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2014-05-07 04:35:39 PM
If the way someone parks their car even factors into your home sale, you suck the long, hairy one when it comes to sales.
 
2014-05-07 06:33:40 PM
They must have to get to the gym in 26the minutes.
 
2014-05-07 06:57:34 PM
How dare they get in the way of a real estate agents easy money.
 
2014-05-07 07:00:26 PM
I don't know who to root for in this one. on the one hand, real estate agents are scum. On the other hand, old people offer you hard candy and have that weird old-person smell.
 
2014-05-07 07:03:57 PM
I'm thinking this is a neighbour, someone who's uptight enough to think it looks untidy but cowardly enough to want to hide behind a false identity.  Why would some random estate agent give a fark how anyone parks?  Unless you're selling the house next door and the the pensioners are farking doggy fashion on the bonnet then it's not an issue.
 
2014-05-07 07:04:20 PM

doglover: If the way someone parks their car even factors into your home sale, you suck the long, hairy one when it comes to sales.


They were parking in the grass. Granted, some places that is completely kosher. But, it probably effects the value
 
2014-05-07 07:04:36 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: I don't know who to root for in this one. on the one hand, real estate agents are scum. On the other hand, old people offer you hard candy and have that weird old-person smell.


That right there is the smell of death, Billy.  It will come to us all.

As long as those old people don't park like that in public (assuming it blocks anything or prevents them going out) who cares?
 
2014-05-07 07:04:56 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: I don't know who to root for in this one. on the one hand, real estate agents are scum. On the other hand, old people offer you hard candy and have that weird old-person smell.


Ewww, the smell. Oh wait, I have that smell.

/stay off my lawn, punks.
 
2014-05-07 07:07:40 PM

iheartscotch: doglover: If the way someone parks their car even factors into your home sale, you suck the long, hairy one when it comes to sales.

They were parking in the grass. Granted, some places that is completely kosher. But, it probably effects the value


Does it matter what they are doing on their property?

They will be dead soon enough... Christ!
 
2014-05-07 07:09:03 PM
As a homeowner currently renting because I can't sell my place, I understand both sides.

The real estate agent is a douche bag. If you have a problem, go to their door and address them directly. Your problem isn't theirs.

If you are so disabled can't walk an extra 15-20 feet from your driveway, you shouldn't be driving. Or have your driveway extended or live somewhere else.

I've seen neighbors in my new neighborhood do it with their driveways. Doesn't look the best, but the neighbors are all respectful to one another and within a week of moving in, I had several neighbors come over unexpectedly and introduce themselves. It let's me know they're watching my place and I'm happy to watch their place.

But, seriously. Parking a vehicle on the lawn? Does it get anymore white trash? And I'm speaking as a white guy.
 
2014-05-07 07:10:18 PM

iheartscotch: doglover: If the way someone parks their car even factors into your home sale, you suck the long, hairy one when it comes to sales.

They were parking in the grass. Granted, some places that is completely kosher. But, it probably effects the value


I have a 25 year old POS ford Taurus that I had thought about using for this exact purpose. Find a house I'm interested in buying, and then park my crappy car a few doors down across the street on open house weekends; drive competition and the sale price down. I could then use the savings from the house purchase (saving even 1% would be akin to ~20x the car's "value") to fund racing the car in 24 hours of LeMons and still have a fair bit of cash left over.

Which would promptly be spent invested on beer.
 
2014-05-07 07:12:34 PM
That was...not much. Local news ftw.
 
2014-05-07 07:16:42 PM

doglover: If the way someone parks their car even factors into your home sale, you suck the long, hairy one when it comes to sales.


Where and how many cars are parked absolutely does affect home values. There are towns that are so retentive about it that you can't park on the street at night.  You can't have a disabled car sitting in one place visible for weeks and months.  And you can't park on your lawn.  It may sound trivial but when you have to take say, $10k less for your house because the neighbor has a car on the lawn it doesn't sound so trivial anymore.
 
