I hate to cancel listings and seldom do. But, sometimes there is are no other solutions.
The house that I had listed should (and would) have sold months ago – except that it had a tenant who didn’t want to move.
Instead of paying the market rate of $750- $800 per month they were paying a discounted rate of only $500. The owner discounted the rate to compensate for any inconvenience during showings and because they might have to move if the house was sold to an owner occupant.
So you can guess where this is going. The tenant did everything they could to make the home unappealing during showings and when that didn’t discourage prospective buyers they started refusing access.
I sat with the owner yester and listened to her call and schedule a showing for 11 am today. I verified with the owner that they had called again this morning to leave a message of confirmation. However, when I arrived the tenants claimed they had no knowledge that I was coming.
This is the 3rd showing they have sabotaged and that was it – no matter how much I like the seller and want to help her.
Maybe after the tenants find themselves evicted the property can be put back on the market – but with so many agents having horrible experiences trying to show the property it is going to be a tough sell.
- Lockbox On the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
- Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
- Open Access with a Phone Call – the seller allows showing with just a phone call’s notice.
- By Appointment Only (example: 48 Hour Notice) – Many out-of-town/state buyers and relocation buyers visit an area they would like to move to and only have the weekend to view homes. They may not be able to plan that far in advance or may be unable to wait the 48 hours to be shown the house.
- Limited Access (example: the home is only available on Mondays or Tuesdays at 2pm or for only a couple of hours a day) – This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.
- Hostile Tenant – Forget about it.