Don't Just Hand the Keys to Another Agent Showing The Same House

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

How many times have I handed off the keys I got out of a SUPRA lock box to another agent coming in to show the same house I am leaving with my clients? It happened frequently, especially on a weekend afternoon.

This week another agent would not hand me the keys. She made my clients and I go outside. She then locked the keys in the keybox. It was up to me to unlock the keybox and go back in.

The reason for all of this is if she just let me stay, there would have been no record of my having been there and if there was a problem with the property later, she would potentially be responsible.

I never thought of this, but it opened my eyes.

From now on, I am not handing over keys to another agent.

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Jerry Van Pelt

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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Comments (3)

Surprise Arizona Realtor Jim Braun Sun City Grand Active Adult Communities
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Jim Braun Sun City Grand Az - Surprise, AZ
Surprise AZ real estate Phoenix West Valley

Jerry I never hand the keys over. I have actually had agents get mad at me. After I explained to them my name would be the one registered on the supra log in and if anything happened at that time I would be the agent they would blame. I have also seen agents that did not have a key to access the lockbox try to follow me so they could get in the house. We do have a record as to who has been in the home as long as they all follow the rules.

Mar 12, 2012 11:44 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

This was drummed into my head fron day one; great tip

Mar 12, 2012 11:47 PM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

This is so true we don't want to be responsible for anyone a lot of Agents don't understand. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 12, 2012 11:57 PM