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