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I am not a Realtor, but one who is in the business with you.  I am in the Home Warranty industry in AZ and TX.  We pooled a couple of Realtors a couple years ago about ideas to add to a home warranty to make it more valuable to their clients and Re-Key came of it.  So we now send out a locksmith for the service fee ($59) right after closing.  Talk about peace of mind.  The client generally does this anyway and so it became a huge selling point for us.  Then when I was doing a presentation during a lunch GRI class, the instructor pulled me aside and said that Re-Key thing is awesome.  Have you suggested to Agents that they offer the service as a closing gift?  I must have had the deer in the headlights look because she had to explain her idea.  Brilliant!  So there you have it, whether you are in AZ or TX and can use the service through OneGuard Home Warranties or not, you can arrange to have a locksmith come and Re-Key your clients home for them.

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Comments (23)

Steven Zimmerman
Belloise Realty Tropical - New Port Richey, FL
Husband & Father, @Gulf_Harbors Resident Realtor


Good morning and good post. I agree 100% with Shannon & Indera !

Have a great day,

Steven Zimmerman Realtor ABR GRI / GULF HARBORS Resident & Specialist / Belloise Tropical Realty

Living & Selling Florida's Waterfront Lifestyle in GULF HARBORS on the Gulf of Mexico

Apr 13, 2011 03:13 AM
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Welcome to AR, Tom. You have no idea how much my wife speaks highly of you. Keep up the good work.

Apr 13, 2011 03:24 AM
Stefan West
West Realty - Murrieta, CA
Temecula-Murrieta-Menifee CA Real Estate

One of my agents really likes getting her clients a keypad deadbolt upgrade which they seem to really like.

Apr 13, 2011 03:41 AM
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

Another cool idea.  Thanks for the suggestion.

Apr 13, 2011 03:57 AM
Susan Brown
Fonville Morisey, a Long and Foster Company - Cary, NC
REALTOR - Cary NC Homes for Sale

What a great idea....sure beats the very unimaginative gift card!!

Apr 13, 2011 04:21 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Great idea to add to the arsenal.

Apr 13, 2011 04:26 AM
EliSabeth McDermot
Andersonville, TN
Re-keying, good idea!!
Apr 13, 2011 04:26 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Tom,  Terrific idea and I'm sure the buyers sleep better at night knowing the new home is secure.  Well done !

Apr 13, 2011 04:41 AM
Chris Sanderson
North Eastern Group Realty - Fort Wayne, IN

Brilliant idea!  Going to give it a try right here in little-ole Fort Wayne, Indiana!

Apr 13, 2011 05:37 AM
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

$59.00? That's a steal. The last time I had a home re-keyed for a client it was $129.00!

Apr 13, 2011 05:44 AM
Jayne Clement
Keller Williams Realty - Los Feliz, CA
Los Angeles Short Sale Agents

One of the best closing ideas I've heard of!  It seems like such a natural, but I've never heard of it before.  Great peace of mind for the Buyer!  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 13, 2011 08:38 AM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

What a great idea.  Especially if the property is vacant.  You never know who has extra keys!

Apr 13, 2011 10:16 AM
Ellen Wright Adams
Academy Mortgage.......We are a Equal Housing Lender - Eugene, OR
LoansByEllen- Licensed in Oregon

This is a brilliant idea and great post.  CONGRATS on getting a feature post in your first month!!! 

Apr 13, 2011 10:48 AM
Judy Orr
HomeSmart Realty Group - Orland Park, IL
SW & Near West Chicago suburbs

Wow, what a great idea!  Why didn't I ever think about it?  My husband is a handyman (and recently got licensed so is now my partner) and we could send him along to do it (the changing the barrel way).  In fact, he recently put a garage keypad on our house so we could offer that, too - an entire package!  I'll have to talk to him about it, although maybe I can make a deal with a local locksmith like you did.

Apr 13, 2011 11:46 AM
John Rakoci
Eagle Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
North Myrtle Beach Coastal Carolinas

Well,, it is $100 through a local company but I have a keypad installed for the garage door. If your keys are lost you can get in as long as the power is on!

Apr 13, 2011 11:49 AM
Lynn M. Bower
John R Wood Realtors - Naples, FL

Re-Key is such a great idea and I know just the person in Naples to do the job. Thaks for the tip

Apr 13, 2011 11:54 PM
Margaret Neitzey

I love the re-key idea.  I also love the keypad at the garage door.  Thank you.

Apr 14, 2011 05:00 AM
Christina Sheppard
Solid Source Realty GA| Metro Atlanta | - Douglasville, GA
Real Estate Consultant

Great idea and very practical!

Apr 15, 2011 12:50 PM

Thank you all for the great comments.  Sorry to be MIA...been in Houston opening up shop there.

The idea about the keypad and garage door remotes have led us to consider including that in with our Re-Key service.  Thank you for that.

It is idea's like this from the RE community that help us include solutions to your clients problems.

Happy Good Friday and Make it a Wonderful Easter Weekend!

Apr 22, 2011 05:54 AM
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

I've done this before as a closing gift and it was much appreciated! One less thing for the buyers to do when they move in=)

Apr 23, 2011 05:27 AM