Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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I do not. Everyone (inspectors and appraisers) can gain access with our Supra lockboxes. They go through ShowingTime to schedule so, I know when to meet the appraisers at the house. It allows the buyers' agent to bring the buyer back through for other inspections as well. 

May 26, 2019 10:32 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Stays on through close of escrow. Deal might fall out number one. Buyer's agent will need access to the house for inspections, etc. No reason not to and many reasons to. I also believe we have an association or MLS rule that requires it.

May 27, 2019 03:22 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I leave it on until closing except if I need to put it on another listing. I only have so many sentrilocks. 

Some sellers want it off & that's that.

May 27, 2019 05:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No. It stays on until the settlement date.

May 27, 2019 05:00 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Not until the home has closed.

May 27, 2019 04:32 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

No...we don't because there is still an inspection...may be other inspections from others ie foundation, plumbing etc. In our market the lock box is typically returned to us at closing by the selling agent who will also need it at the final walk thru.

May 27, 2019 04:19 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I remove when the transaction closes and funds.

May 27, 2019 03:50 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I leave it up until the morning of the closing, buyers will still need to get in for their final walk through along with inspectors and appraisers before then.

May 26, 2019 11:39 PM
Rae Hoffman
Roots & Wings Realty Group / eXp Realty - Katy, TX
Real estate agent serving the Katy area

I don't remove until closing. The appraiser and inspector are two reasons. A third is that I don't want to have to go reinstall it if the sale falls through due to financing.

May 27, 2019 05:52 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I leave the lockbox in place until closing for appraisal visit & final walk through and the occasional other visit that might be needed.  

May 27, 2019 05:40 AM
Sally Lawrence
Advantage Real Estate - Tehachapi, CA
Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®

I leave it on until we're closed.  As others have said, it's needed to gain access for inspections, possible repairs, final walkthrough. 

We use SentriLock boxes and I really like the ability to provide a one day code for access as needed.

Because we're in a largely rural area, sometimes the buyers' agent will request me to leave it on so that the buyer, by use of a one-day code, can get the keys from the box after closing.

May 27, 2019 05:25 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It comes off immediately after closing.

May 27, 2019 05:12 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

When inspections and appraisal completed key is removed.

Meanwhile, as a full service agent, no showings or visits take place without me being present. It is important the LISTING agent is the gatekeeper, not SuPRA or the association.

May 27, 2019 05:02 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

The electronic lockboxes we use are necessary to be on site until the day of closing and the selling agent retrieves the key to pass to the buyer. All other ancillary services can access the box as necessary prior to that time. Due to the geographical area we service and inacccurate scchedules of professionals, we cannot sit and wait for these people to appear, although we are present for inspections.

May 27, 2019 06:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It really does depend.  Not all transactions or situations are equal.  Contingencies exist.  Preferences of the seller too.  And of course, things can happen.  Maybe a back-up offer is in the place and perhaps there isn't one.  The reasons why or why not things occur are endless.  

May 27, 2019 06:27 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Not until closing - in our contracts the seller's are granting the buyer permission to access the home for what ever inspections they wish, that's not to say that appointments don't need to be made (the showing instructions are still followed). Thus the box stays on to allow access during the closing process. And after closing, it's a handy way for the buyer's agent to get the keys. The seller leaves their keys and clickers on the kitchen counter or in a drawer - the buyer's agent meets them at the house and open the box and gives them they key. I get an email from Supra that the box has been opened and go get it once that is done. No running around town delivering keys to buyer's agents.

May 27, 2019 06:01 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

No. The appraiser and inspector have access when they schedule. Also, the buyer will come back for a final walk through and sometimes for another view or to measure. 

May 27, 2019 05:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

The key box is not removed until the day of closing:

1. Inspectors need to get in (and our top inspectors here have supra access).

2. Appraisers need to get in. Appraisers can't go until they've cleared it with me so I can meet them even if box is still on the door.

