REAL ESTATE - REO
Residential / Commercial
Foreclosed / Distressed
During the trying economic times of the past
several years I have been called upon by several different real estate brokers
to assist them with various tasks involved in the REO arena.
The tasks that I am intimately familiar with and capable of helping you provide
service to your clients include:
||Gain entry, re-key locks, secure garage
doors (if any) with padlocks, install contractor /
broker lock boxes as desired. Post notices conspicuously
front and rear
||Engineer contact with occupants and start
discussions on vacating the premises, including
Cash-For-Keys negotiations if needed or desired.
| Document Status
||Photograph multiple views of exterior of the
property, photograph multiple views of each room on the interior,
take measurements of all rooms, document and report any damages or
other conditions that would constitute a deviation from normal.
Document and report status of utilities. Renaming photographs so as
to identify rooms and entering all documents into the computer and
producing a single report in the form of a PDF file. A separate file
of photos can be made available as well.
||Engage in discussions with occupants as to amicable
departure plans and engage in Cash For Keys negotiations. Execute
CFK documents and tender payment to occupants as long as the
premises is in an acceptable condition of cleanliness.
|Trash-out / Storage
property having apparent value and undamaged furniture is to
be carefully packaged and removed to a storage facility as
designated by the broker, agent, or designated property
|Obvious trash &
|| Eliminate all trash, food, clothing,
human / animal waste, broken furniture, etc. to render
premises into a "broom clean" condition, Transport trash and
garbage away from the premises and legally dispose of trash
and garbage at a waste disposal facility.
|| document and report any instances of
damages or work necessary to return property to saleable
condition especially any "new" damages that may have
occurred since the occupancy check or the CFK negotiation /
transaction. Especially important are water leaks and any
indication that copper thieves have been targeting a
premises for electrical wiring or plumbing piping or
plumbing fixtures. Anything appearing to be criminal damage
should be reported to the police immediately.
||Sometimes it is necessary or desirable to board up
windows and / or doors. I am ready, willing, and able to provide
reasonable quotes for materials and labor to effect the completion
of these board-up tasks in accordance with the HUD requirements that
define type of lumber, thickness, fastener sizes, etc.
** In the past I have been
instructed by certain brokers to board up properties using
materials and fasteners that would not comply with the HUD
requirements for securing a vacant property and I simply will not
permit any sub-standard work to be performed on my jobs
simply because I am given an unrealistically low budget.
||Perform all cleaning activities necessary to render
the premises into a sale ready condition including "spic-n-span" the
kitchens and bathrooms, vacuum clean carpets, shampoo dirty carpets
as necessary, perform dusting in all areas, replace batteries in
smoke / CO2 detectors, clean and check operation of all appliances
(as much as utilities allow), furnace, air-conditioner, ensure that
the garage is in a clean condition.
|Schedule an initial cleanup of landscape and
grounds together with a designated follow-up schedule for
maintaining the lawns, foliage, fencing, and outbuildings in a
secure and orderly fashion.
I understand that some brokers prefer to do some of these tasks
personally and have personal preferences as to how various of these tasks are to
be performed. I am completely capable of managing each broker's projects in a
manner consistent with their preferences. I am usually able to negotiate a flat
rate for most routine services (occupancy check, re-keys, photos, etc).
Obviously trash-outs, sale-cleans, and initial landscaping would necessarily be
I have several associates and contacts capable of
performing these tasks and have a privately owned U-Haul truck at my disposal
for any moving and storage or trash-out operations as well as a generator,
wires, and lighting that will enable my staff and I to conduct these
operations regardless of utility status. The only caveat is that we may have to
negotiate with a close by neighbor to acquire running water if necessary for
clean-up operations. .
master-keying*, lock repairs, strike adjustments,
installation of locks and deadbolts, opening of businesses when locked out. I
also design and install access control systems including electric strikes,
magnetic locks, electronic key-pads, card readers, CCTV systems and more.
One little example of my work - retrofit of
a malfunctioning lock with a Simplex / Unican 7014 mechanical combination lock http://locksmithcharley.com/ssunican.html
I also have access to HIGH SECURITY locks
for your business - CLICK HERE for
more information on HIGH SECURITY locks.
*If you are interested in the subject of keys stamped "do not
duplicate" and information on the thoughts of someone involved in
institutional locksmithing you might want to read a personal position paper by Don O'Shall called:
"Do Not Duplicate" and the Institutional Locksmith
(Microsoft Word format) (PDF
RESIDENTIAL / REAL ESTATE / COMMERCIAL QUOTES
I frequently get calls from customers wanting me
to give them an "EXACT" quote to re-key their home or business.
is frequently very difficult to impossible to do because much of the time the
caller is in a big hurry for a quick answer OR
the customer may not be at the premises they want a quote about so they are
unable to look at the locks and give me specific
answers to my specific questions.
Question: How much is it to re-key a house?
Answer: MOBILE SERVICE FEE*
+ (Quantity of KEYHOLES or
CYLINDERS X per cylinder cost) +
keys + tax = Total Re Keying Cost.
|A doorknob or
lever handle may have
keyholes (passage or privacy function)
entry or storeroom function)
TWO keyholes (usually commercial
|A deadbolt will be either:
(1) a single cylinder
with ONE keyhole outside and a thumb-turn on
(2) a double
cylinder with TWO keyholes, one
inside and one outside.
Therefore a door with a knob or lever and a
deadbolt may have 1, 2, 3, or 4 keyholes on that door.
If someone has installed more locks on the door the number of keyholes is unpredictable.
For most common residential and commercial (not
high security) lock services
my charges are as follows:
$12.50 / cylinder
||Re-key cylinder with an existing
working key present.
|RKWO (re-key w/o key)
$17.50 / cylinder
||Re-key cylinder with no existing
working key or control key present.
||Open Locked door to gain access.
$20.00 / lock
||Remove old lock and install new lock
on previously prepared door. (Customer provided hardware
or extra charge for locksmith provided hardware)
$ 2.50 /
||Most common keys, KW1, KW10, SC1,
SC4, Weiser, Weslock, Dexter, Master, Defiant, Brinks,
*MOBILE SERVICE FEE
- This fee varies depending on a variety of conditions.
Minimum is $55.00. If you
need help after hours or at some extended distance my specific
mobile service fee can be quoted on the phone at that time.
Outside the 101 loop is a minimum of $10.00 more with the
exception of the Tempe / Mesa area where I am presently living.
ABOUT UN-REALISTICALLY LOW SERVICE FEES
Please note that advertisements for
unrealistically low service fees such as
$19.00, etc are typically
published by the CRIMINAL
SCAMMERS that are masquerading as locksmiths and
defrauding consumers many times daily throughout our nation.
If you think about it you will realize that anyone operating a
$10,000-$20,000 service vehicle consuming $3.50+/gallon
gasoline, carrying literally thousands of dollars of equipment
and inventory being willing to spend at least 1/2 hour driving
to your location do those really low prices have any chance of
being realistic? Absolutely NOT! Its called "BAIT
AND SWITCH" and is illegal everywhere in our great
Anyone with any questions about commercial lock work or any other aspect of
locks, keys, security, etc is encouraged to e-mail me at mailto:charley@LocksmithCharley.com
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