How Chatting With Your Neighbor or Visiting a Neighborhood Shop Increases Your Property Value.

By Brad Litz
Real Estate Broker, Appraiser & Investor
Meridian-Kessler Resident

I have lived in Meridian-Kessler, and more specifically on Washington Boulevard, for several years now and I find that just being a resident of the neighborhood sparks conversation amongst people that I meet. For those who live outside the area, the conversation typically turns to them complimenting the neighborhood and how much they would like to live here or them sharing a fond memory of the neighborhood. I had a recent appointment where the person I was meeting with noticed my address on their clipboard and said, without prompt, ‘I think of Washington Boulevard as the place where most people in America would want to live.’ I couldn’t agree more…and I think that applies to the Meridian-Kessler and Butler-Tarkington neighborhoods as a whole.

That comment stuck with me and on my drive home that evening as I took an unusually long route home to ‘take it all in’ and remind myself of why the neighborhood is admired by so many. I saw what we all experience on any given day, neighbors chatting on the sidewalk, kids gathered in a yard playing games, families on walks and bike rides and people waving to me, whether they knew me or not. Block parties, coffee houses, restaurants, festivals, parks, trails, Butler…they are all reasons why people live here and why so many more want to live here.

All these little things contribute to such a dynamic culture, thus creating demand for our housing. In turn, we sustain a healthy Real Estate market with values steadily increasing and marketing time decreasing. So, keep stopping for a beer at the local tap, buying flowers from a boutique and enjoying ice cream on a park bench. People are watching and liking what they see…so much so that they want to buy your house when you move to a bigger one!