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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh Lord, yes and I detest those things! They are a royal pain in the rear!

They were widely used by foreclosure agents here in Charlotte during the recession and most of them had the same code and we all knew it! R-U-N was the code - we often joked, wondering if this was a clue before we ever entered the house!

Mar 15, 2018 11:58 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Sure & they are the biggest PITA the planet has to offer!

They are so frustrating I've even tried to smash them with a hammer. I only have one left as a kind of antique. Days are so much better with newer kinds of boxes. Get the one from MasterLock.

Mar 15, 2018 11:50 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I have 2 of those! Hahahah! We use them on REOs for vendors. I just had one go on the market and sell in ONE HOUR before I could get a Supra and sign on it. Everyone is FINE using it. 

Mar 15, 2018 11:45 AM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I know how to open it, but I have a question. Why does the agent always put it in the hardest to get at location that they can find? I am getting too old to lay down on the ground to see the dial.

Mar 15, 2018 12:49 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't know how to use these. Every so often a listing has one of these and listing agent says "just like your high school locker." Well, I went to a high school with maybe 225 students... we had lockers but nothing was ever locked up. I never used one of these. And besides I graduated from high school 52 years ago... even if I'd had one and then never seen one again in the ensuing half century, why would anyone think I remember how to work it? 

Here's what I'd rather say to someone who forces one of these on me: "stop being cheap and invest in some real lock boxes."

Mar 15, 2018 11:59 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

They are just like those lockers --- long, long time ago! 

Mar 17, 2018 04:05 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

David Martin Not if I knew the combination. I have never seen one with letters as opposed to numbers.

Mar 16, 2018 07:43 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Yes

Mar 16, 2018 06:42 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I know how to work them, but I don't want to.

Mar 16, 2018 06:01 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think many younger new agents may ot have seen these before. I get these calls too. Alot of banks require these instead of electronic boxes

Mar 16, 2018 05:34 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Turn left, turn right- pass the last letter or keep turning? Try it again, spin to clear, turn left, turn right, did it work? 

On occasions where I needed to use a Combo Box I usually use the numbered button ones or the ones where each letter has it's own dial. Less spinning is good. 

Mar 16, 2018 04:46 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I've now heard it all!!!  WOW!  When I encounter this kind of lockbox, I usually utter some throwback to junior high and then tackle it... left, right, left. 

Mar 16, 2018 04:40 AM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I still have a bunch of them, usually use them on vacant properties. Had a very young agent this past week that had a very challenging time opening it, had to give her step by step instructions over the phone.

Mar 16, 2018 03:47 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

yes

Mar 16, 2018 03:28 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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David Martin - whenever I see this kind of locks, I get goosebumps....

Mar 15, 2018 11:10 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Tricky. Women with long finger nails hate them.

Mar 15, 2018 08:48 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am an old guy, I know how to use a combo lock.

Mar 15, 2018 08:27 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  I can pick that lock faster than I can turn the dial.  Seriously.

Mar 15, 2018 08:18 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Haven't seen one in years - reminds me of high school!

Mar 15, 2018 07:47 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I think I could handle it!

Mar 15, 2018 07:15 PM
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Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

not stymied, but I hate them! I dispised the combo locks at school too!

 

Mar 15, 2018 06:43 PM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I know how to use this type of lock box, but they sure are a pain.

Mar 15, 2018 05:03 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I have some.

Mar 15, 2018 04:26 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

bolt-cutters come to mind

Mar 15, 2018 04:17 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

I got rid of those things years ago - totally confusing and a real pain to use for everyone - except our handyman the jack of everything.

Mar 15, 2018 04:00 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I started my career using these.

Mar 15, 2018 03:48 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

We call these contractor boxes and use them all the time...

Mar 15, 2018 03:13 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I used to see those and knew how to operate them. It would take a couple of tries as I remember it took a full round to take the code.

Mar 15, 2018 03:12 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

If I had to the combination I would know how to use it. 

Mar 15, 2018 03:03 PM
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Ruth Grainger-Starr
Grainger Realty - Cripple Creek, CO
providing AWESOME real estate adventures

Yup I know how to use them. Run into the quite a bit on vacant older homes. 

Mar 15, 2018 02:46 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I hate these ! Do you pass the next number 1,2 or 3 times ???

Mar 15, 2018 02:12 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Know how to use one, but prefer not to! They are antiques these days.

Mar 15, 2018 02:10 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Rarely we have those too, i'm always confused what side to go first: left, right? I call my kids to help:) 

Mar 15, 2018 01:57 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Looks simple enough to me.

Mar 15, 2018 01:53 PM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

An agent who doesn't know how to use it should just google it or youtube it. 

Mar 15, 2018 01:32 PM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Yes, I remember these. I haven't seen them around in quite some time. 

Mar 15, 2018 01:07 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes. I would know how to use it.

However, whether I could see the letters and lines and symbols well is an entirely different issue.

Do you start lefty or righty? 

How many clearing spins do you start with?

What's the likelihood of pulling the release and it opens without spinning?

To be frank, these boxes are more convenient and faster than the e-box and solar flares have not effect on them.  CBS and I have all I need.

Mar 15, 2018 01:05 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I have encountered them, but never used them, nor would I. They provide very little in the way of security for the seller. Example - I saw one code scribbled on a porch post right next to the combo lock. Nice. They are not that easy to open and even harder to close, especially with more than one key inside. Fumbling with it in front of clients is no fun.

Mar 15, 2018 12:54 PM
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Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

Yes, I would be stymied.  Do I start turning to the right or left, then pass the second letter once or twice.  ugggghhhh....

Mar 15, 2018 12:42 PM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I occassional come across them when showing properties.. but I certainly know how to use them....  really not that difficult..

Mar 15, 2018 12:26 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Use them for your contractors.

Mar 15, 2018 12:25 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

As long as it can be read or turn; they are common around here.

Mar 15, 2018 12:24 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

yes, I know how to use that....

Mar 15, 2018 12:23 PM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

While they SHOULD work like your old locker lock, they never have seemed to for me; when I have encountered them.  I would take a padlock lock over this one any day.  These seemed to be a bit tempermental and frustrating.  Ran into it once or twice and that was irritating enough for me.  

Mar 15, 2018 12:18 PM
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

I see them on occasion, and sometimes the listing agent hasn't bothered to change it from the factory default, or then entire brokerage uses the same 3 letter combo.  They better hope an agent near goes to a life of crime, because they could have a field day looting that brokerage's listings.

Mar 15, 2018 12:16 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Yes, they are reminiscent of high school locks...A

Mar 15, 2018 12:16 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

They use to drive me crazy; however, eventually I would get them open.

Mar 15, 2018 12:09 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I still see them in use. Most opened ok without problem. Sometimes it was harder to push that button down and get a good enough grip to pull it forward, than it was to spin the combo.

Mar 15, 2018 12:01 PM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I use similar ones to this for contractors, never had an issue but they are familiar with them I guess, or they ask someone else for advice. 

Mar 15, 2018 11:59 AM