Congrats on your recently achieved RE license. My recommendation for any new agent is to be "conservative" with everything you do. There is a tendency for "newbies" to try to take on and do too much initially.
Seek a mentor....even if your company doesn't embrace this concept, try reaching out to find someone you can connect with on your own. Too many agent "throw in the towel" within 3-4 years and indicate the reason being the lack of real support......
Lockboxes? Start with a few....3-5....if you need more, you can always go back to the well later!
Best of luck out there.
Kat Tyree, Associate Broker
Congratulation on your new career at Keller Williams.
As you grown your client pipeline please use me as a resource for financing needs and questions if you do not have a lender of choice as of yet.
Best of luck!
Depending on the type of listing, you may want/need different types. For example, in my area a lot of agents use combo boxes for rentals, which you can buy at a hardware store. For sale listings, we use Supra lockboxes which are much more expensive and you have to buy through your Realtor association (unless you can get a used one, but you typically have to have it assigned to you).
When I started out I bought 1 Supra and 1 combo, but I also had listings almost immediately. I buy more as needed because as I sell/rent I cycle the boxes.
I'm not sure about the other city question. It would depend if your Supra works in that area or if you are talking about combo boxes.
I wouldn't stress over lockboxes. Focus on marketing, generating leads, gaining exposure and getting clients/listings. Things like lockboxes will work themselves out as you go.
I would not buy a lockbox till I get my first listing. You have combo lockboxes at home depot. But you must also check with your new office if they have rules and regulations on what to use. Here we have supra lock boxes and those are digital . I would recommend you wait and ask your office.
Good luck for your start
Buy them as needed. Contact your Board of Realtors and see if they have any used ones for sale at a discounted price. Operate on a very conservative budget until you have your pipeline built. Think out of the box and search for the FREE opportunities to gain experience. There are tons of free webinars offered online. Learn about all the FREE resources that your Board of Realtors offers.
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I would recommend you a grab at least two, but it depends if you plan on being a buyer's agent or listing agent or combination of both. if you plan to list start with the amount you can afford and think you will need until your inventory grows.
In MD we use a electronic Sentrilock box to help track who is entering the homes for the agent and you can provide a report to your seller as well. These are more expensive or you can get a couple of lockbox combos for about $10 each until you are ready for more. they do the trick as well.
As for lock boxes; three to six would be a good start. Phoenix requires a Phoenix box and supra keycode. I am also a member in Phx through SEVAR as I lived up there for 26 years. But you can also refer to a KW agent up there till you see if there is enough business up there to pay your costs. Hope that helps and I am available to you to talk to Ric Mills. Good luck http://www.thedanadlerteam.com
You can buy them as you need them. I would probably have at least one on hand but buy the others as you need them. If money is tight from all the fees to become a member I would ask to borrow one from your broker or colleagues. I personally have thirty that my agents can borrow it is part of my company benefits.
For the ones in Phoenix you would need to buy ones for up there. That is if your broker allows you to work in that area if it is not an area of your expertise they should not allow it. You and broker would also have to be part of that MLS in order to place it on the market for the area. I would recommend just getting a referral.
You said that you have chosen a company to work for you might want to have this discussion with them.