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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Sometimes kindness pays off in a big way.  And so much has come back my way. I would err on that side most likely, unless I was swamped.  A

Apr 18, 2015 04:23 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

The answer comes down to  the fact that the listing is yours. Would I do it for a preview, then no. Would I do it if the agent was bringing a buyer, absolutely.

Apr 18, 2015 03:37 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I drive 90 miles one way to meet a realtor who is not a local realtor. I do what it takes to fullfill my duty as listing agent.  If distance is a concern then we all should be neighborhood realtors.

Apr 18, 2015 12:14 PM
Stephanie Arnett
ERA Town & Campus Realty - Starkville, MS
SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR

I did, but only once.  When I take a listing that far from my office, I install a code lockbox along w/the MLS one.  Just my two cents :)

Apr 18, 2015 07:23 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Maybe, it depends on the listing.  Though, I would think that this agent should be able to get one of the other agents in his or her office to help.

Apr 18, 2015 06:03 AM
Suzanne Cutler
Success! Real Estate - Braintree, MA
617-549-5829, Braintree MA, Realtor, Real Estate

Yes, that is your job as the listing agent to make sure everyone can view the property.   We do not use supra keys in my area and although I have a supra key to get into other listings it would do me no good to use them as I still would need to put a regular lockbox on the house.

Apr 18, 2015 05:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

My listing - yes.  

Although, I do agree with Barbara Todaro that is likely too far for me to properly service a listing.  

Apr 18, 2015 04:27 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Personally I would have the agent work with their broker to be accompanied by an agent from their office that does have the necessary e-key.

Sep 25, 2017 05:02 AM
Marla Yost
Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, TX
The Marla Yost Team

Yep ...I may need help some day.

Apr 23, 2015 04:12 AM
Cathy Turney
Better Homes Realty - Walnut Creek, CA
Making Fun of Real Estate and Twitter!

That's what combination lockboxes are for! Have the agent scan you his business card (and state license number), then let him have your combo.

Apr 21, 2015 05:41 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Wanda - Not sure I understand your question, but if you are saying would I drive to my listing to open a home for a buyer's agent (who does not have an electronic key) and their buyer, I would say probably. However, I would also want to talk with this agent and see if there was any other way as well, before taking the long drive. I typically would not take a listing 25 miles from my office, but that is because I live in the city. I understand rural areas may be different.

Apr 20, 2015 06:58 AM
Beatrice Briseno
RE/MAX Unlimited - San Antonio, TX
Beatrice M. Briseno, GRI, CDPE, San Antonio, TX

I just had that happen last week. I have a short sale located in a rural area. An agent from a small town had interested clients but they do not use our Electronic key. She called me and asked if I could meet her out there and open for her.....I decided to change out the electronic key box for a combo lockbox. She appreciated the effort and sent me an offer!

Apr 20, 2015 01:12 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Wanda, we have done that because we are representing the seller and every showing is a potential sale.  It is aggravating but our clients come first! 

Apr 18, 2015 08:35 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin I surely make an arrangement to show the home, if I can't drive.

Showing a home is the first step in getting a buyer for my listing.

Apr 18, 2015 02:01 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Maybe...But, it has to be a higher vbalued listing and then the agent is gong to pay me from $100-$200 and change their schedual to fit mine.   this is ususally enough for them to ge their act together.

Apr 18, 2015 01:48 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We have an Agency at the south end of the county (about 20 miles away) that don't belong to the MLS, so they don't have Active Keys for our boxes.  We have to get keys from their agency or if we're fortunate, they give us the combination to a lock.  We got delayed going to our listing to open the door for them and got detained by a train.  When we got within a block of the listing, we saw them drive away. When we called them, they decided they didn't want to see inside.  That was 15 miles each way.

Apr 18, 2015 12:35 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

In my market there are brokerages that do not belong to the MLS and never have access and I will let them in. If I will drive to let them in, I would for a local person too.  I think the code of ethics say we have to cooperate with each other.

Apr 18, 2015 12:12 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

If my schedule allowed I would but I wouldn't necessarily like it. I think all agents should invest in a lockbox key. That includes appraisers too.

Apr 18, 2015 11:56 AM
Bob Publicover
Publicover Realty Group, inc - Stuart, FL
Thinking outside the box

I may, depending on the listing.

I probably would say "are you crazy? you shouldn't be taking on customers if you don't have the tools to do the job." (New or Not)

I don't buy that excuse because the minute you join the Board you can pick up an electronic key.

Sorry, I'm just losing my patients with more and more agents that are unprepared and expect you do do their job .......for free!!

Apr 18, 2015 11:27 AM
Ernest Villafranca
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Oakland, CA
3923 Grand Ave. Oakland CA, 510-418-9443

N O 

SBSN (Stop Being So Nice)

Apr 18, 2015 10:48 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Maybe. Why are they calling listing agent instead of another agent in their office? I would have to know more, but I'm sure not going to drop what I'm doing to drive 50 miles. If I called someone with that question, i would offer to pay they $50.00 to cover their time and fuel.

Apr 18, 2015 09:07 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It would depend on the circumstances. My initial reaction is no. 

Apr 18, 2015 08:25 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I would if it was a sale, not a rental.  If they've got a buyer, I'll be there, a bit frustrated, but I'll be there!

Apr 18, 2015 08:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Depends... is this new agent one in my office or another company. If it's another company, she could ask one of her associates. Depends on whether it's a serious showing or a basic preview. Depends on how much notice I got to do this and how it fits into my schedule.

Apr 18, 2015 08:01 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I have and will along with others who have done the same for me. The client has high expectations for us and I would not want to diminish that for a half hour trip out of my way Wanda Kubat-Nerdin

Apr 18, 2015 06:56 AM
Demarco & Marisa
Remax Kings Realty - Riverside, CA
"The Choice is Clear!"

I might.... even though it's my listing, it is the buyer's agent client and responsibility to show the property and they should have a key so that they can do so. If they don't have an electronic key, then maybe they shouldn't be servicing that buyer for that area and possibly refer that client to an agent that has the key and can properly service that client. I see way to many agents pass the buck to the listing agent as if the listing agent is supposed to show their clients and if the listing agent isn't available, it's as if they did something wrong. And I agree with Suzanne that it is the listing agent's job to make sure everyone can view the property and that is addressed when there is an electronic lockbox.

Apr 18, 2015 06:30 AM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

If you take a listing that far, you service the listing.  I am sure most will have the card, but our job is to show the property and get it sold.  Good luck!

Apr 18, 2015 05:10 AM
Raoul Loustaunau
EXP REALTY - Phoenix, AZ

good question Wanda, i probably would ; i dont understand why anyone would not want to know who open the door of a listing , i think all home should have a electronic key no exceptions unless the property is owner occupied and they refuse to put a box on their home . have a super day.

Apr 18, 2015 04:50 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

in my opinion, 25 miles is out of the range for taking a listing....that listing would be referred, so it could be serviced properly....I'll go approx. 15 miles....that's maximum....

Apr 18, 2015 04:09 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

You bet if that agent was in my office. For someone else it would all depend on the circumstances

Apr 18, 2015 04:01 AM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

Anything for my clients.

Apr 23, 2018 10:06 PM