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Name a Realtor active around the City Lakes, and I’ll tell you what their favorite lockbox combination is (I could . . . but I won’t.)


Although it may not be so smart from a security standpoint, it’s actually common practice for veteran Realtors to pick a standard lockbox combo — at least for their mechanical lockboxes — and stick to it.

That’s because an established Realtor can easily have 8-10 simultaneous, active listings.

Common Sense & Trade-Off’s

Having 8-10 corresponding, unique codes complicates placing and collecting all those lockboxes (imagine having that many passwords).

It’s also more logistically complicated to share unique codes with clients, who will often use the lockbox themselves to let contractors or others gain access while they’re prepping for market, or even after they’re for sale.

Which is another reason why mechanical lockboxes have (some) advantages over the electronic kind: for one, the latter require a “smart key,” which only licensed Realtors typically have.

Personally, I think common sense and practical considerations are fine; I don’t necessarily see a problem with a “standard” code, so long as it’s not the Realtor’s initials or something else obvious.

(And you can surmise from how prevalent the practice is, that no one’s been “bitten” — yet — by doing it.)

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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