Too weird? Dealing with nuisance neighbors when selling your home.

Many people take pride in living in a quirky city. They like knowing that the Fremont Solstice Parade rolls through town. They smile knowing that a creative hipster is putting their art in motion. “Yes,” they affirm, “keep Seattle weird.”

But there also are cases where a neighbor’s art or lifestyle crosses a line. Often these value conflicts are minimized geographically—people choose to live where people are “like them” and share similar tastes. People move to neighborhoods that “feel right.” City ordinances and neighborhood covenants codify some of these choices in law.

But in some cases, straight conflicts exist. In a different real estate market there was more talk about how these conflicts plagued home sellers. Now, almost no nuisance is too great to sink a deal, as someone will be willing to endure it. (Maybe someone will even appreciate it as a feature.)  Though it could reduce property values. Creative solutions often translate into real money.

Over the years we have admired these woodcarvings as great examples of potential neighborly conflicts. If we ever list this house (or one nearby) it will require some epic marketing!

Obviously there aren’t solutions for every conflict, but we have dealt with all varieties of nuisance neighbors in our years of practice. We may have directly relevant experience or simply fresh perspective. Maybe your situation would have a better chance of being resolved if a representative approaches your crazy neighbor on your behalf.

One Response to “Too weird? Dealing with nuisance neighbors when selling your home.”

  1. Kate Clay July 17, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    Love that pic of Des in front of the “art”! 🙂

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