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A survey conducted by Harris Interactive has found that prejudice may be closer to home than most people realize. The survey of 3,000 adults found that most people know their neighbors and don’t mind inviting them over, as long as they are not renters. The poll was designed to look at attitudes within a neighborhood, and found about one third of people want their neighbors to speak the same language, and 16 percent want their neighbors to have the same family structure as they do. Over half of those surveyed said they preferred that their neighbors own their own home. Oddly, other surveys have found that even renters say they prefer homeowners as neighbors. Robert Borzotta, who runs a website dealing with neighborhood concerns, said three-quarters of homeowners have said that renters are bad neighbors because of things like yard upkeep, parking, and trash problems. He says most people prefer to live near people who are like them and added, ”Homeowners are perceived to care more about their property, its appearance, safety of the community, and property values.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

America’s Least Favorite Neighbors: Renters, http://finance.yahoo.com/news/america-least-favorite-neighbors-renters-113113757.html, Accessed October 30, 2013.

Romans 13:10 (NKJV) Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

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