What to Ask a Potential Neighbor!

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty 0220 184083
Are you planning to buy a new place?

Talk to a neighbor or two to find out about the area and see if you want to live next door to these folks!  You can tell a lot from their reaction to your questions...

What to ask:
  • How do you like living here?
  • What are the other neighbors like?
  • What's the home owner's association like? And are neighbors actively involved with it?
  • What community issues do you see?
  • Are there any neighborhood rules? Like parking or yard maintenance?
  • Have you had any trouble with crime?
  • Have you ever been burglarized?
  • Is this a block-party area or do people keep to themselves?
  • Do dog owners in the area put them on a leash or are they allowed to roam free?

These are just a few basic things you want to know that will help you decide on a new home!
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All my best,
Myra Spano, REALTOR®

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Myra Spano is a service and results oriented real estate agent with her client’s goals as top priority. Myra is recognized as a top producing agent in her office in Virginia Beach and enjoys working with both buyers and those selling their homes.
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Comments (4)

Bill Ladewig
LoanOfficerSchool.com - Escondido, CA
Experience Is Your Advantage

Myra, really good advice. There are things that are painfully obvious that I don't think about.  I have never talked to the neighbors before I bought a home.

Oct 21, 2009 06:01 AM
Kathy Torline
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog 719-287-1049

Great post -- I alway encourage home buyers to talk to potential neighbors. 

P.S. (They can say things that I can't)

Oct 22, 2009 11:23 AM
Mike Carlier
Lakeville, MN
More opinions than you want to hear about.

Neighbors also reveal things about a neighborhood that agents should know.  It doesn't hurt for agents to talk to neighbors when previewing a home.  You may even pick up a new client.

Oct 23, 2009 03:10 AM
Joe Colón, Jr.
Jenny L Colón, PC - Chesapeake, VA

You know, I've always heard that some of these questions are not allowed to be asked by Realtors, but it's such a great idea to have the client ask them!  I really like this post Myra.

Oct 29, 2009 03:02 AM