There’s a new look to keyboxes.
The Northwest Multiple Listing Service has announced that brokers and Realtors within the 23 Washington counties the service covers are using a new technology to secure house keys.
The new keybox, manufactured by Supra of Salem, Oregon, operates using Bluetooth technology. MLS members, according to a recent release, “can use their Bluetooth-enabled smartphones to access properties using Bluetooth’s wireless technology or infrared signals, without needing additional hardware.”
The keyboxes, some 90,000 in total within the MLS footprint, allow brokers “to simply point and beam their electronic key to interact with the keybox and related systems.”
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An online data record is created whenever a new keybox is opened “so the listing broker can obtain real-time information about showings, including the name of the colleague who entered the home and the date and time of the showing,” the agency stated.
The new keyboxes, like the older models, are attached to a doorknob or other secure place where they can be opened by authorized brokers and appraisers.