Rental Fee + $100 Refundable Deposit Upon Return + Small Fee for Shipping
**Richmond, Williamsburg & New River Valley MLS systems will NOT permit combo boxes for agent access.
*Realtor Lockboxes are offered for Bright (Northern VA and Surrounding areas), Richmond, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach and surrounding areas)
***You must fill out the Sign/Lockbox Mail/Pickup request form so we can mail the lockbox - Shipping will be added to your credit card.
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Realtor Lockboxes - Look like a professional when selling your home.
Your home should look like all other listed properties.
Lockboxes make it convenient for agents to show your property.
The more convenient it is to show your home - the faster your home should sell.
The refundable deposit is refunded when home seller returns lockbox in Clean, Unmarked and Reusable Condition.
Failure to return lockbox means seller will forfeit ALL deposits.
All Lockboxes listed above are available for rental through For Sale By Owners Services.
DO YOU WANT A LOCKBOX ON YOUR HOME FOR SALE?
Realtor Lockboxes are strongly strongly recommended for homes listed for sale in the Realtor Multiple Listing.
Some Realtors call last minute and you can not always be there.
If an agent is pulling listings to show a buyer and it says NO Lockbox - many won't bother showing your home.
it is too much of a hassle to track down the seller and try to coordinate showing it.
The Realtor also does not want you there when they are showing the home. It is best to give them some space.
The Realtor Lockbox will keep track of who has been in your home and give Realtors Access when they need it.
WHAT ARE THE POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES OF EACH OF THE LOCKBOXES?
For Some MLS systems, you have the option of the Realtor lockbox or a Combo box.
The Realtor Lockbox CAN ONLY BE REMOVED FROM THE DOOR by an agent - which sometimes is a hassle if the property is sold by owner (see below - "IMPORTANT - READ below").
Use the ZIP TIE PROVIDED TO ATTACH THE LOCKBOX TO THE DOOR SO YOU CAN REMOVE IT FROM THE DOOR LATER. The buyer agent can take the key out of the lockbox on the day they come to do walk-through and give you the key (if your home is sold by an agent) or you can just mail the lockbox back to us and we just throw the key away.
This realtor lockbox is preferred by realtors since they don’t have to look up combos and it keeps track of who has been in your home.
IMPORTANT - READ - HOW TO REMOVE THE LOCKBOX:
Because you are selling your home For Sale By Owner with our Flat Fee Program, we do not come to the home to remove the lockbox for you so we offer the below suggestion.
Agents are the only ones that can remove a lockbox from your door, so we ALWAYS recommend clients use a Heavy Duty Zip Tie (hardware store) to put around the Hook of the Lockbox and zip tie to your doorknob or wrap a Bike Chain & Lock around a fence or rail and slide the lockbox on to that. This way if there is an issue with the box (batteries die, box malfunctions or when you have sold) – you can easily get the box off the zip tie with scissors or unlock bike chain. This is the only way you can get the box off your door to return to us. This prevents you from having to unscrew the doorknob to get the box off to return to us. If box is exposed to a lot of rain, you can push the hook of the lockbox through a bag and then put hook into lockbox so bag drapes over the box to prevent rain from hitting it direct. For Example Of Protecting Lockbox From Rain/Snow or Attaching to Door with Zip Tie, Click Here.
We do NOT return keys that are mailed to us in lockboxes. We just throw them away.
You will forfeit ALL your deposits if you fail to return the lockbox and you understand and agree you will be charged another $100 fee for us to find someone to get it if possible.
DO NOT PUT BOX WHERE IT WILL GET WET or SIT IN WATER
The second choice is a Combo Box that can be removed by you so you can send it back when your listing is sold.
Some sellers want agents to call before going to see the home (not just show up and walk in).
This is another advantage of the combo lockbox. You, the seller, give out the combo to the agent (this gives you control of when agents show up).
They will only know the combo if they speak with you. If the property is vacant or you don't care when agents show up - we can put the combo in the agent remarks so only agents see the combo.
Richmond, Williamsburg and New River Valley MLS systems do not allow combo lockboxes.
Let us know your preference. Please remember though - if we advertise that there is a lockbox on the door and an agent shows up and it is not there - they can turn us in.
We then get fined and therefore forward the fine to you. So whichever lockbox you select - remember it must stay on the door unless you notify us you are removing it and sending it back to us.
Be sure to let us know where the lockbox is so we can note it in the listing.
HOW CAN WE PREVENT A REALTOR FROM COMING INTO OUR HOME WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT?
We can note in the agent remarks of the seller's MLS Listing that seller must be called and an appointment set up prior to viewing the home.
Not all agents read the listing. We can also suggest placing a postcard on your front door near the lockbox stating the agent must have an appt and to not enter your home without one.
If you purchase ShowingTime - it requires the agent to call them before showing your home.
ShowingTime also eliminates the solications from agents wanting your listing, termite and moving companies, etc. (Check it out on our order page).
A deposit is required on all lockboxes and signs. The deposit is refunded when homeseller returns lockbox in Clean, Reusable Condition.
All deposits are forfeited if seller fails to return lockbox and signs and/or closing disclosure/ALTA prior to closing.
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