More Rental Showings with Rently

If you’re thinking about implementing a real estate showing software to boost your business, we encourage you to browse the Rently website and to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re always just a phone call away and look forward to showing you how Rently can increase your business with less effort and time. Learn more today!

4 Ways Rently is Leading The Real Estate Showing Service Industry

4 Ways Rently is Leading The Real Estate Showing Service Industry

Real estate showings are pretty predictable. It starts with a potential tenant scouring the Internet for days and weeks to find that must-have property in the perfect neighborhood. They pick up the phone and call the property manager to schedule an appointment, but the manager is out showing other properties and has to call them back. When they’re finally connected, a showing is scheduled — hours, if not days, from the initial contact.

It’s the day of the showing. The property manager opens the door and walks the potential tenant through the property —often pointing out the obvious: bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, etc.— and then locks the place back up.

We can do better!

Leading the Real Estate Showing Service Category

At Rently, we believe there are so many ways to improve the traditional real estate showing experience —for both property managers and tenants alike. Here are just a few ways that we’re working to change the game to be the leading real estate showing service:

We’re Helping Property Managers Convert Leads

Property managers are busy people! From handling tenant and building issues to marketing and leasing new listings, no two days are ever the same. When potential tenants call about a property, they’re typically looking for two things: 1) more information on the property and 2) to schedule an appointment. But, dropping everything to drive across town and show a property isn’t always an option.

With Rently, property managers are able to convert more of these phone calls into showings, because potential renters can view the property in person —without the property manager present. More cold leads can be turned into warm showings, simply because of convenience.

We’re Helping Potential Tenants Find Homes Faster

With Rently, potential tenants no longer have to wait days to see a property they’re interested in. They can search properties where self-service showings are utilized directly on Rently.com and then view those properties on their time schedule. This allows renters to make faster decisions. In some cities, where the rental markets are competitive, this can be the difference between finding the right place and missing out.

We’re Helping Property Managers Stay Connected

With all the tasks and duties on a property manager’s plate, even answering the phone can be difficult. In the event that a manager is unable to pick up the phone or schedule a showing immediately, the potential tenant will be guided through an automated self-service showing.

What’s more, Rently Call Center and Rently Scheduling, our add-on services, are available to answer incoming calls and can answer questions about the property and policies to provide potential tenants with a seamless experience. For property managers, this means never missing the opportunity to convert a lead into an appointment.

We’re Helping Fill Rentals Faster

Finding a new place to live shouldn’t be an uphill battle, and streamlining the process via Rently’s real estate showing service means everyone —property managers, owners and tenants— are saving valuable time. We’re helping to cut days out of the leasing cycle by minimizing the amount of time between the initial contact and the showing, and that makes it easier for tenants to make a decision quickly.

Potential tenants can see the property quickly. Property managers can handle more lead and property volume. Decisions can be made faster. Owners get their rentals filled quickly. It’s a win-win all around.

Learn More About Real Estate Showing Services

Are you a property manager looking to streamline the leasing cycle? We encourage you to learn more about how Rently works. Real estate showing services are the transforming the way property managers run their business, and it would be our pleasure to help you get started. Connect with us today to learn more!

7 Useful Real Estate Lockbox Features Provided by Rently

7 Useful Real Estate Lockbox Features Provided by Rently

Real estate lockboxes have been a staple of the industry for as long as many of us can remember, yet during that time there has been little innovation. At Rently, we’re ready to change that. We’re taking this truly antiquated real estate technology and are bringing it into the 21st century.

Rently works by facilitating self-service showings for vacant properties. Property managers can use Rently-enabled lockboxes at their properties, which allows potential renters to instantly and securely access properties at their convenience.

Rently Real Estate Lockbox Features

The best part? It’s not all fluff. Here are 7 really useful real estate lockbox features provided by Rently that help property managers lease their units faster:

Self-Service Showing Capabilities

Property managers know that when a potential renter calls to inquire about a property, it’s likely to either get more information or schedule a showing. With Rently, managers can streamline the process and tackle more incoming leads and showings.

These are a few of the self-service features that Rently offers property managers:

  • Access Monitoring: the property manager can receive real-time alerts as soon as a qualified renter views the property.
  • Automated Showings: renters can register to see the property directly on the manager’s website, advertisements or yard sign.
  • Controlled Access: property managers can easily text access instructions to qualified prospects.

Easy Online Integration

Rently easily integrates with online listing service websites like realtor.com® and Zillow, as well as the property manager’s own website. This integration ensures that no matter where a potential tenant finds a property online, they’ll receive instructions on how to set up a self-service showing at their convenience.

