Showing Condo’s

The odds of a lockbox being unusually difficult to open vary directly with how pressed you are for time.

–Ross Kaplan

Q:  When is being on time, late?
A:  When you’re showing multiple condo’s in an unfamiliar building.

If you’re showing several condo’s in a building you don’t know, it’s always a good idea to allow another 5-10 minutes to figure out where to park, learn where the lockboxes are — then allow time to “crack” the one that’s one hundred years old (there will be alway be at least one, especially if you’re running late).

Fortunately today, I got there 10 minutes early — then needed 9 minutes to wrestle with an especially uncooperative lockbox.

Note to listing agents:  don’t do that. 

Instead, spend $30 and get a new, manual lockbox.

Or spend $100 and put an electronic lockbox on your listing.

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.
1 Response
  1. Ross, great article. Can’t count how many times this has happened to me. I started only using the electronic boxes a few years ago, but it still gets frustrating when other agents don’t. I buy used lock boxes now because they are way cheaper (especially when you have a bunch of listings at one time) and work just as well.

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