2014-05-07 07:18:33 PM

marcre3363: As a homeowner currently renting because I can't sell my place, I understand both sides.

The real estate agent is a douche bag. If you have a problem, go to their door and address them directly. Your problem isn't theirs.

If you are so disabled can't walk an extra 15-20 feet from your driveway, you shouldn't be driving. Or have your driveway extended or live somewhere else.

I've seen neighbors in my new neighborhood do it with their driveways. Doesn't look the best, but the neighbors are all respectful to one another and within a week of moving in, I had several neighbors come over unexpectedly and introduce themselves. It let's me know they're watching my place and I'm happy to watch their place.

But, seriously. Parking a vehicle on the lawn? Does it get anymore white trash? And I'm speaking as a white guy.


http://www.boddingtons-ltd.com/products/grass-ground-reinforcement/g ra ss-reinforcement-protection/turfprotecta-turf-reinforcement-mesh.php
 
2014-05-07 07:18:55 PM
The note writer is being a bullying jackass about it, which is not only rude but stupid. But I'd buy that this kind of seemingly insignificant stuff can affect the way that potential buyers perceive the neighborhood, which in turn affects what they're willing to pay to live there or how interested they are. At least, in a sub/urban situation where homes are fairly tightly packed.
 
2014-05-07 07:20:45 PM
The owners park on the lawn because it is closer to their front door.

Sorry but if you are so bad off in the leg (and it sounds like they are) then you certainly should not be in control of a motor vehicle! Last thing we need is more elderly people plowing into children and women in schools.
 
2014-05-07 07:22:45 PM

VivianVivisect: iheartscotch: doglover: If the way someone parks their car even factors into your home sale, you suck the long, hairy one when it comes to sales.

They were parking in the grass. Granted, some places that is completely kosher. But, it probably effects the value

Does it matter what they are doing on their property?

They will be dead soon enough... Christ!


Most places, no. If they had an HOA; they'd have gotten a lien put on their house.

/ My paternal grandparents parked a car in their grass for decades. But, they also lived in a very small town in south eastern Kansas.

// my maternal grandparents had farming implements in their yard
 
2014-05-07 07:23:19 PM
I'm on the side of the note writer. There's something about parking a car on the lawn, when there's a perfectly good alternative, that indicates that the perpetrator is a pig-ignorant bastard. Not someone I'd like as a neighbor.
As for the tone of the note. I suspect desperation after asking politely, and being ignored.
 
2014-05-07 07:24:52 PM
Ok, the busybody neighbor real estate agent who wrote the note is an asshole and deserves nothing. HOWEVER:

FTFA:  Bill Doughten explained why he sometimes parks his Chevy sedan on his lawn. "I got a bad leg, I shake, and I'm an old man," he told CBSPhilly.com.

Based on his own admittance that he has the tendency to lose motor control to the point where he is unable to walk more than a few yards, he probably should not be piloting a half-ton of metal around town at high rates of speed.  It sucks, but it will suck a lot more when he gets the shakes and swerves into oncoming traffic and kills someone.

Draw, no points awarded to either side.
 
2014-05-07 07:25:12 PM
LOLOLOLOLOLO! Some Realtor Lady puckerbutt thinks she has the power to boss around total strangers.
 
2014-05-07 07:28:41 PM

Tillmaster: I'm on the side of the note writer. There's something about parking a car on the lawn, when there's a perfectly good alternative, that indicates that the perpetrator is a pig-ignorant bastard. Not someone I'd like as a neighbor.
As for the tone of the note. I suspect desperation after asking politely, and being ignored.


Of course, the Real Estate agent being a complete and utter ageist douchebag is a completely outrageous proposition. The dude probably collects foreskins from the Synagogue up the street.
 
2014-05-07 07:29:22 PM
My house is a place to live, not an investment.

If one of my neighbors does something that drives my property values down, well hey, maybe my property taxes won't be so high.
 
2014-05-07 07:29:34 PM

marcre3363: As a homeowner currently renting because I can't sell my place, I understand both sides.

