Noel Nicholl, Home Buyer in Pagosa Springs, CO

We have rented our home for 3 years. The landlord lives 4 hours away and listed the property for sale with a local broker in June. There have been

Asked by Noel Nicholl, Pagosa Springs, CO Sat Jul 6, 2013

many showings and it is becoming exhausting to present a spotless property and carry on our life routine. Can the days it is available for viewing be specified instead of nearly every day?
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Joe and Lisa LaMastra’s answer
Hi Noel,

I understand how it can be tiring to present a nicely maintained home for viewings. There really isn't a hard and fast "rule" about when it can be shown, but a rule of thumb is that a tenant receive advance notice, often 24 hours. There should be something in your lease that addresses that - if not, contact the owner and clarify. Perhaps you could come to a compromise as to what is expected of you for showings.

Unfortunately, in that you live in a tourist town, many potential buyers are here for a short window of time and often, we have folks drop in who have one day to view properties. I've had buyers walk in and want to see a property "now". Being that some are occupied and an owner/tenant has the right to some courtesy, more often than not, a call will be made to see if it's showable. It's just the nature of how it is here in Pagosa.

I hope this was helpful and gives you some direction. Best wishes.

Lisa LaMastra, Jim Smith Realty, 970-426-1377
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Noel,

Renting a home while it is on the market for sale can be frustrating. Perhaps you may want to suggest a showing window that works best for you with the listing agent. Sure there will be buyers who will want preview your home during other times, and adjustments will need to be made. By talking with the listing agent (or relaying through the owner), you will make your frustrations known and perhaps have a better experience. Listing agents can also indicate showing time preferences and limitations within the listing for other real estate agents to see. Depending on what price point your home is listed, you may even experience more showings than average. As real estate agents, we also understand your frustrations and value your efforts making the home available for showings!

Best Pagosa regards,
Wen Saunders
RE/MAX Eagles Nest
970-903-0038
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I agree with Lisa in that although it is exhausting to have to keep the home ready for showings, buyers in resort markets are typically not locals and have very limited time to look at potential homes they may be interested in purchasing. Imagine you had a beautiful collector car worth a lot of money stored at a garage and you hired someone to sell it. The person selling it spent time and financial resources advertising, marketing and promoting your car and you felt great about the prospect of selling. Then one particular day, a qualified buyer was in town and wanted to see the car and the garage was closed and the potential buyer couldn't view the car and went on to choose something else and the person trying to sell the car lost their opportunity to be compensated for their hard work as well. It's a losing scenario for the seller and the person who is trying to accomplish the job the are hired for.

One suggestion would be to ask your landlord for an incentive for cooperating with repeated showings. It's nice if this is executed by the seller and it is something we recommend to sellers who want to lease their home while it's on the market but you could certainly initiate the conversation. You could explain the frequency and stress of repeated showings and ask the seller if they would offer you a rent reduction of say $25 for every showing you have to accommodate that less than 24 hours notice is given. Again, it's usually something a seller would have the conscience to set up on the front end but it might be worth initiating the discussion.

Best of luck, it is tricky to be a tenant in a home for sale. I hope you can work out something that helps you manage the inconvenience smoother.

Mike Heraty, The Pagosa Source 970-264-7000
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that is not an easy question to answer. Have you had time to review your lease? hopefully it contains a section relating to what your asking about. Have you called the owner to discuss it with them?
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