Real Estate Agents are not allowed to comment on a variety of topics. The Fair Housing Act restricts the information that can be provided by a Real Estate Agent. Visiting the area and making your own determinations about what is best for you is the way to go.
Off Limit Topics Include:
â€¢ Crime Statistic (including questions about whether a neighborhood is good or bad or safe)
â€¢ Environmental Concerns
â€¢ Household Income
â€¢ Schools (including questions about how good or bad the school is)
Determining to the answers to questions on any of the topics listed above is something that you would need to do on your own. It is up to the individual to make their own determination about a specific area. If a Real Estate Agent were to comment on such a thing, it could be steering which is a prohibited act.
Some websites to try include:
Reasons Why A Real Estate Agent Cannot Comment
These links should be able to provide some of the answers you are seeking.
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Real Estate agents are subject to fines and loss of license if we offer an opinion on a neighborhood. It is called steering and is a four-letter word in our business. There are websites that offer objective information in any number of categories. I suggest you check them out. If you have specific concern, please post it and you will get a better answer. Meanwhile try these sites:
Googlemaps Street View - the next best thing to driving down the street yourself
Atlanta Public Schools Official Website - Lots of very helpful information
School Digger - A consolidator of national test scores, census data and more
Atlanta Police Department's "Find My Zone" website tool - Great for getting crime stats
Phone a friend - really, talk to people you know about the area or just go there. There is no substitute for seeing with your own eyes.
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