Real estate agents are not allowed to comment on whether or not a neighborhood is good or bad. That is research that you would need to do on your own. There are a Federal Fair Housing Laws that prohibit that from happening. It is up to the individual to make their own determination about a specific area. Should a real estate agent comment on such a thing, it could be steering which is a prohibited act.
Determining how good or bad a school is, or how crime is, or anything else similar needs to be researched on your own.
Some websites to try include:
I sure as heck hope so. Back before I was a Realtor, I'd never give someone more than a 3-month listing. Never. What I'd say--and what I did--was: "If we're satisfied with your efforts after 3 months, we'll be glad to re-list with you." No reason to agree to anything longer than 3 months.... more