Report: Most Homeowners Say They Have ‘Good Neighbors’
October 19, 2018
The best neighbors are trustworthy, quiet, friendly, and respectful, according to realtor.com®’s 2018 Good Neighbors Report (which is not affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS®’ Good Neighbor Awards program). But there’s no need to maintain a close friendship to be considered a “good neighbor,” according to the survey of 1,000 consumers across the country.
“While it’s true that some people focus on what annoys them about their neighbor, it’s a welcome surprise to see that people generally think positively of their neighbors,” says Nate Johnson, chief marketing officer at realtor.com®. “Trust and dependability plays an integral part in helping a neighborhood feel like ‘home.’ Building it can be as easy as stopping by to say hello.”
Millennials and Gen Z respondents (ages 18 to 34) and older adults (ages 55 and up) tended to care the most about having friendly neighbors, according to the survey. Researchers found the least appreciated quality for all groups, however, was having a close friendship with a neighbor. Only 9 percent of women see a close friendship with a neighbor as a must-have for a good neighbor; men rated it higher at 20 percent.
Some of the most off-putting neighborly traits: Disrespectful of property, loud, untrustworthiness, and being nosy, messy, or unfriendly, the survey found.
Welcoming new neighbors can create a “good neighborly” vibe, the survey found. The most common welcoming method preferred by 65 percent of respondents was just a simple introduction. However, the reality is that many new neighbors don’t get welcomed. Only 46 percent of respondents reported that their neighbors stopped by for a quick greeting, and 39 percent say they were never welcomed to the neighborhood.
Updated: January 18, 2019