Thinking I'm going to BURY my next lockbox....

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Arts

My back aches, and blood rushes to my head.

Pounding pressure in my temples

And, my glasses are trying to slip off my face...

And, I can't see the combo dial.

But at least it is raining, so my skin isn't drying out.

Hoping that electrical conduit is sound, and the GFI is operable,

Regretting holding 20 sheets of paper while trying to dial.

Resisting putting my knee down on the wet sidewalk,

But maybe I need to belly crawl to sneak up on this baby.

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And... I'm inspired

I'm going to BURY my next lockbox,

BURY it. Pour concrete over it.

Electrify it.

Behind the jagged holly bush

Under the leaky downspout

Next to the aromatic garbage bin

Preferably where there is an overhanging something

For agents to bump their heads on

To knock their glasses off

Yep that's it.

But... But...

But, all in all, it was a good day showing homes!

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Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Fred,

It is common in this neighborhood, as there are few places to put the lockbox.

Mar 06, 2011 11:05 PM #13
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Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor
Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824

Mike,  I've had to pick them up buried in the dirt.  Amazing, isn't it?

Mar 06, 2011 11:15 PM #14
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Brenda Whitman
CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center, Inc., Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Associate Broker, Laramie, Wyoming

Too, funny!  Reminds me of one I came across just like it only on an outdoor water spigot that was right above a sidewalk.  At the time I found it inconvenient but at least it wasn't likely to electrocute me!  Thanks for the laugh!

Mar 06, 2011 11:17 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Elyse,

All I can say is, it truly was a cute home!

Brenda,

We had one on a spigot today, but the homeowner was there and let us in to view.  At least the spigot was waist high.

Mar 06, 2011 11:18 PM #16
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Todd Clark
Keller Williams Realty - Beaverton, OR
Broker - Beaverton, Oregon Real Estate Expert - (503) 524-9494

I've been seeing more and more close to the ground rather than on the door with a protective foam behind it to protect the door.

Mar 07, 2011 12:46 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393

Hi Mike --- this is a classic!   I showed a house with the lockbox on a fence at a condo complex---not too low, not too high on the fence but right next to a large barking dog who could easily fit his head through the fence --- first I think it was too big per HOA rules and what were they thinking hanging the lockbox in that location? 

Mar 07, 2011 12:47 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Carla Harbert
www.LorainCountyHomeSales.com - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Yes, some agents get "creative" of "where" to put the lockbox - but on an electrical line? Not too smart! Wow....

Mar 07, 2011 06:49 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Todd,

At least it was accessible without stepping into mud or a flower bed.

Michael,

Maybe they bought the dog to protect the lockbox?

Carla,

To be fair, I only saw one other better alternative, and it would have required a chain.

Mar 07, 2011 07:39 AM #20
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Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

I've seen lock boxes in some strange places, and cursed at a few!  I envy your sense of humor, perhaps that's why it was a great day!  Attitude is everything!

Mar 07, 2011 08:16 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Laura,

Thanks!
Attitude is indeed everything!  I had a little fun writing this, but truly, the inconvenience was minor.

Mar 07, 2011 08:22 AM #22
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Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Mike ~ That was sooo funny ~ Now your next blog should be where is the funniest place you found a lockbox ~ The trek to find the lockbox ~

Mar 07, 2011 08:38 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Frank and Karen,

Maybe I will find that story this week....

Mar 07, 2011 08:52 AM #24
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Scott Warga
ACSI American Construction Specialists & Investigations - Gilbert, AZ

I had a home inspection the other day and the agent gave me the CBS code for the Supra box.

I arrived and found a lock box on the security door, the code didn't work.

I opened the security door and saw another lock box, the CBS code didn't work

I went to the side of the home and there was a lock box on the gas meter and another on a hose bib.

The CBS coded didn't work on either of those either.

Frustrated I called the agent and told him the code did not work on any of the boxes.

He asked if I tried the box on the water heater gas line in the closet on the north side of the home.

$%#! Why didn't I think of that?

Mar 07, 2011 02:31 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Scott,

LOL

That is a TON of lockboxes....

Mar 07, 2011 03:28 PM #26
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Mike, I really have to wonder how many midgets (sorry they prefer little people) are licensed in your district?

Mar 07, 2011 04:04 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Steve,

I am sure it is an under-represented demographic.

Mar 07, 2011 04:12 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Some of us are vertically challenged and I"ve had one on a light fixture that I couldn't reach.  I think a giant put it up,

Mar 07, 2011 04:23 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Team,

Not my listing, although I could see it happening in a semi-conscious moment....  =)

Mar 07, 2011 04:38 PM #30
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Denise Roberts
New Colony Properties, LLC - Pinehurst, NC
e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area

Mike - I can not believe that you guys don't use the Supra Lockboxes up there???  If I don't have a place to put the lockbox, I have posts with special hooks for hanging the lockbox....and I just plant those in the ground near the front door.  Funny Post!!! 

Mar 07, 2011 07:15 PM #31
Rainmaker
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Denise,

We have been hearing rumors of Supra for a year or so, but nothing yet.  We really do owe a better level of security to our Sellers, though.

Thanks!

Mar 07, 2011 07:25 PM #32
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