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Are you the neighborhood snob?

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis November 4, 2013 06:37 AM

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Are you a little less friendly to the guy across the street whose house looks like it could use a good paint job and whose lawn always looks like it is in need of a trim?

Do you judge your neighbors by the appearance of their homes?

Well, if so, you are not alone. A fifth of homeowners around the country recently polled by Trulia own up to being the neighborhood snob, judging their neighbors based on how their homes look.

Not surprisingly, suburbanites were more inclined to judge their neighborhoods by their homes than their urban counterparts.

Also, better not be a renter in a neighborhood of homeowners - more than half of all homeowners prefer to live next to other homeowners, not renters, according to Trulia.

OK, it gets worse.

Roughly a third also want someone who speaks the same language - not sure exactly what that means in this day and age  - while 10 percent want their neighbors to come from the same racial and or ethnic background, the survey finds.

Fortunately, only 4 to 5 percent want neighbors who share the same political views - definitely a whacky fringe there.

And no matter how superficially friendly your neighbors might seem, better watch your back.

Just under a third of those polled said they would tattle to the police, homeowners association or other authority if there was a dispute, according to Trulia.

A similar number said they would give a neighbor who they were on the outs with the silent treatment.

Here's a quote -  lifted from the Trulia press release - that sums things up nicely.

"That nice family next door might be judging you - or going behind your back," said Jed Kolko, Trulia's chief economist.

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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