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

Reblogger Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

This is what I call very savvy advice from Myrl Jeffcoat .  As I stated in her post, we all want to live in a good neighborhood and it takes each and every one of us to pitch in and make it so. 

Original content by Myrl Jeffcoat 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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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 05:07 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® great choice for a reblog.... when a neighbor is a fsbo, help them find the right buyer.... and start with making your own property show ready on the outside.... I'd give that neighbor a few tips on how to find the right may end up with the listing....

Jan 27, 2019 05:08 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Sheri. Sage advice to protect home values. Thanks for the reblog

Jan 27, 2019 05:14 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great choice for a reblog, Myrl Jeffcoat definitely provides sound advice and I am sure she is a great neighbor to have.

Jan 27, 2019 05:47 AM #4
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 Sheri,
Nice choice for a reblog from Myrl Jeffcoat . I like her take on this subject.  

Jan 27, 2019 06:38 AM #5
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, great choice for a reblog, and well maintained neighborhoods are highly desirable.

Jan 27, 2019 07:16 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Thanks for the reblog, Sheri.  It is greatly appreciated.  There have been a couple of times in my own neighborhood when this tactic worked wonderfully in obtaining great new neighbors!

Jan 27, 2019 12:19 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sheri.

I actually read this, because I stepped outside of my comfort zone. Great information

Jan 28, 2019 01:32 AM #8
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