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Welcome to the latest edition of “Story Time With Gary.”
This one was relayed to me by a neighbor who was one of the original homeowners in a housing tract built in the 70s or 80s. There were maybe a dozen homes in this tract and, when everyone bought their homes, the developer did not put in front yards for the properties.
So, everybody in the neighborhood added a front yard for their home—except for one neighbor.
For a while, the neighbor just had dirt in front of their home. Then the weeds came, and then tall grass started sprouting. Not only that, when the paint started peeling on their home, they never tried to repaint it.
The neighborhood had 11 beautiful, well-kept homes and one terrible eyesore. Those other 11 homeowners were not happy.
When the owners of the eyesore property went on vacation, several of the neighbors decided to do everyone a favor. They went out to the eyesore property, pulled all the weeds, planted some flowers, and repainted the house.
When the owners came home, they did not say, “Thank you so much, that was so kind of you.” Instead, they sued their neighbors!
The owner of the eyesore property was furious and sued!
I’m not sure if there is a moral to this story but, if there is one, it might be, “Be neighborly, but ask first before you renovate someone’s home or their landscaping.”
As always, if you have any real estate questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your crazy real estate stories, too. I look forward to speaking with you!