Last week, ARMLS began to send out our appointment times for us to switch out our old boxes for the new ones. The exchange will be 1 for 1 and should be fairly simple. Well, it will be simple as long as agents are diligent in updating the boxes quickly, and they make sure to identify which type of box is on which property during the transition. I hope all of our REALTOR friends will PLEASE make sure to pay attention and try to make this a painless process!
While the transition process can be a bit tricky, the new boxes really do seem a lot better. I had a chance to see the new Supra boxes this past week, and I think they are greatly improved.
The photos below show what the new boxes look like. Click either one to enlarge the photo. For the most part, the new Supra boxes look like the ones we are currently using until you put them side by side.
One of the biggest advantages to the new boxes is the fact that the key holders are much larger and are designed not to jam up if someone puts more than one key inside on a key ring. The key holders are now large enough to hold more keys, and they will accommodate a gate card or fob that we often deal with in some of the condominium complexes and gated communities around town.
While the size of the new lock box is much better, we all know that size in not the only thing to focus on. Effective use of the device is something else we look for, right? Right. Thankfully, the new lock boxes do not disappoint. The technology is much better than in the old boxes! I watched a demonstration of the new bluetooth technology that is built into the boxes, and it worked flawlessly with no need to even point the phone at the box. No more fobs needed, no more eKey to forget, or to remember that it needs to be charged before getting to a property. All you do is install the app and put in your code when you are at the property. The box will sense your bluetooth device, and you just touch the bottom of the box to remove the keys.
Yes, we have come a long way since the very first lock boxes I remember using. They had a sweet metal key that you put in to the side of the box. There was a tiny key holder and they were not exactly what we would call “smart” technology by today’s standards.
Agents, you were sent an email from ARMLS that tells you when you can exchange your lock boxes. Most of us will exchange our lock boxes at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 North Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201. Make sure you attend, or send someone to attend for you. You can use their exchange authorization form if needed.
Bonus tip: You might want to wait about a month before switching to the cool new bluetooth account. This will help ensure that you can get into all boxes during the transition, as the current ekey or fob will open both types of lockboxes, but the old boxes won’t open via bluetooth. The invoice for your lock box key access will be issued about a month after we make the switch, and it should make for an easier proration and transition.
I believe they said that the new bluetooth technology will be more affordable, too!