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Posted by Collins & Demac Real Estate on 2/7/2019

The idea of a tight-knit neighborhood seems like an artifact of a simpler time in our country. And, in many ways, it is. Improvements in transportation and technology make it easier than ever to be connected with friends and family across the country and around the world.

However, there are still many good reasons to get to know your neighbors, aside from as a common courtesy. In this article, weíll break down those reasons for you.

A watchful eye

If you plan on going for an extended vacation, itís good to know at least one neighbor who you can trust to watch over your home while youíre away. That can include reporting any suspicious behavior and bringing in your mail so that it isn't obvious that your home is empty.

If you have kids, your neighbors are a good way to find out about any neighborhood news and safety concerns you should be aware of, which brings us to our next reason to get to know your neighbor.

Learning about the neighborhood

When you move into a new community, there often arenít many ways to learn about the local events and places of interest. Introducing yourself to your new neighbors is a good way to learn about the place you moved to. Itís also a way to ask about any concerns you may have, such as traffic, noise level, or road safety if you have children who will be playing outside.

A helping hand

Like we mentioned before, itís good to have trustworthy neighbors while youíre on vacation for home security reasons. However, itís also a good opportunity to have neighborhood kids lend a hand while youíre away. You can pay them to mow your lawn, water the grass or flowers, and feed your pets. This makes your life easier and teaches them a lesson in work and reward.

Lending tools and services

Itís good to know a few neighbors with tools that you donít have so that you can let one another borrow seldom-used tools rather than buying or renting them just for the occasional use.

Similarly, if you have an elderly neighbor, itís a rewarding gesture to help them out when you see they need help with groceries, shoveling, or other physically demanding tasks. Those small gestures can also go a long way when it comes to gaining a friend in the neighborhood who you can count on for the local news.

No ill-will between good neighbors

Letís face it, neighbors can be a source of annoyance at times. If itís late on a school night and your neighbors are being noisy while you and your children are trying to sleep, youíll have a lot better chance of getting them to quiet down if you have an established, friendly relationship.

Similarly, if you have a family cookout and need to park cars in front of their lawn, theyíre more likely to not mind if youíve helped them out in the past.

So, for these five reasons, and for many others, it pays to get to know your neighbors.


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Posted by Collins & Demac Real Estate on 9/14/2017

No one likes to be alone all the time. Fear of being alone is what keeps some people from moving out of their parentsí house. Itís also why some people refuse to move out of an apartment. Although neighbors may change more frequently at an apartment complex, thereís always someone nearby.

It can be comforting to know that as soon as you exit your apartment, thereís a good chance that youíll have someone to talk with about the latest sports game, hit song or popular movie. When you live in an apartment, you may also run into more people who share the same hobby or passion that you love.

You donít have to feel alone just because you live on your own

Loneliness may have absolutely nothing to do with preferring apartment living or staying at home with family. It could be a strong appreciation for people thatís behind the pull to stay near others. If this sounds like you and you do want to own a house of your own, there are housing options that accommodate your make-up.

You could move into a communal home. Before you take this move, get to know the other tenants. Also, find out what the legal ownership agreements are. Itís important that you feel comfortable with each person living at the house. Really think this option over, especially if you have children. Some people love living in a communal home. If you stay at hostels when you travel abroad, this might be a good option for you.

Another option is to buy a house with a friend or a relative. For example, if you have a sibling or a cousin who you trust and are close with, you could buy a house with this person. Make sure that the person you sign a mortgage with has steady employment, is responsible for herself and respects your space. Because they are a relative, you already know many of the people who are close to the person, eliminating the need to get acquainted with strangers.

If you do buy a house by yourself, a row house could do wonders. Row houses are attached homes that offer an apartment feel. You may not hear your neighbors from inside your home. Plus, when you step on your front or back porch, you can chat with your neighbors without having to cross the yard. What you probably wonít have is a large front of back yard.

Condos and mobile homes are other properties that can keep you from feeling like an island. As with any house, look for a condo or mobile home that is near shops,businesses, entertainment, worship centers and other facilities that you use regularly. After all, you donít only want to live in a house thatís close to other people, you want to live in a community that puts you near the very things that you love.

To truly feel connected to others, get out and meet your neighbors. Make speaking with your neighbors a habit. You could even start a neighborhood block party. Who knows? One of your neighbors could become a life long best friend.

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