Your best source of information regarding crime is the local police department; why not call/visit and ask all your questions--hear all there is to hear firsthand--or chat with the locals when the opportunity arises.... more
I am the local RealtyTrac representative. RealtyTrac is the nations largest foreclosure web site. Because I represent RealtyTrac locally and have for the last three years or so, I have the opportunity to successfully represent many buyers in REO purchases. So, I would be happy to work with you when I am back in my office on August 17th. If you need assistance before then, I would recommend contacting Ted in my office, he also lists REO's and is a very active and attentive Realtor.
Just a note, I strongly discourage buyers from only looking at REO's. While approximately 75% of my buyers purchase REO's last year, I strongly recommend that you set your criteria and look at every property that meets your critieria. Bank properties are not always the best deal, they are not always managed by the most motivated Sellers and you will definetely be limiting your options in this market too much.... more