Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pet Peeves #1

Certainly these people must come home everyday and drive thru their neighborhoods. Don't they realize that Vintage Vegas is well over the hump of the "comeback"? This home is the ONLY one on the block that isn't being taken care of. I showed the house next door to this yesterday in Fran Park 4 which was really nice, but the clients were turned off before we ever got in the house, because of the house next door.

Every home in Vintage Vegas affects the value and desirability of every other home around it (both good and bad). I had the seller on our new listing down by the airport mow and clean the yard of the vacant house across the street from his. He thought I was nuts when I suggested it, but admits now that it changed the whole feel of the street!

The particular peeve is rock landscape that has grass or weeds growing in it. They make chemicals that will kill it or keep it from growing. They make plastic and weed stop material to put under the rock. You can even pull it out by hand!

Speaking of being good neighbors.... maybe one of your neighbors needs a friendly nudge. I offer to help, or volunteer to do it for them, which often causes enough of a guilt trip that they jump right on it. And then I still go over an help for at least a few minutes. Give it a try if someone on your block is hurting your home value.

With fall coming, and the temperatures retreating, it might be a good time for you to organize the neighbors for a Saturday morning mowing and trimming party to spruce up the worst house on any given block. Let everyone know you're going to do it. If they don't want to, or can't help, at least it might cause them to want to make their own home better. It's probably a bank owned property anyway, so you don't even have to ask for permission. Just go do it. It will help that house sell for more, make your street prettier, and help keep up the hard earned property values of your neighborhood.

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