There's a lot of people out there who do not want to live in HOA communities. Try to advertise to them about how wonderful it is that people can make the choice to paint their homes whatever colors they like and park RV's and Boats in the yard. Try to find some words that make the neighborhood sound really cool because the owners in this up and coming neighborhood have the freedom to express themselves. I would really push that. As far as the messy back yard, yes you should call the city on that. I used to think it was best to go speak to the neighbors myself and ask them to fix a problem but after asking my neighbors to keep their dogs from barking all day while they were at work, they won't speak to me anymore even their kids won't say hello or wave or anything. Really weird. I even asked if there was anything I could do from my side of the fence to help train them. I am a dog lover, I have one dog now and usually have two dogs but I don't let my dog disturb anyone else. If I would have annonmously reported them, I suppose they wouldn't have known who to hate.
If this strategy doesn't work, then as others have said, price over comes all objections.
Good Luck to you,
The Kinslow Team LLC
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
That is, indeed, a terrific suggestion from Sandy Kinslow. You might just have to find the next creative couple who will feel welcome next to your neighbor. I also enjoyed the candy corn story from Gerard Carney. No question, there is a difference of perspective that exists. Some people call them junked cars and some call them "yard art" in rural areas. It might take longer to sell, but hang in there.
A suggestion for getting the cleanup going and keeping it that way is what I will call "beer diplomacy." You can use brownie diplomacy, too. But, I bet it's the man of the house who handles this chore. Invest in a six-pack and take to the neighbor. Sprinkled with a few pleases, you can illicit some sympathy and maybe cooperation. I hesitate to call the city.
I can identify with Sandy, and I even have my own story about a neighbor and his 24-hour power saw "hobby." That neighbor had even asked me to tell them if all the noise was bothering me. When I did, they were taken aback. Boy did it turn frosty from that direction.
That is a tough situation, Brismom. Best of luck.
Sorry to hear about your neighbor, but do not worry the right Buyer will come, who also would like to have the same paint color. For some people it's attractive (do not know why).
Just do not anger the neighbor to make it worse.
If you cannot get it sold, talk to your agent about possibility of a short sale(if you qualify). Maybe, that will create some activity.
The best of luck.
Unfortunately, what you don't own, you can't entirely control. Try some "honey" and see if you can get the neighbor to be helpful.
Good luck to you!
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RE/MAX Properties, Inc.
For now all you can do is not to give up hope.
You have someone who likes orange/purple in your neighborhood.
One day or another, a buyer is going to come around who just happens to like being near a home with those colors.
Buyers understand that there is nothing that you can do about the house next door,.. and their concern is obviously the condition of the rest of the homes in the area. Is the neighborhood on it's way down or is this a "localized" condition as it relates to one home.
If it were me I would be attempting to find something to turn your negative into a positive,... remember that humor is a positive emotion.
"Just imagine how easy it will be for company to find your home"
"See your new home from Space,... just look for the dot next the the neon orange dot"
Whatever you can think of to bring a smile and keep your home in a positive light..
Best of Luck to you