All answers that have been posted are right. If you need a pre approval, I highly recommend my lender. She works over time, she works from home even though she has left the office, she works weekends as well. May I also suggest you interview several agents, its important you are comfortable with the agent that will be representing you in your transaction. Call me anytime and thanks for reading.
Here's the simple truth. There is no area anywhere that does not have any crime at all. Stats are available to compare one area to the next... but all in all.. as you will discover, most areas have about the same stats over all.
Parkwood is not a bad place to be. It's a nice family neighborhood. Values are good, and the crime rate is average at best.
Here are all the homes for sale in Parkwood: http://sabor.connectmls.com/listings.jsp?dcid=BFFE61518B86D1BEE040020A320154E9
Let me know if you really like any of them enough to go take a look. :)
Jason C Campbell
Option One Real Estate
Matt made some very good points, and I would just like to add a few side notes.
The list price, or asking price, is what the seller would like to get for their property. It doesn't mean that is what they will actually receive. The tax appraisal value, will not be the best indicator of market value. What has recently sold in the neighborhood would be your best indicator of market value.
Like Matt said, there are many variables to consider in making sure you get the best deal. Joel take some time to talk one-on-one with an agent (preferably not the agent representing the seller). Choose to be represented, it doesn't cost you anything, but it can save you from making some expensive mistakes.
Not only will you have a greater chance at getting the property at the best possible price, but you will walk away an educated buyer (in my opinion...priceless).
All the best,
Realtor / Relocation Specialist