I had a showing the other evening and quite frankly, I was afraid for this listing before I even walked in the door. My client and I walked up to the door, I opened the Supra Lockbox, and zilch...nothing was in there.
(Note: We were looking in the Stone Mountin and Lithonia GA area all week and most listings had access issues. More about that in another blog.)
Like most, if I go to a listing, I intend on showing it. This was an evening showing so I took a chance and called the listing agent, she answered. I was happy. Well, I was happy until she told me how to access the home.
She let me know that the key was in the window sill to the left of the door. There it is over there in the picture. I paused and did a double take. I know she could hear my mouth drop through the phone. I got myself together and thanked her before asking if she wanted me to put the key in the supra when I left. She didn't answer so before I left, I called her again and asked if she wanted me to put the key in the supra. She said yes, I was relieved for this listing.
My buyer was a bit taken back by this as well. I think it actually turned her nose down to the listing (she ended up finding something else she liked better the next day and we are under contract now. Go us!).
I remember examining the listing in the MLS. This wasn't a new listing. I know sometimes, there can be access issues when the listing is new. A key right there in the window in both plain view and reach. Anyone could've walked up at anytime and gained access to this listing. This SCREAMED safety issue. I dare not say agent negligence because I don't know the particulars.
Thankfully, the agent took me up on my offer to secure the key with the lockbox. This made me feel better for the sellers.
Hello world...listing agents and sellers alike: Keep your property secure. There's a lot of crazies out here. Don't make it easy for them....