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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

They help. Most fences around here are to keep pets home and safe, or for cattle, horses, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, etc., and protection for cemeteries, civil wat battlefields, historic preservation, etc. Most stone fences are for history preservation and looks. 8' tall deer fencing is common around vineyards. Fencing is required around swimming pools.

Feb 19, 2021 03:58 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

6ft block. I have great neighbors and we know each other's names and each other's pets names but overall we mind our own business. God bless the great state of Arizona!

Feb 19, 2021 03:48 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I prefer walls and caves ... a fence alone does not make for a good neighbor. Even if I had a fence it would not change my neighbors. 

Feb 18, 2021 09:21 PM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

My neighbors planted bamboo for privacy which is fine as long as you keep it out of my property.

Feb 18, 2021 09:09 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Fred, your question reminds me that I have led a bit of a "sheltered" life in some aspects because my mostly suburban-like lifestyle has featured a lifelong familiarity with  fences.   

They connect many neighbors and neighborhoods but I do understand the separation that can develop in the form of disputes, disagreements and an overall feeling of dismay. 

Yes, once again "it depends".  It's a situation that prompts perspective.  

Feb 19, 2021 04:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

The only reason I have a fence now is for my dog... previously our property lots were large enough for invisible fencing, which was the only fencing we had. I'm not all crazed about fencing to provide privacy. And besides, it's one more thing to maintain around the property.

Feb 19, 2021 04:07 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

That's what they say! Although I've heard lots of stories about neighbors fighting over the fences themselves...and what is growing over them, under them and through them!

I've been blessed to always have great neighbors (knocking on wood now)!

Feb 18, 2021 08:21 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

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Feb 19, 2021 08:18 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Yes on the fences and as far as developments within the city or more rural settings I guess that's open for discussion

Feb 19, 2021 06:24 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

As we await installation of a fence, I can definitely attest that something between parcels is a plus...  I do vote for a barrier AND acreage.  ;)

Feb 19, 2021 04:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I think it has to do with the look of the fence and the reason for installation. We had a privacy fence between us and the house behind us. During a hurricane it fell. We both agreed it was a good thing and replaced it.

Feb 19, 2021 04:18 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Block walls are common here in the Phoenix Metro area. Works fine and isn't an issue.  It took me awhile to get used to when I first moved here years ago....but it's all good as the views are incredible and keeps the pets safe!

Feb 18, 2021 08:46 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am on the "fence" about this, and I would say, it depends.  On our large property in Napa, we had a fence mainly to keep the deer out....A

Feb 19, 2021 07:02 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I don't really like fences. If you have a dog or a pool it is mandatory I think. 

Fencing big parcels is to keep the cattle or donkeys in their place.

Feb 19, 2021 06:16 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We have six foot privacy fencing in most neighborhoods. 

Feb 19, 2021 05:32 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Fences don’t bother me

Feb 19, 2021 05:07 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I think the quote is incorrect, although the easier option.

GOOD NEIGHBORS MAKE GOOD FENCES is a more appropriate promise that does take a little investment in the community.
Here in Florida, when many homes have changed ownership many times, it is unclear who owns the fence. So when the hurricane blows the panels down, the not good neighbors won't come out of the house.

Feb 19, 2021 05:48 AM
Brad Thomsen
Big Bear Realty - Edmonds, WA
Real Estate Services

Hi Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate 

Up here in the Northwest, fences are where people post angry signs directed at their neighbors

Fences are where Violent Drug Cartels tag their territory with spray paint

Fences are where real estate agents hang huge banners of their faces to advertise themselves 

Good fences are their own punishment

Others don't particularly respect them and law enforcement is busy being defunded and not real interested investigating why someone put a sign on another person's fence

Happy Selling!


Feb 19, 2021 04:59 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

As long as they are in the right place they can be good.

Being kind is an even more important part of being a good neighbor.

Feb 19, 2021 05:26 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

My nearest neighbor is at least a mile from our gate. Yes, I believe good fences between neighbors can lead to better relationships. Not all neighbors can get along. My daughter lived in a new growing community and made many great friendships that have lasted. Sometimes I wish I lived in a neighborhood, except I'm happy out here in the middle of nowhere and wouldn't be happy with rules for my piece of real estate. 

Feb 19, 2021 12:26 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

What a good question and I will be facing in the next few months. A barrier is a line of defense in a subdivision before you get to the property. Defense against what? Door-knockers, snoops and would be burglars. Anyone caught within your fence uninvited is suspect galore and all know this. As I write this, how sad is this but true? Rural property has its own dynamics. A nice, functional and asthetic fence is preferred & needed

Feb 19, 2021 09:23 AM