Well, we thought we had handled this problem. We met with the city commission a few months ago and explained why we as REALTORS can not be held responsible for the weeds and yard work needed in vacant properties. However is seems that another attempt has been made to attack us as a group: Alamogordo City Commission Opinion in the local newspaper.
We continually make an effort to make our clients aware of the condition of their yards and properties. This includes but is not limited to, yard work, exterior condition, interior condition, windows, doors, garage, roof, trees, etc. The condition of the property can affect the sale of the property, and that is our main objective, sell the property. For some reason the city commissioners feel that if the weeds are grown up in a vacant property we have not tried to contact the owners. They fail to realize that sometimes the owners do not care about the upkeep of their properties. Sometimes the owners are banks and repo companies that will not care for their properties. Sometimes we just can't get them to do anything! We have no way of making the owners pay for upkeep or maintenance on their properties. The city, however, has a means to place a lien on the property after the work has been done and then the bill has to be paid before title can be transferred. DUH! Doesn't this make more sense than degrading and alienating REALTORS?