Should You Have a Lockbox When Selling a Home

Reblogger Frank Rubi
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC La Broker 09995688826

When choosing a Realtor ensure that their marketing plan includes a Board Certify Lockbox.

Original content by Beth Atalay

Should You Have a Lockbox When Selling a Home

Buyers who are looking to find their dream home are out expecting to personallyShould You Have a Lockbox When Selling a Home see the homes that fit their criteria. Some have months, weeks and some may only have days before they picked the one and write an offer.

My buyer clients who are moving from Ireland have been looking at homes the past two days, they haven’t made their decision yet but they must by the end of Sunday. Their price range is $500,000 to $600,000 in Windermere FL which is on the higher end for our area.

I previewed all but two homes prior to their arrival not because I didn’t have the time.

House number one I couldn’t preview nor show to my buyers- per MLS showing instructions, home is vacant, must give 24hr notice, agent must accompany, combo lockbox. Called the office, called and texted the agent, emailed the agent(Broker of the agency) to no avail. How many times would a buyer’s agent call before giving up? I will continue until Sunday.

House number two I couldn’t preview nor show to my buyers- This one does not have a lockbox, it is vacant and the key is in the office. Real estate office is forty five minutes away from the house which is OK so after calling the office, I drove over to preview only to find out “key was out”. The day I wanted to show, called the day before to reserve the key which was confirmed via email, arrived at their office at 8:45am, again “the key was out”. At this point, I was not happy at all!

No matter how well the house is being marketed, the condition and great location, if buyers are not able to see it, sellers are wasting valuable time.
If you are thinking about selling your home or have one for sale, be sure to make it available to potential buyers by having your agent put a lock box on the door.

If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Clermont, Minneola, Winter Garden and Windermere areas, I would love to earn your trust to assist you with your real estate needs. Call or text me at 407-929-1852, email or visit

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Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

On house # 2, actually any house, why are there NOT 2 keys?

Jan 07, 2016 10:02 PM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Frank Rubi, MBA ~ great reminder, Frank. At the end of the day no matter how well priced, staged, marketed, if you can't get into the house to show it... you can't sell it!

Jan 07, 2016 10:07 PM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Frank,

The proverbial check is in the mail response and that is if you can get an answer on the phone.

Make yourself a great day.

Jan 07, 2016 10:10 PM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Frank. Great re-blog. Only if you want to sell, do you need a lockbox.

Jan 07, 2016 10:36 PM #4
Peter Mohylsky
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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I don't like Realtors who take the cheap route and use an inexpensive lock box to secure a key.  I think it demonstrates a lack of concern for that owner and their property.  Like wise if a Realtor does not have one of our supra key.  I would prefer not to do business with them.  I do think we should raise the bar on our profession, making everyone accountable to the business.  Alot of agents don't read the listing notes and then alot chose not to follow them.  Bad practise. 

Jan 08, 2016 12:09 AM #5
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