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She, Home Buyer in Lanham, MD

tell me about this location woodstream cir in terms of crime, how bad is the crime rate

Asked by She, Lanham, MD Wed Mar 28, 2012

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Hi She,


you can go to the county website and obtain the area crime stats. You will have to make the determine what is high or low crime rate from there.

Good luck
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When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
https://www.crimereports.com/
http://www.homefair.com/
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very helpful
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Thanks ladies will do my research on that.
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Hi She,

Although we as real estate practitioners can't speak about crime rates we can talk about the surrounding community and point you in the right direction. I encourage you to contact the Prince George's County Police Department for in depth information on crime stats http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/crimepe/statisti…

As well I encourage all of my clients to drive the area primarily in the evening. Now that we have warm weather its often more likely that homeowners are out of doors engaged in activities in the evenings. Ask them pointed questions and make decisions based upon real facts, people who live and play in the community.

Feel free to go to http://www.findmydcmetrohouse.com/Bowie_MD and put in your own personal search terms and get detailed information on the area. We wish you all the best in your search and if we can be of further assistance in "Finding Your Home of Choice" please let us know.
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Dear She,
You have an excellent question that is asked often. I wrote a blog on this 2 years ago that may help:

Researching an area to move is probably the first thing you as home buyers do when wanting to move. The research often begins with the houses, and prices. If you like the homes for the price, then many buyers make searching community amenities and perhaps schools next.

Now comes the time to have the REALTOR take you out and tour the homes researched. Wondering if your research has been accurate you ask the agent “How is this area?” At which point you should imagine hearing the sounds of a mack truck’s screeching breaks trying to stop before hitting the itty bitty car in front of them. What I mean by this is did you know that it is a violation for us REALTORS to comment on any neighborhood, community, city, region, or even schools. That’s right. We could be accused of trying to “steer” certain people into certain neighborhoods by answering questions like “What are the demographics here?” Or “What is the crime rate here?”

To find these answers call the local police department. Google the local crime reports, which often will populate by entering an address alone. Drive the areas at different times and include early morning trips to gain an idea of traffic to and from your office if you’d be in rush hour traffic. I had a client rent a hotel room one night near the house she was considering to get a feel for the community and commute to work. She shopped the nearby malls, ate at an area restaurant, walked the local park, and left the hotel for work in the morning. What a great idea to get hands on research.

Do your own investigating and ask neighbors in the community. With the Internet, everything you’d want to know is at your fingertips from community reports, school report cards, US Census reports, employment / employers and more. Just remember, you shouldn’t seek this information from a licensed Real Estate Professional. A home purchase is a big investment lasting years. Do your homework in advance.

I hope this helps.
Regards,
Ariana Loucas
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