Keeping Your Listing and Clients Safe
Â Â Â Â As Real Estate Agents our first priority should be to keep our clients safe. With that being said I believe the number one way to keep our clients safe is to keep lockbox combinations private.
All to many times these combos are given freely to appraisers, inspectors, homeowners and potential buyers. This type of conduct put a home out there as a target we would love to believe that every one is honest and can be trusted. That would be a perfect world.But what if something were to happen while someone was in the home without the Agent present. Here a just a few examples say you give the combo to a potential buyer who has already walked through the home with you and call to get the combo to show a family member, maybe they have a alterior motive, what happens if these steal from the home or malicously break things or vandalize the property? What happens if your client goes to the home by themself and falls down the steps and is seriosly injured or even dies' who is at fault....you.Â
Â Â Â Â Many Agents use the stock combo that came with there locks any thief can google the lock and get the combo, so change it immediatly. Also for further protection you should regularly change the combo about once a month. Or invest in a ekey lockbock then you will have control over knowing who entered the property at all times.
Â Â Â I hope this made you think a little more about safety, as I as an Agent have had many requests for combo's. I have denied them all and had people retort we'll my last agent let me have it. I kindly respond, if you need to enter the home again I will take you there and open the property up for you. And the usual response is I was just trying to make your job easier. That may be the case and the reason why combanations are given out so freely, sure it would be easier .... but not worth losing my license over