Adopt a Lockbox for the Fall Selling Season

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Adopt a Lockbox for the Fall Selling Season


Adopt a Lockbox---Hire Chris Ann Cleland to Sell Your Bristow Home


Have you been thinking of selling your Bristow home?  If you have, perhaps you would like to consider adopting one of these lockboxes.  


Lockboxes were never meant to spend so much time cooped up in a box.

These guys and gals are not used to being spending time in their box, sitting on a shelf in my office closet.  They are yearning to get out and help someone sell their home, but fear not enough sellers in Bristow understand the value of the fall selling season.  Allow me to introduce you to the gang.

Bob the Lockbox

This is Bob.  You may notice that Bob is missing some plastic on his top left corner.  That is an injury sustained on the job while holding a key for a heavy, self closing condo door.  The agent that showed the unit didn't realize the door would be slamming shut behind them.  Bob's topside got slammed into the door jamb.

Despite his workplace injury, Bob is wide eyed and ready to get back out in the game. He'll be glad to stand by your heaviest door.  Condos are his specialty, but he'll be happy to find a home anywhere.  His injury has not made him any less capable of securely holding a key.




Lola the Lockbox

Lola is another long time veteran of service in my real estate business.  You can see the streaks of neutral paint along her right side.  She's hung from her fair share of door knobs.  Lola is perfectly at home on a home with a white picket fence and a crape myrtle blooming within her view.  The sounds of dogs barking and kids playing, or even passing cars, don't trouble her a bit.  That might be because Lola has become hard of hearing.  Nonetheless, her ability to to secure your keys is unchanged.  In fact, it's better than ever since she underwent the recent battery change. 




Marge the Lockbox

The first thing you notice about Marge are her blood red eyes.   Marge will never fall asleep on the job.  This is the gal you want on a vacant home.  She's always alert and ready for her task of securely handling your front door key.  She takes her task of being the single point of access on your unoccupied home very seriously, making that REALTOR® R, prominent on her forehead, proud.  No one is getting in to your house without coming through her first.




Frank the Lockbox

Then there's Frank, or as I call him, "Old Blue Eyes."  Frank is a shameless flirt, so he likes to be next door to another property being sold, though he may distract the neighboring lockbox with his charm, particularly if they are an adjoined property like a townhouse.  Let's hope so.  You want your house to sell first.  He'll hum his motorized tune when unlocking to provide the key to your home to visiting Buyer Agents, and hum that same tune while locking it back up.  Wise agents know to listen until the end of that tune to secure the key.



Tiffany the Lockbox

Tiffany is the one Frank was giving goo-goo eyes to during their photo shoot.  She's a blue-eyed gal that takes great pride in maintaining a clean appearance.  Hang Tiffany from a freshly painted front door and she is absolutely radiant with delight.   She knows a freshly painted front door makes a great first impression.  And while she thrives in suburban neighborhoods with amenities, she will go wherever there is a seller willing to give her that back drop of a freshened up door.




Charlie the Lockbox

Meet Charlie.  If he looks a little befuddled, it's because he is still wondering what happened to his REALTOR® R.  He's not talking about it, but I have a feeling someone may have handled him a little rough during the key exchange.  Or maybe he was just handled one too many times on a very popular property that generated a lot of tours.  I think he would do best recuperating from his loss on a covered front porch.  Of course, his loss will never affect his ability to secure your front door key.


Pierre the Lockbox


Pierre is another well worn member of my lockbox army.  The marks along this front give you the impression he may actually partake in listing preparation like painting.  Pierre keeps a running inventory of everyone that has been given the key, in the event we need it for some reason later.  What makes his assignment all the happier are yellow flowers to make his eyes, sitting somewhere near the front door.  Be they in a garden or a pot, he knows that yellow is a color that makes a lasting impression on buyers.  




Bringing up the rear we have Joe.  The speed with which he will help sell your house will make your competition green with envy.  He's up for any assignment.  No matter the location or style of home, Joe is there to get the job done.  He must have learned that from me.  Or maybe it is a trait those of us with green eyes possess.  Whether hanging from your door knob, hose bib or railing, Joe is happy to hold your key securely until he is given the code to release it.




Not pictured are Jasmine and Buck.  They are on assignment, adopted by very pleased home owners.