The real estate agent is a douche bag. If you have a problem, go to their door and address them directly. Your problem isn't theirs.

If you are so disabled can't walk an extra 15-20 feet from your driveway, you shouldn't be driving. Or have your driveway extended or live somewhere else.

I've seen neighbors in my new neighborhood do it with their driveways. Doesn't look the best, but the neighbors are all respectful to one another and within a week of moving in, I had several neighbors come over unexpectedly and introduce themselves. It let's me know they're watching my place and I'm happy to watch their place.

But, seriously. Parking a vehicle on the lawn? Does it get anymore white trash? And I'm speaking as a white guy.


You going to pay for the new driveway?  No?  Then you have exactly zero say in it.

Have a nice day.  Go found a HOA.  (you can read that as "go pound sound" if you like)
 
2014-05-07 07:30:59 PM
Unless theres a city ordinance against parking on your lawn, Mr Big-Shot Real Estate Tycoon can EABOD.
 
2014-05-07 07:31:19 PM

TV's Vinnie: LOLOLOLOLOLO! Some Realtor Lady puckerbutt thinks she has the power to boss around total strangers.


I think 'Lady Puckerbutt' is a great name for a band.
 
2014-05-07 07:32:35 PM
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2014-05-07 07:33:24 PM
His tactics suck and he shouldn't have said anything to the couple regardless, but I feel his rage.  Used to be selling a house wasn't that difficult, even before the recent upswing.  And every neighborhood seems to have the hoarder-proudly-displaying-his-treasures-in-the-front-yard kind of dude to some extent, however, its different now.  A lot of people want to sell their homes and while this couple are minor offenders, it can still have an effect.  One out of every four potential buyers will hate seeing that in their neighborhood.  No matter what there freedoms are, it still looks like shiat and it can literately mean the difference between selling your home or not.

Hate homeowners associations as much as I do?  Thank as$hats like this couple and those who are even worse for their rise.  Again, this couple are far from being extreme in this practice, but they beg the larger equation.
 
2014-05-07 07:36:17 PM
In before this is fake and the dude is gonna pander for donations or some stupid shiat.
 
2014-05-07 07:38:06 PM
He should use that a selling point. If he can't avoid driving by that house, just point at it and say "As you can plainly see, there are no HOA fees."
 
2014-05-07 07:41:51 PM

Flt209er: iheartscotch: doglover: If the way someone parks their car even factors into your home sale, you suck the long, hairy one when it comes to sales.

They were parking in the grass. Granted, some places that is completely kosher. But, it probably effects the value

I have a 25 year old POS ford Taurus that I had thought about using for this exact purpose. Find a house I'm interested in buying, and then park my crappy car a few doors down across the street on open house weekends; drive competition and the sale price down. I could then use the savings from the house purchase (saving even 1% would be akin to ~20x the car's "value") to fund racing the car in 24 hours of LeMons and still have a fair bit of cash left over.

Which would promptly be spent invested on beer.


24 hours of lemons?  That must be one hell of a party...
 
2014-05-07 07:41:53 PM

Flt209er: iheartscotch: doglover: If the way someone parks their car even factors into your home sale, you suck the long, hairy one when it comes to sales.

They were parking in the grass. Granted, some places that is completely kosher. But, it probably effects the value

I have a 25 year old POS ford Taurus that I had thought about using for this exact purpose. Find a house I'm interested in buying, and then park my crappy car a few doors down across the street on open house weekends; drive competition and the sale price down. I could then use the savings from the house purchase (saving even 1% would be akin to ~20x the car's "value") to fund racing the car in 24 hours of LeMons and still have a fair bit of cash left over.

Which would promptly be spent invested on beer.


Your car is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe millions. There has never been a Taurus made that lasted more than 8 years. You sir, own a factory freak!
 
2014-05-07 07:44:15 PM
I put my bet down that it's fake right after the article explained the letter was anonymous. The whole "anonymous letter of derogatory anger" thing tends to turn out to be someone whoring for attention/money lately.

