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11 October 2016

How great neighbours can affect your ‘hood

Australians living the inner-city life through their twenties will know the feeling of not knowing their neighbours.  But if you’re stepping up to buy your first home, or upgrade, it’s important to consider the effect that neighbours can have on your experience in the home, and in the ‘hood.

We know that location, bedrooms and outside space are high on the consideration factor when looking to move, but we found out that almost 90% of Australians admit they don’t research their neighbours. In the hilarious new comedy, ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’, Isla Fisher’s character discovers that what your neighbours do behind closed doors can shock you; so if you haven’t thought about it, here’s why great neighbours should be near the top of your must-have list.

Consider the basics

If you’re in that 90% we mentioned, make sure you meet the neighbours before locking down the sale, particularly if you’re looking at an investment property. At the very least, contact the seller to ask them about their current neighbourly relationships. Anti-social behaviour in neighbours can potentially have a negative effect on the value of your home in the long-term, with the most common causes for annoyance being excessive noise and rude or intimidating behaviour.

Build a support network

Most Aussies agree that great neighbours have each other’s back, with the top valued traits identified as ‘being there for an emergency’, ‘bringing in the rubbish’ and ‘clearing out the mailbox while you’re away’. A network of them means peace-of-mind for you and your family. Particularly if you’re looking to go on holiday, a great neighbourhood support network could relieve a lot of stress.

Business in the front

Look out for neighbours running a tight ship when it comes to frontyard presentation, as this could boost the value of a neighbourhood and your potential new home. It’s also easy for a messy front yard next door to impact the way you feel about your own kerb appeal, and have that look spill over.

The comfort factor

Confrontation is uncomfortable at the best of times, but even more so when you barely know the person. Simply knowing your neighbours to the point where you can talk amicably about issues like noise or mess means less stress for both of you, and a quick and easy solution if these situations do come up. It could mean the difference between a friendly text or an angry neighbour banging the door down (awkward) the next time you throw a party.

Speaking of rivalry, Isla’s new movie, Keeping Up with the Joneses hits cinemas nationwide on October 20th, so get into cinemas to see a few “don’ts” for being a good neighbour!

Ready to start investigating your future neighbourhood? Get all the info on the best neighbourhoods across the country and download the Spring 2016 Buyers Guide or call one of our Home Loan specialists on 1800 100 258.

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