Lisa and Jim's Northern Nevada Real Estate Blog: Check With The Neighbors If You Want To Know What's Going On

Check With The Neighbors If You Want To Know What's Going On

Not only can the neighbors tell you about the house you are buying, they are actually an important component of its value.  A home doesn't stand alone, even if you are on 5 acre parcels. 

Most people live in a neighborhood - what's it like?  Are they open, caring, friendly, but non intrusive... or are they overbearing and delving into your life.  Or vice versa, a reclusive.  Who hneighbors talking over the fenceas the out of control kids, dogs, etc. - or is all peaceful in the 'hood? 

Build enough rapport with the neighbor and you could learn all kinds of things about the house you are considering.  They can be quick to disclose if the Seller had sewer line troubles, roof problems, or any other quirky thing that can impact your home ownership tranquility.  You are the newcomer, the new neighbor, the one that will be living there if you buy the home.  The Seller is leaving.  Who do the neighbors want to befriend? 

Its good to check in with the neighbors if you want to know what's going on.

Comment balloon 7 commentsLisa Wetzel • June 10 2009 12:45AM


Neighbors are a wealth of information.  Whenever I'm showing a home and I see a neighbor, I make it a practice of chatting with him/her to "get the scoop" on the home, street, subdivision, etc.  Sometimes their information will help a client make his decision about of particular home.

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) almost 11 years ago

Absolutely and further I have asked a Mailman as well.  What better person to tell you which house is not quite as it seems ;)

Posted by Scott Leaf Personal Real Estate Corporation, Scott Leaf & Associates Real Estate Team (Keller Williams Elite Realty, Port Coquitlam, BC) almost 11 years ago

I always tell my buyers before they write an offer, to drive through the neighborhood and speak with the neighbors.

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Maximum One Executive REALTORS®) almost 11 years ago

Neighbors are not good if you are the listing agent!  I do like Jim also when working with buyers.  I encourge them to park and talk to whoever they can. 

Posted by Chad Baird (Re/Max Spirit) almost 11 years ago

This is another reason why I love AR so much...This was great information for new agents.  Thank you!

Posted by Peggy Christopher (Four Seasons Realty Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Tom - Me too, there's nothing like a neighbor for the latest nitty gritty!

Scott - The mail man is another excellent idea!

Jim - Me too!  It's a great way to make sure a home is a good fit!

Chad - Neighbors can be good if you are a listing agent, just hope it's the right neighbors!

Peggy - AR is a wonderful source!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 11 years ago

Definitely a great idea when counseling buyers! I usually tell them to drive through at 3 different night on a weeknight...on a weekend evening, and on a weekend during the day. That usually gives a very good impression at what goes on in the neighborhood, who has the raging parties (if any) and who has kids that yell and play...Oh my, aside from the raging parties, I have the kids and out of control dogs...YIPES ;-)

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 11 years ago