Homeowners’ top neighborhood gripes

Realtor Magazine

Choosing the wrong neighborhood can make for a very unhappy homeowner.

A new survey from Porch.com, a home remodeling website, surveyed about 1,000 consumers to find the biggest neighborhood turnoffs. Noise, traffic, and crime were the chief concerns of buyers. Noise topped the list of neighborhood turnoffs, with 41% of respondents citing it as their top gripe, according to the survey. In fact, noise proved to be an even bigger deterrent than a high crime rate.

A neighborhood’s appearance matters too. One in five consumers said they found unkempt lawns a big turnoff. Cars parked in the yard or peeling paint also appeared on the dislikes list.

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