The first and most important question is always the seller’s motivation. If they are definitely selling, then you can list it and sell it.
The challenge is that it is occupied by a tenant, so now the tenant’s motivation becomes the next issue. Often a tenant does not want to move, and since they don’t benefit from the house showing or selling, it can be difficult to get their cooperation.
The solution is
- To treat the tenant with respect and let them know that you will be cooperative with them in showing the house, so they will be cooperative with you in showing it.
- Encourage the seller to give the tenant a financial incentive to keep the property clean and to cooperate with showings. This incentive should be paid when the tenant moves out (after they have cooperated, rather than before).
And don’t forget to find out if the tenant is interested in buying the property, which makes everyone happy!