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W, Home Owner in South Orange, NJ

Selling our home due to our neighbor harassing us, what can we do?

Asked by W, South Orange, NJ Wed Aug 21, 2013

We are looking to relocate because our neighbor is crazy and i was wondering if there's anything that you guys might know that we can do. His home is currently about to be sold by the bank but we don't know how long it will take for the new owners to kick him out? Is there a fast process?

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Hello welmer_a,

As Tim mentioned below, you can price the home aggressively. The problem you face thou, is this harassment MUST be disclosed to any future Buyer's. And I can assure you, this will turn off Buyer's from purchasing your home. That being said, If this neighbors nutty behavior is the only reason you're considering the sale of your home, then I suggest you keep the home. Why lose money in the sale of your home when this neighbor will be gone once his home has sold. Let the bank complete their foreclosure process. Yes, it could take some time. However, once the neighbor is gone then you can move on with your life and enjoy the new found peace and quiet. In the meantime, if you have not already spoken with your other neighbors. Try letting them know what has been taking place. Maybe you can gather their support in dealing with this problem neighbor. Maybe this neighbor will back off once they know you have others in your neighborhood supporting you and watching over you. You may also try contacting the Bank who is foreclosing the home. I do not know if it will help, but it is worth a try. Lastly, document everything this neighbor does and says to you and your family. That way in the event you have to contact the Police, you will have the information they need. I hope this helps to answer your question and wish you the best of luck no matter what decision you reach.

Warmest Regards,


0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
We have tried. Other neighbors have told us we should watch our banks. We tried to go to the station and all they state is to file a restraining order. We have little ones at home it is extremely frustrating. This all started because he wanted access to our gate to the backyard of our own home and i think this is a complete violation. He would harass us and bad mouth us around the neighborhood but we have lived there long enough. So i think the next step is file the report.
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i am in need of a seller who is willing to doing a Lease Option / Lease Purchase
i would like to talk to you
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 4, 2013
You can check when the Notice of Trustee sale will be held for your neighbor. It could take another few months - if you can deal with the neighbor for another few months, stay put. If you didn't have this neighbor, would you sell? If the answer is no, then wait for the neighbor to move.

If you want to relocate out of the neighborhood, if you prepared the property for market, priced at or below market and marketed the home properly, you should be able to get into contract within 2 weeks and close within 30 days (45 days and you will get to move). Please feel free to contact me at 415-832-9151 or janiceflee@gmail.com if you would like to discuss this offline and privately.

All the best,
Janice Lee
Top Producer, Realtor
International President's Elite
Coldwell Banker Previews International
Cell: 415-832-9151
BRE #01720205
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 25, 2013

It's likely in your best interest to explore all other options to get the issue you have with your neighbor resolved and then decide whether you still wish to sell.

Do your homework and gather all the pertinent information, including what you could expect to gain from selling your home etc. Any good real estate professional will be able to assist you with this. Should the issue with the neighbor still exist when you sell the home, you must disclose it. Doing so, of course, is likely to affect a buyer's decision to purchase your home as well as possibly the value of the home.

For additional information, feel free to call me at 415-200-7202.
Also go to http://www.sanfranciscoresidentialhomes.com for a Market Insider report on your neighborhood.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 22, 2013
That is a shame. Are you sure you want to sell if the crazy neighbor is moving? Usually once the home goes on the market, it should be sold within 15 days if priced right and the close of escrow is usually 30 days or less.

Once escrow closes, the lender who foreclosed will usually offer the owner cash for keys and will not allow the seller to live there for more then 30-60 days.

Note: Why don't you have the police give this guy a restraining order?

Best of luck,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
If you are looking for great deals contact me.

Jain Rishab
RE/MAX Active Realty.
Short Sale And Foreclosure Resource
Phone: (510) 676-4770
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
I would reconsider selling as it could cost you from disclosing the issue. If you wait you won't have that issue to disclose and thereby no stain on the property. Evaluating what the impact will be is an important part of the decision. I'm happy to help you decide what makes the most sense as we have dealt with a lot of these kinds of issues.

Best Regards,

Lance R. King - Founder/Managing Broker
King Realty Group

DRE # 01384425
415.722.5549 - Cell
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
You're welcome. It's a tricky situation and with real estate as pricey as it is here in SF you definitely want to make the most of it.
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Thank you i will ask the rest of my family.
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I wouldn't go the not disclose route. You open yourself up to too many issues. What if a buyer wouldn't have bought your house because of the neighbor issues?

I would suggest you look more at sticking it out if you weren't planning on selling anyway. If you can handle some time, you may end up winning in the long run. I think renting it out is a good suggestion too, rather than selling.

Now if you really wanted to sell anyway, then that is another story, and you are back to disclosing.

Eric Castongia
Zephyr Real Estate
BRE No. 01188380
Web Reference: http://SFHotBuy.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
Thank you for the advice!
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If your neighbor was not harassing you, would you even be selling your house? Why not rent your house instead of selling?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
It can take a while, crazy could be crazy smart. By dragging out the process your neighbor could be there for months without paying a house payment.

Something doesn't make sense to me. Is your neighbor renting or did he own the home? If he was renting who’s to say he isn't staying. Banks usually evict former homeowners before they put foreclosures on the market. If it's going to a foreclosure auction and no one buys the home at auction banks usually start the process right away.

J.R. Thrasher
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
There was shady business that went on with the previous Realtor and these people. We knew the owner and he decided to sell and somehow these people ended up paying for a 100k loan when it was worth more than that. It all started because he wanted a key to our side gate to enter our backyard. He is bath mouthing us to everyone in the neighborhood and they told us now to watch our backs. We have children in the house and that is our main worried.
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Price it aggressively before his goes up for sale at a lower price. I don't think you have to disclose the fact you don't like a neighbor.
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