3. Buyer agents need access for their clients for inspections and to do a final walk-through.

May 27, 2019 05:23 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

It is a nightmare when an agent removes the lockbox prematurely. We had a listing agent do that and wires got crossed and the appraiser had to come back another time to get in. That cost the seller $20k. Home inpectors don't like getting jerked around either.

May 27, 2019 04:30 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I usually don't.  Even if my listing is under contract, I still like to continue to show for back up unless if my seller does not want it.

May 27, 2019 10:53 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Unless requested to I do not- we still have the appraisal & the final walk through to do. It was requested that I remove the box once. A lady going through a bad divorce & felt scared the ex might return & break+enter. 

May 27, 2019 09:03 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I usually leave the lockbox, but since we have electronic lockboxes I program a Call Before Showing (CBS) code into the box. Then anyone wanting to enter has to call me for authorization before they can open the box.

I do like to meet the appraiser, but mostly because I want to schmooze them.

May 27, 2019 08:55 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I do not as often contractors need access and Buyers need to make return trips for measurements Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 

May 27, 2019 06:50 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

NO, not until COE as others need access.

CBS codes prevent the need to remove. Get with 2019 tech, it's a time saver.

May 27, 2019 10:12 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

No sir the appraiser and inspector needs access to the home.  I don't attend any inspections due to a finding by the RE Commission and a civil suit 

May 27, 2019 08:27 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Typically the box and the key are left attached to the property until recording. This also depends on what the owner wants, if the property is occupied, whether all deadlines have passed-including final walk-through.

May 27, 2019 07:03 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

No, only after closing.

May 27, 2019 06:52 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

No, I don't and would also allow showings to allow for any backup offers that may come in.

May 27, 2019 06:38 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

No box...I handle all interactions

May 27, 2019 06:16 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

I'd remove the key box as soon you have solid deal. 

May 27, 2019 06:05 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

I would remove.

May 27, 2019 05:32 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


May 27, 2019 02:10 AM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I leave it on til we close but I change the code. That way I know where the key is. Our area doesn't use Supra

May 28, 2019 07:50 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

No not until after Pre Settlement Walk thru

May 27, 2019 12:39 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

If vacant, yes. No need to. 

If not, not. Same reason as you - to give the sellers their privacy back. I then install a combo lockbox. 

May 27, 2019 08:18 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

absolutely. Lots of liability at stake. 


May 27, 2019 08:04 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Locked doors... Hmmmm. What a novel concept.

May 27, 2019 07:42 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

When I listed I would take off the Supra and then put a combo box where it  couldn't be obvious, This facilitates inspections, etc .

May 27, 2019 06:48 AM
Clay R. Seay
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL

All great answers to leave the lockbox on until day of closing. I have taken a few off in the past only to have to re-install them since the Buyers financing fell through after everyone was sooo sure it was a done deal. Not done until the check clears. Leave it on, but maybe relocate it from the front door if the Seller is persistent in wanting it gone. It does serve a purpose.

May 28, 2019 07:09 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I do not remove the box until closing.   

May 27, 2019 04:43 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I do not unless someone gives me a reason. I like teh access when i have to meet the inspector, then to meet appraisaer and then the final walk through

May 27, 2019 04:27 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I always removed the lockbox after the inspection was done.... I accompanied everything after that including meeting the appraiser....

May 27, 2019 09:04 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Yes and No, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 

If the house is vacant, I will likely leave it on. Buyer's agent needs access for inspections. When I make an appointment with the appraiser, I may remove it prior to the meeting so the appraiser has to meet with me. The key box stays until COE in most cases so the buyer's agent can extract the key and present it to the new owner.

May 29, 2019 05:17 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I keep the key in till the walk thru is done.

May 28, 2019 11:18 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Rarily to never. Question of being practical. My practice is way too busy to attend to every access to a listing. Our lockboxes have a unique feature called CBS (call before showing) which is an an additional code you can add that anyone would have to call me individually for it in order to use the lockbox, in the event that would want to 'limit' or 'control' access.

May 28, 2019 07:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Some sellers do request this, but have to let them know the buyers may want to revisit to measure, bring contractors, etc.   Definitely not until after the inspection.

Jun 13, 2019 08:15 AM