justinadays, Home Buyer in Fort Washington, MD

is this a safe neighborhood?

Asked by justinadays, Fort Washington, MD Thu Sep 5, 2013

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I am glad that you have gotten a lot of positive input from my fellow realtors. In addition to checking with your local police department and reviewing neighborhood crime reports, you can also have an idea of what a neighborhood looks like by driving by that area at different times of the day on several occasions. If you love the traffic in the area.., this coupled with the police report should help you in making a decision about whether you will love to live in that neighborhood or not. I always love to remind people that "there is no neighborhood that is 100% safe".
If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me through my profile.
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thank you very much
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Hi, you can visit http://www.SpotCrime.com and http://www.CrimeReports.com for in-depth crime stats.

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When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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Realtors are not allowed to commit on neighborhoods or schools. Please contact the local police department and they can give you statistics and answer questions on the safety of a neighborhood and school board about school questions.
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Hi Justin!

I can appreciate your question. However, your concerns about any neighborhood should be directed to the local police department and/or community watch group. They are more intimately familiar with the community.

In addition, this is a question that real estate agents are not allowed to comment on questions dealing with "how safe" because any response would be subjective.

Much success in your home search and fact finding mission!

Bridgette "Kyria" Chase
Associate Broker | REALTOR
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"Safe" is relative. Additionally, virtually no agent is going to answer your question because:

1. Agents are going to shy away from any response that even remotely "could" be construed as steering.

2. What's safe to one person, might not be to another.

My advice would be to check the neighborhood both during the day and night, knock on some doors and ask the neighbors, and check with the local police department for hard statistics on crime in the area.

Hope that helps!
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