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Supra Theft leaves homeowners Supra mad

As you can see from my previous post, I was in Seattle last week.  It was a great week at the Zillow headquarters, getting together with the sales team and meeting the new VP of Sales. 

While I was watching TV one night, a local news story caught my attention.  Thieves were breaking open Supra boxes (which apparently isn't that hard to do), getting the keys to unoccupied homes, and stealing possessions.  Yikes!  There have been quite of few of these types of thefts in the area lately. 

One of the ways agents are trying to protect themselves and the homeowners from this is by doing a better job of hiding the lock box on the premise. 

In Chicago, lock boxes aren't nearly as common, so hopefully this is one less type of crime we have to worry about.   I remember when I bought my first house in Chicago, I was amazed that the use of lockboxes wasn't a more common practice.  In today's busy times getting a homeowner , selling agent, home buyer, and buying agent to all find a time that works for everyone to show a house can be very difficult.  I know for a fact that there were houses that we wanted to see but never did because the listing agent couldn't meet us at the time when we wanted to see a house.  Yes, from a listing agent's perspective it was nice to be there and be able to tell your sales story.  But if you couldn't be there, it is a disservice to the home buyer and the home seller to forego the showing altogether. 

Maybe you could use a lock box as a back-up?  Just make sure you hid it underneath the second bush in the backyard. 




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Comment balloon 4 commentsSara Bonert • April 02 2007 06:08PM


Isn't that why we have these *&%#%&^*()  pieces of junk???   Because they are supposed to offer so much security???

Ha! ! ! 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 13 years ago


Had not heard of this before......Hope this doesn't start happening here. Use them all the time.

This is not great news. Where there any comments from the real estate company or Supra?





Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) about 13 years ago
Hmm. Missed that local news story. But I think that the advantage of convienence outweighs the infrequent break in. In today's "I want it immediately" world, I couldn't imagine not showing a home to someone because the listing agent couldn't/wouldn't show it to us.
Posted by Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale (www.roundrealestate.com) about 13 years ago
I couldn't find the actual news story that I heard, but I did find this blog post on the popular seattle blog site raincityguide.com  http://www.raincityguide.com/2007/02/01/yet-more-vacant-property-theft-news-in-the-puget-sound-area/
Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 13 years ago