buying/viewing a occupied multi family unit.

Asked by terra renee, Tempe, AZ Sat Sep 29, 2012

this is my 1st time buying real estate. i am interested in a multi family property. i am a little confuse on how the viewing works. i have been told that you can not view the property if tenants are living in units until after you make a offer and its accepted? is this true? why would anyone make a offer on something they haven't viewed?

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Stephanie We…, Agent, Gilbert, AZ
Sun Oct 7, 2012
Good question........I have seen this on not only multi family units, but also on single family properties. My clients opt not to bother with the property if a single family residence. Alternatively, if you have multi family units, say a 4 plex, can you imagine having "investors" going thru each unit for just showings? It makes more sense to have this as a "due diligence" item once you are under contract, the tenants are then nofified. If you don't like what you see, you can get out of your contract during your "inspection" period with your earnest money deposit returned. Also, tenants are allowed a 48 hour notice prior to any showings...typically.
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Brenda & Ron…, Agent, Mesa, AZ
Sat Sep 29, 2012

Not all homes for sale have the same showing instructions. Some listings state that no showings will be scheduled until after an offer has been accepted. You can have your Realtor place specific language in the offer as to you viewing the home after contract acceptance, yet before you pay for an inspection. This is so that the tenants do not have to suffer through possibly 20 showings in the first couple days on the market.

Making an offer under these circumstances is fairly normal and is no risk to you since you will get to view the property before paying anything upfront.

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George Bostan, , Queen Creek, AZ
Sat Sep 29, 2012
Hi Rich, Its time you change your realtor. He/she can make an appointment with the tenants, (24 hrs notice) , so you can see the property.If you have any questions ,please call me at 480-203-6399, George Bostan, designated broker, VIP Metro Realty LLC.Thank you.
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Rescue Realty…, Agent, Gilbert, AZ
Sat Sep 29, 2012
Hi Rich,

Unfortunately, that is true. Keep in mind that after the offer is accepted and you can do a walk thru, and any inspections, you can cancel he contract. You have 10 days from the acceptance of the offer.

The idea behind this is in real estate there is a covenant "Quiet Enjoyment". Which means that the tenants are not to be disturbed, during a sale of the property.

This is so people (investors) and agents do not bother the tenants with viewings, especially if they are not serious.

This is as in layman terms, just for you to get the idea.

If you need help with your transaction, I will be happy to help you.

Linda Matejko
Az Elite Properties
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