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Would you want to live next to this?

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Would you want to live next to this?

I spent Saturday afternoon showing some great homes in New Braunfels.  My clients really liked 2 of the homes we saw and are in the process of deciding which one they want to submit an offer on.  The home that was their favorite, however did not make the cut.   Why?  Well the home has the misfortune of being located right next to this.


Once my clients saw the neighbor's pool and yard they crossed the house off the list and moved on.  This is very unfortunate for the owners who are trying to sell.  They have a nice house in a nice area that is priced right, sadly for them, their neighbor's pool is hurting the value of their home.  I really hope the neighbor can clean up his act and these sellers get their home sold. 

This is such a difficult situation and I'm not sure what the best course of action would be.  You certainly don't want to offend your neighbors but something needs to be done.  Something as small as a pool cover might even do the trick.  What do you think?  What would you advise if this was your listing? 

Bill Pohl
Tetra Homes, Inc. - Loveland, OH

Jeanna - It happens. Sometimes you can move the family out of a trailer but you can't move the trailer out of the family.

Feb 28, 2011 07:40 AM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

I think I'd buy the neighbour the pool cover! Just to get outta there! A small investment... I like Bill's comment! Hilarious, but true!

Feb 28, 2011 08:20 AM
Marge Draper
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto - Menlo Park, CA
REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA

If the city or county has a mosquito abatement program, the sellers or you can call them and report the standing water in the pool.  They can be forced to drain it.  Then a pool cover would cover the eyesore.  I like Bill's assessment, too  - very funny.

Feb 28, 2011 08:39 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Wow Jeanna~ That's a challenge.  I wonder if the neighbors are the reason the seller is selling.

Feb 28, 2011 09:05 AM
Roy Johnson
Resident Realty - Denver, CO
Resident Realty

Showed a home between a home with llamas in backyard and a "junkyard" on the otherside.... Oh well.

Feb 28, 2011 12:17 PM
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

I'd send a letter to the owner and as if they want to sell.....maybe giving them tips to spruce their home up would help......I doubt they would listen if they are not caring what it looks like now.

Feb 28, 2011 02:59 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Wow those poor sellers are going to have a hard time selling their place.  If the one next door in foreclosure?

Mar 01, 2011 01:30 AM
Billi Evans
Murney Associates - Springfield, MO

One of those, glad it's not me moments. Feel sorry for the sellers.

Mar 25, 2011 03:33 AM