Reason for Sale: Can’t Stand the Neighbors

October 26th, 2012 · 40 comments

“To be fair,” says Loren in Ypsilanti, Michigan,“the owner does live on a popular dog-walking street. The trees are also gigantic, so I’m sure they have a ton of leaves to rake in the fall. Still, this seems a little harsh.”

Reason for sale; Can't stand the neighbors, sick of raking leafs [sic]. Hate the endless dog walking pissing on my property. Would rather live in a box then spend another year in Ypsi. I am a lifelong resident in this crappy town. Need a good house? My house is very clean. Leave a message. $200,000 firm.

related: House for rent — we have mold and roaches!

FILED UNDER: dogs · Michigan · neighbors · Ypsilanti

40 responses so far ↓

  • #1   berge bang

    What do you mean it hasn’t sold yet?

    Oct 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Roto13

      This is great marketing, assuming he’s selling a house on Bizarro World.

      Oct 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Tesstarosa

    Not sure that the bad things are your best selling points.

    Oct 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   jenny

    Do houses even sell for 200K in michigan anymore?

    Oct 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Sir Puke

    The town in question, Ypsilanti, has a very bad rep for being the home of the not so bright and having inbred yokels. This is what I have been told.
    Even without the editorial this property will be on the market for a long period of time.

    Oct 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Omnivore

      Speaking as someone who lives in SE Michigan, I agree with you, Sir Puke. Stay far, far away from Ypsi!

      Oct 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Nikky

      I grew up part time in Ypsi (not inbred, just very poor) and cannot imagine a home for 200k anywhere near where I lived. Maybe a few of the new ones on Denton, but childhood ghost stories have scarred me for life so I wouldn’t live in a mansion for $25 on that road, haha.

      Oct 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   t-rex

    If you can’t beat ‘em – join ‘em. Time for the cranky curmudgeon to get a friendly big dog.

    Oct 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Noneofyourbiz

    Wow! This idiot is living in Ypsi and complaining about that!?!? He’s lucky he didn’t have to deal with break-ins (like me) and a deal with random busted car windows (like my neighbors) because of a stray bullet! Seriously I would love to deal with his problems!

    Oct 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   PANdemic bang


    Oct 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Strawberry Creme

    My dad used to just mow the leaves instead of raking them.

    Oct 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Rattus

      Then your dad is an intelligent man, at least as far as autumn gardening goes. Mowed leaves act as mulch, promoting a healthier lawn in the spring, and they disappear quickly by themselves when the weather warms up.

      Oct 27, 2012 at 7:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Merri

      I have the same problem as that guy – ‘leafs’ from neighbors’ trees that surround my yard. Maples are prolific leaf makers and the leaves on the ground can get so deep that you can’t mow them.

      Oct 27, 2012 at 8:29 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   H for Toy

      Is it acceptable to request your idiot neighbor to come take his leaves out of your yard, or is that just wishful thinking?

      Oct 29, 2012 at 8:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.4   raichu

      @Merri: I would rake some of it and mow the rest.
      @ H for Toy: if you and your neighbor both have trees that are getting leaves everywhere, I wouldn’t complain. If the neighbor is the only one with the trees then it would be nice of them to pitch in and help clear your lawn. In my neighborhood most leaves stay in the lawn they’re from, at least in my experience, so maybe it depends on how much wind you have and whether it only comes from one direction.

      Oct 29, 2012 at 9:36 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.5   H for Toy

      We actually have no trees at all in our yard, just a line of trees right on the neighbor’s side of the property line that drop leaves all over our yard and completely shade our pool. He won’t cut or trim them, and we’re not allowed to. It’s frustrating :(

      Oct 29, 2012 at 10:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.6   Wait..what?

      you can cut to your hearts content on anything hanging over your fence line.

      Oct 29, 2012 at 11:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.7   redheadwglasses

      “Wait..what?” is correct.

      Oct 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.8   Kirsty

      Although the stuff you cut off belongs to your neighbour. So technically you have to give it to him (I’m sure he’d be thrilled…)

      Oct 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Nunavut Guy

    P.S I’m also resigning my post as president of the board of tourism.

    Oct 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   JollyWho

    I have no basis for my fear, but I never trust homes for sale by the owners. I understand that many fine homes are listed for sale by owner because they don’t want to pay the fees and deal with the corporate BS….but for some reason I always envision they are trying to hide something , trying to avoid code enforcement, etc.

    Also, having been born in Michigan and living there for 25 years (I have since left), complaining about these things in Ypsi is seriously ridiculous. He honestly should consider himself lucky.

    Oct 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   kermit

      I don’t think there’s anything preventing you from hiring a home inspector or structural engineer to take a look at a house you want to buy – irrespective of whether you use a real estate agent or not.

      Aside from sales baloney, I can’t think of anything really valuable that a real estate agent provides. There’s free/paid house listing services on the web with pretty detailed neighbourhood info on stuff like recent closing prices, so agents don’t really have the monopoly on market info they used to have.

