Juana, Home Buyer in Sarasota, FL

Tell me about the neighborhood? Is it safe?

Asked by Juana, Sarasota, FL Wed Jul 18, 2012

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David Barr’s answer
Juana:

The previous answers to your question are valid; however, they don't mention that asking a Realtor the typical "good" or "safe" neighborhood question is a violation of federal Fair Housing Law. Realtors are forbidden from giving an opinion on the safety, ethnicity, or other demographic composition of an area or neighborhood based on legally protected classes of people. Tammy Hayes was correct by stating facts but not giving her opinion.

Two of the most important criteria for home buyers in our area are 1) how close is the home to the nearest beach? 2) what are the quality of the schools?

I highlight 40 popular areas and neighborhoods in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte Counties with real-time properties for sale from the MLS on my website: http://www.davidbarrhomes.com/neighborhoods. For each area, I include my exclusive Beach Meter, with walk/bike/drive distances and times to the closest beach, and a link to a map with a route. I also have interactive school maps for each county here: http://www.davidbarrhomes.com/school_finder

If I can help you find your next home please contact me.

Best regards,
David Barr, Broker Associate
Sandals Realty
Twitter: @sarasota_homes
Blog: homesinsarasota.blogspot.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 19, 2012
Juana, The answer to your question is very subjective based upon someone's personal opinion. To determine your answer check out the following websites:

http://www.spotcrime.com/fl/sarasota

http://www.sarasotasheriff.org/template_s_1view.asp?code=Pub…

These two sites will provide you with an overview of reported crimes in an area. It is your judgement and ultimately your decision if you feel comfortable with a particular neighborhood and or home in a particular area.

Good luck

Lynn Brock
Brock Realty Inc
941.313.1234
http://www.brockrealty-inc.com

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 24, 2012
Here are the crime statistics provided by Core Logic in the neighborhood of this home. I can send you the entire neighborhood report if you would like. You can also check with the local police department. That is your best source of current crime statistics.

CRIME INFORMATION:
County Sheriff Information: Year: 2008
County: State: National:
Population Total: 373,440 18,306,194 293,863,591
Violent Crimes (Ratio):

Homicide
Total: 1 : 23,340 1 : 15,673 1 : 18,302
Manslaughter: 1 : 373,440 1 : 164,921 1 : 403,659

Rape
Total: 1 : 3,734 1 : 3,070 1 : 3,524
Forcible Rapes: 1 : 3,890 1 : 3,265 1 : 3,890
Attempted Rapes: 1 : 93,360 1 : 51,422 1 : 47,853

Robbery
Total: 1 : 948 1 : 505 1 : 673
Gun: 1 : 2,787 1 : 1,082 1 : 1,758
Knife: 1 : 14,938 1 : 8,072 1 : 9,965
Other Weapon: 1 : 4,727 1 : 5,951 1 : 8,727
Strong Arm: 1 : 2,394 1 : 1,310 1 : 1,900

Assault
Total: 1 : 91 1 : 64 1 : 79
Gun: 1 : 2,441 1 : 1,096 1 : 1,830
Knife: 1 : 2,263 1 : 1,254 1 : 2,073
Other Weapon: 1 : 858 1 : 568 1 : 1,167
Strong Arm: 1 : 1,537 1 : 955 1 : 1,446
Simple: 1 : 120 1 : 89 1 : 101
Non-Violent Crimes (Ratio):

Burglary
Total: 1 : 106 1 : 97 1 : 136
Forced Entry: 1 : 211 1 : 161 1 : 233
Non-Forcible: 1 : 259 1 : 302 1 : 442
Attempted: 1 : 1,174 1 : 1,346 1 : 2,249

Larceny
Total: 1 : 36 1 : 36 1 : 47
Motor Vehicle Theft
Total: 1 : 570 1 : 289 1 : 310
Auto: 1 : 1,040 1 : 483 1 : 456
Truck/Bus: 1 : 2,171 1 : 1,125 1 : 1,863
Other: 1 : 3,036 1 : 1,977 1 : 3,391


Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL
tammyhayesre@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 19, 2012
A great website for you to check out is http://www.city-data.com and also http://www.greatschools.net where you can type in a zip code to begin your search. The great schools website you can go a little further by selecting an actual school.
Kim Kruysman
Michael Saunders & Co.
941-441-6628
KimKruysman@MichaelSaunders.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 19, 2012
If you're concerned about the safety of the neighborhood, you should check out the statistics at http://www.crimereports.com

Otherwise, you'd just be getting some stranger's opinion, which is almost useless.
Web Reference: http://www.archershomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 19, 2012
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