There are several answers below from agents that are not located in North Carolina. In North Carolina we do not have the new state of the art electronic lock boxes that can track every agent that shows a property. We have the traditional combo lockboxes.
That said an agent is required to be present for all showings whether it is the sellers agent or buyers agent.
I think the it depends on what it traditional for your area. For instance in the Wake county / Raleigh area we have traditional (non electronic) lockboxes. So, a renter would need to contact the listing company or contact a licensed real estate agent who has MLS access to be allowed to show the home to the prospective tenants.
Well a Realtor is definitely more personal then have to talk to lockboxes. I have had my lock boxes show many of our listings to numerous clients of ours, and we feel that we have had more success with our real estate agents.
Appointment must be made by a NC Licensed Realtor in Wake County and the Raleigh area. When showing luxury homes listing agents are sometimes present to point out additional features. That can be a nice touch. It's all about service.
Dear Victory Realty,
Realtors prefer Supra Keys on Vacant Staged homes! This way we can preview the property and bring out buyers when they have time to see the property. The Supra will record who has been in the home so the listing agent can follow up with the agents. Some property is so complicated to get into, it might be avoided by busy buyer agents.
This is a two fold question as we think about the goal? In most cases (especially in our area) it is imperative that a Realtor have easy access to the property. Realtors show multiple homes typically and the easier the showing process is for them and their clients the more likely they will show your home. Keep in mind it is the awareness and knowledge of agents that sell the majority of other homes. As a Realtor I try to remember I am mostly marketing to other agents initially. (giving them easy/unobtrusive showings helps)
To have a listing Realtor show the house in person rather than allow access is also fine but a matter of preference. I try to dissuade a seller from thinking I need to be there for every showing to let another agent in. But it depends on the agent. If the agent is capable of letting the buyers agent show the home and not interject or intrude then it is fine. It's one thing to point out details about a home quite another to follow a potential buyer and their agent around to every room. Just do what is comfortable for the seller but educate them about the process. Good Luck
It depends on the home and what an owner is comfortable with. Electoinic lockboxes nowadays can be programmed with a "showing code" that would require all agents with electroinc keys to contact the listing agent before showing the property. In my case I go one step further and set my system to both text my cell phone and email me the details of the agent who has just entered the property. Luxury homeowners frequently request the listing agent to accompany and the listing agent typically requests for proof of funds beforehand. Homeowners who have special considerations, such as homebound elderly parents will also request for listing agents to accompany. It just depends on the circumstances.