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Self-touring homes without an agent

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

Many ways of doing business changed during the pandemic. One of the most challenging was for real estate agents to find a way to let prospects physically tour a home without the agent being present. Our next guest says that that was actually an emerging trend before COVID and why his company actually launched that service in January of 2020. Mike Switzer interviews Anthony Kent, president of Cothran Homes in Greenville, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.