Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fremont Rental Search Idea

My job broke my heart the other day. In short, I had to tell a very qualified would-be renter that they did not get the home for rent in Fremont. We do property management in the TriCity area.
So, because of this, I felt the need to see if other Fremont real estate agents could use this template and idea I made as a result. Why not urge renters to set up notifiers using real-time MLS data.  
It goes something like this...
Dear [name of renter]
Thank you for inquiring about the rental on 123 Anystreet. It is now rented as of yesterday afternoon. I know it is hard to hear the news. It is also hard to deliver the news all the time, but I have something for you that you can use.
If you ever get tired of looking at listings that are already gone, use my real-time MLS for for-lease properties.
go to:
  • [put your IDX provider link here]
  • when you are there, click search for homes link on the top of the page.
  • set up a search for rentals--do not forget to use monthly rents for the prices
  • set up notifier. It's easy.
Then when one is sent to your email, you can cross reference the address for agent contact info. For example, say you're notified about 123 Anstreet for lease in your email. It will not give you the agent info or landlord info. Those are removed for the notifier. However, simply copy paste the address into Google and then Craigslist or Postlets or some other Internet post provider will confirm the listing and show contact info. Then you will know that it is legit because the listing was created by a Realtor(tm).
I enjoy and use Craigslist all the time, but you do not want to search Craigslit initially for rentals as there are very clever scams out there that fool people every day.
So far, the renters I had set up have been extremely grateful for the aid. Anyone is welcome to use this template and even use my IDX provider service if they wish. As long as I am paying for it, it will be there. By Jeff Pereyda

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