How Shoefiti Influences Home Buying: Zillow.com

A home buyer posing a question on Zillow’s Real Estate Advice boards asks what can be done now that they’ve purchased a home only to find out that it’s next door to a drug house:

We bought a home in Bay Area. CA last May. Police came to our neighbors home last month and arrested a few people for possession of drugs and under the influence of drugs. According to my other neighbors this was not the first time they were arrested. There was nothing in the seller disclosure about these drug dealers next door. What can we do about it. The sellers are in east coast.

One respondent points out in the answers that home buyers should be on the lookout for shoefiti (among other things) when considering neighborhoods for home purchases:

9) Shoes hanging on power and telephone lines. Yes, just a “prank”; but too much of that indicates the neighbors don’t care, and it is a “seller” location indication. You can modify a pruning cutter to be able to cut the shoe laces to remove such items, and tell the neighbors as you are doing it that you are removing the shoe-cams to replace the batteries. After a while, they will start believing there actually are cameras watching the illegal activity in the middle of the street.

What do you think? Does shoefiti influence property values? It seems like signs that make people think drugs are being sold in the area wouldn’t have a positive influence on prices, unless drug buyers are looking to relocate.

2 thoughts on “How Shoefiti Influences Home Buying: Zillow.com”

  1. please do not remove with modified anything! there is a huge possibility of electric shock. report to the owners of the power lines……….

  2. A friend who worked as a researcher in prisons and tough neighborhoods told me that shoes hanging from power lines indicate an area where you can purchase drugs. I live near one such area (have seen drug transactions and arrests) and sure enough, there are sneakers hanging from the power lines right above it. I’m sure this is not true of every example of shoefiti, but it might be worth it to ask the people in the neighborhoods where you spot shoefiti.

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