In Northern Nevada when a home is listed for sale one of the logistical systems for Seller and Agent to implement is the access and showing. Access is critical. If potential Buyers are looking at homes it is important that they have ready and reasonable access to them. The most convenient way to provide easy access is to use a lockbox. A lockbox is a secure container in which the keys to the home are placed before it is attached to the property.
There are two types of lockboxes, combination boxes and key boxes. Combination boxes can be push button, dial, or spinrows. Regardless of the data entry style, combo boxes are all accessed by entering a combination of numbers or letters. They are easy to use when you have many people needing access, but they are not as secure as other types since all you need to access the key is the combination. There is no record of who opened the box. These types are convenient when you need to provide access to a variety of people without qualification.
Key lockboxes come in two types, physical key and e-key. The first is more secure than the combo box as keys are limited and typically accounted for. Key box security has evolved to a point where they can even require a key and a code. There is, however, no record of entry so anyone in possession of a key can enter at anytime without any evidence of their entry. Then came the e-key, access via electronic key.
The e-key lockbox has evolved to the point where the GE Supra EKey lockboxes used by the Northern Nevada Multiple Listing Service members are exceptionally secure, easy to use, and simply amazing at what they do for Agents and Sellers. EKey lockbox access is now available to members on their smartphone as well as a personal key assigned by the MLS to that agent. The system is quite simple. The agent keys in his code and directs the key device towards the lockbox. It opens and then amazing things happen. The entry is recorded and the listing agent is sent an email with the name of the accessing agent and the time of their entry.
Our Advice: With such a secure lockbox system Sellers can agree to have a lockbox placed on their home with confidence. They will always know if someone was in their home even if the agent forgot their Real Estate 101 classes where they learned to leave a card every time they are in someone's home. This does not relieve the Seller of the duty to put away valuables, i.e.- jewelry, cash, etc. and hide their personal information, i.e.- account and social security numbers (put away your billing paperwork!). Most people are looking at your home and don't care about the personal effects, but it is advisable to remove the temptation. If you want to sell your home be sure to consider the matter of Buyer access. Make it easy and Agents will show your home before others that are difficult to access. Look hard at your "extenuating" circumstances - are they for your convenience and privacy, or real? Discuss such circumstances with your Agent, maybe they can be mitigated to minimize their impact on the salability of your home. Ready to sell? Make copies of your house key for the lockbox and thank your Agent for his diligence in monitoring who is entering your home.
Some homes have combo and key boxes. They are usually bank owned where a combo box is needed for the bank's vendors to access and do their work. It is not recommended for a private residence as security is compromised. Lockboxes are a vital component of your real estate success. When your Agent asks you if one can be placed on your home it is highly suggested that you agree. A Buyer must be able to see your home to buy it - make it easy to get in and you'll have more showings.
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