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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Agents in our area use electronic lockboxes and a showing service.

Some REO properties may still have combo lockboxes.

Jun 15, 2015 11:10 AM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Yesterday I spent 10 minutes trying to unlock a combo.  It was one of those that you had to line up exactly to get it to open.  Every time I moved the 3, the 4 next to it moved. I was ready to get my hammer and beat the crap out of it. 

Jun 15, 2015 10:32 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We use Supra and whether it is that or Sentrilock, security is important in protecting your seller.

Jun 15, 2015 10:16 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Electronic.  More secure and the cost is part of doing business.

Jun 15, 2015 09:54 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning Conrad. I really dislike seeing those old combo locks. They are a real PITA.

Jun 15, 2015 07:35 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Conrad Allen - Electronic Lock-boxes are no brainer....though at times I have to use combination lock boxes - because most agents in that area do not have supra key!

Jun 15, 2015 03:26 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

of course we do. It's best for our sellers.

Jun 15, 2015 02:54 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Not always...in the rural areas, many agents do not use them, so it is counter productive if they can't get in.

Jun 15, 2015 02:50 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I use Sentrilock on my MLS properties and a combo on my personal rentals. I enjoy the tracking of the electronic boxes. I just sold a surplus of the ones I haven't been using. The agents got them less than half price 

Jun 15, 2015 01:43 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Conrad - In our area, almost all agents use Supra. There will be a few that will put out a contractors lockbox (combo lock) once in a while, but even a lot of those will also have a supra box.

I'm with you, it should be a no brainer. 

Jun 15, 2015 01:11 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We use a Supra lockbox.  I love it.

Jun 15, 2015 01:07 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Yes, we upgraded last year from ibox to Supra Blue. It's great!

Jun 15, 2015 01:05 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

We used to have Supra but now we have one that is even more advanced Conrad called "Sentrilock".

Jun 15, 2015 01:00 PM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

I only allow Supra.  

Jun 15, 2015 12:16 PM
Joan Beduze
Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA

We use Supra here in Lafayette, Louisiana.  It works in conjunction with the Centralized Showing Service or CSS, which provides both us  and our Sellers' control and security regarding all showings of the listings.  Some lender-owned properties (REOS) will also utilize combo locks; with the Showing Service or Agent providing the lock codes once the appointments are made.

Jun 15, 2015 10:27 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Realty - Blue Bell, PA

In my area most agents seem to use combo lockbox. I do have the Supra, however, I noted that whenever I do use the Supra on a listing, I notice lower traffic. I often receive calls from other agents asking if I would let them in because they are not able to show houses with Supras. 

Jun 15, 2015 10:25 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

We don't use electronic boxes here yet. Many of us have been working to get them as the standard on Kauai.

Jun 15, 2015 09:53 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Yes I do and I open it with my phone.  It irritates me when an agent buys a hardware store lock box. 

Jun 15, 2015 09:31 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Absolutely. I don't even understand why agents use combo lockboxes when computerized ones are available.

Jun 15, 2015 09:25 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

We use Supra here.  It's important for tracking purposes.  

Jun 15, 2015 09:14 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

I utilize Supra, and will sometimes add a contractors box for out of state sellers, to help with the repairs (allow contractors in, etc).  I work with a lot of out of state buyers, and as part of closing will buy them a contractors box and put the keys to their new home in it for them, if or when they are not here for closing. Which happens a lot.

Jun 15, 2015 09:11 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I use Sentrilock, Supra, and combo. Sometimes I have to use 2 different types because we are on the line where two associations meet, and one uses Supra, and the other uses Sentrilock.

Jun 15, 2015 08:52 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

Absolutely!  I like to know who is in and out of the property and I don't have time trying to keep up with it like I'm back in the stone age.

Jun 17, 2015 11:26 PM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

Yes and I have the app of my smart phone so I can open the box.  This is better than carring the bulk Supra key.

Jun 16, 2015 04:57 AM
Jeanne Feenick
NextHome Premier - Basking Ridge, NJ
The Agent you choose REALLY does make a difference

Absolutely - boggles my mind when I run into a combo box put in place by an agent. No security at all. 

Jun 16, 2015 12:55 AM
Theo Shaw
Baird & Warner Residential Real Estate - Evanston, IL
Serving Evanston, IL & Beyond

Hands down, I prefer the Sentrilock electronic lockbox for its reporting features.  By looking at the entry reports recently, I was able to determine that the contractor working on the house had made a key for himself and was using it to enter. I asked him to turn in the key when he finished the work. 


I also like that you can use a phone app to enter properties with Sentrilock--and the system simultaneously sends an alert to the listing agent that Agent X is opening the lockbox.  This will help keep agents honest about making appointments to show.  Our area requires appointments for all showing, and some agents who learn a lockbox code make repeat visits without an appointment.

Jun 16, 2015 12:53 AM
Dex Hubbard
Murphy, NC

Yes. Electronic is the most secure way to go, as well as an excellent way to keep track of showings and activity. However, if I have a listing that is at the far end of my area and is likely to be shown by agents on a different MLS whose key's won't open the lock box I also put a combo lock box on the house. It makes little sense to have to drive an hour and a half to open a door for another agent. Money vs. Time. 

Jun 16, 2015 12:30 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Supra here as it is easier to get feedback. But in areas where there is no signal you will find combo's.

Jun 15, 2015 11:29 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I can't remember not using one anymore, Conrad... for at least the last 17 years!

Jun 15, 2015 10:43 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Conrad. If I was in the business, absolutely. For the homes that we flip, we use a regular lockbox.

Jun 15, 2015 07:16 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

We still use the old school mechanical ones in my market. 

Jun 15, 2015 03:05 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Not always. Some times an old school combo box is better protection, Even though with an electronic box it tells you they wer ethere, a compbo box wont let them in where the supr will when you dont want people goimg in and out without notice. 

Jun 15, 2015 10:27 AM