When Neighbors Sale Block You

When Neighbors Sale Block You

Your house is a hot commodity. At least five agents a week bring potential buyers to see it. It's beautiful: move in ready, painted in completely neutral colors. You've repaired everything that ever needed work. The yard is pristine, the front porch is inviting, and the back deck is relaxing.


So why won't it sell?


Something's up. 


It can't be the agents who are showing the house, because they want their clients to buy your house. The potential buyers came to look at it for a reason - they liked what they saw in the listing. 


What the hell?


Well, maybe your neighbors are sale blocking you. They love having you as a neighbor. Could they be afraid that whomever buys your house won't be as nice as you? Of course, they could be horrible neighbors who don't realize that no one wants to live next to a garbage dump.


What? Yes, you read that right. When buying a home, neighbors are a huge consideration. No matter how much someone likes the house, it isn't worth it if the neighbors are terrible. Remember when the family moved across the country in American Horror Story? If potential neighbors are always coming into the house unannounced, without even knocking, and stealing stuff (or telling people they'll die in the house), it's doubtful the house will sell quickly.


I'm guessing that's a fairly rare occurrence. But there are other things that are as difficult to live near for some people. Is your house near a little league ball park, or the high school football field? What about a college known for being a party school? Each of these things will mean different things to everyone.


If a family with athletic kids is searching for a new home, the little league park or football field might be a very attractive neighborhood feature to them. A college known for it's hard partying students, on the other hand, might not be the type of neighborhood they want their children to grow up in.


Do you have a neighbor with blood hounds? They bark. Loudly. A lot. That's what blood hounds do. Some people don't mind it at all. (I am one of those people. I love puppies, and all dogs are puppies not matter how old they are. As long as the neighbors are cool with allowing me to be friends with their puppies, I'm all about it.) Other people, though, would hate it. 


There's also the other side of that coin. Do your neighbors dislike dogs? If they do, the new homeowners might end up being on a first name basis with half of the area police force. Some neighbors call to complain about the noise the dogs are making. People with pets generally check this kind of thing out.


Could it be the neighbor's house? Is it pink and purple striped, with lawn gnomes lined up like a fence around the property? Hey, it's their property, and they can decorate it any way they want. There are a lot of folks out there who would love that. But the people looking at your house might not appreciate that style as much as the neighbors.


Could be that your neighbors want to buy your house. But they're waiting for you to bring the price down when you don't get any offers on it. Are they telling not so truthful stories to scare people away? If that's the case, have a little heart to heart with them. 


Then there's the creepy neighbor. This person spies on all the other neighbors, knows exactly what's going on at every house, knows when you have company and who it is (or they come over and ask), and is just plain, well, creepy. Maybe you and the others in the neighborhood should have an intervention with this neighbor.


Be aware that neighbors could be an issue when selling your house. Talk to them and explain that the agent will give the buyers all the information they need. Telling them they shouldn't be talking to potential buyers might help. Offer to clean up their back yard a little if they keep a junk pile there. Or, as a last ditch effort, put up a privacy fence between the house you're selling and the neighbor's property. 


Surprisingly, many of your neighbors aren't even aware that they're scaring people away. They could actually be trying to help you. Keep that in mind. Sabotage is an uncommon reason for neighbors to sale block you.




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