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Old 01-29-2019, 02:21 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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The house where I rent an apartment was just listed. Today a strange car pulled into the driveway, an older man got out and took some pics with his phone. Did not knock on my door (I was not going to answer). I believe he was looking in the window of the vacant unit next door.


Is this going to be par for the course until it sells? BTW there were two cars in the driveway so he had to suspect someone was home.
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:22 PM
 
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Yep, get used to it.
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:35 PM
 
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Anyplace I've ever lived no one has ever done that but I know they do now. I think it's part of the feeling that access is actually easy and acceptable at least to a point....as it was on big ol computers, then flip top phones, then laptops and iphones, etc. The world is now one's oyster.
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:53 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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The house where I rent an apartment was just listed.
Is this going to be par for the course until it sells?
Until it has a contract to sell.
Being an actual commercial property you have the benefit of avoiding house hunters.
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:54 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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Until it has a contract to sell.
Being an actual commercial property you have the benefit of avoiding house hunters.

well it's ambiguously residential/commercial, someone could buy it as their residence.
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Old 01-29-2019, 03:18 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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well it's ambiguously residential/commercial
I've heard about that sort of thing.
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Old 01-30-2019, 10:26 AM
 
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I'm guilty of doing drive bys to check out the neighborhood and see anything showing on the exterior of the property.
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Old 01-30-2019, 12:43 PM
 
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Yup. Get used to it. And hope they don't start pounding on the door demanding a look-see.

I'm going to be in the market soon. During my look-see visit to the town I'm going to, I had my son drive me around to 2 or 3 places currently on the market just to look around. At one place I had him pull up in front so I could get out and get a look at the yard and he started raving about someone coming out to SHOOT me (and no, it wasn't in a neighborhood where that kind of thing would have been likely, just an older part of town with smaller houses). WAY TO OVER REACT, LOL!

I only walked up and down on the public sidewalk to get a better look at the place where no one was home anyway. By so doing, I could tell we could drive around the corner and I would have a clear look at the back yard, which we did.

But no, I wouldn't pull into a driveway or cross the property line. A lot of people do though. And yeah, if its a house, a lot of the houses I'm looking at are currently rentals. I have no intention of them remaining that way though and it is likely that you will get people coming to look who want to live in the house. Were I you, I'd start looking for a new place. Do you have a lease? If not you'll probably only get 30 days max to move once the place is sold.
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:07 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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It is a main house with two added apts., one of which I live in. Main house is 3BR/2BA. They could annex my apt. and make a 5BR/3BA. I have a lease through March.



I did a few drivebys when I was looking to buy but I didn't get out of the car unless I was sure the house was unoccupied, and there were no neighbors who could see it.
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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It shouldn't be happening from real estate agents but buyers stopping by on their own may happen occasionally because they don't know any better. Especially if the front house is vacant. Unfortunately that's par for the course. Buuuuuut, you definitely don't have to let them in w/out notice.

Did the listing agent set up a showing schedule for you... like 24 hr notice or something like that?

Just make sure you're not playing bongos & smoking a joint while naked in your living room like Matthew McConaughey circa 1999. Lol.
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