A while back, I was showing homes in a Cary, NC, neighborhood to clients. We spotted a sign and called in for an impromptu appointment to see the home. We got the appointment and the lockbox code.
The house was vacant. And the front door was open… A nice couple came out. The man said, “What should I do with the key?”
Me: “Uh… The lockbox, maybe?”
Him: “Well… It was over the door.” And he started to put it on the ledge over the door.
I said, “Hold on.”
He gave me the key, and after viewing the property, we decided to leave. I went to put the key into the lockbox, and… There was already a key in there. So I put the key over the door where the other feller apparently got it.
This was a Seller who bought a cheap listing in the MLS and apparently was turned loose by the negligent agent who took his money. Apparently the Seller kept a key over the door for his clientele, and one in the lockbox for Realtors. What an opportunity for a mess!
I have thought about it ever since, and I wonder who would get the call if something was stolen, broken, or otherwise damaged, or if the door was left unlocked. Would it be an unescorted, unregistered visitor, or a real estate agent who was unfortunate enough to be the last one registered to show the home?