When the Neighbors look like this...

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Real Estate Agent with Troxel Realty Co. LLC 6501344841

I was out showing a very low priced foreclosure in a not so popular neighborhood a few months ago at the request of a colleague who had set these appointments and could not make them due to an emergency.  When I showed the house, the lady liked it, and as far as I know made an offer the next day.  I did show her the view from the side window off the kitchen, and it did not bother her.  However, this let me to consider the question for this blog post: How does the actions of a neighbor impact the sale of your listing? 

I have found that it does not impact the sale, but more so the value of the sale.  The actions of the neighbor with how they maintain their home is a reflection of the neighborhood to many buyers, and to others, it indicates they can get a deal on the house and it does not bother them.  So I suppose it really depends on the view point of what is most important to the buyer, and whether or not they are going to personally live in the home.

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Rainmaker
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Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Michael, it's brutal when the neighbors leave everything out like that. We've all been there, done that. It's not an easy sale.

April 16, 2012 06:18 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

And yet, we have buyers who will NOT purchase anything in a subdivision that has CCRs. They want to be able to store all their toys, trailers, and half built projects outside, and they don't want anyone else telling them what they can and can't do on their property. It takes all kinds...

April 16, 2012 07:52 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Tim in #15:  The great majority of the buyers I have insist on only being shown homes that DO have HOA's with CCR's... and for me, I woud insist on that, as well.

April 16, 2012 08:08 PM #14
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Debbie Reynolds
Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730 - Clarksville, TN
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Location, meaning what does the neighborhood look like plays a major part in whether the buyer makes an offer. Also whether the buyer intends to occupy himself or not.
April 16, 2012 08:21 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Kimberly Thurm
Koenig & Strey Real Living, Naperville, IL - Naperville, IL
Broker Consultant / Relocation Specialist ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR

Yep, you gotta to love those neighbors....  and they will never understand what you mean about affecting the value for another.  Or perhaps they don't care, you know they have rights too.

April 16, 2012 08:56 PM #16
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF - Temecula, CA
Menifee Lakes California Real Estate

Depends on the neighborhood standards and the buyer. If they're ok with it, buy it. It's important to keep our biases out of it because we're not the ones who will be living there.

April 16, 2012 11:38 PM #17
Rainmaker
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John F Muscarella
RIVER FARM PROPERTIES, LLC - Plymouth, MA
Broker/Owner, Plymouth County / Cape Cod, MA

The only thing I worry about more is opening the door for a showing to find the house is occupied by hoarders and there is a jungle of junk 5 feet high with a path through it.

April 17, 2012 02:06 AM #18
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Phil Leng
Keller Williams Eastside Market Center - Kirkland, WA
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Hi Michael,

That picture bothers me.

The bathtub should be right side up!

Phil

April 17, 2012 02:53 AM #19
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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We show, they like we write. .

it's their life style and everyone has differences. . based on what you can afford and what you can stand. .

April 17, 2012 03:54 AM #20
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Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors
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Yikes.  I would have been completely turned off by that, but to each his own.  Sometimes it's hard to put our personal preferences aside isn't it?  

April 17, 2012 05:26 AM #21
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Chuck Wartman Colorado Springs Realtor RE/MAX Properties
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Tell the neighbor he won a surprise gift. A free trash out! Congratulations. The truck will be here Saturday for you to have the ability to throw any items away you no longer need :)

April 17, 2012 05:40 AM #22
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Ashley Spencer
Ala-Tenn Realty - Huntsville, AL
The Mogul Mommy

Often those are people who never plan to leave and living beside people who never plan to move so they dont worry about it.  They are comfortable and content. CLEAN IT UP NEIGHBORS! :)

April 17, 2012 06:21 AM #23
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Paula McDonald
Chevaux Group, PLLC - The Woodlands, TX
CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279

It really depends on where you buy here.  We have city living with a very strong homeowners association.  You can't even cut down a tree without approval so to have trash in your yard would be un-acceptable.  Just 10 miles out, you are in the country and the rules change.  It really depends on what the buyer is looking for and what they determine is acceptable.

April 17, 2012 06:40 AM #24
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Kate McQueen, SRS
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY CLEAR LAKE NASA - League City, TX
Houston Bay Area Real Estate

That's always a tricky one.  Sometimes it's a good idea for the seller to have a diplomatic discussion with the offending neighbor.  Some of them will actually clean up the mess.  They usually have no awareness that their lack of tidiness is affecting anything whatsoever.

Noticed your jalapeno pepper backdrop.  Thought it was just us Texans that were crazy about 'em!  We eat jalapenos with our meals the way many eat bread.  It's a whole other side dish!

April 17, 2012 08:02 AM #25
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JO SOSS
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In rural areas we see this type of artistic landscaping and sometimes buyers look the other way.  In the neighborhoods - no way!

April 17, 2012 10:16 AM #26
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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Michael,  Very insightful observation.  Buyers will overlook many things - or is it the blinders they are wearing ?

April 17, 2012 11:34 AM #27
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Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

She probably thinks she will not see it very much out of the kitchen window, but it would bother me.            

April 17, 2012 05:05 PM #28
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Michael Delaware
Troxel Realty Co. LLC - Battle Creek, MI
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Thanks for all your comments everyone.  Some were very informative as always, and others told some incredibly funny stories! 

April 18, 2012 07:32 AM #29
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Michael, I think we've all had the bad luck to have a listing or two with neighbor trouble.  Either deteriorating home, dogs that bark non-stop, or something along those lines.  And yes, it does effect the ability to sell.

April 19, 2012 03:33 AM #30
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Peter Michelbach
International, INT
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This is definitely a No Way living in my neighbourhood - to me it looks more like a 2nd hand yard in an industrial area. Personally I would not take on this type of listing, unless the yard is clean. Imagine the vermine, snakes and not to mention other hazards, not just for the owner and kids but also to the neighbourhoods, the larger community and the bad image reflected in values tumbling down. They probably would need some basic training of how to look after a property.

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