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Our neighborhood has a website where people can share information, post news, questions, etc.  A discussion started about people who park campers or boats/trailers by their homes.  I added a comment that I didn't like to see any vehicles that look more commercial than residential parked in the neighborhood.  That also includes homeowners who park their work-related vehicles (ex: may say XYZ Co. on the vehicle.)  Someone commented that there are local laws about such things.  Others commented that they aren't bothered by such vehicles.   I wonder if these vehicles affect nearby homes' values.  If your house is for sale, and neighbors' driveways contain campers, boats, trucks, etc, is your home considered less valuable because of its surroundings?

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Hi Vicki;

Any of the neighborhood surroundings affect Buyers' opinions of the home that is for sale.This is why Homeowner's associations came into being--to protect the values of the homes by protecting the looks and lifestyle of the neighborhood. Large commercial vehicles; unmaintained yards; weird house paint colors;barking dogs;people repairing their cars on their driveways; yard art; lots of junk or children's toys in the front yard; type of fencing; and other such things are among major detractors to the entire neighborhood and will definitely affect the values of the homes.

I hope that my answer gives you the ammunition you need to make your point.

Sincerely,
Jessica Bryan
Managing Broker
House to Home Realty Services

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These are just a few of the questions. I can suggest that if I am unable to answer a question I will refer the inquiry to a source that can.

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Anyone who is in this business and who dedicates oneself to professionalism has continued to take classes and along with it,additional credentials, awards and honors. I can list a host of them, but my greatest accomplishments happen to be those of getting first time buyers (who didn't think they could afford to buy a home)into a home of their dreams. The look on their faces when I hand over the keys is worth all of the hard work.

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