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Friday, July 14, 2017

New Neighbors?



I see the place across the road from me has been listed with a real estate agent. The same agent placed little American flags with her business card attached all over my property. I didn't appreciate that as I'm not in the market to sell. I happened to be out of town for a few days those flags just sat out there in all kinds of weather. That's wrong on a couple of levels. It disrespected the flag and showed I wasn't home to pick them up.

At any rate, the neighbors stopped trying to sell the place themselves and listed it with a broker. The people who were living there bailed partway through the winter. The house has only a little of the new siding on and the new deck isn't finished. The land was also used as a gravel pit. The owner's father is building a new place down the road. He took at least 80 dump truck loads of gravel out of the property, by his own admission. That's a lot of material for a one acre property.

I'm told the interior improvements to the house were extensive, but I haven't seen it. The outside looks terrible. There is a little strip of land along the road that was left alone -really left alone. They had to hack the weeds back to be able to put a for sale sign where it would be visible.

In spite of the place's obvious downsides, there was someone who came to see it. I know because my dog, not used to people being there, went over and barked at them. Nothing like making a good impression on potential neighbors. My lovely wife was able to call the dog back home.

The real estate market in my area really took a nosedive during the 2008 crash. Apparently, the local market is heating up again. If even sketchy places like my neighbor's is getting traffic, there must be some demand. That's probably why the real estate agent made an effort to give me her real estate card. After all, my property is the one with water frontage.

I can't help but be curious to see how things will sort out with the place next door.

-Sixbears



14 comments:

  1. Mebbe the market for a retirement or bug out location is looking up ? You have written about your local economy having some troubles with employment opportunities.

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    1. The local economy is only so so.

      The land around the lake is recreational property. A place down the road was just bought by ATV riders as you can drive on the roads that connect to an extensive trail system.

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  2. Neighbors can be either good or bad. If the property sells hopefully it's to the good.

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  3. Having more neighbors is RARELY a good thing, especially in this day and age.

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    1. It seems good neighbors are rare as hen's teeth.

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  4. Hope you find your new neighbors to your liking. That is possible, you know.

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    1. One can but hope -if someone actually buys the place.

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  5. Best of luck. Our newest neighbors we call the "Screamers". Don't know their names, just the dog and 1 kid' cause they always scream "Timmy, shut up that barkin'" and "Kimberly, come here NOW". Not very friemdly, either.

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    1. Dang. Sorry to hear that, as I'm sure you are sorry to hear your neighbors.

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  6. Do you happen to know how much they're asking or the place?

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    1. Before they listed it with an agent, they were asking $89,000. No idea if the agent talked reality into them or not. It hasn't shown up on the web site yet.

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  7. Our neighbor died and we are waiting to see what his children from out of state are going to do with the place.

    Your neighbor's asking price seems high from your description of it. Maybe it won't sell for a while.

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    1. It might be empty for some time. My cousin bought the place next to him because he didn't want bad neighbors. He gutted the place and put in a 9 foot pool table. He now has a whole second house as a man cave.

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