“Neighbors are given to us on the same basis as we are given our families.
There is no element of choice involved – none at all.”
- Alexander McCall Smith, The World According to Bertie
No matter where you live you probably have some wonderful neighbors who are very special people. You wave hello, smile, and might even know their dog’s name. You can ask to borrow coffee when you’re out and can text them if you need someone to check on your house. You might also have one or two neighbors who are annoying or lack good manners.
Bad-neighbor experiences are so relatable that almost everyone has something they can share. Some of the most common complaints are noisy neighbors – music, barking dogs and loud parties during sleeping hours. Some of the worst problems come from having a neighbor who doesn’t care for their house. A home that is in disrepair and a yard that is overgrown and full of junk can seriously mess up the value of your home.
The advice for these situations comes from Trulia’s Neighbor Survey. They showed that one in two Americans don’t know their neighbors’ names. They encourage people to build a friendly rapport as it can go a long way toward solving problems before they start.
Communicate politely whether you’re the one who is complaining or the recipient. If you are planning a party, let your neighbors know and maybe invite them. Offer them your phone number in case of any problems.
If there are problems that escalate, always document them as soon as an issue starts. Take notes with dates, times, photos, and any updates or retaliation. It may help if you need to seek outside help.
My neighbor Dave just sent me a text asking about a family member’s health. The text warms my heart because I know that Dave and his wife really care. A neighbor like Dave is a treasure.
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Judith McGee, L.H.D., CFP®, ChFC®
Executive Vice President and Senior Lead Advisor
There's plenty of important market-moving economic information available this week, starting with the latest meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee. The FOMC has maintained the federal funds interest rate and bond purchasing program for several months. However, inflation has been trending higher in conjunction with an improving economy. At some point, the Committee with begin to scale back the quantitative easing measures currently in place, which will likely have a direct impact on the market. Also, the second estimate of gross domestic product for the second quarter is available this week. The initial estimate showed that the economy expanded at an annualized rate of 6.4% in the second quarter.
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