Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
You could also advise them to drive the neighborhood at different times of the day and evening to get a better handle on traffic patterns, etc. Strange isn't it, after all these years, that we are still battling the same problem only with different nationalities? You know what they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
But, really - we're not the first people they've asked these questions of. If they want to know where the Giants fans are, tell them to look on the internet for a meetup or house of worship or community center that they would feel a part of, and then have them tell you where in relationship to those features they want to look for property.
I do something similar to Gerald, I explain that I'm not permitted to discuss these types of things but would be happy to help you find a home anywhere they would like to live. I've encouraged them to ask friends how they like their neighborhood. I have also asked if they had an idea where they would like to focus.
As agents we can't discuss these details, but buyers, their friends and families can share freely whatever they want. If someone knows several people in a given neighborhood I'm happy to show them homes there.
I don't see this any differently than a client asking me for advice on where to find a good school and providing them with a link to the local school website. My idea of a good school is likely to be different from theirs. I'm not going to venture a guess as to what is valuable to them. I value schools with significant parental involvement. I state that this information may be best found on the school listserve, visit to the school or attendance at a PTA meeting (how active is the PTA).
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Why do they elect to put us on the "hot seat" when the answer can be found outside the arean of real estate simply by using the internet and a little personal time.
We always advise our buyers to visit the community several time, each at different times of the day. By spending some time in the community walking, shopping, visiting buyers should be able to arrive at their own conclusion.