Curb appeal ordeal in Ocean City -

Curb appeal ordeal in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY - Good curb appeal is highly desirable when selling a home, but one realtor sent an anonymous letter to an Ocean City family that has them fuming.

"I was very mad," said granddaughter Teresa Doughten.

The letter arriving Tuesday afternoon read:

“I'm trying to sell million dollar homes in the neighborhood.  I drive my clients around and they see your car parked side ways on the front lawn!  You have a driveway - use it!"

"The letter was written in a harsh and rude tone," said grandson Mark Doughten.

The owners of the property, Bill and Barbara Doughten, are an elderly couple who has lived in Ocean City for over 70 years.

Bill occasionally parks his car on the open lot next to his home for health related reasons.

"I don't think a single car in a lot that we own, it's our property, will deter him from purchasing a house," said Doughten.

After receiving the anonymous letter their granddaughter posted a response on social media that has gone viral.  

Neighbors were also outraged by the letter, but chose not to appear on camera.

“I just think people/realtors shouldn't be doing this,” said Doughten.

“I think especially in Ocean City there's somewhat of a higher standard of ways things should be kept, I understand that, but…to write it anonymously just shows you didn't have the respect to come up to our door to ask us about it,” explains Doughten.

We've reached out to the Ocean City Board of Realtors and they say realtors complete a course in ethics every two years to maintain their real estate license.

The question still remains, whether the letter crosses the proverbial ethical line.

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