One of the trends I see is both home owners and investors with tenant occupied properties, are selling their properties while values are high. The other trend i see is tenants who do not want to move, and do everything they can to hamper the sale.
I recently listed a duplex which was occupied by one long term tenant and a newer tenant, both which are "tenants at will". The leases were up and the owner had them on a "month to month" agreement now. The seller was older and he was ready to sell and enjoy retirement. I met the tenants and got a mixed welcoming. To limit disturbing the tenants we chose a two hour window to get all interested buyers in and requested highest and best offers. One tenant made their apartment spotless. The other told me they cleared a path so we can get in.
One tenant left so we could come and go freely. The other followed 6 inches behind us telling us how bad the apartment was every time a buyer came through.
At the end of the day i had 8 offers. The seller reviewed each with me. We chose the best offer and moved forward. The buyer who we chose wanted to close quickly. They asked my opinion "which tenant would keep and which would i get rid of." The answer was easy. One tenant was cooperative. One kept the apartment clean and respected the property and the owner. The other did none of the above. In the end the tenant who made it difficult for us, his was not offered a new lease. The moral of the story is to work with not against the owner and the Realtor.
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