There's nothing that surprises me in real estate anymore. This evening was no exception. After receiving a call from a buyer on a property they want to tour, I contacted the listing agent via email.
Keep in mind, there is a tenant in one of the units (it's a duplex) and one unit is vacant. There are ABSOLUTELY NO SHOWING INSTRUCTIONS ON THE LISTING SHEET.
This is what I received after I emailed the listing agent about showing the property:
"You can show the main floor unit using the RMLS lock box. The lower unit is occupied and shown by appointment if there is interest after viewing the main floor. I hope this works for you. Let me know if there are questions and the date you will show."
So I write email back:
"I'd prefer not have to go back twice, and without talking to the buyers, I suppose they would like to see both units at the same time as well. I realize the tenant is less inconvenienced by lookie-loo's that way. But, on the other hand, wouldn't you like to "convenience" a potential buyer as opposed to inconvenience a tenant!? "
REMEMBER, I don't have showing instructions on the listing sheet, only instruction to call LA. I have no idea about showing the property other than the above-communication thus far. He did write: "I hope this works for you. Let me know if there are questions . . . "
I EVEN USED A WINKY SMILEY FACE!!
This is what I got back:
"Sorry, thats the arrangement we have with the remaining tenant during these last few days of his tenancy. He will be out on the 23rd."
WHY COULDN'T HE JUST TELL ME THAT IN HIS REPLY TO MY ORIGINAL INQUIRY?!?
Why the cloak and dagger crap about "If you like the main floor unit , , , click your heels twice, blow the thistles off a dandelion, bow to Mecca, burn three candles to the Virgin Mary . . . and then you can see the lower unit."