Smart Signage

To encourage drive-by traffic to learn more about the property manager’s listing, managers can receive professional real estate riders for each of their properties. These “smart signs” are smartphone enabled, which allow potential renters to learn more about the property on-the-spot, and schedule a self-service showing —right from the front yard!

Secure Access

Perhaps one of the most important real estate lockbox features is the secure access that Rently provides. Property managers are able to control when each potential renter is allowed to access a property, and every renter receives a unique, one-time code that is good for one hour only.

In addition, the property manager (and their owner clients) can have peace of mind when prospects place their credit card information on file. Rently’s secure PCI compliant servers weed out stole and prepaid cards for even more added security.

Notifications and Feedback

Another important real estate lockbox feature? Instant notifications. Rently users are able to receive real-time alerts when potential tenants enter the property, which allows them to talk to their prospects as soon as they’re on site.

Similarly, Rently features automatic post viewing surveys that allow managers to get feedback from renters about each viewing. This information can be quite valuable to property managers who can use the feedback to improve the property and/or its marketing.

Lightweight CRM

Because Rently allows property managers to increase the volume of their showings, it’s important to keep track of all these new prospects in one handy place. Rently’s prospect CRM is a real estate lockbox feature that allows managers to view contact information, add notes, assign agents and add contact prospects at a glance — all on one screen.

Detailed Owner Reports

With all this talk about property managers and prospective tenants, it’s important to remember that it’s the property owners who really want their properties leased. How can property managers show the owner all the effort and activity that’s happening at the property?

The charts and reports feature of Rently is the answer. Managers can view and export activity logs on every property —including time stamps, feedback and contact information. What’s more, they can easily pull reports for owners and it’s easily exported into Excel for more detailed tracking and reporting.

Explore Rently Today

Have more questions about how Rently works for property managers? Be sure to connect with our team today, or feel free to browse our FAQ for Managers section of this website.

Whether you’re looking for a solution that will allow you to manage a higher volume of properties and leads —or simply want to be on the cutting edge of real estate lockbox technology— we’d love to help you get started. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

5 Reasons Why Rently is the Premier Real Estate Lockbox Rental Service

5 Reasons Why Rently is the Premier Real Estate Lockbox Rental Service

It’s not everyday that we toot our own horn —but, our real estate lockbox rental service wins the praise of both real estate property managers and potential renters alike. Designed with today’s renters property managers in mind, Rently makes the process of previewing rental properties infinitely easier.

Quickly becoming the norm, Rently’s self-service showings empower the renter to securely access and view properties they’re interested in without the physical presence of the property manager.

Here are just a few of the reasons why Rently is the premier real estate lockbox rental service:

#1. Renters Love It

When renters search online for properties and finally find the one, the most frustrating thing is having to wait to schedule an appointment with the property manager. We live in a world of instant gratification and, with a few taps on the smartphone, Rently allows renters to view the property on their time —without the property manager.

#2. Property Managers Get More Leads

With Rently, every day is an open house. Property managers are able to have more viewings of their rentals because they are no longer constrained by the demands of their schedules. Weekends, holidays, even after hours … Rently allows the property manager to better service their clients (the property owners) by allowing the maximum number of showings possible.

#3. Everyone Saves Time

Everyone wins when we’re working more efficiently and effectively. With Rently’s real estate lockbox service, renters save valuable time not having to wait on a property manager’s response and schedule. Property managers also shave time off their routine by no longer having to meet potential renters at the property —or worse, “lookie loos” or no-shows. It’s a win-win situation for all.

#4. Deals Get Done Faster

Because more leads are able to be handled and there’s no waiting around or scheduling of appointments, Rently allows property managers to shorten the leasing cycle. Potential renters have faster access to the properties and they can make their decisions quicker. In turn, property managers are able to reduce the property’s time on market.

#5. More Properties Can Be Juggled

When property managers use Rently’s real estate lockbox service, they can list and manage more properties. Because the manager is saving valuable time that was once used for physically showing the properties, they’re now able to spend that time gaining new business. What’s more, prospective clients looking to list their vacant rentals with a property manager are more likely to select a property manager who has the technology in place to rent their properties faster!

Explore Rently’s Real Estate Lockbox Service

So, how does this great technology work? Property managers sign up for Rently’s real estate lockbox service, which allows potential renters to view vacant listings without the property manager. The renter must agree to terms and conditions, as well as provide their credit card information for a $0.99 charge, before being sent a unique code allowing them to access the keys and enter the property. It quick, secure and super convenient!

Whether you’re a property manager or potential renter, we encourage you to learn more about how Rently works. It’s a win-win all around and both renters and property managers can benefit from using Rently’s services. Want to know more? Connect with us today!