Letters to the Editor

Curb appeal

April 7, 2007


To the editor:

When looking at a home, I, too, believe that if the house looks grotesque, then the house might scare away potential buyers ("Curb appeal," J-W, Thursday). It also lowers the value of all the houses in that neighborhood. That said, no seller wants to lower his/her price on their house because someone else won't spruce up their house.

Anyone who is planning to sell should always think about investing in modernizing their house. Yet, curb appeal is one trick of the trade that does get overlooked. Also, the questions people should ask are to the point and exactly what the seller needs to look at when he/she has a house on the market. Great work on this article and I hope to see more interesting articles in the future.

Jonathan Santa Cruz, Lawrence


Richard Heckler 10 years, 11 months ago

Now that "overnight" housing sales have have all but disappeared from the real estate landscape is this truly a problem. About 10 years running houses were being bought up as quickly as they were put on the market no matter what was next door. That must not be the real problem. Real estate sales have been slowing for about 18 months.

Perhaps the easy money scam for unqualified buyers has come to a halt you know when GMAC was loaning out 125% of the value of the home so new owners could have a little spare change.

The art in the front yard displays independent thinking and conservation of resources and not to mention cutting way back on lawn mowing. It is unique.

I noticed several(4) homes with picture perfect landscapes/mancured lawns in new west Lawrence stay on the market for 6 months or longer for one on a cul de sac. Curb appeal of the neighbors house not likely the problem.

Jamesaust 10 years, 11 months ago

Point of note for the Editor:

Is it too much to ask that when LJW publishes letters making explicit references to other news stories that the website contain a link to the referenced article? Web editions are not just electronic reproductions of their newsprint versions.

SeaFox 10 years, 11 months ago

They are for the Journal-World. Why make extra effort for the online version when you're not paying a subscription fee for it, I'm sure they're thinking.

Getting back on topic:

On the flip side of this coin. Think how much better your house looks when the houses surrounding it aren't so kept up. Sure help you from having to lower the price of your home because you're the ugly-duckling on the block.

As far as "lowering property values" I doubt this is such an issue unless you are located directly next to the ghetto house, if there are decent houses on either side of you, you do have a "buffer zone".

"Lowering property values" is another one of those often abused excuses to try to force one's own aesthetic styles on your neighbors and dictate to them what they do with their own damn house. Neighborhood associations on a power trip.

Raider 10 years, 11 months ago

I won't say that having filthy neighbors lowers my property value. However, I will say that it is a pain in the a$$ to look at on a daily basis.

Take a drive down the 1800 block of Miller Dr. This is a nice quiet street with modest but well-maintained homes. There is ONE house on that block whose owners refuase to take care of. There is junk in the yard, broken down vehicles, peeling paint, etc. The city has been called on this property several times, but still they refuse to clean up their property.

By having this one blighted property, the entire block has to suffer.

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