I was out showing homes recently . One of the homes I showed looked great and was priced right. The neighbor's house was in poor condition and the buyer was turned off from buying there.
I had shown homes in other communities and the buyer said she preferred homes in the other community because all the homes were well maintained.
This got me thinking about other times when a person did not buy a home because of what neighbors said or because of their homes.
I had a listing for rent and it was vacant. The people next door had 2 large Rotweilers. They had them in their own yard which was fenced and adjoining my listing. Whenever I showed the home or when other agents showed the house the feedback was that people were scared as the dogs barked when they went to the back yard. My clients complained to the hoa but it did not help. It was finally rented.
At another time I had buyers who loved a house and were going to make an offer on it. A neighbor was walking by and said he remembered that when the builder built the homes they had water problems in the basement and he had sued the builder and got his house waterproofed but he did not think the owner of this particular house had it waterproofed. This home had a finished basement and looked good but was bank owned . We would not get a seller's disclosure . The buyer decided not to buy though he knew he could get a home inspection.
Then there was a time when I showed a listing and the buyers talked to neighbors who said the house was jinxed because all the people who have owned it sold because of divorce. My buyers were superstitious and said no to the house.
A friend of mine had a listing where an elderly woman had died . Some neighbors said that her ghost was still there. It was on the market for a long time and then another agent bought it and had no problems .
When you list a home it is good to talk to next door neighbors and find out what they say because buyers usually talk to neighbors .
When you read about events please check the year for the event as some people find information a year later and think it is for that year. . The posts remain online even after the event.
Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site www.GitaBantwal.com
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Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others in my post and comments is not to be construed to be legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.