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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I don't like searching around the house, on gas meters, water meters, fences and even trees.  I put it within sight, where the agents can find it easily.  Mainly on the door handles when I can.

Apr 13, 2015 01:41 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Sometimes both. If there is a for sale sign, people will assume there is a lockbox. Opening the lockbox is another story wheverever it is located.

Apr 13, 2015 10:24 AM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I have found lockboxes in some real screwy places. I often wonder, what in the world were they thinking?

Apr 13, 2015 07:07 PM
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Debbie.  I try to make it easily found and not easily seen.  IE not on the front door.  Somewhere not seen from the street.  Safety and convienence for the client.  Mark

Apr 13, 2015 03:15 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Pet Peeve! With 6 feet of the entry point.

Apr 13, 2015 02:39 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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I try to put it on a door not so used by the family if possible.  But always convenient to other agents.

Apr 13, 2015 02:00 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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I always put it on the front door if the handle is the kind that can take one. Otherwise on a porch rail or somewhere that can be accessed even in poor weather conditions.

Apr 13, 2015 01:51 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I prefer it is visible Debbie Reynolds - unless seller wants me to accompany for showing which may restrict the showings.

Apr 13, 2015 01:00 PM
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Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

Depends on what city I am in.  In Detroit I would put it on the back door

Apr 13, 2015 11:06 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I prefer the front door unless the seller requests otherwise.

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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
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I like giving the lockbox to the seller to control.  The seller can put out the lockbox when there are showings.

Apr 15, 2015 03:26 AM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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I put in sight.  Our Supra Lock-boxes are so strong it takes professional cutters to get them off.  I know I've had to hire it done.  The key is very safe in them. 

Apr 14, 2015 12:09 AM
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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Clearly visable for the agent, since it is protected.  That being said, I had an agent call me once to ask if I would come open the lock box for her.  I asked why?  She was not able to bend over to reach it.   I thought that may be a sign that you should not be out showing houses, but I let her in regardless. 

Apr 13, 2015 11:39 PM
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Holleay Parcker - Spinnaker Realty - Serving Clients From Corolla to Hatteras
SPINNAKER REALTY LLC - Kitty Hawk, NC
With 14 Yrs Experience in Outer Banks Real Estate

I was showing property last spring. My buyers and I were all struggling, trying to find where the lock box was...I live on the Outer Banks of NC, so many of our houses are built on pilings, which unfortunately gives listing agents even MORE opportunities to hide the egg, so to speak...

After several minutes of unsuccessful searching, I called the agent. Straight into voicemail.  Left a message.  Then I texted him.  No reply.  So I called his assistant.  Straight into voicemail.  Left a message.  Then I texted her.  No reply.

So I called the office, spoke to the duty agent and told her our situation, and I said, "Would you please call him and ask him where the lockbox is?"

The duty agent didn't want to do it.  Do you know why?  She said, "He won't pick up the phone for me, either."

But I convinced her to call while I was on the other line. Straight into voicemail...

We left, and looked at other homes.  FIVE HOMES LATER, he calls and tells me where the lockbox is.

Any guesses?  :)  It's underneath the stairs.  Underneath the stairs. 

We go back. I put my key card in...

The lock box is DEAD.

I call the listing agent.  Straight into voicemail! (Remember, I had just spoken to him not 10 minutes earlier.)

My buyers are fuming at this point... They ultimately say to move on, this house 'wasn't meant to be' for them.

I thought to myself, "How can this house be for anybody if they can't get in to see it?"

That house rotted on the market for months after that.

I thought of the sellers, incurring mortgage payments, pro-rated property taxes and insurance premiums accumulating, pool and hot tub cleaning bills and utilities bills each month...the cost to carry was expensive, because this was a true oceanside second home, and not in a rental program.

If only the sellers knew the backstory! 

 

Apr 13, 2015 10:57 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

it should be visible enough so that the agents can find it....not all agents have the same mental capacity.... we need to help that weakest link or we could miss a deal.... 

Apr 13, 2015 10:35 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I only use Supra because combos are not secure, and I try to place it as close to the door as possible away from weather. Sometimes becasue of the size of the Supra I can't put it on a door with a storm door in front. It is always a challenge finding the right place.

Apr 13, 2015 10:25 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I do not make it not visible, I hide it.

The agent will be calling me for showing instructions so little inconvenience is created. But, it does remove temptation from those rogue agents we have in our midst. These rogue agents seem to be unable to manage their buyers who interpret a FOR SALE sign as saying 'Come on in! No appointment needed.' 

Sometimes the seller wants to see the box on the front door. 

Apr 13, 2015 10:10 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I try to have it at the front door.

Apr 13, 2015 09:38 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I always put it on the front door if it can "take it." Nothing more annoying than coming to show a property and having to hunt for the lockbox or get into wet grass to open it. The Supra boxes are very secure so no reason to hide them. Besides, if there is a for sale sign in front of the house, passers-by already know it's a home for sale.

Apr 13, 2015 08:52 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Around here it really doesn't matter.  We usual;;y leave it up to the client

Apr 13, 2015 07:24 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Tucked away do it is not obvious.  I like to be able to put it behind a storm door if at all possible.

Apr 13, 2015 10:40 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

 

depending on the property.  Rural properties I try and hide it a bit.

Apr 13, 2015 10:31 AM
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Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I opt for one that is tucked away...often on the side of the house.

Apr 13, 2015 09:59 AM