The new generation of lockboxes allow for very controlled entry and log each entry to the minute. Further, they can be programmed to limit showing hours/days if need be and can even exclude certain agents if you have that need. Further they require a regular updating by the user (the agent) to be reactivated.
Juts be sure you are getting the real deal, a computer based system and not a mechanical combo box that is typically called a vendor box. I used to put a vendor box on my listings so that carpet guys and termite inspectors and such could get in but the new boxes here in San Diego have that feature built in. It took a few days to get the new system down but the new access control boxes we use are SWEET!
Yes. Putting a lockbox on your house is very important. This makes it very easy for buyers agents to access, as typically there are only 2 other options. Leaving the key at your listing agents office is one, which requires the buyers agent to stop by prior to the appointment. This can become increasingly frustrating as these days; we are showing multiple properties at a time. Prior to making our appointments, we map them out and calculate the distance and time needed to travel. So when we finally call to make the appointment and are told we need to come to the office to get the key (often times the listing office isnâ€™t even in the same town we are touring) it can really through a wrench into the itinerary we just spent hours putting together. In that event, we have no choice but to take the home off the list for the time being. When that occurs, a seller runs the risk of the buyer(s) choosing one of the properties they were easily able to get into, thus never even seeing your home. The other option is to have your listing agent accompany your showings, which I donâ€™t recommend either, as this creates a very uncomfortable feeling for the buyer(s). They donâ€™t feel as though they can spend sufficient time touring the home, as they often feel rushed. Additionally, they donâ€™t feel comfortable speaking freely with their buyer(s) agent, as they fear your agent will over hear, and he/she is required to share any and all personal information with you. Also, back the scheduling aspect of it: it is difficult enough to make sure you (the seller), the buyer(s) (sometimes 2) and their agent all coincide with each other to accomplish putting this appointment together and to throw a listing agents schedule into the mix, only makes this goal that much more difficult to accomplish. Best of luck to you in the sale of your home!!
Melissa Mancini, Realtor, CBR, GRI
#2 - I am sure without a doubt that the buyers appreciated the fact that I wasn't there to watch them enter my home much less be there when they wanted to envision themselves walking through the door of a home they could own. My presence would've clouded their ability to do that (in my opinion!).
So - although it is a personal choice in the end and what the sellers comfort zone is - but based on my experience it is a win win for all....
I explain to my hesitant sellers that when I'm searching listings to view on behalf of my buyers, I skip those that don't have easy and convenient viewing access. It's rare that I make an appointment, especially now that inventory is so high. There is more than one perfect home for everyone, so I won't waste time on properties that are difficult to show.
One exception is a million+ property. Due to security issues, artwork, or other privacy considerations, I will field appointments and leave off the lockbox. I always expect this will be the case when showing properties in that price range as well.
I would also not recommend leaving valuables out in the open. Put valuables in a safe or any other storage.
I say no. My community is a gated private community where I excort all buyers (yes even other realtors) through my listings. There is no way that other realtors that do not work this community know all the information about the memberships, club house, deed restrictions, etc. Also most homes are upscale and all my listings deserve the attention that the listing agent can give. How does a realtor that has never seen a property before know all the details to properly sell it. I know when I "pick up a key" or use a lock box for someone else's lisitng I am at a disadvantage to sell it simply because I don;t know it. If you are going to list then you need to be committed to selling.
Linda J Sears
PS I have a team so someone is always available and can be at anyone one of my listings within 20 minutes.
Good Luck !