Real Insight
by Craig Levine 

Question: 
I'm considering listing my home for sale but am reluctant to put a lockbox on it. Do I really need one?

Kyla - Smyrna

Answer: 

If you want to sell your house for the highest amount possible, then you will certainly need to have a lockbox placed on it by your realtor. In order for your agent to get you top dollar, he/she will utilize various marketing techniques to attract wide interest in your home. If a purchaser wants to see your home, it typically needs to be at his convenience. However, on occasion, you or your listing agent will not be available to let the purchaser into the home. If there wasn't a readily available means to get that purchaser into your home when he wanted to see it, he could potentially lose interest or find another home in the interim. What the lockbox does is gives the purchaser and his agent the ability to preview your home at their convenience. Neither you, nor your agent needs to be present.

You might ask if it's safe to have a lockbox on your home? Nowadays, it is very safe to have a lockbox on a home. They are very secure from the general public and are only accessible by licensed real estate agents. Most agents have what are called lockbox keys, which funny enough, really aren't keys at all but are black boxes with a computer chip in it. The lockbox key communicates with the lockbox and tells it to open when the agent enters his/her secret code correctly. The key compartment which houses the keys to the home are then made available for entry. If there were ever any problems with a showing of your property, the listing agent could "read" the lockbox to find out who has been through the home recently. Circumstances like this are rare and few and far between. So if you're going to put your home on the market, give your agent the ability to market the property to its fullest extent. Put a lockbox on it.

Having been licensed since 1994, Craig Levine brings to your real estate deal a world of experience, cutting-edge technology, negotiating savvy, and exemplary service. With Century 21 in Atlanta, Craig was the #2 agent in the #1 office in Georgia in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001! He repeatedly received Century 21's highest honor, The Centurion Award, in each of these years. In 2002, Craig joined Re/Max Greater Atlanta, the Nation's #1 Re/Max office. Additionally, Craig got licensed in Florida to bring his arsenal of skills and resources into the Emerald Coast's 2nd Home and Investment market. Now, he wants to put his talents to work for you! Craig is an avid boater, golfer, traveler, biker, and reader. He has written for numerous print magazines including The Seasonal, The Gazette, Cobb Living, Cobbonline, The Cobb Times, Atlanta Nation, Cherokee Nation, North Fulton Nation, Gwinnett Nation, The Southeast Business Journal, Lake Lanier Herald, Revue and News, John's Creek Herald, Forsyth Herald, North Atlanta Business Post, as well as various online real estate related web sites. Craig is also frequently quoted in Georgia Realtor Magazine, Florida Realtor Magazine, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Please visit all of his award-winning web sites: CraigSellsHomes.com, MyDestinHome.com, AtlantaHomesAtlantaRealEstate.com, AtlantaForeclosures.net, EchoMill.com, and AtlantaMansions.net