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Monday, August 17, 2009

Are you buying a house or a mail order bride?

Not long ago I was working with a buyer who was interested in a very specific house. The house, a short sale, was tenant occupied.

My buyer wanted to see it as it sounded just like what she was looking for in a new construction home in Viera Florida. It had been on the market over a 1,000 days. The owner told me he could not schedule an appointment as the tenant would not cooperate.

His suggestion – have the buyer purchase unseen. Sounds a bit like the old west where the farmer on the great plains ordered himself a mail order bride! Eventually she showed up and “she” lived happily ever after!

But houses are not like brides and should rarely, if ever, be purchased site unseen. Relax, I am not advocating the purchase of brides either.

I rarely list properties that are tenant occupied. I choose to operate this way for a couple for reasons.

First, accessibility is often a challenge with tenants.

Secondly, tenants may not keep the property is “show” condition. Further they may just bad mouth or even exaggerate an issue. Or the neighbor who really is not a bad guy may end up being described as if he were a thief.

No, it is often easier to just wait and sell when vacant.

If you are considering selling or purchasing real estate in Brevard County, Florida, I would be honored if you contacted me. Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida.

Call me directly at 321-693-3850 or email me at agent@moving2brevard.com. Please visit my blog Florida Homes For Sale as well.

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