You could also try to get more information about the home that has been on the market for so many days, there could be many reasons for that. It may be overpriced, it may have structural issues, any number of problems that are preventing the house from selling.
Good luck, and please feel free to call or email me directly if you need additional help or information.
BTW - anything that is a concern for you could possibly be a concern for anyone thinking of buying your house when you sell. The key is to make sure you don't over pay, so you can sell for a realistic price when the time comes.
I wouldn't think that the Section 8 housing would be that much of a deterrent in that red hot area of town. I would have your Buyer's Agent look into this for you and find out what is the problem with the other side of the duplex. If it is a serious problem, it could affect your side and cause you problems down the road.
Your Castle Real Estate
It's unlikely that a nearby "Section 8 complex" in itself is a problem. Of course landlords who don't keep up their properties are a drag on surrounding values, but that can be the case with any rental or apartment complex. You might be surprised if it were possible to identify all the tenants in different neighborhoods who rely on Section 8 vouchers - fortunately it's not!
You are wise to look at the crime rate. As Realtors, we can never discriminate against any neighborhood. We are obligated by fair housing laws. I can say that Sloan's Lake is a highly coveted area now.
Debbie Fickenscher, GRI, CNE, E-Broker