Don't Lose The Listing Keys

Real Estate Broker/Owner with BLINK Realty Group 9530624


Simple solution that works….


Have you ever had a listing where the showing agent accidentally walked away with the keys?  Then you get a call from the next showing agent that there are no keys in the lockbox.


Have you ever been the agent who gets home with a set of keys in your pocket or the bottom of your purse after a long day of showings and your not sure which property the keys belong to?  Or perhaps you are searching around the property at the end of your showing looking for where you set the keys down because you had your hands full of listing sheets and didn’t have a pocket on your skirt?


Here’s a simple solution. If you want to help showing agents keep better track of your listing keys and reduce the chances of them getting misplaced, take a thin elastic hair tie and loop it through the keys of your listing.  This allows the agent to put the keys on their wrist during the entire showing.  They are also less likely to stick those keys in their pocket by mistake after they lock up if it has the elastic around it.  I know some agents use the paper tags to indentify the listing office, but these can tear off easily so this alone doesn’t always work. You can always loop the elastic through a paper tag as well, if you like.



The nice thing about these elastics is that they fit nicely inside of a lockbox unlike some of those metal chains and loops.


Hopefully the showing agent doesn’t tie it around her hair and go home with keys in her ponytail.  :-)


Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

That's a very good tip! I once, personally, went to a home that we were VERY interested in and the agent before had taken the key...we were in a hurry to buy and never went back!

Jul 11, 2012 01:05 AM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Colorado Broker / Referral Services

Thanks for the reminder, Rebecca.  It has happened to all of us in one way or another.  Great idea about keeping the key on an elastic band.

Jul 11, 2012 01:09 AM