erin_keyes, Home Buyer in Washington, DC

Is this neighborhood safe?

Asked by erin_keyes, Washington, DC Fri Nov 25, 2011

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Hi Erin, have you found your new home? It is best to check with the police to find out about safety. I am not far from that area. I can help you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 20, 2012

This is a very common question that families and single ladies often ask, when not familiar with the area or neighborhood . As mentioned earlier Real Estate agents are prohibited by law in discussing the very same subject. Other answers seem to be helpful. One important factor that was probably not mentioned is to ask your sphere of influence if they know lives there.

That would be an objective input for you, but the best way in my opinion is to drive the area on various times of the day and week, thus see what is happening.

I hope this helps, if you need any further help feel free connect with anyone who has answered to you below or me. We'd be glad to assist you in your home search.

Boris Miric, Realtor 202.459.4700 serving DC-VA-MD
Shaw, Columbia Heights, Petworth, Chinatown
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 28, 2011
I like Don's answer the best!

The neighbors will clue you to a lot of other things too.

Good luck and may God bless
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 25, 2011
Ask the neighbors.

Another way is to park there in your car on a Friday or Saturday night from about 7 pm to 1 am. Observe the neighborhood.

Hope that helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 25, 2011
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Maria Morton's answer is exactly right, I suggest u then also go spend so time in the neighborhood you are considering at different times of the day and when you can say Hello to neighbors living there. (ie ask questions!) I guide my clients to also include your lifestyle and transportation needs in that inquiry. The experience of a profession, who is legally your advocate is invaluable in your purchasing process!!! Their knowledge, experience and efforts make a difference. Your first step is to interview and choose your best advocate, then let them learn who you are so they can best advise you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 25, 2011
If unfamiliar with the area, do visit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors; also contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 25, 2011
Hello Erin,
By law, real estate agents are not allowed to comment about an area's cultural make-up, safety, schools, etc. as it's called "steering".

But do check out these links for information on crime data in Bellevue:

If you have the opportunity, I suggest that you drive through some neighborhoods in Bellevue to determine what areas offer the amenities you prefer and if you feel you would be comfortable there.

Hope this is helpful.

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 25, 2011
There are sites where you can check for crime reports by area. Here is one:
This one is to check for sex offenders by address:
Your local police department may also have a website for the public.
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