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Is a Lockbox really necessary?

Real Estate Agent with BlueCoast Realty Corporation

Is a Lockbox really necessary?

I was recently asked this question by a home seller.  While they expressed a clear desire to get their home sold so they could move on with their next life adventure, they weren't so sure about having a lockbox.  It's a fairly common concern for sellers.  In this case, the seller works odd hours and was mainly concerned about having an agent Supra locboxesjust enter the home whenever they felt like it.  Fortunately, we do have procedures in place to help keep this from happening; not the least of which is a professional group of agents in the Wilmington NC area who know the rules and follow them!

But back to the lockbox question.  Is a Lockbox really necessary?  In my opinion, YES! 

To help get your home sold quickly, it's important that other agents in the area show it to as many potential buyers as possible. By utilizing our call center and a lockbox, you're making it easier for potential buyers to gain access and fall in love with your house!  When you require "agent must accompany" or "home seller will allow all access", you're throwing up a roadblock which will cause many agents and their clients to simply pass on seeing your home.  Let's face it: As great as your property is, there are too many on the market to risk missing out on even one showing!

As always, there are exceptions to the rule, and if you really can't do a lock box, you need to be sure that you make it as convenient and easy as possible for other agents to show your home. When they call, do whatever you have to do to accommodate letting them show your home to buyers on their schedule.  Sometimes this is going to be inconvenient, and I understand that you're still living your life -- but in order to accomplish your goal of selling your home, you need to be as accomodating as possible.

Getting your home sold and you on your way to your next adventure is OUR goal.  Let's use all the tools we have at our disposal to get that done! 

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Tish Lloyd, REALTOR®


NC Real Estate Lic. 269076

Realty World Cape Fear

1119-A Military Cutoff Road

Wilmington NC 28405



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Comments (5)

Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, it seems that this is key.  I've heard many agents say that the homes wo/ lockboxes get nixed off the list first.

Jun 21, 2013 11:25 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Any home that is too difficult to gain access to is not going to be shown as often.  If sellers want to move the process along quickly, I'd suggest a lockbox too.  Of course I'm just a decorator, so what do I know.

Jun 21, 2013 11:39 PM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Tish: It is so important for sellers to realize that making their home accessible is paramount to getting it sold. I recommend all my sellers use a lockbox.

Jun 22, 2013 12:18 AM
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Debbie ~ In my experience homes without a lockbox have fewer showings.

Roger, er, I mean, Just a Decorator (may I call you Just?) ~ Seems you know an awful lot!

Anita ~ In this case, thankfully, we did agree to use a lockbox.

Jun 22, 2013 03:00 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Tish, It's a fundamental of selling, buyers won't buy what their agents can't get them in to see.

Jun 22, 2013 01:03 PM