Common Neighborhood Disputes and what to do about them. The Hamilton Real Estate Show. May 7, 1016

May 07, 2016

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In this episode of The Hamilton Real Estate show, Rob Golfi and Rick Zamperin of CHML are in the studio on May 7, 2016 to talk about neighbors. Last week we talked about ghosts, murders and deaths in a home and whether that may cause some people to say thanks but no thanks to buying that home.  If there is a topic you want us to cover on the show, email it to and we will consider it for a future show. This discussion is about common neighborhood disputes. For example, who pays if a tree falls in your yard or must you disclose noisy neighbors when you sell.

Moving into a new neighborhood can be one of the biggest and scariest things for a family. If you live in a house and you get along great with your neighbors and everything is going well, sometimes it’s hard to move because you don’t know what you’d be moving into. Some neighborhoods forge great friendships and sometimes a new family on the block changes the whole dynamic of the neighborhood.

What about neighbors that don’t pick up after their dogs?  People, especially if they don’t own a dog themselves, may get very upset if neighborhood dogs are allowed to do their business on their lawn especially if the owner does not pick it up. You really need to get along with neighbors or it becomes a stressful place to live. Neighbors can be territorial so of course they don’t want anybody infringing on their property which only makes sense but these riffs can last a lifetime.

Disputes over fences and property boundaries are common between neighbors.   After your relationship with your neighbor is gone, then you become stressed over whether you see him outside because you probably don’t want to see him.  This is not the way you would want to live in your home.

Sometimes issues come up after the sold sign goes up on the front lawn. It’s up to the lawyer to make sure that the title search is checked for the property.  Title searches should be done 2 weeks before closing but some lawyers leave it to the last minutes and try to blame the agent for it but it is up the lawyer to check these things ahead of time. Unless a neighbor comes over and tells the realtor about a boundary issue, there would be no way for a realtor to know these things. A good lawyer will include title search insurance to protect owners from disputes that may come up after the purchase.  Discrepancies found during title searches, sometimes derails a real estate deal if the parties cannot resolve the issue.

Dealing with a local real estate agent helps if you don’t know the area because he/she should.  Knocking on the neighborhood doors and asking should reveal a lot about the neighborhood you plan to move into. Driving through the neighborhood to see what’s going on usually reveals a lot of things and gives you a good indicator of who lives in the neighborhood.

Listen below for the whole discussion!


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