I mean, who the hell gets so mad about three sentences that they turn to the media? Especially when there's no direct offensive statements in the letter. It's not like the dude scrawled "fark YOU, YOU GERIATRIC BASTARDS! GET A farkING JOB, STOP LIVING OFF THE GOVERNMENT, AND PARK YOUR farkING CAR RIGHT! DISABLED? fark YOU, I'LL BREAK YOUR CALCIUM DEFICIENT BONES IF YOU KEEP MESSING WITH MY SALES!"

So my :tenbux: is on:

A) Somebody wants money/attention
B) Slow news day
 
2014-05-07 07:44:23 PM
Sorry, but I have to side with the (alleged) agent.  His/her reason for complaining aside, the low-class hillbilly who shouldn't even be driving anymore deserves to be criticized for acting like a low-class hillbilly.
 
2014-05-07 07:48:14 PM
I pay HOA fes, usualy have no isues. Only 1 house I know of, they park a truck up against the house on the side, clearly visible from the street, since you have to drive past the house to get in or out of our subdivision. I have complained to the village cops, and am filing a complaint with the HOA. Sure, they bought the house as a foreclosure, yet that does not give them any special rights. If they have a 3 car driveway, and not enough room, use your garage. We have a 3 car driveway, plenty of room, parking for 9 cars, though we just have the two. 300k houses and up here.
 
2014-05-07 07:48:38 PM

Tillmaster: I'm on the side of the note writer. There's something about parking a car on the lawn, when there's a perfectly good alternative, that indicates that the perpetrator is a pig-ignorant bastard. Not someone I'd like as a neighbor.
As for the tone of the note. I suspect desperation after asking politely, and being ignored.


Doubt it, they would say who, just to shame that person, if they knew.
 
2014-05-07 07:49:11 PM
noitsnot:

24 hours of lemons?  That must be one hell of a party...


Does that mean something?  Off to Google it...
 
nbt
2014-05-07 07:49:35 PM
If I was their neighbour, I would probably know why they parked on their lawn and I'd be cool with it.   I'm not their neighbour and don't know whether I'd trust the gentleman behind the wheel, so I won't judge that.

I also understand  that local house prices went nuts just after I bought in, so younger folks just starting are screwed if their equity goes negative.  Gotta forgive them if they need that extra $20K of valuation to stay afloat.  Real estate agents, meh....  some of them are OK but not ones who post notes like that.
 
2014-05-07 07:53:38 PM
MLS, that is all
 
2014-05-07 07:53:52 PM
Here's the fun part, depending on where it is in town (Ocean City, New Jersey) a 30' x 90' lot can go from "only" 100k$ to a couple million. The island isn't huge, the real estate market there was based completely on buy, tear down and build a new uglier box for a few years. For a year or three-ish after the crash, there were close to zero tear downs.

Taxes are high, services are not very impressive, and you have to pay to use the beach via "beach tags", the parking stinks as does the traffic in the summer. My running gag is that it's a perfect town for people who've never been someplace nice or simply punted and went for the "it's convenient" excuse.

The note writer would fit the stereotypical real estate agent there, the ones that the used car salesmen look up to, It was a small sleazy market when I had family involved in it, I kinda doubt there's been a sudden reform in the decades since.

There are honest ones in there, but you'll have to do your homework to find them.

/something to the effect of count your fingers after shaking hands applies
//buyers want an honest agent, sellers...not so much
///your agent is not your home inspector
 
2014-05-07 07:54:56 PM
She told NBC-Philadelphia that she and her husband don't plan to alter their parking habits. "I can do whatever I want to do," she said.

If the city/borough finds out that your parking habits are impacting real estate sale prices, and therefore tax revenue, you bet your wrinkly ass they're going to make you park in your driveway you stubborn, entitled old bat.
 
2014-05-07 07:55:01 PM
"Why would you send a letter anonymously?" Bill said. "That shows the character."
Barbara Doughten added, "There's the door. Knock."


