After years of trying unsuccessfully to list my home on my own, I finally realized that I needed some serious help. I began looking for a great real estate agent who could help me out, and after interviewing a few professionals I found someone that was really in tune with what I needed. They sat down with me to talk about my needs and worked hard to help me to identify different homes that could work for my family. I wanted to make a blog all about selecting the perfect agent to work with during your house hunt. Check out this blog for great tips on choosing agents.
If you list your home for sale with a real estate agent, he or she will ask if they can place a lock box outside your home. This is a common practice in the world of real estate, and here are some important things to understand about lock boxes.
What is a lockbox?
A lockbox is simply a locked box that is placed somewhere securely outside of your home. In many cases, it is placed on the doorknob of your home, but it can also be placed on other things. It must be attached to something permanent, such as a doorknob or bench, and inside the box is a key for your home.
How do agents access the key?
The purpose of a lockbox is to allow any agent access to show your home. This is done instead of giving out keys for your home to every agent in the area. With a lock box, you need only one key. To access your house key, agents use a key. In today's world, most lockboxes open with electronic keys, and real estate agents are the only people who have these electronic keys. Because of the way real estate works, lock boxes tend to offer the most convenient way for agents to show homes.
Are they safe?
Having a lock box outside of your home is perfectly safe, as only real estate agents can use it. In addition, most lockboxes now have additional features designed for safety purposes. For example, many lockboxes record the times the boxes are opened. They can record the times they are opened, and they will record who opened them.
With this feature, your own agent will have access to information about showings. Your agent will know exactly who showed your house and can contact that agent for feedback. In addition, your agent can tell you if showings actually took place.
Some lock boxes also have restrictions, such as time restrictions. They may work only during certain hours of the day, and they may stop working late at night. Lockboxes today have many more features than they used to, and they are safe to use when selling your house.
Selling a house is not always something that happens overnight, and you will have a better chance of selling yours if you choose an experienced real estate agent to assist you in the process.