Touring a Property in Shifts . . . Is That What You're Saying?!?

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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."

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Oh, Carla~How you make me laugh!  Those darned humans. For years I've wanted to put that on a bumper sticker. Your last few lines really cracked me up. You could do real estate standup!

February 16, 2012 12:45 PM
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Carla ~ I'm a little confused....are you frustrated with this agent?  (wink, wink) lol  I love your rant!!  Agents like that live in their own little world.  But I have to give you kudos for your comment.  wouldn't you like to "convenience" a potential buyer as opposed to inconvenience a tenant!?  You think he would have gotten a clue then.

February 17, 2012 05:19 PM
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It's pretty common here with investment properties to make an offer "subject to viewing the property" so that only serious buyers will want to look and to not bug the tenants.  Sometimes it works, sometimes I think it is a big detriment to the seller.  Tenants are a tough situation, they often dont' have any motivation to show.....I also like your comment that Dawn reiterated as well. So did you show it and sell it? -Kasey

February 17, 2012 08:57 PM
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Carla - good grief!  Do they want to sell the thing or not?!  It would be nice if the listing agent could take a moment to leave a few notes.  Geez...

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wonder how the seller likes this "arrangement" the agent has with the tenants.   I talked to one of my sellers today.... told him tenants are pigs and must go.  we're taking it off the market until they are gone and repairs can be made. 

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Author Bio: Carla Muss-Jacobs is the Principal Broker/Owner of Buyers Agent Portland, LLC an Exclusive Buyer Agency representing Buyers in the Portland Metro real estate market since 1999.

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