Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales (Fathom Realty)

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Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Serving Coastal San Diego, Veteran's & Seniors

Yes occasionally I have had this conversation where I ask them to accompany me if they know the neighbor or else I go on my own and respectfully discuss the eysore and offer to incentavize them to remove or correct it if they do not volunteer it. (The incentive is discussed with the seller in advance. Spend $500.00 to make an extra $50K is a no brainer).

It has worked sometimes and other times I've had doors slammed in my face. It is always worth show your seller your value regardless of the result.

Jun 14, 2024 06:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Only if the client gets along with said neighbor Michael Elliott BUT I have found that a slob neighbor is often the reason a client is moving.

Jun 14, 2024 06:43 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Great question, and huge challenge if you don't live in a HOA . . . one of the reasons that even residential I want to include some zoomed-out neighborhood aerials . . . our area has some VERY 'nonconforming' areas where a 500k custom home can be next door to a singlewide that looks straight out of Deliverance, LOL

We have some super nice kids who live (thankfully) around the corner, their yard is a efkin DISASTER! Violations for DAYS! Hot tub in the front yard with no fence right there is against our pool barrier laws! A theater screen next to it hung from the front window -  and oh, the junk! He is an HVAC guy so there are always at least 3 or 4 dead evaps in his front yard! It's horrible. Other neighbors have asked me, with no HOA what can we do? Well we DO have CCRs and since the developer's still in prison, LOL you CAN go to County for enforcement and file a complaint, which would have YOUR name on it and they would know it was you. So he's gotten away with it for YEARS . . . and again he is a nice guy that never has had trouble with anyone aside from the eyesore.
He's a TENANT and the owner is a trust out of TN, LOL

If your client's neighbor is a tenant, dropping a dime on the property owner could possibly help . . . if it's a HOA, they could violate the neighbor. 

And as far as coaching them, find out if they have a good relationship with the neighbor - and if threatening that could be a whole nother can 'o worms!

Jun 14, 2024 06:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The neighbor may be more cooperative if you offer to to the clean up work for them.

Jun 14, 2024 07:39 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

In our niche, we may not even buy the house!

Jun 14, 2024 08:32 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

     Well Michael Elliott you don't hire an arsonist and end up in the crow bar hotel. If you have the seller approach the neighbor who is already on not the best terms from past police involved experiences, the slob make kick it up a couple notches. Making it worse.

     Even coming over to let the new buyer walking around the outside of the new listing know that he loves heavy metal at 2 in the morning. And that two more pit bulls are being added to his healthy collections of dogs not allowed on most house insurance policies.

     As he belches, crushes another Natty Lite can spent at 9:30 AM. Tossing it in the tall un-mowed grass collection of aluminum on his side of the boundary property line.

natty light house

Jun 14, 2024 08:29 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Nope.  Neighbors pretty much leave one another alone here, but lot sizes are an acre.  Really can't see my neighbors too much from my house/deck/porch

Jun 14, 2024 08:15 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

This can be tricky. It is true that sometimes cleaning up the neighbor's property is the best investment in making your own home have better curb appeal.

In the neighborhood where I bought my first house, I had  (nice) neighbors who didn't take care of their yard. The grass was getting high and dry. I solved the problem by calling my insurance agent and reporting that I felt it was a fire hazard. I don't know what he did, but within a few days, the neighbors were refurbishing their yard by having new sod laid down. It was beautiful.  Maybe he called the fire department or the city? 

If you're up for a little deceit, maybe you could hire someone to clean it up. Have them contact the owners and say they're starting a new business and going around doing some jobs for free to get some testimonials.

Jun 14, 2024 07:58 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Broker
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Yes but I do it very tactfully.  If given the opportunity I will approach said slob and drop a comment or too.  

Jun 14, 2024 07:54 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


This is a discussion that I have with my clients. 

Jun 14, 2024 07:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I had this very problem, and my seller went over the asked nicely if they could clean up their front yard.   They did!

Jun 14, 2024 11:26 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Michael Elliott 

I sold a house about six months ago, I recommended my seller to put a fence.

The neighbor finished the other side of the 290 feet. it is a corner house lot and I sold mine and the neighbors still look messy.

Sometimes, one can not change someone else's living styles:) Katina

Jun 14, 2024 09:18 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Yes I try to coach my client to talk to them but most time it does not work.


Jun 14, 2024 09:08 AM
Jeff Pearl
Samson Properties / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

You ignore it and focus on the property you listed. Let the neighbor decide. Buyers have the right to see the neighbors and neighborhood just as they are.

Jun 14, 2024 08:32 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Cash is king! If you don't ask the answer is always "no"! See the comment by Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Jun 15, 2024 03:28 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I've reported some things to zoning if they are in fact violations and that usually helps in getting those things done.  We have a "tag em or drag em" law that doesn't allow for "junk" cars to be in residential areas.  Reported outside refrigerators etc.  

Jun 14, 2024 02:21 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

If the normally messy yard is groomed by request of the seller or lising agent or at the expense of the home seller and/or LA and then, after it sells, the neighbor allows the yard to return to its normal, ugly, condition, there may be a lawsuit filed against the seller and listing agent by the new owner who may allege that he was falsely led to believe that the next door yard was always well maintained and not an eyesore.

Jun 14, 2024 10:29 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Yes, that is a discussion we have. Sometimes it doesn't help and sometimes it does.

Jun 19, 2024 07:25 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

As an agent, the job includes getting clients successfully to an end result, not counseling them on how to convince the neighbor’s to change their bad habits. They either can live with it or move on to something else, Michael!

Jun 16, 2024 01:18 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Perhaps you could get a crew together to help them clean it up.

Jun 14, 2024 09:03 PM