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The neighborhood eyesore vs the listing!

Received a question from a potential client, and thought I'd share. 

Q: We want to sell, but the property next door is a junkyard with wrecked cars and trash of all kinds, what can we do?

A: First, know that you are not overestimating how important the neighboring property's appearance can be to the sale of your home. This is more true now than it ever has been, as today's buyers often view listings on satellite maps and applications like Street Views, which allows them to basically "drive" up and down the street from homes they plan to go see and rule them out on the basis of curb appeal, before they ever get in the car. The wonders of technology!
Second, also be aware that you may not be able to fully remedy the situation. They didn't mention what the ownership status of the property is, meaning whether someone actively owns it and lives there, or whether the property is bank-owned, a rental property or otherwise abandoned. And they did mention that the property is located in a city jurisdiction, implying that it's inside the city limits. Which rarely allows the operation of a junkyard, wrecking yard or dismantling operation in a single-family district.
Here are the two options the potential seller has: (But since I'm limited to 2000 characters, go to my website for the rest of the story)

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Why should they go to your website for 'the rest of the story' when they can go to the website where you found this article?

And FYI, that article is copyrighted.
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Does the Realtor code of ethics suggest following copyright law?   From looking at a lot of agent blogs, it seems as if it doesn't.   That is a pity.

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