Do your neighbors help or hurt the sale of your home? What would Mr. Rogers say?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

A beautiful day for a neighbor

Would you be mine?

Could you be mine?

Please won’t you be my neighbor?

In Mr. Roger’s neighborhood all the neighbors are good right?  Not so much with some of the neighbors we have encountered with our listings and homes we have shown to our buyers.

I wonder what Mr. Rogers would think about being neighbors with:

Crappy back yard guy.  You know, the guy that never mows his back yard, and when he finally does it takes him all afternoon and his mower keeps dying because the grass is too long?

Cluttered back yard guy.  You know, the guy that has so much crap and junk in his backyard that it looks like a tornado blew through?

Party every weekend guy.  You know, the guy that has crazy loud drunk parties every weekend?

Crazy paint job guy.  You know, the guy that painted his house in with colors so bright that you can see it from space??

There have been many times that we have found a wonderful home for a buyer and guess what?  Mr. Friggin Rogers wasn’t their neighbor, it was one of those guys mentioned above.  Before you buy a home MAKE SURE to look around first.  A friendly tip from The Christiansen Team:)

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Amanda Christiansen is an award winning Realtor with Christiansen Group Realty.


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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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I have dealt with this subject when I was doing tract sales and development in infill areas. I would go to the "eyesore owners" and discuss what could be done. Various responses have come up from indifference, to I have no $, to I am not the owner, to it isn't bothering me. In some cases, I have had to spend money to clean up properties and even had one painted plus installed wrought iron to boot......I stood to gain more and lose the most if something wasn't done. Having said all that, if it comes down to a single listing and I cannot get cooperation, then I disclose and hope for the best.....thank you

May 12, 2010 08:18 AM #49
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I built my home 3 years ago and that was a fear that someone would build next to us that would be a difficult neighbor.  Guess what?  I live next door to the "cluttered backyard guy".  I just can't win.

May 12, 2010 08:34 AM #50
member of the public

Geez I opened this post thinking it was a serious post. It is nonsense attempting to be funny. And somebody featured it? Waste of space.

May 12, 2010 09:18 AM #51
Rachel Purser
Prudential American Realty Center - Pickerington, Ohio - Pickerington, OH
SFR e-certified

All reasons why I love HOA's and city ordinances, although they cant fix obnoxious neighbors.

May 12, 2010 02:00 PM #52
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

I'm battling this on one of my listings right now.  Beautiful home with a view of the cluttered front yard and carport guy...nice guy with an awful looking house that has already caused at least one buyer (that we know of) to decide against making an offer.

May 12, 2010 02:45 PM #53
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Besides looking around I recommend buyer's drive through the neighborhood at different days and times. 

May 12, 2010 03:51 PM #54
Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz
(909) 973-0410 - Fontana, CA
TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga

Funny but oh so true post. I have had the buyers wanting only to do a drive bye because of eye sore neighboring homes. It is also bad when you are presenting a home and the neighbors come out and talk to the potential homeowner. They always say the wrong things at the right time. I too will suggest that the buyers go out and park in front of the house at different hours of the day and night especially on the weekends.

May 12, 2010 04:03 PM #55
Lisa Bosques
Burien, WA

Great post, love the photo illustrations!

My current next-door neighbor uses a toilet for a planter.

We also have our rental condo listed right now.  The neighbors are total potheads and like to keep the slider open, so anyone who comes to see the condo can smell it. I'm sure the neighbors are nice people but right now I hate them.

May 12, 2010 04:43 PM #56
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello - You don't just buy a home, you're also buying the neighbors and the neighborhood.  Love the pics!

May 12, 2010 05:45 PM #57
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

I must have seen some of the same neighbors that you have. LOL.  Seriously, it can make a big difference.

May 12, 2010 06:28 PM #58
Bonnie Dupree

Great post... I have a home listed that has a neighbor just like your second photo. They put up a privacy fence thinking that would help... Think again.. By the way these neighbors also have 4 dogs so now when you drive up to the home you can hear them but not see them!!!!!

May 13, 2010 06:18 AM #59
Jennifer Arbach
EXIT Realty Front and Center - Binghamton, NY
Office Administrator

That's how we bought the home we live in. It was occupied by very sloppy tenants at the time and no one would make an offer-except my hubby and me. We figured they would move out eventually. Well they did, the owner decided to sell and I got the listing! I sold the house to a very industrious young man who is totally remodelling the home! He is a great neighbor. He's doing a great job and I can't wait to see his finished product.

May 13, 2010 08:17 AM #60
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Well, Jared, I gues you've said it all.  The bad part of it is when the first thing out of the mouth of a new buyer is: "It in a nice neighborhood?" You can reply with, "They might check with Mr Rogers, he might live nearby. . . or not.

May 13, 2010 11:25 AM #61
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

So true and hilarious!  The thing with neighbors is that they can be fine at listing point and than change during the listing or after the sale!  Neighbors aren't permanent!

Sue of Robin and Sue

May 13, 2010 02:42 PM #62
Home Loan Search.Online
Home Loan Search Online - Newnan, GA

This post is great. Neighbors can be a positive or negative influence. I helped a client finance a home purchase that was a short sale next door to her best friend. The friend new the neighbor and found out it was going to be foreclosed. The friend saved the deal and helped my client get her first home.

May 14, 2010 02:06 AM #63
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

Unfortunately a "Neighborhood" comes with neighbors...and neighbors definitely do influence housing values.

May 14, 2010 06:20 AM #64
Duane Murphy
Expert Real Estate Partners LLC - Appleton, WI
Broker- Owner-Real Estate -

Like anything else it could always be worse! Just imagine what the "worse" is in your situation and you will appreciate what you have even more!

May 19, 2010 10:07 AM #65
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

I once listed  a home where a neighbor at the entrance to the subdivision painted large lemons on his garage telling people how bad the area was. A nightmare indeed.

Oct 02, 2011 12:40 PM #66
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836
Worse example I ever saw was a front yard all gravel. But it was cluttered with a huge, children's rusted slide that was tipped over and laying on its side. Surrounding the slide was a hoarder's delight of junk! Awful sight!! Cannot seem to get that image out of my mind. I felt a great lack of respect that homeowner had for his neighbors.
Nov 18, 2013 03:02 PM #67
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

I feel sorry for "lives next to Cujo" guy. You know, the dog that tries to break down the fence any time anyone comes within 50 feet.

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