Oh my gosh - Could that really be next to my new listing?

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Oh my gosh - Could that really be next to my new listing?

 

How many of you have had this experience?   I just went and listed a charming little home in a nice little gated community.  It seemed like the perfect listing... Open floorplan, beautifully decorated, immacualte, close to schools, freeway, shopping, hospital, park etc. etc.  I went in to the listing and came out of the listing appointment with a smile on my face. But then.... I left the property in a different direction than I came in.  Oh my goodness!  Night and day difference!  Take a look at what I passed on my way home....  A HOARDER LIVES NEXT TO MY NEW LISTING!   YIKES!!!!

A Hoarder lives next to my listing

Funny, but sad.... as I was driving around this corner lot home and looking at all of the goodies, an elderly man wearing a beat up hard hat came riding by on his bicycle with a pink basket in front with stuffed animals in it.  He got off the bike and put more stuffed animals on the bench by the stuffed bear above.   There are no words to describe the range of emotions that I felt. 

What could be worse, you may ask?   When a hoarder moves in NEXT TO YOU!    My daughter just bought the cutest little cottage home, fixed it up and listed it for sale - she actually got an offer 10% above market.  But... guess what happened 2 doors down?   Yup, someone inherited a home and started moving in....  At first they displayed a cool retro police car.... take a look....

Retro Police Car

And then they kept moving more and more items into the yard - THE FRONT YARD!!!   Look what came next...  A PONTOON BOAT & GOLF CART!    I wish I would have taken more photos - because you would just die to see what kept coming.  What would you do if these families moved in 2 doors down from you and you were trying to sell your home?   Goodness! 

a pontoon boat - IN THE FRONT YARD! ??

On the brighter side of things; however, I was doing an open house last fall, and I drove in to set up and a couple of houses down from my open house had a 9/11 display that was awesome!   It brought more traffic to my open house than you can possibly imagine!  YAY!  Don't you love it?  ....

9/11 Display

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Thanks so much for the blog.Really thank you! Fantastic.

Jul 14, 2012 04:44 AM #39
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Honey, I think I' ll build a small memorial for 9/11 in our front yard. . 

go ahead. . 

Jul 14, 2012 05:01 AM #40
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it's a good time to build a tall fence between the properties. Adjust the market price to reflect the ambiance of the neighborhood.
Jul 14, 2012 05:48 AM #41
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Thankfully I have NOT had this experience.  I hope I never do.  :)                                                                          

Jul 14, 2012 06:38 AM #42
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It's really fun to read everyone's comments.   I really like the "We all start out with the best of intentions and high prospects and then we open the blinds"  Also, "I guess listings can be a like a box of chocolates, you never know what you might get next door."    Clients are like a box of chocolates too!  And with some clients, don't we "need" to put blinders on sometimes?!!!

   
Jul 14, 2012 07:45 AM #43
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Say what you want about HOA's but this would never be allowed in one. Best wishes on moving your new listing!

Jul 14, 2012 08:40 AM #44
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Shanna- I was watching American Pickers and I was amazed at the "stuff" these people had.  However most of these were on back roads off the beaten path. 

Jul 14, 2012 08:52 AM #45
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How depressing. Many cities and counties have ordinances against that kind of rubble collection don't they? I remember a nearby city where I used to live- there was a guy a couple blocks away who fit the description, hard hat, bicycle wierd junk in the front yard. He finally died or possibly moved. Whoever took control of the property recently razed the house and cleared everything out. I expect they'll build.

Jul 14, 2012 08:55 AM #46
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Yup, location,location,location...................................................................................

Jul 14, 2012 10:41 AM #47
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Erica Ramus
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Neighbors really do matter. Doesn't the area have a zoning officer or code officer you can complain to?

Jul 14, 2012 11:13 AM #48
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Some people chafe at the restrictions of  a POA but this would make you love them!

Jul 14, 2012 01:27 PM #49
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Wow - after reading all your responses, it makes me feel like I need to be a better citizen and DO something about it.   I'll call the City on Monday.  Maybe they will look at my blog and read your comments too.   Thx!  

Jul 14, 2012 01:27 PM #50
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The Teddy Bear Police are going to have a field day!  Maybe there's a statue of Teddy Roosevelt in his living room....???

 

Jul 14, 2012 06:44 PM #51
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Melissa Marro
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I stopped by after you left the link on my blog. Goodness! I certainly see why this was featured. I can imagine your directions in MLS have people coming the other way!
Jul 20, 2012 06:22 PM #52
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I'll find out Monday if the property appraises.  I'm crossing my fingers that this closes quickly.  :)

Jul 20, 2012 07:00 PM #53
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Neighboring properties can definitely devalue a home that is aboslutely perfect itself.  That 9/11 display is a neat idea though.  Glad you snapped a photo of that.

Oct 05, 2012 08:02 AM #54
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Thanks Chris.  There is a silver lining in all transactions - right?   Hopefully.   Shanna

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Ha! I remember reading this one in July. Love it!

Oct 05, 2012 01:18 PM #56
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Shanna! "Wow"... After feeling like I been through a press machine a few times (being around the block a few times) I take each experience and treat it like my personal challenge and what makes me better for it, I embrace bad moments, and or uncomfortable moments in a cathartic way...

Taking the high road and turning the other cheek, finds the road to happiness!!! Unless you feel there's an issue worth unnecessary effort and heartache, don't bother...Other then that, a big smile and walking away with your best foot forward is the right choice....

Here's to countless right choices.....And insane blog.....I hope you win!

Oct 15, 2012 11:35 AM #57
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Thanks Erica.

Hey Jon - I know what you saying.  I am glad to report that I got TOP dollar for both my listings in spite of what was around my listings!  YAY.  

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