If you are like me you deal with investors and buyers that are seeking good deals. One area that good deals come by are HUD Homes. I was going through 3 of them the other day, previewing them for my clients, and I couldn't get into the last one! Now, I didn't have time to print off the MLS sheets on the properties, and I was just going off of an address list I jotted down. So, after trying the key several times, I trudged back through the foot of snow (since none of these properties are EVER shoveled or plowed it seems - experience tells me to were boots of course!) and back home for the evening. I look up the MLS data, and in the private remarks field, it says "Use your New HUD Keys".
Huh? New HUD Keys? I call my office and they know nothing of it. (4 offices with 200+ agents) I am the first to encounter this. They call HUD and "oh yeah, we are working on sending them out.... give us a couple weeks..."
A COUPLE WEEKS? Luckily I am a pretty laid back guy, and this property wasn't the best deal anyways, so my investors weren't too disturbed about seeing it as well.
So... the point of this post is to inform you if you haven't been already, that HUD is changing their locks. Call them to get your new key before you bring your buyer with you to the property and can't get in!