Watch Out for Properties with Limited Access

Limited access to a property can be a red flag when buying a home, as it may indicate that the seller is trying to hide something or that the property may not be in the condition they claim it to be. Here are a few steps you can take if you have limited access to the property:

  1. Ask your real estate agent to request access: Your real estate agent can request access to the property on your behalf and negotiate with the seller for additional showings or inspections.

  2. Understand the reason: Find out the reason why the seller is limiting access. It could be that the property is tenant-occupied, or the property is not ready for showing yet, or the sellers personal schedule.

  3. Get a virtual tour: Ask your real estate agent to arrange a virtual tour of the property, using video call, photos or 3D virtual tours

  4. Get a pre-inspection: If the seller is not willing to allow access to the property, ask them if they would be willing to have a pre-inspection done by a professional inspector before you put an offer.

  5. Conduct a drive-by: If you are unable to get inside the property, conduct a drive-by to assess the exterior and the neighborhood.

  6. Walk away from the deal: If the seller is unwilling to provide access to the property and you are not comfortable proceeding with the sale, it may be best to walk away from the deal.

It's important to remember that limited access to a property can be a sign of something to hide. It's important to work with a reputable real estate agent and to thoroughly research the property before making an offer. If the seller is not willing to give access or you feel like you have not seen enough of the property, it may be best to look into other options.

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