Granddaughter outraged over rude letter sent to elderly couple from real estate agent

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OCEAN CITY, N.J. — A woman is outraged after an anonymous letter was sent to her elderly grandparents criticizing them of their home in Ocean City.letter

So Stephanie Powley posted the letter on Facebook, which sparked a social media firestorm.

The handwritten note was reportedly mailed to Bill and Barbara Doughten, who have lived in their home for decades.

“I’m trying to sell million dollar homes in the neighborhood,” it reads. “I drive my clients around and they see your car parked sideways on the front lawn! You have a driveway – use it!”

Powley responded to the letter by writing her own response.

“Did you take a moment to wonder why my grandfather parks in that lot?” Powley wrote. “Did it cross your mind that he may do it to be closer to his front door? Did you even take ONE second to consider your inconsiderate, ignorant actions before you scribbled your frustration on that piece of printer paper?”

Powley called the letter “unprofessional, anonymous and contemptuous” and said whoever mailed it left no return address, “like only a true coward would.”



    • CummaSuckaLicka

      If what your saying is true, then why do people use real estate agents?

      Just keep your dumb comments to yourself Zombie – I rarely read an educated post from you!

      • Zombiekiller

        Commenting on my posts with that name. I’m guessing you don’t have much experience with high end real estate. Stay small.

      • tonya

        excuse me CSL, your lack of education/tact/class is showing. just call me “not a neighbor hater”

  • dobydog1

    obviously a jerk who is also a bad agent. why not find out why the car was parked in that manner and then explain it to the people you are showing houses to in the area.

  • HandyMan

    Maybe you should spend the money and build a driveway in the yard and park like your supposed to. Answer is to build what you need due to a disability, not rig it to make right!

    • C-lo

      Just a thought, but maybe, just maybe, the guy can’t AFFORD to ‘build what he needs’. You do realize things like that cost money, right?? I’m sure he’s not the only elderly person who does that. And not the only one who can’t afford to do it differently.

      • Keith

        Living in a million dollar home with an ADDITIONAL lot and they cant afford a drive-way?????

        It amazes me how often people say things without thinking lol

    • Rosie Rose

      I have to agree with you on this one. If there are million dollar homes in the neighborhood they can spend a few hundred to pave a driveway extension. Although it’s their property, it affects the overall value and reputation of the community!

      • GC

        Last I checked a person doesn’t have to spend their own hard earned money just to make the neighborhood look nice for someone else. People trying to force their neighbors to conform to the image they want the neighborhood to have is the reason I will never live in an urban area like that.

  • My2cents

    Really HandyMan? Did you read the whole story??They have lived there for “decades”, meaning they probably didn’t have any disabilities when they moved in. Most of us will hopefully grow older and these things will be challenges for us, so have some heart! As far as the real estate agent, it is none of their business how, where, or what these folks park on their own property. If someone is looking to buy a home and is offended because the neighbor parks their car on the lawn, then they need to look for an area that has a Home Owners association that will dictate what the neighbors can and cannot do. By the way I think the hand writing look like a woman’s.

  • Judy Davis

    As someone who spent years in real estate I sincerely hope this person is identified and called before the real estate board. Losing their license isn’t enough punishment for their behavior or the effect it can have and good, honest and caring agents in their area.

  • thomas barber

    Its his yard. He should be able to park anywhere he wants. That’s what’s wrong with this country. People think to much that it should be done their way

  • AneeterB

    In regard to the people parking on their front lawn it all comes down to city ordinance. The home occupant’s age, accessibility/disability, etcetera does not make a difference. This is why we have laws, codes, homeowners associations, etcetera in place.

    As to the nasty gram dropped off. I don’t blame the author. You never know how people will react when confronted with criticism. Also, everyone is giving the author the benefit of the doubt that they are in fact a realtor, could just be a disgruntled neighbor throwing the neighbor in question off their scent.

  • NobodyAtAll

    Exactly why America is losing friends…So many just can’t stand to mind their own…

  • Sue

    Just because they live in a million dollar neighborhood doesnt mean they paid anywhere near a million dollars decades ago, and money might definitely be an issue.

  • Paul Letbetternash

    Learn to park in the driveway. lawn parking one step from UP ON BLOCKS! Take you teeth out, by a single-wide and get an EBT card, welcome to the democrat party!! WooHoo.

    • GC

      Last time I checked it is legal to park in the yard if you want. Unless the city has specific ordinances against it people need to get over it and mind their own business.
      I refuse to live inside of city limits- I live in a rural area specifically so I can keep the property that I OWN exactly the way I like it- if my neighbors don’t like it they can get over it, and I treat them exactly the same way- I may not like everything that they do with their property, but the whole thing is that it is THEIR property, so I have not right to complain.

  • its my business

    Park your Mercedes right in front of your door if it makes it easier for you to get into the house. While I am not a proponent of parking your car in the yard in the city, if you are able to do so and need to do so, then do it.
    We don’t do it in the city at the lake house here, but we sure do at the farmhouse in the country. (and we have a huge driveway with LOTS of parking off street at both properties).

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