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Old 10-26-2015, 10:33 AM
 
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We have a contract to buy a home in a southern state. It will be our retirement home, where we hope to stay a long while.

Problem is, we've learned that the neighbor has been a real problem with the current homeowner. The homes and lot lines are very close to each other.

The neighbor has lived in her home for about one year. She and her husband don't work, and don't quite fit with the rest of the neighbors. They seem to have a means of support, but no class. She and her husband have allegedly lived in 15 places over the last 20 years, according to the seller.

Our home seller and her "got into it" last year. The neighbor keeps an excessive amount of dogs, and reportedly beats them. She used to throw the dog poop into the canal/river behind the house until the home seller reported this.

The neighbor also likes to feed the sea gulls near our property line, causing the birds to poop all over our dock and pool area. Just this week, she told our home seller to go F*#@ herself, when asked to politely stop.

Last year, the neighbor and our home seller signed a court agreement to not interfere or butt heads with one another. Seems like this is not working.

Our home seller, whom we've spoken to often, tells how much she can't wait to move and get away from this neighbor. When we tell her this worries US, she says not to worry, since "there's two of you". That one of us can be a witness.

While we're awaiting our closing, we're having second thoughts on the purchase. There are very few homes in our price range in this area, so it's hard to walk on this home.

Would you buy this house? Assume no battle lines, and hope for the best?
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Old 10-26-2015, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Not in a million years. I'd rather live in a worse house with better neighbors. Something else will come along. Don't make the rest of your life miserable to get in on a good deal.
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Old 10-26-2015, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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Absolutely not! Life is too short to subject yourself to aggravation when you don't need to!
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Old 10-26-2015, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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It takes 2 willing parties to be good neighbors and only one not willing to make it a bad situation. Buyer beware.
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Old 10-26-2015, 11:16 AM
 
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It takes 2 willing parties to be good neighbors and only one not willing to make it a bad situation. Buyer beware.
Let me add that we've observed our seller may not be the easiest person to live with. She strikes us as a bit paranoid, and has the tendency to be strongly opinionated.
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Old 10-26-2015, 11:20 AM
 
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Never, never, never. Throwing dog poop in a canal, and cussing at the current owner kind of speaks for itself.
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Old 10-26-2015, 11:22 AM
 
Location: rural south west UK
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in Britain if you've had a problem with the neighbour you have BY LAW to tell any prospective buyer about it.
on a personal level, I wouldn't touch this property with a barge pole(as we say around here)if you do it will only end in tears.
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Old 10-26-2015, 11:32 AM
 
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No way. I'd be in jail for punching the neighbor if I saw them abusing their dogs.
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Old 10-26-2015, 12:00 PM
 
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Hmmm.... no takers? I'm kind of surprised.

Do you think I can rely on one side of the story? (the home seller)
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Old 10-26-2015, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Hmmm.... no takers? I'm kind of surprised.

Do you think I can rely on one side of the story? (the home seller)
Take a look at the neighbors house and yard and maybe walk by a few times at random times. You will be able to tell a lot just by doing this.
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