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Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA
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I don't use those boxes because I think it is dangerous and too easy for anyone to get the code. I always use my supras.

May 01, 2015 02:39 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Debbie, we had the Evanston fire department do a test on them and they are a lot harder to break into then you think. I am not saying they are ok, on expensive property I accompany and I ask the showing agent if they want me to shut up and step back. At this time I have 4 of those lock boxes on properties I have listed and never had a problem.

May 01, 2015 12:37 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

NO!!..  I was given a wrong combo a few weeks ago.   It took me about 5 minutes to come up with the right one.

May 01, 2015 11:17 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't like them because you can't track who's been in and out. So I virtually never use them. However, I had not heard about the E&O issue previously. Thanks for the heads up.

May 01, 2015 10:22 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No.  I like the features of electronic boxes

May 01, 2015 06:12 PM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR

No, the electronic lockboxes are much more secure.  I don't want to get blamed if someone breaks into the home.  If a lockbox is used, I would hide it in an inconspicuous place.

May 01, 2015 12:33 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

no- I think that it is important to keep an electronic record of who accesses the property. I just put one on a property for the contractors but will change it out when the listing goes live.

May 01, 2015 11:54 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Supra is how we fly. 

May 02, 2015 12:36 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I would not use one on even a vacant home.

May 01, 2015 11:21 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Debbie. I use them for the homes we flip, but they are empty, but wouldn't for homes that are occupied.

Make it a great weekend!

May 01, 2015 10:33 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I do not because I believe we have a duty of security to our clients.

May 01, 2015 09:56 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I hate those damn things! I wish they would make them illegal to use.

May 01, 2015 06:49 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Inexpensive lockboxes? I pay a fair amount for them. They seem to work well, but my market is different than yours. 

May 01, 2015 04:57 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Sometimes I use them in addition to Supras. They are from the inspectors or agents out of our MLSs.

May 01, 2015 04:39 PM
Roland Woodworth
Blue Cord Realty - Clarksville, TN
Blue Cord Realty

Debbie....I had always been a stickler on the Sentri lockboxes until recently. I recently stopped using them. Currently I don't have any occupied properties..... There are pros and cons to both type boxes.


Of course all property management companies use combos as do many Realtors.  Interesting topic.

May 01, 2015 03:12 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Our MLS requires all listings to have a Supra Lockbox.

May 01, 2015 01:31 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

During the peak of our distressed market, most busy agents knew there were only four or five combinations. Listing agents either didn't know how or were too lazy to change them.

I would never use a manual box on an occupied home. It's much less secure, plus we lose the reporting function of who accessed the box and when.

May 01, 2015 12:49 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

If I were a homeowner, I would insist a lock like a Supra, not a cheap push button or combo.

May 01, 2015 12:32 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Debbie -- we typically use Supra lockboxes so I can better tell who has been inside a property.   

May 02, 2015 02:52 AM
Bob Force (REALTOR®)
Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill - Mount Airy, MD
The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate

No.  I like to know who has entered.

I got burned once.  The buyers agent gave the code to his client, who proceed to start moving in belongings and started painting a room without my sellers promission. 

We didn't discover this till the day of settlement when the seller went there first to get out the list piece of furniture they still had in the home.  It was not a very peaceful settlement.

May 02, 2015 02:42 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

No; because there are some who forget what they put on a home. Also once the code is out it is to easy to back without calling the listing agent!

May 02, 2015 12:58 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds I wouldn't use them just for security reasons. I would want the home owners to be protected with a Supra/Sentri/Lock type lockbox. I don't know about the E&O coverage.

May 01, 2015 10:41 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Good morning Debbie they are used a lot around here.  In fact I have several.

May 01, 2015 10:36 PM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

No, no way, nada... I HATE when homes are listed with that box. I feel it puts our clients home at risk. People are horrible at controling thos codes. All you have to do is open the box, go inside and the kid next door sneak over and read what is on the box. 

May 01, 2015 02:52 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't.

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e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
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Aug 02, 2018 11:35 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

It tells me the agent is inexperienced and cheap.

May 05, 2015 10:04 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Debbie, I only use those when I absolutely have to.  For instance, I had an out of area agent show one of my listings the other day and he didn't have access to our Supra boxes so I put on a mechanical one just for that day.  Otherwise, I stick to electronic lockboxes for occupied and vacant homes. 

May 02, 2015 10:01 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

In my market the board requires the use of Supras. 

May 02, 2015 08:16 AM