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Getting rid of a neighborhood nuisance

Lawsuit may not be best way to go

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a reader asking if, when she sells her home, she must disclose to prospective buyers that her neighbor is an E-Bay dealer who has frequent visitors coming to his residence to pick up merchandise they purchased on E-Bay. That's a tough question. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. The first issue is whether the visitors have a material effect on the market value of her home. Probably not (unless the volume of daily traffic is extremely high). The second issue is if the operation is illegal. Most towns now allow home business operations as long as the resident pays a business license fee and there is not an unreasonable amount of traffic created. Is that E-Bay home business a "nuisance?" Probably not. But if it rises to the level of creating a serious neighborhood disturbance that would irritate a person of normal sensibility, then it might be a nuisance that can be legally abated. WHAT IS A REAL ESTATE NUISANCE? A real estate public or private ...

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