If your home is for sale just how safe is it?

If your home is on the market you need to know the difference between lock boxes

One thing is for sure; when selling your home the easier it is for agents to show the property the better. The whole key is getting the right buyer through the front door and the fewer obstacles in their way the better. But when it comes to accessibility there are differences as to how agents can access the property and sellers should know the differences.

Essentially, there are two options for listing agents in our area who have the ability to put a lock box on a home for sale. One is the Supra lock box an electronic access dynamo and the other option is a combination lock box that comes in various quality levels. The combination box usage exploded during the real estate bubble as agents faced with large volumes of inventory figured out they could save money by using a much less expensive device. The use of these devices is widespread as you can see by the picture below that I snapped this week. There are a whole bunch of agents out there saving money.

Lock Box Photo

So what is the real differences in the two types of lock boxes and why should a seller care? Like everything is gets down to money as it is much more economical to purchase an inexpensive lock box than a Supra lock box. Only professionals licensed with the state of Florida should have access to the electronic keys that will allow them to access the Supra lock boxes. Anybody with a few numbers or letters has the ability to open the combination lock box. Anybody. There is absolutely no benefit to a combination lock box except it is less expensive. If I am selling a property and my representative is using one I want to know why.

But access is just one factor. The most important difference in my opinion is the ability to know who accessed the property using a Supra lock box. At any time you can “read” a Supra lock box to know who entered a property using their electronic key. I, for one, want to know who is entering homes that I am responsible for. In a situation where something goes wrong I want to know who I am going to call. I want to know who was in that property and what happened. I want those homes protected to the best of my ability and that just isn’t possible with a combination box. It is as simple as that. My clients deserve the extra security a Supra lock box provides them, their family and their belongings. Always interesting, always fun.

Fins up……..

Tom Priester
Principal Broker

Paradise Sharks Real Estate
Direct 561.308-0175


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Tom Priester

After spending years among the top individual performers at one of Palm Beach County’s largest and most successful real estate brokerages, Tom Priester knew there was another way to do real estate. A better way. Real estate services focused on the customer. Like the old days when the customer truly was #1. He tired of listening to why he should be going out to have his customers sign one sided buyers’ brokerage agreements. He tired of hearing how he should be selling customers why paying higher commissions, like 7% and 8%, was to their benefit. He tired of hearing how he should sell his clients on why they should be paying hundreds of dollars in additional “transaction fees”. The business had slid way too far from being focused on the customer. His customer. So he decided the time was right to be different…..by design. To start his own unique boutique real estate firm truly focused on his customers. They will now have access to a process focused on them. Only the best marketing techniques to sell their homes. No cutting corners. Commission structures based on his clients needs not his. Paradise Sharks was born out of Tom’s passion to return this business to the customer. Where it belongs. If you want a real estate experience that benefits you, just give Tom a call at 561 308-0175 or send him an e-mail at tom@paradisesharks.com. You can always pay more and receive less but that just would not make any sense. Would it?

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