It isn't so much that it's a Fair Housing Act violation to talk about crime as much as the fact that real estate brokers and their agents are licensed to perform real estate brokerage services, and are not experts when it comes to interpreting crime statistics.
There is an added layer of liability when a Licensee presents themselves as an authority and decrees a neighborhood "safe" or "unsafe," which could result in our having our licenses revoked.
Look at it from our point of view. Let's say that one of our agents calls Switchblade Heights a "dangerous neighborhood." The sellers of properties that we have listed there may have legal recourse against us for taking action detrimental to our agency relationship. Let's say that another of our agents calls OpenDoor Lane safe, and someone buys a property there and a Charlie Manson - type goes amok.
Our opinion on whether a neighborhood is safe or dangerous is not a professional one, should not be solicited, and sure as heck shouldn't be relied upon.
All the best,
It is illegal, as Mark response states, for agents to comment on the safety of neighborhoods due to fair housing laws. However; if you wish to learn more about crime data in Norwalk here is a link to a helpful web site that shows the crime rates and types of offensives in Norwalk as compared to the surrounding towns:
It's always a good idea if you are not familiar with the area to obtain that information first hand from Norwalk's police department. Here is a link to Norwalk's police web site where you will find their contact information:
Good luck to you!
Prudential Connecticut Realty
If agents seem a bit evasive on your question there is a good reason. It's actually illegal for a real estate agent to discuss what is a "safe" or "unsafe" neighborhood due to FHA fair housing laws. What you consider a safe or good neighborhood may not be considered the same by others. If you simply want facts from the Police Dept. based on crime statistics in each district or specific streets, that could be provided. Nevertheless, I am certain we can find you a home you would like at an affordable price! Prices have dropped significantly from their 2007 high and with historically low interest rates your buying power is higher than it's been in 20 years!
:Your first stop should be a mortgage broker to see what you will comfortably qualify for....then find a GOOD Realtor, then find your dream home for you and your family.
Did I mention that I'm a native to Norwalk and although I service all of Fairfield County and beyond, I specialize in Norwalk?
Good luck with your endeavor and if I can offer assistance, please feel free to look me up!
You ask a good question, but the answers are relative to what you consider "reasonably priced" and "safe."
The best thing to do would be to get a list of towns you are considering, and check their housing, economy, school, and crime statistics online. There are free statistics for those categories and many others as well.
Since it is a relative question, only you can be the judge. I suggest doing Google searches to find the statistics and information above. That info should give you a good idea if the town would be a good fit for you.
Good luck in your search!