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Most people who buy a townhouse or condominium never think to ask the developer or seller how noise resistant the unit is.

That’s a mistake.

For too many, it’s only after they move into their new home they discover it lacks the sounds of silence.

And by then it’s too late.

Unfortunately, unwanted noise from adjacent units is a problem that’s more than just unpleasant to the ears.

“Noise creates friction between neighbors, and when neighbors don’t get along it really affects the greater community at large,” said David Kleiman, co-principal of D2 Realty Services, a Chicago developer that builds and owns high-rise residential properties, office buildings and shopping centers.

“People come to the association meetings and get a sense there’s friction going on, and it has a negative impact on people’s perception of the community,” he said. “It has an impact on everybody.”

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