      Oct 27, 2012 at 12:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Chinchillazilla

    Wait, all the dogs do is pee in his yard? He’s not even complaining about poop? I… I’m sure hundreds of dogs have peed in my yard over the years, but I’ve never seen it and it never occurred to me to be upset about it.

    Oct 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   KD

      If it happens a lot, it kills the grass, flowers, or whatever you may have planted.

      Oct 27, 2012 at 7:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   lee

      I was wondering the same thing, chinchillazilla, and now I’m stressing that every person who has seen my lil pup pee on their lawn is secretly livid with us.

      I don’t know what I could do though, she pees like 19 times or more every walk… I’ll never be able to relax walking her again. Gah!

      Oct 27, 2012 at 10:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   raichu

      @KD, that would have to be a whole lot. You don’t see people who own dogs having trouble with their lawns dying because they get peed on daily, do you? (I mean maybe you do but I’ve never heard of that)

      Oct 29, 2012 at 9:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.4   redheadwglasses

      I think it depends on the dog’s diet. My dog’s pee didn’t do anything bad to my yard, but other people’s will have “burn” spots on their yard from the dog pee.

      Oct 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Merri

    Maybe he doesn’t really want to move – just needed a way to display his unhappiness.

    Oct 27, 2012 at 8:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Purr Monster

    Haha! This is great. I love the note!! I have a dog, and live in an area with sidewalks. One winter when we had a plethora of snow, it was horrible walking the dog on the sidewalks–the snow was all yellow! (Not kidding!) In addition, some owners let the dogs shit on the sidewalk. Yuck! I went elsewhere to walk the dog.

    Oct 27, 2012 at 10:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   VoiceMail

    He may as well have ended that with ‘FML’.

    Oct 28, 2012 at 8:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   M L

    “$200,000 firm.”

    That’s… not really how real estate works, exactly.

    I mean, it CAN be, but that’s just a really bizarre way of phrasing it. This isn’t craigslist!

    Re: Dog pee. We get pissed if people’s dogs pee on the actual lawn, not the boulevard, because it does kill the grass… especially since after one dog pees in a certain spot, every other dog that walks by will pee in the same spot, FOREVER.

    We also don’t let our dog pee on other people’s lawns proper. City-owned boulevards for the win!

    Oct 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   0rd

    Maybe someone other than the seller attached the note? Perhaps someone in the neighborhood is a real estate agent and he/she resents property owners that think they don’t need professional services?

    Oct 29, 2012 at 2:41 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Charlie

    Buying a house? Run the other way. I’m sure there is plenty of inventory available without having to deal with this guy.

    Oct 29, 2012 at 8:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   raichu

    Homeowner: you kind of shot yourself in the foot there, eh? And seriously, getting mad that dogs pee on your lawn? 0_0

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   amelzor

    Well, at least the house is clean.

    Oct 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   bob loblaw

    I know Ypsi, and you sir are no Ypsi.

    Oct 30, 2012 at 9:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   Goldie

    Can’t blame the note writer — I personally would be scared shitless of the endless dog!

    Oct 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   Genevieve

    This guy can suck it.

    We just bought our house in Ypsi a couple of years ago. I moved back here from Ann Arbor after 30 years – I’d rather live here than A2, Saline, Milan, Chelsea or Dexter any day.

    Also, the rep isn’t for being dumb or inbred – that’s for the more rural communities nearby. Ypsi’s rep is for being poor & crime-ridden.

    Nov 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   SARA

    I have lived in Ypsilanti for twenty years. Like any city, it has its good neighborhoods, and its not so good neighborhoods. We have a beautiful historic district with a huge variety of architectural styles: Italianate, Queen Anne, Federal, Second Empire. We have lovely family neighborhoods with parks, with beautiful avenues and landscaping. Many of the homes are showplaces. 200K might not at all be unreasonable depending on the neighborhood. We also have college neighborhoods, with lots of hipsters.

    Yes, this is a culturally and economically diverse town. That doesn’t make it a bad place to live. I love that Ypsi is not at all homogenous or white bread. But then black people don’t scare me.

    I love all the locally run businesses here, the farmer’s market, the independent coffeehouses, the bars and restaurants like Sidetrack and Beezy’s, the food co op, the places to hear live music. Have you heard of Mittenfest? Annual show with tons of bands to raise money for 826 Michigan. Takes place in Ypsi.

    I don’t know any yokels, unless you are talking about the urban farmers who are growing and selling their crops at the farmer’s market. Or maybe you are talking about Growing Hope: community gardens and helping low income people grown their own food. Or maybe you are talking about Peter Thomason who helped to get chickens in our city? Or are you talking about the myriad of crafters who knit, sew, paint, draw, work wood and metal who sell their wares at the Shadow Art Fair? Are these the backwoods yokels you are speaking of?

    Instead of judging my town from secondhand stories and rumors created by upper class rich people who think that seeing a black man on the street means you are in a bad neighborhood, why not actually come visit Ypsilanti yourself.

    Nov 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Karl

    Why does it say for sale by owner? Who else is going to sell it? Anybody else selling it wouldn’t be called selling it would be called fraud.

    Nov 12, 2012 at 1:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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