We are trying out RENTLY.COM to try and fill vacancies. It is a lockbox/self guided tour system. We get a lot of inquiries, because RENTLY puts it out to various other sources....Zumper, RentPath, etc. It seems most of the leads come from Zumper.
So far, out of at least 25 or 30 inquiries (or more--we have lost count), we have only had one person use it to actually go view the apartment. We have gotten 5 others that show up as leads in the RENTLY system, but they didn't actually sign up, and tour the apartment. With RENTLY, they have to take a picture of their DL and use a credit card to register. They are charged 99 cents, and as we understand it, if they are signed up with RENTLY, they can tour other rentals in the area by signing up.
Has anyone else used RENTLY with success? I know right now it is hard to find good tenants; it seems like a lot of people that are looking either on the verge of getting thrown out of where they are living now, or first-time renters (and it turns out their parents are deadbeats that don't pay their bills, or we would have the parent's co-sign), We have had a small deluge of applications lately (even before we signed up for RENTLY), but none of them are panning out.
Is it the weather, is it the economic climate, or do you think they are being put off by having to "pay" to view the apartment?