.,. because I’m not calling you because I need or want a REALTOR, I just want to look at the house.
This always has been one of my favorite phone calls. Leave me a message asking for a lockbox code and there is a 50-50 chance you’ll never hear back from me, depending on whether I’m in the mood to have to explain how ridiculous the request is.
Let’s set aside the fact that you’re calling me because you need the absolute basic of my services even though you have no interest in anything other services – you know, the substantive stuff – that I can offer. (No, no … I don’t want to go through the drive-in window … just leave the Big Mac in an unmarked bag on the table outside the front entrance and we’ll all go our separate ways.)
The basic reality is most – not as many as should, but most – listings use the blue SUPRA electronic lockboxes that only can be accessed using an electronic key. There’s no code, just a roughly 1 x 2 keybox coded specifically to me with a unique PIN that opens these boxes.
Some agents have opted for the less expensive and less secure route and use combination lockboxes such as the ones that can be purchased at Home Depot for $10 or so. (They also can be defeated and stolen really, really easily but what is security when there’s money to save.)
Sure, I could give you the code … if it were my last day on the job. Here’s the fine structure from the Arizona Regional MLS for lockbox violations. They’re the stiffest fines issued by ARMLS:
First Violation – $500
Second and subsequent Violations – Minimum of $1000 up to a maximum of $15,000 and/or suspension from MLS and/or Lockbox system for a minimum of 30 days and up to a maximum of one year
Needless to say, as much as I like my clients and potential clients, I don’t like you that much.
Now, if you want to pay the fine plus the lost income during the time of my suspension that’s another story.