You can adopt any lockbox from any agent when it comes time to sell.  Heck, there are agents in Bristow that you pay only for the use of a lockbox and entrance into the MLS.  But when you adopt any one of MY lockboxes, you get my sales skills, in depth knowledge of the contract and my creativity to help you get the most amount of money for your home.  (Come on.  You know I'm creative if I'm writing a blog post about adopting a lockbox. ) Adopt your lockbox wisely.  You only get one chance to maximize the profit in your home sale.








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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

This was absolutely brilliant. Are you using it in a newsletter? I loved reading it

Aug 25, 2016 08:56 PM #41
Terry McCarley
REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

This is the first post I read this morning and I must say it is the cutest and most creative post I have ever read!!!  I was literally smiling ear to ear reading it!  Would love to come to a financial agreement to use it in my marketing so please email me or call me if interested!

Aug 25, 2016 10:01 PM #42
Ron Barnes
Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties - Jasper, GA
"Most agents claim they're #1 - I THINK YOU'RE #1!

Very clever post! Our boxes looks more like a plain R2D2 with one red eye. If anyone wants to adopt a box in my marketing area, I can also name it for you.

Aug 25, 2016 11:56 PM #43
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Chris Ann -- such a clever and fun post.  I hope you find homes(albeit temporary) for each of these friends.   

Aug 26, 2016 12:18 AM #44
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Chris Ann,

Very funny! Did you buy them all at the same time? Mine are from 3 different vintages.

Aug 26, 2016 12:34 AM #45
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

This was very creative, Chris Ann Cleland  !  I love that you name your lockboxes -- and give them eyes!

Aug 26, 2016 01:24 AM #46
1~Laura Filip
1~Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Very nice post who would have thought to talk about adopting a lock box how funny but a great idea for sure. Did you get a home owner to call you with this ?

Aug 26, 2016 01:25 AM #47
Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

Very clever and well written. That took some real effort on your part.

I know I will never talk about lockboxes the same way again.


Aug 26, 2016 01:27 AM #48
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Ok this post is adorable. What a clever girl you are! I love it! Let us know how they like their foster homes. :)

Aug 26, 2016 05:33 AM #49
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Chris Ann, your post is very creative and very cute. I hope home sellers in and around Manassas VA decide to adopt them, and soon!

Aug 26, 2016 08:39 AM #50
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Excellant job Chris Ann.

Aug 26, 2016 09:58 AM #51
Donna & Larry Johnson
Keller Williams Real Estate - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County

I to will never look at a lock box the same anymore! Great post.

Aug 26, 2016 11:22 PM #52
Terry McCarley
REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

Thank you Chris Ann Cleland - I would absolutely refer to you! You are a true professional!

Aug 27, 2016 01:02 AM #53
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

What a cute marketing idea Chris Ann, I wish I had thought of it!

Aug 27, 2016 03:26 AM #54
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Chris Ann... your title "drew me in." The post is about as clever a one as I've read in Active Rain in I don't know how long! Great job!

Aug 27, 2016 05:56 AM #55
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Funny and eye catching headline. You had to have had readers just for the headline. Kudos.

Aug 27, 2016 04:17 PM #56
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I'm a fellow Virginian selling homes in Lake Anna. LOVE LOVE LOVE your post. My last sale was to a couple from Manassas, purchasing a weekend lake home.  If I get any other clients ready to come down to the lake area from Manassas, I'll certainly keep your lovely lockboxes in mind. Keep me in mind, as well, if you have anyone that wants a great lake environment.

Catchy title, too. You win the award of the week in my book.

Aug 29, 2016 12:45 AM #57
Thomas Baker, CRS La Jolla, CA
Thomas Baker Team - La Jolla, CA
Serving our Clients and Communities since 1984!

It never occured to me to name my lockboxes! I'll have to look at the numbers, I know that some have been used more than others. Thanks for being creatative, winner, winner!

Aug 29, 2016 03:10 AM #58
Kathy Goldman
REVA Online | SEO Boost For Real Estate, Social Media Marketing for Real Estate and Real Estate Blogging Expert - Waukesha, WI
Social Media & Marketing for Real Estate

Fun, Fun Post Chris Ann Clealand! I would definitely click on it! OH! I already did! Nice Job!

So is there anyone out there who wants to adopt a blog or social media account? I am happy to sign the paperwork for you! LOL

Aug 29, 2016 04:18 AM #59
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

This has to be the cutest post I've read in a very long time! I love your creativity with each lockbox.  Very funny! 

Aug 29, 2016 08:32 AM #60
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