NO STEERING ALLOWED: 3 Important Facts To Know As A Buyer
Donâ€™t Get â€˜Steeredâ€™ in the Wrong Direction
However, we CAN tell you where to go to get information. In your case, for crime statistics, go to the following sites:
Sunnyvale real estate information at http://julianalee.com/sunnyvale.htm
Areas with a denser population, either residents or shoppers, will generally have a higher density of crime. Thus business districts and high density housing are more like to show as high crime areas even though the percentage of people committing crimes isn't necessarily any higher.
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Yes, you should be careful in your answer to NOT STEER, but I think pointing out that there are apartments nearby, or if there is a commercial center that brings a lot of traffic into the neighborhood, these are honest opinions that the buyer should know and point out. If a realtor can help them, then they should.
Lets be clear on what STEERING is:
Steering is the practice of divulging data for the purpose of influencing a buyerâ€™s decision to live or NOT live in any area. In reality, itâ€™s a violation of the Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968). As REALTORSÂ®, itâ€™s important that we avoid steering our clients where to or not to purchase a home based on race, religion or sexual preference or other demographic categories.
Check http://www.CrimeReports.com to see the exact locations and type of activity at those locations. Click the tab to toggle between "Incidents" and "Sex Offenders" Click on the check box "Show Sex Offender Images" if you want to see what the sex offenders look like.
Is it a safe place? Well, just like anything it's all subjective and relative. You should run the same CrimeReports.com on an address that you consider safe, then compare vs. Azure Street.
I don't know the crime map for Trulia, however if you visit http://www.CrimeReports.com you can get more specifics on the activity in the area.
Safety is subjective. And what is acceptable to one may not be acceptable to another. Maybe one crime worries one person more than a different type or level of crime for another.
You can visit the community at all hours of day and night, weekdays and weekends, and talk with neighbors and local retail. With that information you should be able to determine if the neighborhood is fit for you.
I personally think its a good neighborhood and safe as well. With that in mind there are some apartments nearby, and that may be the reason for concern.