Hey, you got a mailbox.  Open it.  I don't care if someone sky writes that the tire tracks in your front yard suck.  You read it and do something about it.  Maybe park two cars.
 
2014-05-07 07:55:18 PM

Ex-Texan: I pay HOA fes, usualy have no isues. Only 1 house I know of, they park a truck up against the house on the side, clearly visible from the street, since you have to drive past the house to get in or out of our subdivision. I have complained to the village cops, and am filing a complaint with the HOA. Sure, they bought the house as a foreclosure, yet that does not give them any special rights. If they have a 3 car driveway, and not enough room, use your garage. We have a 3 car driveway, plenty of room, parking for 9 cars, though we just have the two. 300k houses and up here.


Why don't you man-up, grow a pair, and go talk to them. You are exactly the type neighbor no one wants.
 
2014-05-07 07:56:55 PM
Does he say which leg bothers him? Because if he drives an automatic and is having severe issues with his left leg, then it wouldn't affect his driving.  Also, I wonder what the reaction would be if he paved over his entire yard, effectively making the whole thing a driveway.
 
2014-05-07 07:57:20 PM
He can't walk from his driveway, but he can drive?
 
2014-05-07 07:57:22 PM
It'd be easy enough to verify. Find the home for sale nearest the elderly folks home and do a search to find out the listing agent. Once you find out the listing agents name and company, call that agent and the first thing you say is "I live near your listing on Main Street (or whatever the name). I saw your note. I'm sorry about that. I'll try my best not to do it." If the person says, "Excuse me? What note are you talking about", then it's not the right agent. Find the next closest listing and keep trying.

If the person says, "Ok, thanks for your cooperation" or something that indicates that they know about the note, then you know they are the note writer. Once you know who wrote the note, let hell-fire rain upon them.
 
2014-05-07 08:04:49 PM

moothemagiccow: He can't walk from his driveway, but he can drive?


This may shock some folks, but there are people who don't even have any legs that can drive. They give them special license plates even.
 
2014-05-07 08:05:03 PM

Spiralmonkey: I'm thinking this is a neighbour, someone who's uptight enough to think it looks untidy but cowardly enough to want to hide behind a false identity.  Why would some random estate agent give a fark how anyone parks?  Unless you're selling the house next door and the the pensioners are farking doggy fashion on the bonnet then it's not an issue.



So reverse-cowgirl is ok then?
 
2014-05-07 08:08:27 PM

noitsnot: 24 hours of lemons? That must be one hell of a party...


Old is gold, baby!

99.998er: Your car is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe millions. There has never been a Taurus made that lasted more than 8 years. You sir, own a factory freak!


Pff, it's currently garaged with a power steering leak, an oil leak, a high resistance electrical short, a clear coat layer that's somehow managing to accelerate rust, and it barely passed its last smog test by 2ppm (600ish was the max; car tested at 598ish). At this point, it's either LeMons, or a destruction derby.

Mad Scientist: Does that mean something? Off to Google it...


Long story short, it's a race for crappy cars. Always thought it would make a good swan song for my first car; I just don't want to pay for the roll cage, 5 point harness, et. al. to make the car race-worthy. Using the car as a "depreciator" would be an amusing way to fund it.
 
2014-05-07 08:14:36 PM

Mad Scientist: Does that mean something?  Off to Google it...


It's a 24 hour endurance race for cars purchased for no more than $500.  It's a parody of the LeMans.
 
2014-05-07 08:18:15 PM

Ex-Texan: I pay HOA fes, usualy have no isues. Only 1 house I know of, they park a truck up against the house on the side, clearly visible from the street, since you have to drive past the house to get in or out of our subdivision. I have complained to the village cops, and am filing a complaint with the HOA. Sure, they bought the house as a foreclosure, yet that does not give them any special rights. If they have a 3 car driveway, and not enough room, use your garage. We have a 3 car driveway, plenty of room, parking for 9 cars, though we just have the two. 300k houses and up here.


You sound like a douchebag.
 
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