Suggests private dotcom sell lockboxes to any Seller
This would allow buyers to submit their information for a pass code to enter the house…
The Gory Details
Source: Redfin Corporate Blog, Glenn Kelman “This is the Big One“
The oncologist’s idea was to provide an online forum where a prospective buyer could present credentials (bank statements, credit card number, criminal record, photo, property access history) to the seller. The seller could then decide to schedule a time when the buyer could access the property, whereupon the website would issue a temporary code for opening the web-controlled lockbox. Armed with the code at the designated time, the buyer could access the property on her own.
Even Glenn seems skeptical even though this would certainly forward the idea of the d.i.y. buyer being able to see a home without Glenn needing to staff folks to show buyers a property.
My thought was, who cares if the seller thinks the buyer is safe, who screened the seller? I’m not sure I’d give up information as sensitive as my bank statements, social, an id, credit card to a seller no matter how pretty the house looked. Heck, I’m afraid to give this information to my own bank.
But what do you think?