My vote is for ebox!
The Adams Team at
Rothwell Gornt Companies
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
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.
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.
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.