Memo to neighborhoods: Don't make it harder than it already is for homeowners to sell
Real estate agent Nancy McCord writes in with a problem: She's trying to sell a home in a condo community in Columbia and is feeling hampered by the property-management company. It's quick to tow cars that don't have an approved-to-park-here sticker, she said -- which includes prospective buyers.
"The management company is closed by 2:30pm on Fri. and opens again Monday mornings. Realtors do most of their showings on weekends. It is at the realtor's risk to show during the weekend," she writes.
"I have tried to get the management company to see what damage they are doing their own residents by not making it easier to show properties there," she added. "Not only should they help sellers, but encourage them. Without the fees from the owners, there is no money to pay the management company. I know of at least some residents that have been towed and are very angry about it. I've tried to reach the association - made up of owners but to no avail."
This is a new one on me. Has anyone else had trouble of this sort -- either getting towed while looking at a home or hearing that your prospective buyers are being hassled? What would you suggest in this case?
The market is hard enough for home sellers, so you'd hope your neighborhood isn't unwittingly making it worse.