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Martha Taraz…, Real Estate Pro in North Las Vegas, NV

Should I use electronic or mechanical lock boxes?

Asked by Martha Tarazona, North Las Vegas, NV Sun Apr 21, 2013

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Shame on you Martha for advertising here with this fake question. Shame
5 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 21, 2013
I find electronic to be the most secure. I would never use anything else
Flag Sat Feb 21, 2015
You tell her Tim... No kidding . She actually called me personally to yell at me. Very very unprofessional.-and actually quite sad .
Flag Sun Apr 28, 2013
Electronic so code can't be shared for unauthorized entry.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 22, 2013
I just replaced mechanical for electronic ! It feels better :)
Flag Mon Apr 22, 2013
definitely electronic box. More secure and gives you the tracking ability to follow up with everyone that has showed the property.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 19, 2014
You should always use an electronic box. They are much more secure than their mechanical counterparts. They also allow you to monitor traffic at the property. When it comes to security, you typically want the latest technology.

http://www.splsecurity.com.au/ElectronicSecurity.aspx
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 17, 2014
Electronic boxes enable you to track who comes into your listing. Too often I have seen some realtors give to the codes for mechanical boxes to their clients
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 31, 2014
Many MLS mandate electronic lockboxes for the obvious security reasons.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 31, 2014
I prefer electronic to manual lock boxes. With electronic, there is a record of who accessed the home and at exactly what time. Once somebody has the combo on a manual, they can access it anytime without any record of it. Just a safety precaution in my opinion.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 24, 2013
agree :)
Flag Wed Apr 24, 2013
Ebox is safer and more secure for the owner. The ebox also gives you a much better way to follow up with people that have showed it, track showings, etc.

My vote is for ebox!


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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 23, 2013
Loving the e boxes :) Thank you
Flag Wed Apr 24, 2013
Electronic is mandated in my area
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 22, 2013
Thank you :) I just placed E box ,,It feels a lot safer :)
Flag Mon Apr 22, 2013
Is this a serious question or are you advertising your listing?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 22, 2013
Yes it is! Is yours a serious question sir?
Flag Mon Apr 22, 2013
Refer to your broker and find out what your E&O covers.
Unless you prefer rolling the dice, you have only ONE choice.

Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 22, 2013
I recommend e-lockboxes as you can track who has been in the property.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 21, 2013
Thank you :)
Flag Sun Apr 21, 2013
I like electronic lock boxes to track incoming traffic.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 21, 2013
your welcome
Flag Fri Aug 1, 2014
Thank you :)
Flag Sun Apr 21, 2013
You should use both. Mechanical for contractors you hire and inspectors who don't have Active keys.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 21, 2013
Thank you:)
Flag Sun Apr 21, 2013
Martha,
A mechanical lock box allows the potential buyer/tenant to enter without the agent. It also allows workman and appraisers to enter without having to wait for an agent to clear their schedule.

Having said that, these are such "desperate times" that I strongly suggest that you do not use a mechanical box because we have no record of who has entered the home, or why. As Ron had indicated; we have been missing applicances, not to mention the vandalism!!!!

Many agents work weekends and have no problem opening up the Electronic box for an appraiser, or repair man, not to mention a potential buyer or tenant.

Jayne Cutler
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 21, 2013
Thank you: :)
Flag Sun Apr 21, 2013
Martha: I stongly encourage the use of "E" (Electronic) boxes over mechanical. You will find that theft of things like appliances is minimized with E boxes. Mechanicals can be used by contractors during construction or repair of the property.
Ron
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 21, 2013
Electronic is more convenient for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 21, 2014
If your agreement with the seller is that you need not accompany agents with their buyers then you definitely should provide access with and electronic lockbox.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 21, 2014
I like electronic so codes cannot be shared and I know when properties are accessed.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 19, 2014
Electronic boxes (Supra) are most often used here in Louisville, KY. I have noticed that on vacant home, and new construction I often see the combo locks being used.

Michael Thacker
Realtor
Kentucky Select Properties
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 19, 2014
I think it depends on the area you work. In our area, most popular is the mechanical. I prefer the mechanical. On the higher end homes, you would probably want to use the electronic.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 19, 2014
So.. there are truly no stupid questions! Definitely Electronic so you can track access.

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Check out our event on how to become a listing machine, we'll surely touch this point, as having an electronic lockbox allows you to follow up with all agents who show your property, and minimizes the risk of break-ins... though someone recently was stealing the electronic boxes, breaking into them at home, then breaking into the properties! Still a good idea to check up on your properties at least weekly.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 6, 2014
A lot determines on what your seller would prefer you to use. Explain the advantages to both. Also consider what is most common in your area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 31, 2014
Yes it seems that there are alot of suspect questions on this site . I think Teulia makes them up to ake Realtors think there are real clients on this site . I really feel its an insult to our intelligence . Then they want to sell us zip codes for all of the false leads they get . Why is it that our very own Realtor.com is #3 in consumer choice and false sites like this one are popular amoung consumers ?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 24, 2013
I am not fake, It was a real question... :( WOW I guess I am not to smart
Flag Wed Apr 24, 2013
It seems odd to me that agent would come to Trulia to ask this question. I would discuss this one on one with your broker and ultimately your client, for they may feel that you're compromising the security of their property by using something other than an electronic lockbox
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 24, 2013
I understand ! Thank you
Flag Wed Apr 24, 2013
Great Question but hard to answer it. I love the Supra electronic Lock Boxes. They are secure, they record exactly who has been in the property and when. You have to be a realtor to unlock one of them so for obvious reasons, they are #1.....BUT..some newer agents don't have the Supra Keys which creates an issue for their showings. I really dislike making a listing difficult for busy "buyer agent's to get into, sometimes I use both to avoid problems, but it would be much better if I could just use the E-Boxes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 24, 2013
Using E Box now and loving it :)
Flag Wed Apr 24, 2013
Definitely electronic is superior to mechanical for its tracking and reporting capabilities. Check your MLS rules as some require that you use an electronic lockbox.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 22, 2013
Thank you :)
Flag Mon Apr 22, 2013
Electronic boxes are by far the most secure, and you are able to track all activity.

Mechanical boxes are obviously cheaper - however you run the risk of:

1. The boxes jamming up.

2. Someone other than a licensed professional obtaining the code. Careless agents sometimes leave the entry "entered" on the box, or make it too easy for a client to see the code when they put it in.

If there are people living in the property - it's a no brainer in my opinion to use an electronic box for safety/security issues.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 22, 2013
I just replaced it for e box!!! I love it.. I feels safer
Flag Mon Apr 22, 2013
Usually around here people put mechanical on foreclosed homes and electronic on occupied homes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 22, 2013
Thank you :)
Flag Mon Apr 22, 2013
If the home's vacant and you think that work is going to have to be done inside the home, use the mechanical. If not, it's your call.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 21, 2013
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