Talking to the neighbors pre-purchase. Do you?
If you talk to neighbors when you have an interest in a house, what do you ask? Do you get valuable insight? What kinds of subjects are appropriate and are there any off limits areas? Is your interest in what the neighbor can tell you, or is this a way to see who your neighbors might be? As a neighbor, have you ever been approached by the potential buyer? What did they ask you? Is there a situation where you would be less than truthful or spin things to either be more positive or negative than the reality?
I'm not certain any of this will apply to us as buyers because we are hoping to have a bit of land this time around. There will be neighbors, of course, but I don't know if there will be an actual 'neighborhood' IYKWIM. This move will take us out of state and it's very difficult to get a 'feel' for a place over a few weekend expeditions so anything we can do that gives us information is a plus.
I appreciate any insight you can offer.