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Agents in our area use electronic lockboxes and a showing service.
Some REO properties may still have combo lockboxes.
Nina Hollander, Broker
Yesterday I spent 10 minutes trying to unlock a combo. It was one of those that you had to line up exactly to get it to open. Every time I moved the 3, the 4 next to it moved. I was ready to get my hammer and beat the crap out of it.
Raymond E. Camp
Nina Hollander, Broker
We use Supra and whether it is that or Sentrilock, security is important in protecting your seller.
Electronic. More secure and the cost is part of doing business.
Good morning Conrad. I really dislike seeing those old combo locks. They are a real PITA.
Conrad Allen - Electronic Lock-boxes are no brainer....though at times I have to use combination lock boxes - because most agents in that area do not have supra key!
of course we do. It's best for our sellers.
Not always...in the rural areas, many agents do not use them, so it is counter productive if they can't get in.
I use Sentrilock on my MLS properties and a combo on my personal rentals. I enjoy the tracking of the electronic boxes. I just sold a surplus of the ones I haven't been using. The agents got them less than half price
Conrad - In our area, almost all agents use Supra. There will be a few that will put out a contractors lockbox (combo lock) once in a while, but even a lot of those will also have a supra box.
I'm with you, it should be a no brainer.
We use a Supra lockbox. I love it.
Yes, we upgraded last year from ibox to Supra Blue. It's great!
We used to have Supra but now we have one that is even more advanced Conrad called "Sentrilock".
I only allow Supra.
We use Supra here in Lafayette, Louisiana. It works in conjunction with the Centralized Showing Service or CSS, which provides both us and our Sellers' control and security regarding all showings of the listings. Some lender-owned properties (REOS) will also utilize combo locks; with the Showing Service or Agent providing the lock codes once the appointments are made.
In my area most agents seem to use combo lockbox. I do have the Supra, however, I noted that whenever I do use the Supra on a listing, I notice lower traffic. I often receive calls from other agents asking if I would let them in because they are not able to show houses with Supras.
We don't use electronic boxes here yet. Many of us have been working to get them as the standard on Kauai.
Yes I do and I open it with my phone. It irritates me when an agent buys a hardware store lock box.
Absolutely. I don't even understand why agents use combo lockboxes when computerized ones are available.
We use Supra here. It's important for tracking purposes.
I utilize Supra, and will sometimes add a contractors box for out of state sellers, to help with the repairs (allow contractors in, etc). I work with a lot of out of state buyers, and as part of closing will buy them a contractors box and put the keys to their new home in it for them, if or when they are not here for closing. Which happens a lot.
I use Sentrilock, Supra, and combo. Sometimes I have to use 2 different types because we are on the line where two associations meet, and one uses Supra, and the other uses Sentrilock.
Absolutely! I like to know who is in and out of the property and I don't have time trying to keep up with it like I'm back in the stone age.
Yes and I have the app of my smart phone so I can open the box. This is better than carring the bulk Supra key.
Absolutely - boggles my mind when I run into a combo box put in place by an agent. No security at all.
Hands down, I prefer the Sentrilock electronic lockbox for its reporting features. By looking at the entry reports recently, I was able to determine that the contractor working on the house had made a key for himself and was using it to enter. I asked him to turn in the key when he finished the work.
I also like that you can use a phone app to enter properties with Sentrilock--and the system simultaneously sends an alert to the listing agent that Agent X is opening the lockbox. This will help keep agents honest about making appointments to show. Our area requires appointments for all showing, and some agents who learn a lockbox code make repeat visits without an appointment.
Yes. Electronic is the most secure way to go, as well as an excellent way to keep track of showings and activity. However, if I have a listing that is at the far end of my area and is likely to be shown by agents on a different MLS whose key's won't open the lock box I also put a combo lock box on the house. It makes little sense to have to drive an hour and a half to open a door for another agent. Money vs. Time.
Supra here as it is easier to get feedback. But in areas where there is no signal you will find combo's.
I can't remember not using one anymore, Conrad... for at least the last 17 years!
Good morning Conrad. If I was in the business, absolutely. For the homes that we flip, we use a regular lockbox.
We still use the old school mechanical ones in my market.
Not always. Some times an old school combo box is better protection, Even though with an electronic box it tells you they wer ethere, a compbo box wont let them in where the supr will when you dont want people goimg in and out without notice.