What Makes A Good Neighbor?

Posted by Bryan Zupan on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 6:54pm.

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What constitutes a good neighbor?

Is it the amount of times they let you have a cup of sugar or borrow some milk? Is it that they keep their dog off of your yard and clean up after them? Or is it just them being quiet and not making a fuss?

The best neighbors are actually trustworthy, quiet, friendly, and respectful, according to realtor.com®’s 2018 Good Neighbors Report.

A survey taken in 2018 showcases different demographics and gender groups that responded to whether they have good neighbors or not.

Neighbor chart

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 (Realtor Magazine, 2018).

How do you introduce yourself to new neighbors to make a good impression? Often a simple introduction and/or a basket of muffins can do just the trick and pave the way for a friendly friendship.

Most neighborhoods also have Facebook groups you can join and keep in touch with as a way to interact as a community whether it be from planning a pool outing to having a block party. Knowing your neighbors also makes you feel safe in your own home as well.

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