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SentriLock's BlueTooth® REALTOR® Lockbox

SentriLock - Your Secure Lockbox Solution

 

The SentriLock Bluetooth® REALTOR® Lockbox provides ironclad security for your clients’ most valuable investment. It still gives you and those you designate quick and easy access into the property. The lockbox in combination with the SentriKey® Real Estate app is a powerful combination for your business.

Get Connected

The SentriLock Bluetooth® REALTOR® Lockbox features Bluetooth® technology that directly connects to the app and gets you and your client into the home quickly. As soon as the SentriLock Bluetooth® REALTOR® Lockbox is opened, you will receive a notification through the app that someone is entering the property.

You’ll Love the App

Functions such as accessing the key, releasing the shackle, and assigning to a property can be performed with accessing the SentriKey® Real Estate app. Accessing a property has never been so easy.

No Cell Coverage? No Problem

Thanks to Bluetooth® connectivity, you still have immediate access to the home when you’re out of cell service range. It’s perfect for those listings in areas that have spotty or non-existing cell service.

It’s Never Under the Weather

The SentriLock Bluetooth® REALTOR® Lockbox is designed to withstand just about anything, including the weather. Clever engineering makes this lockbox more weather resistant than ever before. Our lockbox also features a battery life that will blow others away. And if you need to change batteries, it can be done using the app and a new battery kit.

 

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