AGENTS: REAL ESTATE AGENT HAS A BAD NEIGHBOR......what to do...?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca BRE LIC #636943

I was hobnobbing with my fellow agents the other day when one shared that they were having a really bad time with their next door neighbor. We don't really appreciate having a good neighbor until you get a really bad one. This neighbor is an alcoholic, intimidating, large in size, unreasonable, and doesn't like anyone. In addition, he likes to pay people back

YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE....COMING YOUR WAY

He tried to set up my agent friend by alleging to anyone who would pay attention that the agent molested his 3 year old daughter. Well, that did it for the agent and his wife. They were livid...they put up with the parties, the beer bottles, the verbal, mental, and psychical abuse and now this....?

WHAT IS A PERSON TO DO...?

The agent called Child services and reported this so that it could be brought out into the light and of course documented. Have no doubt.... my dear reader that the agent did not do this foul deed. Child services screws up the call and documents that the agent was molested, not the little 3 year old. Yes, it is hard to believe.

Consequently the police come out to take a report and the agent has to tell them that he was not molested, but that the neighbor is alleging that he molested the neighbors 3 year old. Whew...

NIGHTMARE ON ELM YOUR STREET

The police go over there and get the disorderly neighbor to admit that it never happened and.... this is done with children and wife present. The record reflects this. Now, the neighbor wants to get even with the agent at all costs.

I SAID....ONE OF YOU HAS TO GO...THE AGENT SAID...... HIM AND HIS WIFE WERE LEAVING

The agent is going to move (after 10 years there) and put his house up for sale. Now, he has to disclose this neighbor to buyers & agents and what has been going on for months and months. I consider it a material fact in whether to purchase this home or not. Consequently, it will affect the sale and the value.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?....I SHARED WHAT I WOULD DO

I told the agent to go over there and make the peace at all costs because in the end, YOU are going lose time and money. He admits that and..... doesn't know what to expect but, that it will be a challenge..He threatens to sue if he cant sell and I said it will only make it worse plus stigmatize the property even further....

THE VALUE OF A GOOD NEIGHBOR...ISN'T KNOWN UNTIL YOU DO KNOW

If you have a good neighbors like I do...we share cookies, cakes, breads, fruits, stories and hellos all year long. For the neighbors that are not real close to me, I can honestly say there is no problems even though we do have our disagreements from time to time. All petty I might add...

If you have a good neighbor, appreciate it because........ having a bad neighbor is hell......

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Jon Budish
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I doubt if anything the agent could say or do, would appease the neighbor. Is it a material fact? He might actually act civil to the next occupant of the house. It isn't the propetry that's being abused. 

Nov 15, 2010 09:55 AM #1
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Ernie Steele
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Richie, I sort of agree with Jon's comment...It's a personal/personality issue between the 2 neighbors themselves...BUT, I also think your part about making peace with the neighbor is a good point...Maybe the neighbor will 'let up' if he knows the agent is moving...Enjoy the day.

Nov 15, 2010 10:15 AM #3
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Jon....excellent observation and objective too! In the back of my mind, I always know there are two (or more) sides to stories....I took this one on face value....thanks for the insightful comment.....

Nov 15, 2010 10:16 AM #4
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Hello...Ernie...that is another good take on this subject.....I didn't stop to consider cause and effect dynamics. I usually go to solution tactics to accomplish the mission.....Good points gentleman....

Nov 15, 2010 10:19 AM #5
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Kristen Wheatley
The Maine Real Estate Network - Auburn, ME
Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent

I agree that he should attempt to make peace at all costs.  This may not work, but a valiant effort is warranted in this case.  A disgruntled neighbor can truly  destroy a sale even if disclosure is not an issue.  Here in Maine stigmatized property and neighbor issues do not require disclosure, but I know that other states have different rules.

Nov 15, 2010 10:27 AM #6
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Bill Burchard
3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA - Murrieta, CA
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Good morning, Ritchie. I’m not sure how I would handle this type of neighbor. I agree it would be ideal to reason with the neighbor and declare a permanent truce. But while a temporarily sober alcoholic may agree to being civil, when alcoholics are intoxicated, their old attitudes and grudges can come to the forefront and consume their thinking. And given that this particular neighbor was willing to falsely accuse someone of child molestation is horrific and despicable. (I’m glad the agent got the truth of his innocence on record.) As much as I would hate to move from my home and neighborhood, I would consider it given the despicable nature of this particular neighbor.

Nov 15, 2010 10:35 AM #7
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Ginny Gorman
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Richie...i have seen movies about this neighbor issue but haven't run across it yet..but i too agree that some sort of peace pipe needs to be passed because the guy could make unholy type things happen on Open House days, etc...getting out is the best thing.  We do not need to disclose stigmatized properties here unless directly asked...i would consult a good real estate lawyer there...scary beyond measure.

Nov 15, 2010 11:09 AM #8
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Patricia Kennedy
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Richie, and I thought that my neighbors were a challenge because the wife freaks out whenever someone parks in front of her house.  Did I mention that it is an inner city public street?  And her husband on occassion will come over to borrow a cup of rum.  I will not longer be annoyed by this.  After what your friend lives next door to, they are wonderful. 

Actually, they are pretty good neighbors who have been known to walk Willie in an emergency. 

Hmmm.  I should bring them some flowers!

Nov 15, 2010 11:54 AM #9
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Kristen....my thinking exactly with your comment yet others are shedding light on another point of view...too! I am a problem/solution outcome based person...but it is not the only way to travel.....

 

Hello Bill.....best of the morning to you....you made some really good points. My thoughts are the same. BTW... It was I who said....one of you has to move because getting into it with a neighbor every day is too much for anyone to bear.....he said, reluctantly he would move but fears he would lose money doing it. I said...go make your peace with this man for now. Then, market the house. I then detected some resistance....and that's as far as I go....Good sharing and thank you Bill

Nov 15, 2010 02:54 PM #10
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Ginny....the agent told me he wanted to send some dummy agents to go in and see if this guy would bad mouth him....then he would sue if he did. My response, how does that help you.? In fact, it further stigmatizes the property here in California.....This business just keeps on teaching.......

Hello...Pat....I can put up with what you described. When I first found out that a praking space can bother someone...I thought it was petty. Then, one day, someone started parking in front of my house and it was no longer petty. I went full circle on this. I now understood....Life is that way. I listen to everyone and try to find that middle ground. Some make it tougher than others.....

Nov 15, 2010 03:10 PM #11
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Jane Peters
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What a horrible set of circumstances.  I hope the agent can sort things out.  But selling the house is not going to be easy unless he can talk sense into the neighbor.  Of course, if that happened, he would not have to move.

Nov 15, 2010 08:44 PM #12
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Jane....you nailed it perfectly. Apparently he lacks the skill to diffuse this and if he could diffuse this, why would he move?....Jane, lets you and I count our blessings......

Nov 15, 2010 08:56 PM #13
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I would do this...placate and pony up some false friendship and a case of beer, or what ever drink he likes, to ease the pain, and then when the market improves....move.  Life's a game and to win sometimes you have to be an actor.

Nov 16, 2010 07:14 PM #14
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Jane checks in and reports.......she would make friends to get from point A to Point B......I lean in that direction....Its honey versus vinegar time and what you can catch. In this case, it is case of beer or whatever........Since you brought up acting, Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts get 20 million a picture....so that is good advice..thank you Jane

Nov 16, 2010 07:20 PM #15
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