I live in the area of downtown and have for quite some time and I'm also a REALTOR. I do feel safe where I live and have friends who specifically live in and around the historic district who feel the same. Car break ins, drunkenness, homeless, etc have been the norm in the area. Residents just deal with it and watch out for each other. There has been an increase in gang activity over the past several months, all of which has been well documented in the media. It has not kept me or any of my friends from frequenting downtown/Front St/Castle St businesses and it won't. We all feel safe when we go out. As a REALTOR we are not allowed to say specifically whether an area is absolutely safe or not because, as you know, what one views as unsafe another views as a non issue. It unfortunately does vary but I understand it can be frustrating.
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Lee Anne Rouse
give information, or their personal opinion or anyone else's about a particular town, area or neighborhood to the buying or selling public, reason it could be and will be considered STEERING,
I.E. steering a buyer to a certain area or out of a certain area, no matter what the reasons may be.
Therefore if you as a Realtor, like me for example, they will only be able to suggest to you how to
get answers from other places, there are always websites that carry crime date and other info,
the towns websites have some information, and yes by all means if you are or if in my case my clients
are concerned I suggest to them to a) visit the local police dept, and ask
Once clients have narrowed in on a property in a neighborhood they think fits their needs
drive through it at different times of the day and days of the week to get a better feeling, and
yes Realtors can NOT knock at neighbors doors and ask about the neighborhood crime or other,
but you as a potential buyer can certainly contact a few neighbors and ask them what they like
or for that matter dislike about their neighborhood...
Hope this helps you a little... and also makes you understand why Realtors can not address such
questions. I also want to mention quickly, that picking a certain neighborhood, area or town is a very
personal decision, everyone, each and every buyer is different, looking for different things and there has to be some personal individual diligence by the buyers to make sure they are moving to a town, neighborhood or general area that fits all their or most of their needs. The same goes for schools
asking a Realtor if the schools are good, this decision is different for every parent, as it strongly depends on their kids needs as to physical education, or extra curricular classes offered, Same here
parents have to do their research on the internet, visit the schools beforehand!
Realtors though will be helping their clients with guiding them to various available resources....
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