Is Your Agent Sabotaging The Showing and Sale Of Your Home?

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Is Your Agent Sabotaging the Showing and Sale of Your Home?

Welcome to the 21st Century - the world of tablet computers, smart phones and electronic keyboxes.

I tried to show a property last week. Tried is the operative word. Walked right up to the front door and had my

Supra eKEY adapter

Supra eKEY adapter in my hand, plugged into the bottom of my iPhone so that I could retrieve the key to unlock the door.

But the listing agent did not have the blue box on the door - he had the golden oldie grey box:

Old Supra LockBox

The eKEY adapter cannot work with these old boxes. An infra-red signal is sent from the adapter, but the grey lock boxes do not support infra-red. And our local MLS board no longer supports the grey boxes. They should have all been turned in for credit towards the blue boxes.

What's an agent to do?

I called the listing agent and asked if there was another way to get the key. There was not. I could not show his listing.

By chance, there happened to be another home with the same floor plan nearby that we could get into.

And we did.

The listing with the grey lockbox has been on the market for well over a year. Maybe because agents can't get in to show it?


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Lorrie Semler, e-PRO, GRI, SRES, CPRES, CRS
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Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

There are many ways a listing gets sabotaged. First, awkward or non-functioning key boxes or keys. Poor photos of property, misleading information in MLS, tenants that don't want to move and a zillion more.

Nov 04, 2012 12:31 AM #1
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Lorrie - It is sad that the home owner will probably never realize what is going on. They would not know one old lockbox from a new one.

Nov 04, 2012 12:36 AM #2
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

I haven't seen these in the last 18 months, but have found that certain agents don't even have a supra key either. One has to ask, how great are those agents too.

Nov 04, 2012 12:37 AM #3
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I really don't care about the electronic lock boxes, only because the are so expensive. It is too bad we can't trust others to not give out the codes to the cheaper boxes.

Nov 04, 2012 09:56 AM #4
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