Realtors...What to do when you're on the road but forgot to renew your Sentrilock Card!

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Realtors...What to do when you're on the road but forgot to renew your Sentrilock Card!

Scream, cuss, fuss, sputter, kick, throw tantrum, stomp. Spit if necessary.

Well, you get the drift.

Well, not to be defeated, I got on the phone.

Miss ...over, under or through the fence ...was not going to hoist the white flag. Nope, not me.

Soooo....the choices were dash in a local real estate office and beg to use their card reader.

Nope, I was in Jablip USA as in the middle of nowhere and with the current gas prices, it took  an hour just to get there. No Realtor Office in miles.

Carry a laptop...nope,,,,this is an iPad Gal.

Okay, call CSS and get a one day code.

Well that only works if the Listing Agent registers the serial number with Sentrilock then takes the second step of activating it with CSS.

No such luck. Plus this idea only works for one house one time that day.

Eureka...the Golden Results Solution. Each Agent three times per month has the capability to go to any Sentrilock box and activate their card for three days for any house. 

Just call the Sentrilock phone number on your card. Follow the prompts. Hit the function key. Hit the zero key. Remove the card. Reinsert the card .

Presto, open Sesame.

But much stress and many temper tantrums later, it will be a long while before you know who forgets to do you know what before charging out the door to view or show properties. But just in case, these are my cliff notes. 

Renewal the same day each week now gets my Scouting "be prepared' vote. 

Go get a Crabcake afterwards..this Realtor will remember that Southern Maryland part without the notes.

You'll Retrieve Golden Results with Cheryl Ritchie, RE/MAX 100, for all your Southern Md Real Estate Services.


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Comments (6)

Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Cheryl. We don't have one of those Sentrilock Cards here in San Antonio, but I can relate to your story since I was out showing the other day, and noticed that my Supra e-Key was expired. I had to call that 800 number to get an updated code to use my Supra Key to show those homes that day. Thank goodness I was able to do that without much of a delay.

Apr 24, 2012 12:26 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
It was not that simple here. It was what felt like an hour just to get to a solution.
Apr 24, 2012 12:29 PM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Cheryl - You are obviously totally on top of your card now - we have the Supra Key, so that is a different system.    Glad your clients got to see the homes they wanted to see that day.

Apr 24, 2012 12:46 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Those crab cakes look really great after opening my doors

Apr 24, 2012 01:51 PM
Sherry Chastain
Hendersonville, Nashville, Old Hickory, Lebanon Tennessee - Hendersonville, TN
Realtor, Selling Homes, Lake Properties,Luxury Homes,Short Sales

I have sentri-card. Have more than once ran out without updating my card and surpassed my one time lock box update priviledge.  I went to local realtor office and begged, it was only 5 miles. Seems like this would be a better system if we could update at any lock box.

Apr 24, 2012 02:29 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I wish there was an iPad or iPhone simple solution for this, too!
Apr 24, 2012 11:08 PM