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