Continuing Kathleen and mine favorite topic: Sales prevention issues, or things we notice when looking at properties, Sales Prevention Program #82: They Can’t Get In is a sales prevention program.
If an agent can’t get in to show the home or condo, how in the world can it be sold? The process that works is to have a Supra Lock Box, or key box easily accessed in front of the residence. This key box should provide all agents the necessary to enter the home. The Supra key box records what agent entered the home, and at what time. A notice is sent to the listing agent with the ability to copy the notice to the home owner.
Recently I have seen these sales prevention instances.
One doesn’t want to confuse an agent. So how about putting clear identification on the lock box, which condominium the lock box belongs to. It’s bad at Canyon Road Towers, it’s a horrible situation at Parc Gateway. Its unbelievably bad there, so bad it isn’t worth showing the units where figuring out the lock box is a waste of time.
I had an occasion at the Metro Condominiums where no key matched the house. Some careless agent had put back the wrong key in the box. There were five units for sale there, what a mess. That could be alleviated to a great degree by going to the effort of adding a simple identification ring with a number on it. They cost about .35 cents at Glens Keys.
I have gone to listings where there was a key box, but where it was empty. Figure that one out.
Recently I had to call an agent, fortunately he answered his phone, to inquire where the key box was. The answer, “Oh, its out in back, attached to the gas meter”. Great, the gas meter was covered by a large plant.
Whatever your situation is, it might be wise to see if your agent, for some silly reason, has joined the Sales Prevention Item #82 club.
Larry Cragun Windermere Real Estate
Salt Lake City Residential & Condominium Professional