Your Neighbor has a "For Sale" Sign on the Lawn - What Should You Do?

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

It is fast approaching the time of year when folks thinking of selling, often put homes on the market.  You look out your window and you find your neighbor has a newly installed “For Sale” sign on his lawn.  Perhaps, you wonder who your new neighbors may be.  Will they be good neighbors? 

There can be some anxiety surrounding these questions.  However, there are things you can do to improve your chances of getting a quality new neighbor. One who will help enhance your neighborhood.  These things are likely similar to what the listing agent has told their seller in order to get the best offer for their home.  

(1)  Throw a little fertilizer on your lawn.  Weed those flower beds and prune overgrown bushes. Plant a few seasonal flowers to provide curb appeal.  Prospective home buyers strongly consider the neighborhood when viewing homes to buy.  If a buyer doesn’t care how neighbors take care of their homes, then they aren’t likely to take care should they buy a home, and become your new neighbor.

(2)  Mend any fences needing repair which are visible from the curb.  Curb appeal of all neighboring homes to any house listed is important.


(3)  Encourage your neighbors to do the same with their yards and fences.


(4)  In addition to the items mentioned above, consider informing family and friends that a home is available for sale in your neighborhood.


Understand these small steps can help improve home values in your neighborhood.  Also understand that neighborhoods are often lost to blight, one house at a time.  It occurs when one neighbor doesn’t care for their home, and a new homeowner moves in who has bought and doesn’t care about such things either.

I wish you the very best luck in obtaining a new quality neighbor, when the house on your street is SOLD!


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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I really love this post. I just had a neighbor a few doors down come to me because she had a buyer and wanted to know how much her house was worth. I did a market analysis for her and came up with a price. She told me she had already decided to list with me but the neighbor’s sister had confronted her with a win/win offer.

 I look at it this way I got to help my neighbor and she paid me with her friendship and a bag of peppermint chocolate ...

Jan 23, 2019 08:07 PM #14
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We are fortunate to live in an upscale 1960's ranch style neighborhood that sees constant remodeling activities. At one time we used to be the worst on landscaping but now we are up to date as well as refreshing the interior. Everyoine seems to take price so we are lucky.

Jan 25, 2019 07:26 AM #15
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Wise words that benefit not only the Seller but the whole neighborhood !

Jan 27, 2019 05:08 AM #16
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat help that neighbor find the right buyer.... and the points you've listed are right on target....

Jan 27, 2019 05:10 AM #17
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - another example of the "good neighbor policy" in action. 

Jan 27, 2019 05:40 AM #18
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great advice!  If all neighbors did this, our home values would always stay up!

Jan 27, 2019 05:49 AM #19
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Myrl,
Excellent take on this subject.  It reminds me of getting ready to list a home many years ago.  The owners asked me what they could do to improve the appeal of their home. I told them to help the neighbors clean up their yard and paint their house.  

Jan 27, 2019 06:42 AM #20
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great idea.  I think that this would definitely be enticing, to a new neighbor.  A

Jan 27, 2019 11:20 AM #21
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Recently sold one of the family homes and in reading your post, Myrl Jeffcoat, I realize how fortunate we were that our neighborhood kept their homes and
yards in tiptop shape. 

Jan 29, 2019 03:08 PM #22
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

L3 is important and a crucial element is the appearance of the neighborhood and surrounding area. Sellers who invest in improving their curb appeal and if necessary, their adjacent neighbors benefit with faster closing at higher prices.

Buyers driving up to a sellers property first drive by the neighbors and will get and remain excited if they are wowed by what they see. Great post.

Jan 31, 2019 01:10 AM #23
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

The house next door IS for sale, although the seller hasn't put up a FOR SALE sign. I admit I am curious when people are walking around the house and I'm checking them out to see who might be moving in next door!

Jan 31, 2019 06:33 AM #24
Marti Steele Kilby, CRS
Steele Group Realty - La Mesa, CA
Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA

All good advice, but honestly the first thing that came to mind is to question why they didn't list with you! It is always a bit painful when you see a competitors for sale sign on your block!

Jan 31, 2019 02:44 PM #25
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

After I read this blog, it went in a different direction than I thought!  

My initial reaction was....a house on your block is for sale yet you are not the agent LOL!  That recently happened to me!

Feb 01, 2019 08:29 AM #26
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Pride of ownership reflected in a neighborhood does help home values. I love this advice and it does help everyone...

Feb 02, 2019 07:59 AM #27
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat ,

Glad I caught your post in Carol Williams Second Chance Saturday series. I too thought it was going in a different direction but its a good stance to take whether the sign is yours or another Realtor in your neighbors yard. You're right many have more than one Realtor friend. When your known for helping others and encouraging neighbors to help the neighbors chance of attracting a good neighbor it benefits all and they will think of you when its time to sell.

Feb 03, 2019 05:23 AM #28
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I like this approach to making the neighborhood a better place to live one neighbor and one home at a time.

Feb 03, 2019 01:02 PM #29
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great post!  Creating an environment for a best new neighbor is a great idea!  This reminds me of a scenario that happened last Saturday.  I've had the flu so couldn't go show a home to a buyer last Saturday.  She drove the area, stopping in front of the house.  The neigbor across the street came out and proceeded to tell her what a schmuck the seller is.  She changed her mind and left.   We won't be seeing that house.  Had this listing agent discussed the idea of getting a potential "great neighbor" to this listing, it might have sold already.  I told the agent what happened, but not sure if she approached him or not.  Bummer.

Feb 04, 2019 01:59 PM #30
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I love your advice here, Myrl. Doing what we can to make our properties attractive helps us as we help the seller.

Feb 04, 2019 08:21 PM #31
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl

Great topic and one I don't recall reading here before. Ironically our next door neighbors (we've been here 4 years) just sold their house (using the agent who helped them buy 5 years ago!) and we, of course, curious about what's to come.


Feb 08, 2019 10:16 AM #32
Karen Rice Madison AL Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Madison - Madison, AL
256-348-1527 Call/Text

It's a fact that the state of neighboring properties can directly impact who buys a house.  As you say Myrl Jeffcoat "if a buyer doesn’t care how neighbors take care of their homes, then they aren’t likely to take care should they buy a home, and become your new neighbor."

Feb 25, 2019 01:19 PM #33
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