Rules definitely vary from region to region â€“ check with your broker and the local MLS for procedures in your area.
We put two lockboxes on all of our listings. The first is a combo box that goes on BEFORE we go active so all individuals who need access can get in without us being present (Contractors, Stagers, Inspectors, etc.).
Once we go active, we add the SUPRA boxes that require all REALTORSÂ® to use their SUPRA keys. We DO NOT hand out the combo code.
Once we go pending, we normally remove the SUPRA box so only those whom weâ€™ve granted permission and the code now have access (Inspectors, Selling Agent, Appraisers, Contractors, etc.)
This practice works VERY well for us and protects the sellers as well.
That is not to say, or IMPLY, it is acceptable practice, but a common and time effective procedure among industry professionals.
I'll throw in another interesting item to the mix. As a Property Inspector, and Associate Member of a local Board of Realtors, I carry a full Realtor Level Supra Key and do not even need to call for the CBS. I just follow the procedures for scheduling with the local Centralized Showing Service or listing Agent. I have access to the home at the programmed Supra Lockbox times.
Emmanuel J. Scanlan
PS Inspection & Property Services LLC
TREC License # 7593
International Code Council, Residential Combination Inspector #5247015-R5 (Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Building)
Certified Infrared Thermographer (ASNT-TC1A Standards)
Texas Residential Construction Commission, Third Party Warranty Inspector #1593
Texas Department Of Insurance, VIP Inspector # 08507061016
Hayman Residential Engineering Services, Field Technician
CMC Energy - Certified Energy Auditor
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Now, if the homeowner has their own lockbox, and you authorize a Realtor(r) or real estate agent to pass the code on in your stead, that's okie-dokey.