Nosy Neighbors - Part 2
In the last video I talked about the nosy neighbors that come around when you put your house up for sale and how to turn them into advocates for selling your home.
Well, today I want to talk about
what to do when YOU are that nosy neighbor.
Ya know, a really nice touch is for the realtor to schedule a ”neighbors only” open house. Maybe on the Thursday or Friday before the first official open house weekend. The neighbors are invited over for some refreshments and to have a look around. This is a neutral ground and lowers that awkward threshold.
Now, If you go to the regular open house, don’t sneak around!
Just walk in and greet the real estate agent and say something like, “Hi we’re the Joneses and we live down the street.”
Then take a look around and see what they've done to the place. Is there a room addition, remodeled kitchen, updated bathrooms or new flooring?
Tour all of the rooms of the home but don’t go through the dresser drawers or medicine cabinets. It’s ok to look in the closets, but rifling through their hanging clothes and trying on their shoes is just creepy.
And please don’t give the agent the silent treatment.
Can you imagine someone walking through your house, not saying a word to you for ten minutes and then just walking out?
Now if you are a renter in the neighborhood, look at this house through buyer’s eyes. Can you see yourself in the kitchen? Is the family room or garage big enough for your needs? Would you need to make any improvemnts or changes? And then ask yourself if you’re ready to transition from home renter to homeowner.
If you’re a long time homeowner, look at this home and think about people you know that might like to move in. This is a great way to pick your next neighbor! Maybe it’s a relative, co-worker, a soccer mom, or a family that is bursting out at the seams of their current house. Go through your phone contacts and see if you can be a matchmaker.
And finally, look at this home as a possible investment for yourself. Do you have funds available to become a landlord? Real estate makes one of the best investments because you can leverage your money better than other methods.