I’m not sure why your real estate agent listed your house for sale without insisting on a lockbox. It was a foolish move.
You see, Dear Seller, I was in your neighborhood the other day, showing a lovely home to a beautiful couple. It was the last one for the day. We had already been all over the county looking at houses, but I spotted your house down the street. I pointed in your direction.
I commented to my buyers how well-kept your house is. How it looks like it might appeal to them since it is so well maintained and is “just the right size.” I asked them: “Hey, since we’re here, would you like to see that house?”
They liked the neighborhood, and so they said “Okay.” I told them I would have to call the listing office to make sure we could see it. It didn’t look like anyone was home so we probably wouldn’t be disturbing anyone.
I called your real estate agent’s office and the secretary said she had to call you and make sure it was okay. THEN she told me I’d have to drive ALL THE WAY BACK to the OFFICE to pick up the key.
Oh, no, no! Please don’t say there is no lockbox on that house! Why ever NOT? Electronic lock boxes are secure, safe, and most importantly, make it easy for agents to SHOW your home. If they can’t SHOW it, they can’t SELL it!
Furthermore, your secretary wasn’t able to get in touch with you to get your permission (but didn’t you agree to showings when you listed your house?) I told my buyers that maybe you’d call back in the next few minutes and give us the green light to see your house.
They were growing impatient though, as I explained that we’d have to take 15 minute trip downtown to pick up your key, and of course it would be another 15 minute trip back. They pondered this, as well as the ADDITIONAL 15 minute trip BACK AGAIN to RETURN the key to your agent’s office…and then of course, they considered their hour-long trip back home.
At this, almost ten minutes since my initial call to your agent to see if we could see your house, they said:
“Oh, Karen…we’re tired. We don’t want to drive back downtown then come back up here again. It’s okay. Forget it…we don’t need to see it. Let’s just call it a day.” And that’s what we did.
This, Dear Seller, is the sad story of how I wanted to show (and possibly sell) your house, because it looked so inviting from the street, but you and your agent (who didn’t insist on a lockbox and easy showings) wouldn’t let us in.
And that is really, really sad.