A good real estate agent is very familiar with the neighborhoods where he or she shows properties. But because of the Fair Housing Act, the agent can't legally share all of that information with you. Many customers ask about "safe" neighborhoods but the definition of safe is subjective, your definition of safe may not be the same as another person's, and answering questions about "safe" neighborhoods may actually put us agents in violation of the Fair Housing laws as it may pinpoint a certain class of people. That's why we real estate agents should not be commenting on safe neighborhood questions other than to point you towards local police/sheriff offices for statistics or demographic web sites that track crime statistics such as www.crimemapping.com.... more
Churches and schools are trying to help, but it would help equally I believe to have counseling programs for the parents/families to better understand how to survive and cope with the stress of changing communities.38115 is so far above the national average with violent and non-violent crime that more needs to be done in many areas. The family unit needs to be stronger so it can sustain during the tough times.
The stress around unemployment, keeping up with your bills, keeping your kids safe and getting them on the right track for their future is overwhelming for many - also living in fear not knowing if it is safe to go outside like in the past. As a community, the churches could do more to help in this regard which may have a positive effect on the crime rate over time.
Tom Hinz www.shortsaletosell.com... more