Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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No, never - thank goodness! What is WRONG with people stealing lockboxes?!

Feb 13, 2018 06:16 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
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That has fortunately never happened to me, given what those boxes cost. But I also never leave mine unattached... there's always some place I can attach them to.

Feb 13, 2018 02:09 PM
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I have never Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, 

Feb 13, 2018 04:13 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
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       I found a door knob with a lockbox on it in the closet of a new REO listing.  

Feb 13, 2018 03:41 PM
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Cathy Starkweather
La Rosa Realty, LLC. - Celebration, FL

I've had a key go missing from a lockbox once, but not the box. I always ask sellers for a back up key "just in case" the key magically disappears. We can get another key in the box again right away. If a seller doesn't want the lockbox on the front door, we find somewhere else - faucet on side of home, etc., to attach the box. I wouldn't entrust leaving a box without it being affixed to something. That's crazy someone took the door knob, they REALLY wanted your lockbox!!!

Feb 13, 2018 03:05 PM
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Barbara Todaro
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OMG...NO.... stop listing in the ghetto....

Feb 13, 2018 02:27 PM
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Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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I thought I did. The Agent gave the code to the buyer who removed it to place a contractors lockbox on the property. My lockbox was in the house.

 

Feb 13, 2018 01:51 PM
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I didn't know that was humanly possible, to be honest. Who steals something like that?  - Tim

Feb 13, 2018 01:40 PM
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Denise Copeland
Home Sales Palm Beach - Jupiter, FL
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I can't say that I've had that happen YET. In this business there's always the future. So I can say with confidence that it will be something to look forward to experiencing.

Feb 13, 2018 01:27 PM
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Mike Kelly,CRS,CIPS
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That's right up there with real dumb criminals. Probably a ups thief who grabbed it. I've had a few new home buyers who couldn't wait for me to come yank the box off and cut it with those monster bolt cutters. Morons! It's right up there with the stealing of my Rotary Club's "badge" box. We had them at the hotel in a closet/coat hanging area. We came in and someone had grabbed them. I can imagine the look on their faces--"Badges? Nothing but stinkin' Badges!!!" 

Feb 13, 2018 06:01 PM
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Roy Kelley
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Yes.

Feb 13, 2018 04:52 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
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Yes.  One of our agents borrowed a company lockbox and when the listing didn't sell, didn't go out and pick it up.  The new agent cut off the lockbox and threw it away. 

Feb 13, 2018 04:26 PM
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Yes, several times, they were all REO listings.

Feb 13, 2018 04:07 PM
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I have not.  

I have had keys taken by agents with condos listed in the same building. 

Feb 13, 2018 03:45 PM
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Abby Stiller
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No yet.

Feb 13, 2018 03:43 PM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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I had my lockbox, in fact the entire doorknob and handset, removed from the house, by some thugs sent by the bank, as part of foreclosure proceedings

It would have been nice if they'd have just called the name of the agent on the For Sale sign out front (me), and I would have happily let them into the house to put their own lockbox in place... without having to permanently damage the front door, and "disappear" my lockbox.

Feb 13, 2018 03:34 PM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
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yes and was a terrible experience that I don't want to think about.

Feb 13, 2018 03:17 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
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Once. The thieves cut it off, got into the home, turned off the alarm (that's how we knew somebody had given out the code) and stole the stainless steel appliances. From then on we have handled showings differently.

Feb 13, 2018 02:19 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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Yes but with REO's only, fixers. Keeps the competition out.

Feb 13, 2018 01:28 PM
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Joan Cox
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No, have not ever had this happen, that is pretty sad!  

Feb 15, 2018 07:46 AM
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Nope 26 years in and I've never lost a single one.

Feb 14, 2018 09:07 PM
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
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No. I've had them broken off. So glad we went to the electronic boxes.

Feb 14, 2018 08:27 PM
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Will Hamm
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Wow, Paul,  I never had that happen in 20 years.

Feb 14, 2018 11:04 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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*Knock on wood* Never.  I have had to remove bank boxes before... actually two weeks ago, from a house.  Bank no longer knew the combo as the boxes were many, many years old.

Feb 14, 2018 09:25 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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No.

Feb 14, 2018 09:08 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, I've had someon who was impatient and remove the door knob when they went home after the closing.

Feb 14, 2018 07:36 AM
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Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
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I had an agent who borrowed one of mine.  Then we parted ways and I got a notice the lockbox was on a new listing.  I went and got it and returned the key to the listing office with a note regarding the recovery of my property.

Feb 14, 2018 07:22 AM
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
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No, thankfully since they are quite costly.

Feb 14, 2018 06:50 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Yes twice in the last month.  Both REO's and 1 was the former owner who ripped off the lock and the other was a preservation company who decided they needed my lock box. I wrote about it a couple weeks back because it is happening more and more

Feb 14, 2018 05:44 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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A few signs, but never a key box.

Feb 14, 2018 05:43 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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No, never.

Feb 14, 2018 05:36 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Once.  They also broke into the occupied property!

Feb 14, 2018 05:08 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
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Most recently, the moving crew loaded the porch chair that had the lockbox on it into the truck and headed south.  UNREAL!   

Feb 14, 2018 04:47 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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Gone missing, yes

Feb 14, 2018 02:55 AM
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Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
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I have not. I use the electronic supra key which are very expensive. I would be very upset. 

Feb 14, 2018 02:16 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
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No.....but I use only supras, it is not easy to cut them off.

Feb 13, 2018 11:33 PM
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Bob Crane
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Hasnt happened to me but I do see plenty of agents who just set these on the porch trusting that no one will take it.

Feb 13, 2018 10:52 PM
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Sharon Kowitz
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No I haven't, why would someone steal a lockbox? Had to be kids!

Feb 13, 2018 10:37 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, -not yet!

Feb 13, 2018 10:14 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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I have had to whole doorknob disappear with my lockbox. That hasn't happened in a very long time.

Feb 13, 2018 09:50 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
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Nope. Sorry to see this is happening to you.

Feb 13, 2018 07:54 PM
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Carol Williams
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Good grief, Paul.  In 30 years that never happened to me but I never left it unattached to something unmoveable.  Removing the whole doorknob?  Can they do that from the outside? If it was an inside job (pun intended) you should be able to see who the last entrant was. 

Feb 13, 2018 07:51 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
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Nope. 

Feb 13, 2018 07:49 PM
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Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
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Oh my goodness!  Thankully no, I did have a hidden key that was removed from the lockbox right before the walkthrough dissapear once.  I did decide to hide it in the ground though so that was not a smart idea.

Feb 13, 2018 06:45 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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No but I learned not to put them on a chair on the front porch.

Feb 13, 2018 03:37 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I have lost two and it was on foreclosed property

Feb 13, 2018 03:09 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Never happened to me. Not so for signs. A lot of those went AWOL.

Feb 13, 2018 02:59 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Amazing... has not happened to me, but I had one break when it was on a door. It just stopped working. MLS said just "rip it off" the door handle; we'll replace. Had to ask hubby to bring his super tools to cut the lock off.

Feb 13, 2018 02:53 PM