Top 10 Reasons Not to List Your Home Until the Tenants Are Gone!

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Top 10 Reasons Not to List Your Home Until the Tenants Are Gone!

 

Messy TenantFor many home sellers, attempting to sell a tenant-occupied home can be a difficult task.  While  some tenants are exceptionally helpful and willing to do everything possible to assist you in selling your home, many of them will not.  If you are thinking of selling your tenant-occupied home, check out my top 10 reasons not to list your home until the tenants are gone.

 

  1. Tenants have no vested interest in the sale of your home.  Thus, it is of low priority to them.

 

  1. Tenant-occupied homes are NEVER "show-ready" when prospective buyers arrive.

 

  1. Buyers can be unforgiving.  If your home is not a show-place, agents must find another place to show.

 

  1. Tenants are often uncooperative with agents, which can prolong the sale of your home.  

 

  1. If showing your home is a difficult process, agents will simply move on to the next one.

 

  1. Tenants often restrict access to the property, which makes it difficult for your home to receive adequate showings.

 

  1. Tenants often restrict access to specific rooms in the house, which makes it difficult for buyers to make an informed decision.

 

  1. Tenants often refuse to leave so that prospective buyers can preview the home in private.

 

  1. Tenants often refuse access to the property for inspections.

 

  1. Tenants are always eager to share their living experience, thoughts, and opinions of the home with prospective buyers.  What will they say about your home?

 

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Interested in buying or selling real estate in Kingstowne, Alexandria, Lorton, Woodbridge or any of the surrounding areas in northern Virginia?  Contact me for assistance!  My expertise includes first-time home buyers, home sellers, luxury homes, short sales, foreclosures, divorce, and relocation.     

 Lisa Dunham

Lisa Dunham, MBA, CDPE, ePRO 
Keller Williams Realty Alexandria / Kingstowne
703-298-6546 (Mobile) 

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Bill Gillhespy
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Hi Lisa,  I'm laughing here,  no,  crying.  Just listed a nice duplex with a renter still in place.  He is having an " issue " with the seller.  Now the fun begins !

Nov 03, 2011 09:54 AM #87
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Michael J. Perry
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Is that guy in the photo also in his jockey's as he greets visitors ???*L* I think I've encountered all of these things !!!

Nov 03, 2011 10:41 AM #88
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Sandy Acevedo
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Hi Lisa, so true, you have nailed this one! The tenants, most likely are going to have to move if there is no lease in place, so it is best if they move out early in the process. The sale will go much smoother.

Nov 03, 2011 11:16 AM #89
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Joseph Foster
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Great advice!  Thanks for sharing!

Nov 03, 2011 12:59 PM #90
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Nancy Timberlake
RE/MAX By The Bay - Portland, ME
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I hate showing rented homes as 9 times out of10 it will be a mess when you take your clients through.

Nov 03, 2011 01:10 PM #91
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Lisa Dunham
Keller Williams Realty - Alexandria, VA
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Beverly, it must be wonderful to have tenants on the opposite end of the spectrum.  I have yet to encounter that situation, but I guess there is still hope! 

Nov 03, 2011 02:07 PM #92
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Lisa Dunham
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Steve, I bet you could give me 20 ... lol :-)

Nov 03, 2011 02:08 PM #93
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Lisa Dunham
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Michael, I "kinda" like the ole' guy in the photo as well ... :-)

Nov 03, 2011 02:09 PM #94
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Lisa Dunham
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Bob, I totally agree with you!  Thanks for the reblog!

Nov 03, 2011 02:11 PM #95
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Lorelei, poor you!  If your contract gets accepted you are definitely in for a ride!  Best of Luck! :-)

Nov 03, 2011 02:14 PM #96
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Yvette, I have yet to run across one of those clean, friendly, accommodating tenants.  If I do, I certainly will blog about the experience.

Nov 03, 2011 02:17 PM #97
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Lisa Dunham
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Bill, you are funny!  Brace yourself, you are in for a long, bumpy ride!  Best of Luck!

Nov 03, 2011 02:18 PM #98
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Michael, I am sure he is! ... LOL!

Nov 03, 2011 02:19 PM #99
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Lisa Dunham
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Thanks Sandy!  I agree that the process will be much smoother if the tenants move out before the process gets started.  It really is the best option.

Nov 03, 2011 02:21 PM #100
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Thanks Joseph and thanks for stopping by!

Nov 03, 2011 02:23 PM #101
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Lisa Dunham
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Nancy, ditto!  My feelings exactly....

Nov 03, 2011 02:24 PM #102
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Lisa congrats on the feature.   It is certainly a difficult task getingt a property shown with a tenant in place especially if leaving was not his or her idea.

Nov 03, 2011 11:24 PM #103
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Lisa Dunham
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Thanks Jennifer! It certainly is a difficult task and one that can certainly jeopardize a sale for quite some time.

Nov 04, 2011 08:12 AM #104
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Carla Harbert
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In EVERY instance where I had a tenant in a home, it sold AFTER the tenant was out. It really looked better empty than occupied, less hassles, etc.

Nov 07, 2011 03:56 PM #105
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Carla, I agree!  Waiting for the tenants to leave would be less hectic for all.  Plus, I am sure the house will show much better just as you indicated.  Thanks for stopping by!

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