My Neighbor's Home is Hurting My Homes Value

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My Neighbor's Home is Hurting My Homes Value

We all know that one neighbor who won't, doesn't or can't keep up their home and it negatively impacts the value of all the other homes nearby.  So, how do you deal with this situation?  

First things first, you have to figure out whether it's a case of the home owner can't or won't.  There are some great charitable groups like "Rebuilding Baltimore" and other similar organizations that help home owners in need take care of delayed maintenance issues.

Your neighbor may want to fix up their home but may lack the tools, the means, the know how necessary to fix what needs to be fixed.  Consider offering to lend your neighbor tools or offer to help them with necessary repairs.  It may be the beginning of a wonderful friendship.

If your neighborhood has an Home Owners Association there may well be bye laws, covenants or restrictions that dictate how homes in your neighborhood are kept up.  If you don't have a relationship with your neighbor and/or can't build rapport  with your neighbor then you may have to ask the HOA to step in.

Even if your neighborhood doesn't have an HOA, your county or town may have code enforcement that you can contact to see what guidelines are being abused and what needs to be done to address the problems in your neighbors yard. 

 Selling your home when you live next door to difficult neighbors can add even more stress to an already stressful situation.  However, the results will be worth it.  And, a skilled Realtor can help you identify and avoid similar issues in your new neighborhood.  

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MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Thank you for keeping us updated on what's happening in your market.

Feb 06, 2020 11:49 PM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, June Piper-Brandon the board of health has rules and regulations for a property that looks like the "town dump"... they usually give them 30 days to clean it up or leave the property.

Feb 07, 2020 03:01 AM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello June,  I think everyone has a neighbor that is causing a problem that effects everyone on the block.  Some have 2 neighbores.


Feb 07, 2020 06:14 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning June. This is a real thing and most single family homes don't fall into to HOA thing. This is hard and often the best solution is big time landscaping or fencing.

Feb 07, 2020 06:52 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning June Piper-Brandon - one big reason some people want HOA's is the requirement to maintain your home.

Feb 07, 2020 08:39 AM #5
Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

I remember years ago something this could be turned into a neighborhood event.  If this owner agreed- local scouts- community members and the local hardware  and garden stores owners would volunteer and help the owner out.

I think that that first thing to do is to find out what the owner situation really is.  Case in point - there was a news segment last year where neighbors complained  about the condition of a homes front yard it turn out the owner a recent widow and mother of young children was home recovering from an operation due to cancer.  It was only after someone left a nasty note that this come to light.  After this disclosure the "neighbors" banned together and took turns taking care of the lawn.

Btw there are some builders that will also donate excess materials...

Feb 10, 2020 02:21 PM #6
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