Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington selling a home with tenants living in it is always a challenge.

It's a great idea to give them some incentives and build relationship with them to cooperate for showings.

Nov 28, 2015 03:54 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Give them "skin" in the game and the problem goes away

Nov 28, 2015 04:54 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

It is and always was a problem.

Nov 28, 2015 03:57 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I have then let the owner know ASAP.  An Attorney was contacted and after 30 more days they moved. 

Nov 28, 2015 10:10 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Yes, and in those cases, I leave it up to the seller to rectify the situation. If the seller does not, I cancel the listing.

Nov 28, 2015 09:58 PM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Yep, it happens all the time! We pay them if it sells while they are there and they allow showings. Well, not we-the owner pays incentives.

Nov 28, 2015 09:22 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes........dealing with tenants can be a headache. The problem in CA, LL is not as protected as a tenant...

Nov 28, 2015 01:35 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Of course

Nov 28, 2015 12:06 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Oh yes and have had them tell me I am mean and should consider that they will be out in a few weeks and not bother them while they are still paying rent.

Nov 28, 2015 10:53 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

in my opinion... i try to not have tenants and try to sell. they dont mix well. get them out and then sell. or if your flipping a rented property with an existing lease, sell to an investor

Nov 28, 2015 09:52 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

My company manages over 80 properties. Some of them are listed for sale. Yes we have had tenants that will make it as difficult as possible to show the house. 

Nov 28, 2015 08:18 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Here in DC, the landlord tenant rules are heavily tilted in the tenant"s favor.  I always suck up to the tenant, because they have the ability to make it impossible to get a listing sold.

Nov 28, 2015 08:06 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes renters are a pain in the cooperation department.

Nov 28, 2015 05:21 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

If the tenant would love to buy the home, but can't qualify, especially.

Nov 28, 2015 05:20 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the path of least resistance is to give them notice and get them out before selling.... every tenant is afraid of being given notice to leave....

Nov 28, 2015 03:36 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, many tenants don't really cooperate with showings.

Nov 28, 2015 03:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Yes indeed! And that's why I recommend to my sellers not to list until the tenant has moved out. I don't need to "test." Every time a tenant says no to a showing I'm automatically notified by showing time.

Nov 28, 2015 11:22 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Unfortunately yes.  We once sold a short sale sight unseen as the tenants would not allow anyone to enter.  That was an interesting, down to the wire, hail mary - but we got it done!  Not recommended!

Nov 28, 2015 10:56 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Sunday morning Paul. I have done several investment inspections here lately. Many of the properties are in poor repair and the folks live in squalor.

Nov 28, 2015 05:19 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Paul, as someone who has been exclusively investment homes for quyite a while the big problem is when the investor wants to sell when a renter doesn't want to leave. Normally we offer a rent reduction to get same day showing.

Nov 28, 2015 10:37 AM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

Sometimes I do find renters that are maybe a little hostile.  Unfortunatly its their home for now and I have to work around them. Just recently I listed a home with a hostile renter who absolutely refused to let anyone into his home. The home expired and we will relist the home after the renters lease has expired and hes gone. Other than refusing to let his  part of the home be shown he was a good tenant. 

Nov 28, 2015 09:06 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

When listing a home with tenants, before we even start showing i like to meet the tenants with the landlords introduction. I find most problems lay with those homes where the tenant will have to move when it sells

Nov 28, 2015 06:49 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

If they don't want to risk having a problem getting their security deposit back, and they want to use the owner as a positive reference for their next rental, they will usually cooperate. But there are always some that will be a pain no matter what. The owner should be first to contact them about cooperating with showings if terms in lease allow showings. Agents can do some things to help like offer to help find them a new rental (unless owner says they are always a pain to deal with). And showing agents need to be sure thay are following show instructions.

Nov 28, 2015 06:39 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I use a carrot and stick approach, bribe them with a bonus if it sells, and it they do not cooperate they get an eviction warning and notice.

As far as fairness of those laws, I have not heard of a state that subscribes to that philosophy yet.

Nov 28, 2015 05:45 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No. Most of the tenants will cooperate if there is a clearly written lease and resposive management.

Nov 28, 2015 04:30 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Unfortunately in our market, for Realtors we don't do a lot of rentals, so I can't share any thoughts. 

Nov 28, 2015 03:51 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Not my listings. Often the offer is made w/o viewing.... Investors have good idea how much it is going to cost to renovate inside. Owner who want to occupy hesitate because they do not understand what they are getting into.


Nov 28, 2015 03:44 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I work with my sellers to establish clear rules and expectations that they communicate to their tenants. We usually include some incentive for keeping the property in good showing condition and being flexible about schedules. Never "tested" any tenants but we are present for most showings and have told the owner when a tenant is hurting the sale process. One went through with an eviction but most get the message and comply.

Nov 28, 2015 03:40 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington Some tenants do forget what they signed up to in their lease when it comes time for the owner to sell.

Nov 28, 2015 03:39 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - It ads a whole other dimension when the home being sold has tenants. Never an easy road.

Dec 01, 2015 01:12 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

When possible, it's best to have a tenant vacate the property before it is available to be shown whether it's for sale or for rent --- tenant occupied homes(and I know there are exceptions) have issues whether it be availability or appearance.

Nov 29, 2015 12:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

This is the very reason I want nothing to do with rentals! 

Nov 29, 2015 12:05 AM