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How do you handle nosey neighbors?

Im sure this happens to all of us. We're trying to get a property complete, and you see a neighbor coming over to ask what you're doing, who owns the property, is it for sale, how much is it going for??? It's really annoying especially when you're in a hurry and just wanna get in and get out. So, how do you handle these people without being rude? Or do you have to get rude sometimes? i especially hate when they ask me if they could come in and see the house.... any stories?
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Im sure this happens to all of us. We're trying to get a property complete, and you see a neighbor coming over to ask what you're doing, who owns the property, is it for sale, how much is it going for??? It's really annoying especially when you're in a hurry and just wanna get in and get out. So, how do you handle these people without being rude? Or do you have to get rude sometimes? i especially hate when they ask me if they could come in and see the house.... any stories?
Point to a sticker on the door. Have them call that number. I tell them I'm too busy to talk and I have a work order to fulfill. You're not allowed to talk to them anyways. FDCPA violation on a PPO
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i usually say im just a guy with a list of places to go but i can mow there yard cheap I use it as a marketing opp as to any property specific questions i play dumb im just a guy working for a living then if they keep up with the convo the question could get around to whats wrong , what can i change or help the neighborhood with as far as this property is concerned then bid it IE neighbor at 23 XXXX street is threatening to call locality if blank isnt remedied we find this to be a condition or issue better handled before a violation takes place
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Not all neighbors are nosey maroons but the OP asked about them.
The questions usually start with "Are you the new owner" "You working for the bank" and then gets to "When are they going to do this or that" and devolves into whining about the neighbood property values. It's amusing when you point to the real estate sign out front and repeat the number out loud for them to call (they havent). We have told some of the PIAs if they were so concerned about real estate values, why havent they come over and cut the grass, or picked up the front yard, or removed the spray painted f*** from the garage door.
Had a guy catch me mowing one day when I had 15 left to do and it was already late morning. Who is the bank, what is their address, etc. Everytime I said I don't know, I don't have them information on me (it was in thr truck), he gets po'd like I owe him answers. Sorry, I don't sit on the couch looking out the window all day.

DO NOT LET UNAUTHORIZED PEOPLE INSIDE THE HOUSE!
It may be an innocent female neighbor who just wants to peek inside in case her SIL wants to buy it. Then two days later all of the copper is ripped out of the house. Or personals. It happens. You can be held liable. If someone wants to look, have them get hold of the broker or the company handling the listing.
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usually I just have good neighbors that are checking on who is at the house. Sometimes it's good to have some nosy neighbors that watch a home.

Never had 1 that was rude so I guess I'm lucky.
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These are all great answers : ) usually when I get asked if they could see the house I say they need to make an appointment with the realtor to see it. Some folks just don't get it though, it's all just liability on us.
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It depends on my mood and my schedule that day.

There is an evolution to the conversation that I find humorous. I have an over active sense of humor.

Neighbor "did you buy the place?"

Me "nope"

Neighbor "what you doing here? Who you working for?"

me "The mortgage company has given us a work order to do some maintenance."

Neighbor " the place looks like crap they need to do xyz.. I mowed it 3 times last year. Why don't they mow it every week?"

me "I mow it when they tell me to."

Neighbor "why don't you mow it shorter?"

me "for a $100.00 you can be the boss and I will mow it however you would like."

This is where the neighbor looks at me like I just tossed a kitten in a wood chipper. Usually at this point the conversation turns ugly or they leave.

I also love the "i know some one who wants to buy it!" scenario. I always ask then why didn't they buy it? It sure would have saved these people a lot of hardship had someone came in and bought them out.

The truth is they don't know anyone that wants to buy it they know someone that wants to steal it. The irony is the same dumb A$$ that is complaining about his property values being hurt by tall grass wants his buddy to buy the place for a song. Why do they never make the connection between GREAT DEALS and low property values?

In short of the altercations our company has had in this industry 90% of them have started with neighbors. I wish I had a shirt that said "don't talk to me!"
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It depends on my mood and my schedule that day.

There is an evolution to the conversation that I find humorous. I have an over active sense of humor.

Neighbor "did you buy the place?"

Me "nope"

Neighbor "what you doing here? Who you working for?"

me "The mortgage company has given us a work order to do some maintenance."

Neighbor " the place looks like crap they need to do xyz.. I mowed it 3 times last year. Why don't they mow it every week?"

me "I mow it when they tell me to."

Neighbor "why don't you mow it shorter?"

me "for a $100.00 you can be the boss and I will mow it however you would like."

This is where the neighbor looks at me like I just tossed a kitten in a wood chipper. Usually at this point the conversation turns ugly or they leave.

I also love the "i know some one who wants to buy it!" scenario. I always ask then why didn't they buy it? It sure would have saved these people a lot of hardship had someone came in and bought them out.

The truth is they don't know anyone that wants to buy it they know someone that wants to steal it. The irony is the same dumb A$$ that is complaining about his property values being hurt by tall grass wants his buddy to buy the place for a song. Why do they never make the connection between GREAT DEALS and low property values?

In short of the altercations our company has had in this industry 90% of them have started with neighbors. I wish I had a shirt that said "don't talk to me!"
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Use them as a marketing opp. Hand them a business card.
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Use them as a marketing opp. Hand them a business card.
This might be ok for someone interested in cutting residential lawns. Not us! I get calls every year from guys cutting residential lawns who want to work for us because they don't have to deal with picky homeowners.

We will never base our business on cutting lawns, we don't market for anything except our window and siding company which has a different name. We HATE working for realtors, we have found post conveyance work to be worse than working for realtors or homeowners, and we will never join the BBB or any other type of extortion organization.

The reason we chose to get into P&P in the beginning was to get away from people. The more people you add to any situation the more ridiculous it becomes. The more people you subtract the simpler it gets.
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