I don't know how Realtors do things in Colorado, but we certainly do them differently here in Rockland County, NY. Police in Pueblo, Colorado are still looking for two slick burglars who conned a Realtor into telling them the entry code to a house that was for sale. The Realtor gave the burglars the security code when one of the two contacted the agent by phone pretending to be a fellow Realtor with a buyer interested in seeing the property. For some reason, the Realtor told them the entry door's security code over the phone (Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, apparently. Why would you trust that kind of information to someone you don't know, and who's only a voice on the phone?)
The burglars then entered the house and helped themselves to checks, cash, jewelery and electronics. Afterward, surveillance cameras at a local Safeway Supermarket spotted a couple trying to cash one of the stolen checks. The Pueblo P.D. is still investigating. (Click the photo at left for a larger image of the alleged perps.)
Security is extremely important when listing a home. Homeowners must be able to trust that their realtor won't put their property at risk. The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service which regulates real estate activities in Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties uses electronic lock boxes which hang on door knobs holding the door keys. All licensed Realtors have their own electronic keys to open the lock boxes, and the box records the date, time and identity of everyone using it. It's a handy way to let Realtors in and keep burglars out.
Previously posted at "Unwitting Realtor gave burglars a home security code."