CHANDLER, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 2022 investigation made by Offerpad1 (NYSE: OPAD), a leading real estate technology company created to make it easier to buy and sell homes, delves into changing neighbor sentiment — for better or worse — just in time for National Day. good neighbors on September 28. , new technologies and more have contributed to how Americans relate – or don’t relate – to their neighbors.
Pandemic-inspired connections… and trouble
For many, neighbors provided their only form of socializing during the early days of the pandemic, so it’s only natural that 57% said they spent more time in their neighborhood over the past two years. Fifty percent said they got to know their neighbors better, and 53% said spending more time in their neighborhood helped them develop real friendships with their neighbors. It seems some of those relationships also inspired a little neighborhood drama, as 40% said they were now more annoyed with their neighbors.
More than 60% said they’d had a fight with a neighbor at some point in their life, but luckily only 20% say they currently have an active beef. Not surprisingly, many arguments were related to classes or outside the home (45%), while other disagreements included arguments over unmanageable noise levels (40%) and social media posts ( 28%).
It seems there may be some things Americans don’t tell their neighbors no matter how close they got, as 50% said they would encourage a neighbor to move out if there was a polite way to do it. And half said they considered moving because of a neighbor. Twice as many parents with children under 18 (58%), compared to respondents without children (23%), said they would pack because of a neighbour.
Additional notable neighbor data from Offerpad’s survey includes:
- Nice people or a beautiful garden? Nearly 40% of Americans agree that they would rather have a friendly neighbor with a neglected home than a hostile neighbor with a well-maintained home.
- Taken in picture: Nearly three-quarters of respondents own a security camera (72%), and one-third have seen a neighbor do something “weird” (31%). Men were more likely to own security cameras than women (19% vs. 26%) and were also much more likely to notice strange behavior by their neighbors (35% vs. 28%).
- Cup of sugar? Millennials and those aged 77+ line up: Millennials said they had asked a neighbor to lend them a cooking ingredient (31%), followed closely by those aged 77 and over (30%), while baby boomers (20%) and Gen Xers (14%) were less likely to rely on neighbors to lend a helping hand in the kitchen.
- Uninvited guests at the pool?: At least half of all respondents would consider sneaking into a neighbor’s yard to fix, change or remove something from their property (52%). Another 24% said they would consider sneaking out to swim in a neighbor’s hot tub or pool.
1 The randomized, double-consent survey of 2,008 Americans aged 25 and older was commissioned by Offerpad and conducted by market research firm OnePoll.
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