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!!!!
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....
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!
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? ....