OH, we tell them but you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. They own the house so they can tell us what to list it for and sometimes it takes a few set backs for some sellers to see the forest and not just one tree.... more
Like most areas it's had it's ups and downs. But there are great people living there and community leaders who work to make it better. My advice is find a local Realtor, find some houses that fit what you are looking for in different areas and look around for yourself. You are the best judge.... more
For crime information you can call the local police department where the property is located. For unemployment and other statistics you can try www.melissadata.com. It is illegal in the state of Ohio for a licensed real estate agent to personally comment about these issues. Or search online for demographic information in the area in question.... more
If the property is listed, any agent can help you with it. You can use the "Find a Pro" button on the top of the page to find a local agent who will be responsive to you. You are best off not using the listing agent, they represent the owner. By having your own agent, your interests will be protected. Best of luck.... more
Lena - if you signed a 'dual agency' agreement, then 'yes', it means that if you buy that house, you have agreed to use that Realtor for the purchase of that house - only.
If you've found a different Realtor that you'd like to use, and you didn't sign an "Exclusive Buyer's Agreement" with that first Realtor... then, you are free to use whomever you'd like for all future homes.... more
If you are concerned about safety, your best source of information is the local police department; why not visit/call, ask all your questions and hear all firsthand, they'll gadly help. If you are not too familiar with the area, consider driving through the neighborhood more than once and at different times of day, look at everything that is important to you.... more