Just heard about this on the radio today.
What would you do if you were trying to sell your house and your neighbor posted a sign like this?BRIGHTON - It's tough enough to sell a house in this economy even if your neighbor hasn't posted a 12-foot-tall sign with red lettering warning off prospective home buyers.
The house in question is a three bedroom, three bathroom home on horse property in the Greatrock North subdivision in Adams County near Brighton.
Realtor Renee LeLonde, who represents the seller, says there should be no problem moving the property because of the neighborhood's desirability. But there's a problem. You can see it from the master bedroom's window.
"The house is never going to sell with the sign," she said.
"The sign" is plastered in blockish red letters on the side of a neighbor's RV. It reads, "Warning: 3 Rottweilers, Loud Parties, Loud Music, Loud Cars, Anti-Horse, Fireworks."
The sign belongs to Titus Terranova.
"I think I covered the bases," he said with a smile.
"This is how he's chosen to introduce himself to his prospective next-door neighbors or, as he said, "Kinda warning people what's at this house."
"Let's make sure we're all going to live around each other and be happy," he said. "I feel like if I make it pretty clear what's over here, you know, if you don't like that, don't buy this house. Move onto the next one."
The way Terranova sees it, he likes to have a good time but he's not breaking the law. While his home is his sanctuary, it is not a monastery by any means. Terranova enjoys a house party and isn't shy about it.
"It's part of why I moved out here," he said.
This is his piece of America and he was there first.
"As far as I know, that thing right up there on that pole," he said pointing to the large American flag fluttering above his home, "gives me right to do whatever I want to do unless I hurt somebody else."
Of course, the folks next door say they are being hurt by this and they have no legal recourse.
"Why does he get to pick and choose who buys a property that he does not own?"LeLonde said. "The sign needs to come down."
The Adams County Sheriff's Department said it has responded to several recent calls in the neighborhood, including a complaint that another sign posted by Terranova had been stolen. Two other calls were related to a noise complaint and a report of an illegal burn.
Terranova insists he can be a perfect neighbor, but that seems contingent on whether the new buyers fit his own definition of a perfect neighbor.
"This story right here may find a buyer for that house. I mean, that's the simple truth to it. There's guys like me all over the place out here! I'm not the only one," he said.
9NEWS asked Terranova if he is willing to buy the house himself. What way he alone could determine who lives there.
The seller is willing to have him buy it, but Terranova said the asking price is too high.
Also, the person I was listening to on the radio was arguing that even though this is a really selfish self centered move on the part of Terranova, potential buyers DO have the right to know that this is the type of person that they would be moving in next to before they enter into the contract. Do you agree with that?
Tough one! I am not sure I would want to live next to someone that is proud of being disrespectful (trying to find a better word for trashy) so if I were a potential buyer I might think it was a good thing he did that. But as a seller I would be horrified.
I guess you never know though, a potential buyer could come along that would love all that stuff.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
As a person who used to have crazy neighbors who partied all night long, left their dog outside to bark in the wee hours, and shot off fireworks 6 months of the year, I can say that potential buyers will certainly appreciate Mr. Terranova's honesty. "Selfish and self-centered"? Jeez, I dunno. I think I have a lower opinion of the sellers for wanting to hide this "defect" and dupe some poor soul into buying their nightmare. Full disclosure (honesty) is the best policy. Mr. T is just keepin' 'em honest.
Here's the thing.....sellers don't advertise the bad points of their house to potential buyers...no one in their right mind would because it means that while you are being all nice and honest, you are shooting yourself in the foot buy eliminating your potential buyers.
NO one advertises the bad points of anything they are trying to sell. Do you hear the M & M commercials talk about how high in sugar they are?
Buyer beware. If a buyer is concerned about the neighbors, then the buyer needs to personally find out about that. If they are not concerned? Then it shouldn't be shoved in their face to potentially deter them.
There are some things that the seller of a house *has* to disclose....but that list doesn't include craptastic neighbors. We did not tell our potential sellers that our old house was drafty as heck and had house centipedes because it was so old.(Occasional house centipedes do not count as a bug infestation and don't cause any structural damage). Or that the furnace is REALLY loud when it runs.....or who knows how many other things we could have offerred up.
I think what the neighbor is doing is wrong. Its really not his place to scare off potential buyers from the house that deliberately. With a sign like that? The sellers house is virtually unsellable.
Yeah, honest and all that...blah blah blah....this much honesty comes with too many consequences.
And of *course* I would be annoyed if i bought a house and found out the neighbors were terrible. But you know what? happens all the time...its a risk you take.
Kim, I agree with you. While I do think that as a buyer, I would want to know that there is a bad neighbor next door, I certainly don't consider that to be something that the seller *has* to disclose (or that most people even would.) It's not like something wrong with the actual house or property, and it's not something that they can control or fix.
I think it's really awful that this guy has posted this sign, and I DO think it's completely selfish and self centered. It's like he wants to be able to screen the people that will be moving in next door to him, but he doesn't own that property and doesn't have any desire to buy it. It's all about him even though he has ZERO right to make it all about him. I hate that kind of attitude.
I can't believe that there is absolutely nothing that these poor people can do about it.
What a loser. I can't stand the "I was here first so I can do whatever I want and you can't do $hit about it" attitude. Obviously he doesn't care about noise/nuisance by-laws and by the sounds of it the properties are fairly remote and nobody's really complained much in the past or by-law can't be bothered to pay him a visit. Yeah, there actually are laws regarding being a good neighbour (and by good I don't mean offering to shovel your sidewalk or water your lawn while you're on vacay) - most places have laws that say a homeowner is reasonably entitled to 'quiet enjoyment' of their home and property. Too bad this guy thinks the sun rises and sets around him and his life.
You guys have obviously never lived next door to a nightmare neighbor that keeps you and your babies awake all night long. You don't legally have to disclose the "defect" of having horrendous neighbors, but I think that should be the law. Yeah, Mr. T is a jackass neighbor, but sellers who let others unknowingly walk into such a life disrupting trap as this are no stellar citizens. And yes Kim, M&M have to disclose how much sugar is in a packet of their candy. They don't have to "advertise" it, but they do have to disclose it. It's on the nutrition facts, plain as day. As big of a douche as Mr. T is, I can say that he's doing many people a favor and I, as a potential buyer, would have thanked him.
I agree with Bobbie.
Sucks for the sellers, but great for the buyers!
I did read a post that said that the sellers do not have to disclose all the bad stuff, but legally they do via inspection that can negate the contract, etc. Also, there are many things that are illegal not to disclose if found out after closing. Now certain things are not illegal, I believe, like disclosing a death in the house, rowdy neighbors, etc. But as in many house buying expeditions you should not just make a rash decision, but drive by the house during school being let out, rush hour, party time. See what the neighborhood is really like.
Who knows, this neighbor may get their next best friend and find someone just like him. It's like a personnals ad for him. lol!
If a potential buyer really wants to protect himself from a crappy neighbor, he can do his part to find that out him/herself.
Bobbie, no one is going to buy that house.
If i had a sign hanging on my front door that said "Hey potential buyers, you will likely have to replace the chimney...the entire damn thing in the next year or so" No one would even look at the place.
But they hire an inspector....near the end, after they have decided if the house has potential for other reasons and really want to consider it.
Big red sign saying "Hey potential buyer, i'm your worst nightmare!"
forget it.....he is destroying any chance of anyone ever buying this place. That is just plain mean.