Don't waste any time. I encourage my buyers to meet the neighbors before they are fully committed to the transaction. If they find out the neighbors are feuding with each other over your back fence, you may want to reconsider buying the home.
My wife and I walked our neighborhood and introduced ourselves as "potential buyers" of the home. In most neighborhoods there is someone who will know all the good gossip and give you a sense of whether you have made a good decision.
I REALLY love the idea of your realtor throwing a house warming party. It is a win-win hands down for both sides. Also, "national night out" is to me one of the best ways to get together with your neighbors. It will happen soon and you should be a part of it.
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Congratulations on your new home purchase! One unique way to go is to talk with you agent and see if he/she would be interested in hosting a housewarming party for you inviting all of the neighbors as well as your friends and family. That would give you a good opportunity to meet all of them. At least the social ones! :) It could be a bbq, catered event... up to you! Nice thing is that if your agent hosts, he/she will probably pay for it and get some good exposure out of it as well. So it's a win win. Hope this helps!
Jason T. Lange
Realtor / CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)
Licensed in MN / WI
612-247-7593 |Jason.email@example.com |
One very common and non-spooky way is to have find a reason for talking to them - settle in your home first and then when an occasion like a birthday or an anniversary is around, just walk over and invite them over for the occasion. (or just have a house warming ceremony - you can even have two one with your old friends and one for your neighbors).