There are many reasons, some caused by the situation, some reflect a temporary status while others are strategic. Each has a purpose.
The occurrence of the purpose not being in alignment with your purpose matters not a whit. If a home is suitable for investors ONLY, the best way to keep out those who will never buyer is to create superficial barriers. The real buyers see beyond the 'DIRTY PLACE' and will make their offer based on the value they DO see below the grit and grim. This screening process IS effective and saves EVERYONE time and money. The right buyer will not waste their breath or mine asking how old is the HVAC or when the roof was replaced. DIRTY means do your homework and know what you are doing.
Those wanting to buy the pretty stuff...well there are lots of that out their also...usually already sold if your trolling Trulia or Zillow.
That is what's so great about real estate. There is rarely only one way to get the job done. If you do not know the outcome being sought, you really can't judge if it's right or wrong. But you can observe if its dirty....then You should THANK the agent for saving you a trip.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL