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Do I Need a Lockbox to Sell My Home?

Selling a home in today's market isn't always easy, but when it comes to showing your home to potential clients, the question is lockbox or no lockbox?

This is a question I get whenever I interview to assist a client to sell their home.

“I’m talking to several other agents about selling my home and one said I don’t need a lockbox for agents to see my home. Gary, won’t it be harder to sell my home without one?”

Answer:

You’re right.

And any agent who tells a home seller not to use a lockbox is doing them an inexcusable disservice.

Some agents “sell” the seller on how they’ll make the process private, convenient, and unobtrusive. They say, “if a buyer is serious, they’ll change their schedule to see your home.” Or “I’ll meet people at your home for showings.”

Sounds great, however…

The reality is too often the seller’s agent never even calls back buyer’s agents to schedule a showing. Or the seller can’t be reached so the home can’t be shown. Or the buyer is only available on their lunch break, but the seller’s agent can’t make it until 3 p.m.

After 25 years, I’ve experienced all of these when trying to show or preview homes.

Homebuyers and their agents are just too busy today to bend their schedules around for a hard-to-see home. They just move on to the next one–costing sellers of hard-to-show homes thousands of dollars from lack of showings and interest, and sometimes resulting in NO SALE.

To sell your home faster, easier, and for the most money, I and other experts advise you to use a lockbox.

Gary Trieschman is the president of .

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Michael Sloan December 14, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Gary, I would have to agree with you on this. I have never understood why a listing agent wouldn't have a lockbox. In this era of technology that we live in lockboxes have almost turned into more of a personal assistant than just a lockbox. With all the information that both the <a href="http://www.lockboxswap.com/details/supra_ibox/30">Supra iBox</a> and the <a href="http://www.lockboxswap.com/details/sentrilock_realtor_lockbox_nxt/32">Sentrilock NXT's</a> offer a Realtor, it's just silly that we all aren't using smart lockboxes. Often when I'm talking to fellow Realtors their excuse for not having a lockbox on a property is they don't want to go to their association to spend upwards of $100 on a new lockbox. Similarly the hassle of Ebay and Craigslist make buying a<a href="http://www.lockboxswap.com/buy-lockbox">used lockbox</a> very difficult. However, there is a company that has accounted for the gaping hole in the used lockbox market. A Realtor in my office told me about a company called <a href="http://www.lockboxswap.com/">LockBoxSwap</a> that guaranteed deprogrammed lockboxes, had prices 30-50% off what you would pay at and association and offered free shipping. It is awesome! They also purchase used lockboxes from Realtors. The days of wasting time trying to <a href="http://www.lockboxswap.com/sell-lockbox">sell a lockbox</a> are over, and LockBoxSwap is the answer. The way I see it, there is no longer a reason that a Realtor should not have a lockbox!

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