Unfortunately, of all the nuances and grand posturing, this is one specific item PM mentioned would be changed. He mentioned that they specifically wanted to make property management more difficult than Fable 2's "fire and forget" style for lack of a better term. The goal is to force you to pay attention to your properties or suffer the consequences - which it does. I agree its insipid and don't understand why they want to specifically make the game tedious in such ways to detract from the enjoyment, but there it is.
Yeah nice going lionhead! Plus it would have been nice to know this before I bought all the houses in (i forgot the name of the first city), now I got to hunt down all of them and sell them! --- "The accursed stove has burnt my finger [zaps stove] Feel thine own wrath, stove! Ha ha!" - Neptune from Spongebob Squarepants