Beautiful Houses and Bad Neighbors

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Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Edge Company Inc

It's the single biggest disappointment-to find a house...

next to a very messy neighbor

 

My Buyer and I stood in the backyard of a large brick colonial style house near a Metro station. He checked off three major items from his "What My House Must Have" list.

 

1. large beautiful backyard backing to trees and then a soccer field

2. brick colonial home-classic style, built in the 40's with crown molding, arched doorways and hardwood oak floors

3. walking distance to Metro-everyone in the DC area knows the value of an easy commute. Buying a home near a Metro station is a great find!

 

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So there we were, loving the yard, house and commute and staring at piles of blue plastic containers that looked like small beer kegs.

 

There were dozens of them-strewn around the neighbors back yard. In one corner of the neighbors yard, the blue containers were stacked to create a makeshift table covered with piles of paint cans and heavy black plastic. And then we saw the back porch-piled with wet paper boxes. The porch was packed! There was no way to open the back screen door and no space to walk inside.

 

I pointed out every container and pile of trash in the neighbors yard. While we were upstairs admiring the master bedroom, I showed my Buyer how much more trash we could see in the neighbors yard from the bedroom window. Finally, he said, "let's go".

 

It's not easy walking away from a great house with an awesome backyard. It's especially difficult to walk away when the only problem is the house or yard next door! Just consider this-

A neighbors yard is an expression of who they are, it's a display of their passion-a reflection of their true personality

 

Still think neighbors don't really matter? Read The Best Bad Neighbors of 2015 these true stories will scare you into the reality that you cannot change your neighbors.

Moral of the story-

When you want to buy a home, research neighborhoods & communities, review the master plan from the county and always evaluate the homes and yards adjacent to a house you are touring.

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BuyersAgent.com & HomesBuyHendersons

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Advocating for Home Buyers in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC

 

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Victoria Henderson is Vice President & Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Victoria is a certified Military Relocation Professional 

 

 

Marshall Henderson is a Certified Negotiation Expert & Exclusive Buyer Agent with Buyer's Edge & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC

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Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

I hear you Sam Shueh!  Have any of the agents talk to the homeowner with the abandoned cars in his backyard?

I'm guessing the answer is yes but that would be the place to start.  Thank you for stopping by and best of luck to you with your listings 

Dec 16, 2015 05:06 AM #49
Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Thank you Margaret Goss! If  I own this home I would definitely be calling the county to have the yard inspected.  And cleaning up the yard Maureen Bray that is an excellent idea.

if I were the homeowner I would definitely offer to do that.

thank you have a Merry Christmas 

Dec 16, 2015 05:09 AM #50
Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Thank you John Mosier and Gary Waters, appreciate your insights!  Have a great week

Dec 16, 2015 05:10 AM #51
Rainmaker
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James (Jim) Lawson, DBA
DomainRealty.com LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

I suspect that some of these messy neighbors might not be easy to get along with either. The silent message I get from these folks is, "It's my property and I don't care what you think about how it looks." 

Dec 16, 2015 05:11 AM #52
Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Andrew Mooers-  I think that just about sums it up he certainly can't be bothered by someone's trash if you can't see them or their house for their yard love your beautiful state of Maine!

have a great week! 

Dec 16, 2015 05:11 AM #53
Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

 You've definitely nailed it James Lawson!

that is exactly the message being sent when people are this messy.

thanks for stopping by and reading our blog have a great week!

Dec 16, 2015 05:16 AM #54
Rainmaker
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Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

That's ashame, but a neighbor's backyard with boxes and trash will bring bugs and other critters to your yard and home. It's not worth it. 

Dec 16, 2015 05:22 AM #55
Rainmaker
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Two thoughts come to mind.  1) is the neighbor deliberately doing that?  The reason I ask is because I have been in that situation before where the "renter" neighbor wanted to buy the home, but not at that price.  They deliberately did things to try to thwart interest and then, hopefully, watch the price come down.  It didn't happen that way, my clients bought the place and the renters moved.  Which brings up 2) are they renting?  If so, they will move out at some point.  Also, if they are renting, call the owner and let them know the renters are leaving trash accumluating all over the yard.  Owner might like to know that.

Dec 16, 2015 05:30 AM #56
Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

So true Pamela Seley! another good reason to keep on looking! thanks for stopping by

Dec 16, 2015 06:50 AM #57
Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Hi Carla Muss-Jacobs

You make some interesting points. I would guess that the neighbor is not so deliberate in his actions as he is thoughtless. It looks more like a bad habit then an intentional action. And I dont know if they are renters but I do know any landlord that allows this deeply entrenched style of hoarding must live far far away and never check on his rental-ever!  

Good to hear from you another exclusive buyers agent!

Dec 16, 2015 06:53 AM #58
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Sad to say that homes in all price points have problematic neighbors too.

Dec 16, 2015 10:34 AM #59
Rainer
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Kaye Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate Roseville CA - Roseville, CA
Your Roseville Real Estate Agent

Another cause could be a someone with health and/or mental issues, sometimes due to aging issues and all combined with hoarding. Sadly, they may not even realize it's not normal and may not be able to change. And if that's the case, it can take years or be impossible to resolve the issue depending on the city and county laws and options. I think your client was wise. 

Dec 16, 2015 12:36 PM #60
Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Thank you Evelyn Johnston! This was a very nice neighborhood except for the strange houses next door to the house we toured!

Have a great week!

Dec 17, 2015 01:06 AM #61
Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Kaye Swain-that is exactly what I was thinking! It is the only thing that makes sense since the home owners would be walking past and through the mess to get in the house.

Thank you Kaye! have a great weekend

Dec 17, 2015 01:11 AM #62
Rainer
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IRMA Beltran
Century 21 M & M and Associates-Turlock homes Real Estate - Turlock, CA
Your Real Estate Agent 4 Life Always there 4 You!

I would say call the county or city but I already went thru that and was told unless it's outside they can't do anything about it even if you think it creates a hazard.

Have a Wonderful blessed Day!!!

Dec 17, 2015 02:28 AM #63
Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

Thank you Irma Beltran! Enjoy your day too!

Dec 17, 2015 02:45 AM #64
Rainmaker
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

The first thing that came to mind was, maybe they are old people and don't know what to do with all the junk? Find out who they are, maybe they wouldn't mind if you "donated" a little muscle and truck to help them cart it off? Slobs are people too.  If the house is so perfect, maybe the problem can be remedied to everyone's satisfaction. 

Dec 17, 2015 12:41 PM #65
Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

I like your can-do positive attitude Hella Rothwell! That's not a project my client was willing to take on but maybe the next buyer would be that motivated!

Enjoy the beautiful weather in Hawaii!

Dec 17, 2015 09:44 PM #66
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Cheri Long
Metro Brokers/Priority Properties, Inc. - Centennial, CO
Metro Denver Realtor- Your Home is my PRIORITY

Many times an HOA can get involved as it affects the value of the neighbhorhood.  The real problem is that a perfectly good neighbor could sell in a year after you move in and a hoarder move in then with the same results.  

Dec 21, 2015 02:15 PM #68
Rainmaker
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Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

So true Cheri Long! Many of the older established neighborhoods in the Washington DC area do not have HOA's.

It's so important to closely examine the neighborhood and not just the house. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful holiday season!

Dec 21, 2015 08:56 PM #69
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