They sure can!
But it’s not always in the way you immediately think, ie. the hoarder with eight couches on the lawn, or the crazy person who has covered the entire house in tin-foil to block out the brain-waves.
When looking at “highest and best use” of the property, we often arrive at the highest price somebody would pay for that property as well.
But what if the neighbours were threatening to affect that “highest and best use?”
I don’t have a horse in this race.
Nor do I really care about the outcome.
On the one hand, I see a property-owner applying for a minor variance that has probably been approved many times before, and wouldn’t likely produce a noticeable difference once the new home is built.
On the other hand, I see people who live on the street, pay property taxes, and should have a say in what happens on their street, and in their community.
I’m sure everybody reading this could pick a side, if they were so inclined.
But one thing I can’t help but wonder – are we, or should we be, looking at this from the viewpoint of how the potential variance would affect the community as a whole, or from the viewpoint of how the potential variance would affect the next-door neighbour in particular?
The neighbour has not one sign, but two:
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.
Offers are on Tuesday night, and as I write this – 6:30pm, there are only two registered.
This is an awesome builder’s lot, and I have to think that without those signs, there would have been more action.
So in the end, your neighbours can negatively impact the sale price of your home, and they certainly can hijack the sale process from start to finish…