What does Occupancy Mean?
On a real estate listing, occupancy describes who currently lives in the home.
Real Estate Agent Explains Occupancy
All listing on the MLS® system show who lives in the home or on the property. There are only a few occupancy options in residential real estate. They are:
|New (Never Occupied)
Vacant properties could get broken into because there is no one to keep an eye on the home, so often vacant is left off the listing and replaced with ‘seller’ as the occupancy to prevent people from knowing that the home is not occupied.
Show homes are not really occupied per se. They are being used as sales offices, however, which may have implications for possession dates.
Tenant occupied homes are those with renters in them. Tenants and sellers are the most common types occupants in homes listed for sale.
Why Does it Matter?
Occupancy determines a few things when it comes to residential real estate. For one, it dictates how the home can be shown. In Alberta, a home that has tenants who claim tenant’s rights can request 24 hour’s notice for all showings, and their possession must be 3 full months from the time that notice is given to them (provided they are on a month-to-month lease). So someone may not want to purchase a house they cannot have for three months. Seller occupied houses can be shown easier than tenant occupied homes, but seller’s may still need a long possession date to give them time to find another home. And when it comes to new homes, they may not even be complete, so they are easy to show because no one lives there, but if the home is not complete, then possession could be along way off. Vacant homes are the best for buyers, but often sellers are perceived as desperate when a property is labeled as vacant. Occupancy can tell you quite a bit about a property.
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