Waiting on a New Neighbor

Real Estate Agent with Carolina One Real Estate

It happens to all homeowners.  It can be sad, scary, exciting...

At some point, one of your current neighbors will move.  CHANGE has just entered not only the seller's life but yours as well. 

Sometimes you are so excited you can't wait.  You figure, it can't be any worse.  There is only room for improvement.  Surely the new owners will mow more often, plant a flower or two, pay attention to the garbage day, etc.

Sometimes you are filled with sorrow and loss.  You are losing a friend, a great babysitter, a dependable good neighbor that always had your back, etc.


So are you going to peek through your window and watch the new folks arrive?  Count how many there are?  See if you can guess their ages? 

Ah, come on, you're better than that!  Bake that pan of brownies, write down the garbage and recycling days on an index card, and maybe even the school bus schedule if it looks like it may apply, and go meet your new neighbor. 

Life is full of change.  May the best outcome be that you have a great new place to visit your old neighbor and your new neighbor cooks the best chili you've ever eaten! 

Posted by

Laura Sargent


Carolina One Real Estate 

Email Me: LauraSargent.RealEstate@gmail.com

Direct: 843-509-2375

Helping clients buy and sell real estate in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, North Charleston, Hanahan, Goose Creek, Summerville, Moncks Corner, James Island, Johns Island, and Folly Beach



Comments (7)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Laura,  It always pays off to make the first move and welcome the neighbors with something nice like brownies.  Good information for people to listen too.

Feb 03, 2013 12:22 AM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Not many do that any more. They hide in the house and hope the new neighbors aren't crazy.

Feb 03, 2013 01:57 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I introduce myself right away.  Last year a new neighbor was moving during a snow storm.  12+ inches in the drive.  I plowed it out and never told him it was me.  He found out from a different neighbor!

Feb 03, 2013 08:04 AM
Laura Sargent
Carolina One Real Estate - Mount Pleasant, SC

Will, I agree

Than, crazy is hard to fix!

William, That's awesome

Feb 03, 2013 08:45 PM
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

We no longer know our neighbors.  Years ago we had house warming parties.  Now we close the shades!

Feb 04, 2013 12:30 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Laura -- great idea on how to make new neighbors feel comfortable in the neighborhood.  Of course, it helps if they move in while you are somewhere near home, so you can notice it.

Feb 04, 2013 02:06 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Laura, I would love to be your new neighbors.  Good suggestions.

I have lived here for fourteen years and have not had any new neighbors.

Hope to see you soon at ActiveRain.

Mar 03, 2013 09:46 AM