MLS & Associations

EShowings said to have reopened 1 of 2 call centers

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Real estate showing service eShowings has reportedly reopened at least one of its two call centers, according a notice posted by its biggest client, the North Carolina-based Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors. EShowings shut down on Dec. 9, just days after founder and former CEO Charles Smith headed to prison to serve a 2 1/2-year sentence for pocketing his employees’ payroll taxes instead of handing them over to the government. The move left an estimated 14,000 clients -- including WRAR's nearly 1,700 members -- in the lurch, and the firm’s 85 or so employees out of work. The firm previously had two call centers, one in Newark, Del., and the other in Wilmington, N.C. Some former eShowings employees say the Newark office is still closed. But in a statement posted today on WRAR's website, the association said the company has reopened for business and is operating its local Wilmington call center to provide service to WRAR. Jody Wainio, WRAR’s president-elec...