What should a homeowner do to avoid lowering the value of their neighbors' homes?

Asked by Trulia Tucson, Tucson, AZ Thu May 9, 2013

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Kat Tyree, Agent, Tucson, AZ
Thu May 16, 2013
The biggest problems with lowering value in recent years have been short sales and foreclosures. When a job loss or loss of spouse happens, there is often no other choice for an owner. Assuming those items aren't in play, the courtesies of keeping weeds pulled, landscape trimmed, and no junk cars or toys in the front yard are neighborly things to do.
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Eileen Eskew, Agent, Orlando, FL
Thu May 9, 2013
Well if you mean cosmetically: keep the house well cared for, fresh paint, well cared for landscaping. Don't leave items laying around the yard, keep good curb appeal. From a financial stand point, avoid foreclosure, use only as a last resort. if there are financial difficulties talk to an SFR specialist, your attorney and your financial advisor before making any decisions.
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Ric Mills, Agent, Oro Valley, AZ
Fri May 10, 2013
Proper and timely maintenace make good neighbors.
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Barkin Gilman…, Agent, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fri May 10, 2013
You must be good friends with your neighbors! Fresh paint and manicured grounds.
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Spirit Messi…, Agent, Tucson, AZ
Fri May 10, 2013
At this point Trulia Voices, you are really stretching to find a relevant topic. What should a homeowner do in regards to their neighbors property? They can't do anything. If that is a concern of a potential buyer, they should consider living in a subdivision that has an HOA, with Bylaws and rules against things like leaving a car out in the front yard up on blocks. However, some homeowners do not want to be living under the thumb of someone else, or under the Bylaws of a HOA.

Location plays a significant role in buying a home, it will impact not only the homes value but quality of life as well.

I think if you try a little harder, you can come up with better questions than this.

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