There are a number of places to avoid especially where the sign says" for sale by owner."
Avoid them and see a Realtor much safer!
To know what you are buying and from whom !
It is close to Halloween and I would take a Realtor along for safe measure.
We realtor's make you feel protected.
In this case, I think it would be better if you did the research, and formed your own opinion.
Crimereports.com is a good website to start with. You can also view the local newspaper via the internet. Newspapers usually publish a crime report by zip code.
Naples is beautiful, and definately warmer than MI. Hope this helps.